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Why Australians fell out of love with Holdens

We fell out of love with Holden because it fell out of love with us, writes marketing and consumer behaviour expert GARY MORTIMER.

Please, please, Jon, return to the political fray

Letter writer HELEN WADE is pleading for former chief minister Jon Stanhope to return to the political fray.

Budget plunges, but Labor keeps on promising  

As we drown in unexpected debt, the rain comes, WorkSafe goes on the warpath and Walter Burley Griffin is remembered on some far and distant shore. Another "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE.

Authority burns millions on distracting residents

"Much to the growing dismay of ratepayers, the City Renewal Authority continues to burn millions on pop-ups and other distractions in Civic, Braddon and more recently Dickson," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

How to keep the power on when disaster hits

It’s timely to consider how we can build a better system – one that’s more resilient in times of disaster, writes BJORN STURMBERG. 

Cloth-eared Chris finally hears the bus anger

Buses come back, planes get the shakes, strange pavement protrusions and petrol price puffery... it's another 'Seven Days' with IAN MEIKLE. PEOPLE power has...

Glimmerings in the sci-fi movie smoke

"Suddenly there was a sense that 'we’re all in this together', that the very idea of being Australian and literally under fire from the monster made us one," writes The gadfly columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

Minister Steel not ‘stupid’, simply out of his depth

Letter writer RICHARD GORRELL, of Belconnen, says Minister Chris Steel's real weakness is his willingness to defer to his minders’ capricious, inaccurate or ill-informed advice. He is 'out of his depth'.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

A damp PAUL DORIN turns his cartooning skills to climate change.

‘Desperate’ decision to plonk SPIRE on a Garran street

"'Not negotiable' is a term used across Canberra by various ministers in this government to ensure that residents do not get it into their heads that this Labor/Greens government has a democratic approach to how it deals with important matters,' bemoans "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Housing ACT ‘dumbs down’ public housing project 

"WE'RE very likely to see Housing ACT once again cheapen and dumb-down a public housing project, in this case for chronically homeless people, through an opaque process it calls "Market Sounding," says letter writer JACK KERSHAW. 

Grim week of grinding Groundhog Days

ANOTHER week of grinding Groundhog Days as the city grimly lives through another tense seven days (and more) of fire news. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Unhelpful kids leave seniors struggling with technology

SENIORS may not enjoy the stereotype of struggling with technology, but undeniably many older people do have difficulty mastering their devices.

Trees / ACT Greens throw stones at themselves!

"With the Greens embedded and enabling ACT Labor to form government, one would think that trees and biodiversity would have been a top priority and the consistent diminishing of our tree cover would have been halted by now. Not so," says "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

‘Silly’ signs point to Renewal Authority’s failure

"It is pretty obvious that the City Renewal Authority’s splash of money has delivered a negative result. Do we now wait for its spin doctors to tell us how this store closure is a positive thing for Dickson?" writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL DORIN.

Why we should fight fire with financial fairness

"Surely, it's time to consider whether or not Australia would be better served by extrapolating from the reservists’ model and applying it to our Rural Fire Service," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE. 

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