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The lucrative toxic waste black market threatens vulnerable communities

The lucrative toxic waste black market threatens vulnerable communities

Thanks to cowboy operators, the industrial waste black market is booming, and communities are starting to feel that government is incapable of helping them.

An Apple store in Fed Square would betray the entire city

An Apple store in Fed Square would betray the entire city

It’s a measure of how corroded by cynicism Labor has become that this proposal got anywhere at all. It is an act of political cowardice.

Fighting for the small pleasures that make a city a society

Fighting for the small pleasures that make a city a society

Why do we have to fight these battles over and over? Why must companies and governments continue to destroy our public treasures?

Rundle: like smoke vanishing in the late autumn air

Rundle: like smoke vanishing in the late autumn air

Guy Rundle salvages what he can from the now-gone Checkerboard Tobacco and Book Exchange in Windsor, Melbourne.

‘African gang’ rhetoric goes beyond dog-whistling

‘African gang’ rhetoric goes beyond dog-whistling

Politicians are employing Trumpish methods to decry the spectre of "African gangs", and the media is all too eager to help out.

oBikes, ferries and birds of the year: why Australia can’t have nice things

oBikes, ferries and birds of the year: why Australia can’t have nice things

Australians seem to have knack for importing perfectly good concepts ... and then throwing them into the river, writes Lisa Divissi. Are we a product of our environment, or should we just be banned from owning nice things?

Will Australians be living in ’20-minute cities’ by the middle of this century?

Will Australians be living in ’20-minute cities’ by the middle of this century?

Living within a 20-minute walk of your work, your supermarket, your gym, your doctor, your friends and family, etc, sounds like a very nice idea, but is it feasible?

Do we need to stop immigration to our major cities before it’s too late?

Do we need to stop immigration to our major cities before it’s too late?

Determining the appropriate level of immigration for our cities is obviously an important public policy issue but too often sensible discussion is derailed by knee-jerk accusations of xenophobia or racism.

Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews' "Night Network" is the worst kind of initiative because it was an election promise made from opposition with scant analysis or regard for what’s good policy.