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English cricket's negative and predictable culture is to blame for World Cup debacle

Colin Graves need to act fast to freshen up the whole game by bringing in a vibrant EPL that encourages strength, power, flexibility and a fearless approach

This group of 15 England players are playing miles below their potential. They have too much talent to let Sri Lanka stroll to 310 while smoking a …

English

South Africa v Ireland: Hashim Amla breaks another record at Cricket World Cup

AB de Villiers might be South Africa’s batting superstar but Hashim Amla is the Proteas’ Mr Consistent.

Amla already has a stack of world records to …

Cricket World Cup 2015: Ranking the Top 15 Batsmen of Group Stage so Far

With just over half of the 2015 Cricket World Cup group-stage fixtures completed, it's time to take a look at the top performing batsmen.

The early part of the competition has been dominated by the bat, with 17 centuries scored in the first 23 matches.

The upper echelon of the run-scoring table …

Rankings

AB De Villiers: World Cup Superstar

He is the top-ranked batsman in the world right now and could be forgiven for carrying an attitude to match.

But Abraham Benjamin de Villiers’ humble …

South Africa

Treasures to be found as geocaching craze sweeps region

THERE’S a craze that’s sweeping central Queensland and it’s called geocaching. Geocaching is a hi-tech treasure hunt using GPS to fine planted …

GPS

5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret Them

You know you’re a geocacher if you’ve had a geocaching dream, right?

What you might not know is what your subconscious is trying to tell you. Whether …

Geocaching

The great Chinese investment conundrum

There can’t be too many people in Australia who don’t recognise that the health of the Australian economy is increasingly determined in China. The …

China

HECS tax would have Pyne's desired effect: stratifying unis

If the main reason for the proposed changes to higher education was to increase university funding, cut government spending, or a combination of …

Christopher Pyne

We will never again have as much energy as now – it's time to adapt

Wind energy will be an important part of the world's energy future - but it won't be enough to feed growing demand. David Clarke/Flickr, CC …

Energy

To clean up the financial system we need to watch the watchers

Who's watching Australia's financial regulators? Cobalt123/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAScandals involving Australia’s financial advice sector and the …

ASIC

Illicit drugs: Australian sports intervene while WADA spectates

Allegations of cocaine use and supply by rugby union and league players at Queensland clubs have stimulated public debate about the off-field …

Narcotics

Copayment or not, why we all must continue to fight for our frontliners

This week has seen some good news for the healthcare system, and for all of us who access it. The potentially regressive and mistargeted co-payment …

Primary Care

The national security issue that will hit Australia's economy

US President Barack Obama is seeking US$14 billion to tackle it. The UK wants to build a start-up industry around it. And Australia is in the middle

Australia

Vain, deluded, indecisive, biased: this is the "average" consumer

Who is the “typical” or “average” consumer? Is there such a thing? What do they look like? How do they make decisions? Am I an average (or perhaps a …

Australian Bureau of Statistics

ICAC asks High Court to decide extent of its investigatory powers

NSW deputy senior Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, SC, has challenged ICAC’s power to investigate her alleged conduct. AAP/Joel CarrettIn a case …

Judiciary

What you can do at work to stop the violence in our homes

If you think someone is experiencing domestic violence, don’t dismiss it, don’t blame the victim and don’t look the other way. …

Abuse

Rolf Harris is stripped of CBE

Harris, 84, who was jailed for nearly six years for sex attacks on girls as young as seven, loses honour awarded in 2006

Rolf Harris, who was convicted of assaulting young girls last year, has been stripped of the CBE awarded to him by the Queen.

An official announcement in the London Gazette states: …

Rolf Harris

Koalas could be culled in overpopulated areas to prevent starvation, says expert

Call to cull healthy koalas comes as the Victorian government reveals 700 sick and starving koalas were euthanised at Cape Otway in 2013 and 2014

Australia needs to consider allowing healthy koalas to be euthanised in order to control numbers in overpopulated areas, where the animals risk dying …

Koala

Joe Hockey says search is on for illegal foreign home purchases after tipoffs

Treasurer says he is receiving information about improperly acquired homes a day after ordering a Chinese investor to sell a $39m Sydney mansion

The government will investigate all realistic evidence of illegal foreign purchases of real estate and is receiving scores of tipoffs from around the …

Joe Hockey

Clive Palmer tells Abbott to 'commit suicide' during remarks on education policy

Palmer United party apologises for remark but he ‘shouldn’t be going there in the first place’, says chief executive of Sane

The Palmer United party leader, Clive Palmer, has told the prime minister to “commit suicide” during remarks about education policy.

The federal MP for Fairfax later attempted …

Clive Palmer

Tony Abbott boosts military pay deal to above-inflation 2% in wake of criticism

‘It is still frugal government, if I may say so, but ... acknowledges the special place that the defence forces have,’ says prime minister

Tony Abbott has sought to remove another “barnacle” causing problems for the government, abandoning what was in effect a pay cut for Australian Defence Force …

Tony Abbott

Australia's economic growth remains sluggish at 0.5% for December quarter

Analysts say the weaker than expected result shows the economy is still not responding to interest rate cuts, lower petrol prices and the weaker currency

Australia’s economy remains stubbornly sluggish, showing growth of 0.5% in the December quarter and 2.5% in 2014, which was slightly worse than …

Economics

Former Knox head admits he impeded child abuse investigation on purpose

Ian Paterson told police investigating paedophile teachers at the school he was not aware of any complaints, which he admits was a lie, royal commission hears

The former headmaster of Knox Grammar school has admitted deliberately impeding a police investigation into paedophile teachers working at …

Abuse

Removed for being Aboriginal. Is the NT creating another stolen generation?

There are more than 900 Aboriginal children in ‘out of home care’ in the NT. New laws will devastate groups trying to regain Aboriginal control over Aboriginal child welfare

There was a case in the Northern Territory recently in which a Warlpiri woman had two grandchildren removed from her care. In …

Northern Territory

Kevin Pietersen debate is the last thing England need, says Stuart Broad

• Broad says talk of return an unhelpful distraction during World Cup • ‘The last thing this group needs is a KP media storm popping up again’ • Pietersen scorns team selection to put rapprochement on hold

Stuart Broad believes the reopening of the debate over Kevin Pietersen’s future is the last …

Kevin Pietersen

Bali Nine duo arrive on execution island amid Australian pleas for mercy

Australian foreign minister calls death sentence for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran ‘unacceptable and unthinking’ as Tony Abbott admits Indonesia’s position is hardening

Two Australian men on death row in Indonesia have arrived on the prison island where they are due to be executed, while the …

Tony Abbott

Medicare co-payment: a case study in policy implosion

Tony Abbott was in full confessional mode after Tuesday’s formal interment of the Medicare co-payment.

As a former health minister, “I should have …

Medicare

Why on earth would a publisher knock back a politician's memoir?

Should publishers have the right to refuse a manuscript on the basis of seeking retribution for a past wrong?

University of Queensland Press (UQP) …

Publishing

Abbott denies 'mission creep' as more Australian troops committed to Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australia will send about 300 more troops to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces as a contribution to …

Iraq

FactCheck: did 1200 refugees die at sea under Labor?

The number of refugee deaths at sea is on the rise internationally. AAP Image/Scott FisherThe Rudd government’s dismantling of the Howard …

Refugees