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Political correctness is – it's now universally accepted in this country, or by anyone with a brain at least – out of control, writes Annabel Crabb.

Politicians should come with a trigger warning

If you're more practical than technical, and you live in Sydney or Melbourne, the best way to judge whether recession looms is to look out the window, writes Ross Gittins.

Recession? Look out your window

We think our cities are shaped by reason and utility; pitched roofs for rain, wide streets for traffic, solid walls for security. In fact, cities – like almost everything – are shaped by emotion, writes Elizabeth Farrelly.

Fear rules in Sydney, but we can learn a lesson from the streets of India

"Why Sydney and why a tower": One of the world’s top architects arrived in Sydney to present his plan for what will become the city’s tallest building, and while here he also offered a word of caution.

Warning from top architect: Don't turn Sydney into another Doha

Comment: It's a given in sport that if you're not leading, you're losing. Can someone please get out the whiteboard and tell national climate change coach Malcolm Turnbull?

The climate is right to 'do something'

Australians have been slow to embrace grocery home deliveries. But this could change as online retail giant Amazon readies to head Down Under.

Australia eyes-home delivery takeoff

After taking up an offer for free moisturiser samples on Facebook, Sharon Green ended up being charged $400 and stuck in a months-long tussle with her bank, the Financial Ombudsman Service, and American-accented people who claimed to be helping, but just kept charging her for more products.

Fake ads on Facebook damaging business brands

Madonna has been honoured as Woman of the Year at Billboard's annual Women In Music event and took the opportunity to "speak her mind" and deliver one of the best rallying cries of the year.

Madonna slams gender inequality after being crowned Billboard's Woman of the Year

When 48-year-old Brenda Kelly Boulter told Australian police she was scammed while in Europe by a Sydney man who claimed he was an ASIO officer on the run from the CIA, the fraud investigator was sceptical.

Serial scammer posed as ASIO agent in Europe, victim claims

The Turnbull government will review the security clearance of an adviser to crossbench kingmaker Nick Xenophon after revelations he told the media about a massive security breach at the French firm building Australia's new submarines, triggering an international furore.

Xenophon staffer's security clearance under review over subs leak

The Obama family has sent its last Christmas card before packing up the U-Haul and leaving the White House, and it's a winner.

Obamas' parting Christmas card a lesson in style

Dylan Voller, the youth at the centre of the Turnbull Government's royal commission into indigenous youth custody, has had his phone privileges cut days before he is due to give evidence.

Don Dale detention 'boy in the hood' Dylan Voller's phone calls cut before royal commission evidence

"I really thought that I was being self deprecating ": After an online backlash, Jennifer Lawrence has apologised for telling a story about scratching her "butt" on sacred rocks in Hawaii.

Jennifer Lawrence forced to apologise for Hawaiian rock 'butt-scratching' story

Consumers will soon see the shape of the malls of the future, from expanded food courts, apps for nearly everything and more click and collect options.

Shopping centres of the future not far away

"Cuberider's goal is to give every Australian high school student at least one space mission a year": A small integrated sensor has made Australian space history.

Cuberider sends Australia's first payload to the International Space Station

Experts say voters should be concerned about the little-known Department of Finance grant payments to the Liberal-aligned Menzies Research Centre and Labor-aligned Chifley Research Centre.

Taxpayers fork out millions to prop up major party think tanks

A Contiki van was taking a group of tourists to a surf beach when it went over a cliff, rolling several times, and plunged into a riverbed.

New Zealander killed, two others injured in Indonesian Contiki tour crash

Fake garlic, bin lids and umbrella stands; Masters have a lot of lacklustre products that people won't buy, no matter the price.

Masters fire sale: the weirdest, saddest stuff left

Don't know what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Maybe you should get them something edible.

Recipes for shortbread, biscuits, mince pies and more

Have a look inside Sea Shepherd's latest weapon against the Japanese whaling fleet, a new state-of-the-art vessel called Ocean Warrior.