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Sculpting a new future in tourism for public art 

"This city should have a well-resourced and well-run sculpture program to build on a selection of works that are scattered throughout the suburbs and along major roads," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Albanese needs to solve Labor’s climate crisis, fast

It is a perfect storm. On the one hand, there is rising pessimism over Labor’s ability to compete with the Morrison government – especially during a pandemic. On the other, rising community impatience for decisive climate action, writes MARK KENNY.

Whatever you do don’t sneeze, we’re watching

Sneezing, coughing and questionable appendages. Its "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE.

No one knew about Australia’s war crimes in Afghanistan?

For many Australians, looking back on a history of war heroism, it will be hard to take in what the investigation by Justice Paul Brereton has found, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

"Are we there yet?" wonders cartoonist PAUL DORIN on the covid journey.

When a soldier’s moral compass collapses

The awaited Brereton Report has identified more than 20 possible war crimes and murders by Australian SAS troops in Afghanistan in 2012 describing it as “possibly the most disgraceful episode in Australia’s military history”. "CityNews" columnist and author ROBERT MACKLIN is unsurprised... 

SA lockdown puts spotlight back on quarantine

"While this may seem like an overly cautious approach to a cluster that isn’t yet as big as we’ve seen in other places, I think it’s a wise move," writes Catherine Bennett.

Faraway adventure of flying to Planet Adelaide

"Once labelled the city of spires, Adelaide is now a city of towers (most very ordinary)… and there were once views of the Adelaide Hills from almost anywhere around the city centre. Not now," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.  

Letters / The hydrogen fuel era has arrived

Letter writer Dr DOUGLAS MACKENZIE, of Deakin, has "a strong feeling" that the era of hydrogen fuel has arrived.

Fascination with the future goes up the polls

"In the end, the polls got the presidential win right but not the extent of it. And they will live to fight another day, and another, ad infinitum because we are obsessed with the future," writes "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

Serious side to the funny business of being funny

“Wit is said to be the ability to say or write things that are clever, unexpected and funny," says CLIVE WILLIAMS in a column he's written for a laugh.

Safety breaches keep coming despite tough talk 

Building safety, hail storms and walks around rustic Reid. Another "Seven Days" of the big stories with IAN MEIKLE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has a warning for UFO visitors...

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Policy promises evaporate in post-election pact

"There are promises made by the coalition partners before the election that are either not mentioned in the parliamentary agreement or are given no priority," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

Pigs totally fly when it comes to planning spin

"Anyone with experience knows that these consultations are a complete sham. They are about announcing what's about to be done in your suburb or on important urban spaces – and now you know, consider yourself consulted," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Less accountability is the price of cosy coalition

"Decades of Labor government have seen Canberra transitioning to a Melbourne-like downtown with leadership from developers rather than planners. Unfortunately, under this agreement, the ability for the Greens to manage this accountability has been severely constrained," writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Attorney-General rejects damning media expose

In a statement late last night, Porter said many of the claims on Four Corners were defamatory and “I will be considering legal options”, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Letters / No more of the same, please 

Letter writer SUE DYER, of Downer, is pining for better planning outcomes, citing the pre-election promises of the main parties. 

Greens spin shadow boxing on the crossbench

Love is in the air as Labor and the Greens cuddle up for another four years. It's another "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE.





Government websites under ’emergency maintenance’

Parts of the ACT government website and the Legislative Assembly website are currently down, with no word of when they'll be running normally again. 


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