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Berry bulldozes Dickson residents again

ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry is doing her best to upset and alienate the voters within the inner north, just in time for the 2020 elections, says “Canberra Matters” columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

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Cartoonist PAUL DORIN cast a wry eye on one’s Royal ructions.

The end is nigh, if we let it be

"Our world is separating itself into two violently opposed camps – the people v. their failed leadership – and an undeclared war between them will mean the destruction of human society as we know it," write "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

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“CityNews” cartoonist PAUL DORIN doubles as a senior firefighter in NSW. He has seen some service this summer, which give his bushfire cartoons an added sense of poignancy. 

Few ways to escape the smoke at home or play

“Our buildings aren’t made to keep out bushfire smoke. Here’s what you can do,” says GEOFF HAMMER.

More political fumbling as Australia burns

Watching politicians fumble through the bushfire crisis, researcher MARC HUDSON is overwhelmed by déjà vu.

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“CityNews” cartoonist PAUL DORIN doubles as a senior firefighter in NSW. He has seen some service this summer, which give his bushfire cartoons an added sense of poignancy.

Astounding ways animals survive bushfires

Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. DALE NIMMO reveals some of the tricks they use to survive.

Got the face mask, what about the kids?

KATE MEIKLE faces the facts and get a P2 mask... but not for her children. How does that work?

Slowing a little boy’s journey to ‘big’ school

"I stood my ground. Call it mother’s instinct or just receiving the right information about not rushing the school years if you have any doubts about your child’s ability to thrive," writes "Mummy" columnist KATE MEIKLE on her decision to hold her five-year-old back a year from school.

Despairing at what the future holds

“The Conversation” journalist NICOLE HASHAM puts some tough questions through the filter of her own harrowing bushfire experience. 

Bushfires / Goodbye to the typical summer holiday

What’s truly absurd is thousands of holidaymakers heading directly into forests and national parks right in the middle of peak bushfire season, writes pyrogeography professor DAVID BOWMAN

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“CityNews” cartoonist PAUL DORIN doubles as a senior firefighter in NSW. He has seen some service this summer, which give his bushfire cartoons an added sense of poignancy

A poet in praise of firefighters

Canberra poet ANDREW GUILD is moved to verse with a poem dedicated to Australia’s firefighters.

How the government keeps failing Canberra

"Canberra is destined to be dominated by masses of boring metal and glass towers, there will be fewer trees, less biodiversity, little of cultural and heritage interest and it will be a city not designed to deal with climate change," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Cut the should and stop the shaming

"The pervasive stereotype that a woman must sacrifice every waking moment of her life to her children is still so strong," writes "Mummy" columnist KATE MEIKLE. 

Election truly a good one for Labor to lose

"With the country on fire and the rivers drying up Australians are watching with growing amazement that Scott Morrison’s belief in 'miracles' extends to a blind denial of science and the evidence all around him," writes "Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

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Cartoonist PAUL DORIN starts the year on a poignant note.

Pollies, parrots and spinning facts

"While the local media parrots are eagerly consuming what they are being fed, what is it that they are not paying attention to?" "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN has the answer.

Climate change is coming for the things you love

There’s no sugar-coating it: climate change is wrecking the things we love. Time to step it up a notch, says ROD LAMBERTS.

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