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Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and former Hawthorn captain Sam Mitchell were co-winners of the 2012 Brownlow Medal, after Essendon captain Jobe Watson was ruled ineligible. Julian Smith/AAP

Fairest and best? Status counts in the Brownlow Medal

Team captains have a slight statistical advantage in being judged best on ground, says sports economist Liam Lenten.
The Morrison government is at risk of losing control of China policy at the most critical time in Australian history. AAP/EPA/Thomas Peter/pool

Morrison needs to take control of China policy - but leave room for dissent

Backbencher Andrew Hastie's recent opinion piece has caused ructions within the government, but Scott Morrison needs to articulate a clear policy on China that also allows for dissenting voices.
Half of women seeking second and third-trimester abortions do so because of foetal abnormalities. Sasha Freemind

Here’s why there should be no gestational limits for abortion

If NSW decriminalises abortion, women will be able to access a termination up to 22 weeks' gestation. But such cut-offs are arbitrary and should be abandoned.
At least 5,000 Australians die each year as a result of sepsis, more commonly known as blood poisoning. From shutterstock.com

What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

With an ageing population, and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, now is the time to be worried about sepsis.
The Morrison government must have a plan for Australia’s involvement if the “peacekeeping” descends into hostility. AAP/Lukas Coch

As Australia looks to join a coalition in Iran, the risks are many

With the experience of hastily joining the US-lead invasion of Iraq in 2003 still fresh, the federal government must ensure it has a clear view of the limits of any new commitment.
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Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required

Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required. The Conversation55 MB (download)
In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
Recent AFP raids on media outlets raised fears of a chilling effect on investigative journalism, but a new book finds it is thriving against the odds. David Gray/AAP

Why investigative reporting in the digital age is waving, not drowning

Despite media companies' revenue declining in recent years, a nine-year study reveals that the greatly feared death of investigative journalism has not occurred.

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