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Do synonyms exist?

12 October 2016

Inside Language | Streams, brooks, creeks, rivulets – they’re not quite the same thing, are they?


They might have started off meaning the same things, but words acquire all kinds of baggage along the way – which means that mutts, hounds, curs and canine quadrupeds aren’t interchangeable, despite what the thesaurus might imply.

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Is the party over?

7 October 2016

With the parties under growing pressure to reform political finance, the only real obstacle is a lack of will

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No more money: NAB chief executive Andrew Thorburn discussed his bank’s decision to stop making political donations at the parliamentary inquiry into banking ths week. Lukas Coch/AAP Image

No more money: NAB chief executive Andrew Thorburn discussed his bank’s decision to stop making political donations at the parliamentary inquiry into banking ths week. Lukas Coch/AAP Image