Living the dream (so we don’t have to): the boy who ran off to Bali | Sam Leith | Opinion

When Jonah, my four-year-old son, gets in a bate – usually either because I’ve put cheese on his pasta, or because I haven’t – he is prone to stomp to the front door and announce: “I’m fed up with all of you. I don’t want to be in this family. …

White South African farmers don’t need Australia’s help, UNHCR says

White South African farmers don’t need Australia’s help, UNHCR says

Posted April 16, 2018 16:20:28 The United Nations has urged Australia to resettle the refugees who have been languishing on Manus Island and Nauru for the past five years, rather than focusing on the plight of persecuted white South African farmers. Key points: UNHCR in Canberra says it is yet …

Commonwealth Games: Sally Pearson battles injury but don’t write her off on the Gold Coast – Commonwealth Games 2018

Commonwealth Games: Sally Pearson battles injury but don’t write her off on the Gold Coast – Commonwealth Games 2018

Updated April 04, 2018 17:47:14 Photo: Sally Pearson has been putting up a brave face amid the injury concerns. (AAP: Darren England) Should Sally Pearson make it to the blocks for the heats of the 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in just over a week, it would be wise …

Language-learning apps don’t capture how long it takes to actually learn a language

Language-learning apps don’t capture how long it takes to actually learn a language

Posted April 04, 2018 06:00:00 Photo: Three weeks might be a realistic time-frame if you just want to order a “café au lait” on your next trip to Paris. (Reuters: Jacky Naegelen) If you go by the ads for some language learning apps, you can “have a conversation in a …

Should you tell your friend that you don’t like their new partner?

Should you tell your friend that you don’t like their new partner?

Posted March 28, 2018 07:00:02 It is an exciting time when a friend or family member finds love — they’re ecstatic, besotted with their new partner. It gets complicated, though, if you don’t think their new beau is good enough for them. Do you tell them that you think they’re …

Indonesians win the right to one-month paternity leave but some fathers don’t want to take it

Indonesians win the right to one-month paternity leave but some fathers don’t want to take it

By Nurina Savitri Updated March 25, 2018 15:44:29 Photo: Siti Wahyuni thinks the 30-days maximum provision for paternity leave is too long. (ABC News: Iffah Nur Arifah) Indonesian fathers who are civil servants are now eligible for up to one month of parental leave, but some families are choosing not …

Tropical Cyclone Marcus is heading for Perth, but you don’t need to panic

Tropical Cyclone Marcus is heading for Perth, but you don’t need to panic

Updated March 21, 2018 14:50:19 External Link: Tropical Cyclone Marcus Forecasters say a severe tropical cyclone set to curve around the WA coast towards Perth is the strongest of the season, but have assured the public there is no cause for alarm. Tropical Cyclone Marcus has strengthened into a category …

‘Don’t hesitate’: How giant-wave surfer Ross Clarke-Jones glides on a wall of water

‘Don’t hesitate’: How giant-wave surfer Ross Clarke-Jones glides on a wall of water

Updated March 21, 2018 07:15:17 External Link: Ross Clarke-Jones glides down the front of a giant wave. Related Story: Aussie big wave surfer concussed after being washed onto rocks in Portugal He has broken his nose, fractured ribs, snapped a bicep and suffered numerous neck and spinal injuries — and …