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Cartoonist PAUL DORIN sees virtue in some retail therapy.

Letters / Electioneering as quiet as a cemetery at midnight  

"Those running for public office would be wise not to treat the electorate with contempt or indifference because as individuals we capable of dispatching you to the rubbish bin of history." Letter writer JOHN LAWRENCE, of Flynn, is holding nothing back.   

Grateful is the word and the gratitude shows

This week we're grateful for grants, politicians, hairdressers and a giraffe's birthday... it's another "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Who'd be a pilot right now, ponders cartoonist PAUL DORIN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN goes shopping in the modern world.

COVID-19 comes out on top after a bleak week

Scott Morrison says of the war against COVID-19: “On some days the virus wins. On other days we beat it.” This week, the virus was counting its victories most days, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN'S look at love in the covid world.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

When only the best mask will do...

Letters / Tardy government ‘decimating’ community clubs

"The ACT government is decimating our club sector on a purported gaming harm platform, yet is failing to spend funds raised to help Canberrans impacted by gambling," bemoans letter writer GWYN REES, of ClubsACT.

Loneliness of the long-distance Victorian

Expat Victorian EDDIE WILLIAMS finds himself in a strange kind of purgatory; family and friends are but an hour’s flight away and yet they may as well be at the North Pole...  

Exploring the aisles for the gems of diversity 

"Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN loves to explore supermarket aisles for the gems of diversity.

So Mick, what’s the going rate to hire a firie?

There's a smouldering mystery in Minister Mick Gentleman's office: How much does a firefighter cost? Pre-election tight lips aren't telling as the minister signs up 99 more firies. It's "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

When it comes to selecting a mask, care is needed, says cartoonist PAUL DORIN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has a fun look at lockdowns...

What’s woken Andrew Barr from his slumber?

What has woken Andrew Barr from his long slumber and made him aware of what the developers are trying to get away with in Canberra wonders letter writer ANN COOPER, of Wanniassa.

From Manus to a ‘hostage’ year in a hotel room

Seven years on and there are still asylum seekers taken by Australia to Manus Island and Nauru. KIRRILY JORDAN looks at how Australia turned compassion for refugees into another year of torture.

The world goes to war against the memorial

War Memorial chair Kerry Stokes says it's all "special interest groups" and mostly from Canberra opposing his $500 expansion, nevertheless there was some heavy artillery being fired at the project. It's another "Seven Days" in Canberra with IAN MEIKLE.  

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Social distancing is affecting everyone!

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN sees a new frontier in border crossing...

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