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Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off

A new study has found breaking old and forming new habits is key in keeping weight off.
Peter Coleman-Wright and Merlyn Quaife during a dress rehearsal of Bliss in 2010: it is one of few important local operas over the past three decades to have been staged a second time. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Friday essay: where is the Great Australian Opera?

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Victoria’s gambling regular says Crown has lagged behind community expectations when it comes to responsible gambling measures. James Ross/AAP

Australia has a long way to go on responsible gambling

Even with responsible gambling measures in place, excessive gambling remains a problem and a significant cost to society.
Gilgamesh (right) in his first appearance as an Avenger in the Marvel comic Avengers Vol 1 300. Marvel Database

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Unlike the Greek heroes, many Mesopotamian mythical figures have slipped into obscurity. An exception to this is their representation in comics, such as Gilgamesh, who served alongside Captain America as an Avenger.
Some financial institutions might become simply ‘too big to manage’ as well as ‘too big to fail’. AAP

Research suggests bigger banks are worse for customers

Researchers found that larger banks are more likely than their smaller peers to experience "operational losses", which includes a failure to meet obligations to clients.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen weaves a traditional cotton scarf In Phnom Penh in June. He won the recent Cambodia election in a landslide after literally rigging the vote by banning the main opposition party, among other tricks. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

How Cambodia’s prime minister rigged an election

The re-election of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen contributes to the growing global democratic crisis. Here's why.
Better-educated people are better equipped to ask the right questions and make more informed decisions.

The royal commission should result not only in new regulation, but new education

Let's recognise the limitations of regulation as we try to improve outcomes. Money spent on new regulations may be better put to further educating future customers.
Behrouz Boochani photographed on Manus Island. Jason Garman/Amnesty International via AAP

Truth to power: my time translating Behrouz Boochani’s masterpiece

Behrouz Boochani wrote his memoir of incarceration on Manus Island one text message at a time. Translating this work of 'horrific surrealism' from Farsi to English was a profoundly philosophical experience.
It’s a mistake to think of coming out as a once-off declaration: many LGBTIQ+ people have to come out to new colleagues and workplaces again, and again, and again. Nadia Snopek/Shutterstock

Coming out at work is not a one-off event

When LGBTIQ+ people change jobs, gain new workmates or a new boss, they again must weigh up the risks of coming out. Inclusive workplaces realise the benefits of workers who can be their true selves.

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