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The Age is a broadsheet daily newspaper in Melbourne, Australia that was founded on October 17, 1854, and is published by The Age Company Ltd, a subsidiary of John Fairfax Holdings Limited, the group also responsible for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Dominion Post, and The Australian Financial Review. Its only local rival is the Murdoch tabloid Herald Sun.

The Age's editorial position is reasonably consistent with the modern social-democratic position - mostly pro free-trade and moderately liberal on social issues. For example, The Age regularly prints featured opinion pieces from The Guardian, a left-leaning British broadsheet. It also publishes opinion pieces from conservative columnists. In terms of its position on the political spectrum, it can reasonably be argued to be centrist, having supported both major parties roughly equally over the past half-century. It contrasts with the more definitively right-wing Herald Sun of Rupert Murdoch, giving it the humorous nickname of "The Spencer Street Soviet" - The Age has been located at 250 Spencer Street since 1969.

The Age features the cartoons of Michael Leunig and Ron Tandberg. The current editor is Andrew Jaspan, former editor of the Scottish Sunday Herald, while Alan Oakley edits The Sunday Age.

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