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analysis:New and used car prices are still soaring and show no sign of dropping. Here's why

The cost of new and second hand vehicles has sky-rocketed, adding to cost-of-living pressures already being experienced by most Australians. This is the reason, writes Vinh Thai.
TV still of car yard on Moorooka magic mile on Brisbane's southside on December 9, 2008.

analysis:Michelle Heyman's Matildas recall highlights Australian football's striker problem

The 35-year-old Canberra United forward has been recalled six years after her last appearance for the Matildas. What does that say about the next generation of Australian strikers?
A soccer player wearing yellow and green runs with the ball during a game against a team wearing blue

analysis:As Silver Ferns results slip, should Netball New Zealand reconsider its Super Netball ban?

After New Zealand's struggles at another international netball tournament, former Silver Ferns star and new Giants recruit Sam Winders gives her thoughts on the team's strict fitness standards and ineligibility relating to the Super Netball league.
Sam Winders passes the ball to a teammate as she stands beside Diamonds captain Liz Watson

analysis:Australian households are no longer driving demand and inflation, so why punish them with higher interest rates?

In just half a sentence, the Reserve Bank board dashed the rate cut hopes of millions of mortgage borrowers. Does it risk condemning the Australian economy to recession as well?
RBA governor Michele Bullock holds her hand up while speaking at a press conference.

analysis:Is it time to stop rewarding landlords who can't make money?

There are two things the prime minister needs to get into his head about tax. One is that saying he won't make any further changes no longer works. The other is that negative gearing doesn't do much to get people into homes, writes Peter Martin.
A drone shot of a new housing estate, with houses stretching as far as the eye can see

analysis:Beijing edits Yang Hengjun's online record in a hint of what might lie ahead

Yesterday, China sentenced Yang Hengjun to death. But a minor tweak in a press conference transcript from years ago sheds light on a potential reprieve, writes Bang Xiao.
A screenshot with a red box highlighting some Chinese characters that were changed in a transcript of a press conference.

analysis:Cloud of uncertainty over King Charles's health just 18 months into reign

King Charles is 75 and has had a lifetime of mostly good health. However, the UK will be worried about the monarch after the palace's revelation he is fighting an undisclosed form of cancer, writes Steve Cannane.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla talk while on the royal balcony.

analysis:Why the cost of living crisis could worsen even if the RBA leaves rates on hold

Leaving the cash rate unchanged today is all but a foregone conclusion for the RBA. Behind closed doors, you can't help but wonder if November's rate hike was a mistake as the economy cools, writes Ian Verrender.
Group of city workers walking on street

analysis:Why political parties don't want you to know where their campaign donations are coming from

"Why should well-heeled corporate types get to spend time at a table with a minister ... when a normal voter would not even get an audience?" a retired teacher asked the inquiry. That's a question we'd all like an answer to, writes Linton Besser.
Birds fly out the front of Parliament House

analysis:The power of a gun: Israeli settlers who commit violence know they have virtual immunity

Biden's executive order authorising sanctions on four violent Israeli settler leaders will probably be meaningless. Settlers know they have virtual immunity for such actions, writes John Lyons.
U.S. President Joe Biden pauses during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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