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Stone the crows… shoot, gas them, I don’t care

"Stone the crows… shoot, gas them, I don’t care." ROBERT MACKLIN really doesn't like crows!

I tried, but an electric car was beyond my reach

Letter writer JANE ALLEN, of Watson, describes the frustrations and setbacks to buying an electric car in Canberra... 

Power to the people comes at a higher price

The community was walloped with a harsh increase in electricity prices just in time for the cold months of winter, while P-platers were basking in a 79-cents-a-week incentive to drive carefully. Seriously. It's "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN sees some unintended consequences from these days of vaccine rollouts.

The prime minister’s on a quest to be Biden’s ‘bestie’

Scott Morrison, who was embraced as a bro’ by Donald Trump, now seeks to become one of Joe Biden’s besties, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

First step in saving native wildlife from killer cats 

"Cat containment is a welcome… first small step in what must become a national drive to contain – or better still, eliminate – the carnage to native wildlife perpetrated by this imported predator," says "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

Is border hopping the right way to die with dignity?

Letter writer and dying-with-dignity campaigner GREG CORNWELL is worried about the successful local legislative outcome if we decide to create our own law on voluntary assisted dying.

Praying the birthday fairies will cast a special spell

"She’s already there in so many ways... except for the screaming. Boss baby chose this method of communication a long time ago and, sadly, it just hasn’t quit our lives," bemoans "Mummy" columnist KATE MEIKLE. 

Tree trims might be cheaper with an orthopod 

Is anyone is thinking 'extortion' in regard to tree trimming near power lines in Canberra? That's the questioned posed and answered in "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE this week.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN thinks there are too many people on government handouts...

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Extended lockdown forces PM to offer financial aid

This week the prime minister tried to hold out on giving assistance to Victorians, hoping the state’s latest lockdown would last only seven days. But he had to capitulate, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN captures the tale of two states right now...

A slippery slide down the razor blade of life…

"I should have been killed many times over, but so far have managed to dodge death or injury. But we all probably know people who were killed unexpectedly, often through no fault of their own," writes "Whimsy" columnist CLIVE WILLIAMS.

The vaccine rollout is very obviously a race

New "expert" advice is in – don't say the vaccine rollout is "not a race", writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Letters / Be certain, Julianne, at least two of us care

Letter writer ERIC HUNTER, of Cook, is reaching out to assure indigenous, strip-search victim Julianne Williams that there are people who care about her plight, including him and his wife...

Students join the people who are changing Australia

"Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese's commitments to action on climate change, to a Federal Integrity Commission and to Makarrata were totally believable. That’s no more than a community deserves, but it does make a welcome change," writes "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN. 

What Simon says is only for Rebecca to hear

Homelessness of humans, homes for earless dragons, safer road signs and stolen cars. It's another "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE. 

Barr mute as Labor locals speak up for Collaery

"Where, oh where, was Chief Minister Andrew Barr? I have searched the records and can find not a single indication of his support for Bernard Collaery," writes "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN. 

No outcry against Canberra’s shameful ‘obscenity’

"An Aboriginal person in Canberra is 19.4 times more likely to be sent to prison than a non-Aboriginal person. The highest rate ratio in Australia. Without argument, this is more than a disgrace – it is obscene," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

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