At www.smh.com.au/immerse : Tim Elliott on the Australian couple who have spent more than a decade working in the slums of Bangkok; plus Paul McGeough on bank robber Corey Donaldson - Robin Hood or conman?
At www.smh.com.au/comment : Mike Carlton figures we might as well just sell the Reef; Jac Maley and Ross Gittins go all MYEFO; Richard Glover and Julia Baird give their very different takes on Christmas.
Previously suppressed emails at a corruption inquiry raise serious concerns about major donors to the Liberal Party being rewarded with extraordinary access to senior party figures. The emails are from the chief fundraiser of the NSW Liberal Party Paul Nicolaou to Peta Credlin, one of the most powerful figures in the federal government.
The politically explosive issue of council amalgamations is set to be revisited by the NSW government after updated figures revealed the continuing deterioration of the state's local government sector.
Enough. Today's editorial: ''On July 12, 2012, after the death of Thomas Kelly, the Herald ran an editorial calling for a safer Sydney under the headline ''Enough is enough with Kings Cross lawlessness''. Eighteen months have passed and there has been a great deal of effort. But there has not been what we perceive as a galvanising effort. The police and pubs and clubs do not seem to have a common plan. Kings Cross is as seedy as ever. Too many young men feel they can take drugs and get drunk and menace people with no fear of serious consequences. All of this has to change. The time is now.''