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Opinion: Pat Cummins becomes Australian men’s test captain: why is it so rare for a fast bowler to take the reins?

Australian men’s test cricket captain Tim Paine’s sudden resignation due to a sexting scandal meant a rapid search for a suitable new captain. The most obvious choice was Pat Cummins.


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Opinion: Postnatal psychosis is rare, but symptoms can be brushed aside as ‘normal’ for a new mum

The period after birth of a child is supposed to be a time of great happiness for women. However, a significant number of new mothers will experience a mental illness at this time.


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Opinion: After a bombshell day at ICAC, questions must be asked about integrity in Australian politics

A few days into the current Independent Commission Against Corruption proceedings in NSW, and it appears two relatively popular former NSW premiers and Cabinet colleagues might hold markedly different views on integrity in public office.


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Opinion: 5 ways parents can help children adjust to being at school after months in lockdown

Students are returning to their schools after months in lockdown in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT. Many will thrive on the return to school. Others, though, may need extra practical and emotional support to adjust in a healthy way.


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Opinion: How AI can guide course design and study choices to help graduates get the jobs they want

Graduates entering an ever-more-competitive job market are often unaware of the skills and values they offer employers. The challenge is greater with emerging job roles that require certifications and both multidisciplinary skills.


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Opinion: Space exploration should aim for peace, collaboration and co-operation, not war and competition

When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 in 1957, it represented humanity’s first significant foray into the cosmos. Our imagination was opened to the wonder and lure of space for human endeavour.


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Opinion: Howzat? The Ashes are on, but so is the pandemic

Although yet to be confirmed officially, men’s Ashes cricket in Australia seems certain to commence in December. A women’s Ashes test and other matches are also scheduled for early 2022.


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Opinion: Parents, studies show most kids have done just fine in remote schooling. Here’s how to survive the home stretch

With nearly half of Australia’s population in lockdown, a lot of children and young people are still not attending face-to-face school.



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