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Safer nuclear power offers carbon-free energy

Emeritus professor ERICH WEIGOLD, of the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering, says there is an argument for safe, nuclear energy to support Australia's ambitions for a carbon-free baseload power future.

ICU nurses are under emotional pressure, too

Former registered nurse ANTHONY NOAKES, of Florey, writes that ICU 
nurses face the same emotional impact as doctors as they, too, care for
 critically ill patients and their families.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN puts the pressure on Father Christmas to help end the drought.

When the cranky cockies tumbled into town

"Seven Days" columnist MIKE WELSH finds himself in the middle of the farmers' protest at Parliament House.

Bishop Mark has some ‘amazing’ Christmas news

Bishop Mark has some 'amazing' Christmas news.

Government muzzles Molonglo’s planning mess

"Is history about to repeat itself? The Greens are yet again making similar noises about sustainability and climate in relation to new developments," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

No more dangerous gum trees in the suburbs

"It is the real danger of eucalypts catching fire that should force the government to remove existing gum trees from Canberran verges and to...

On climate disruption, the truth matters

"They say the first casualty of war is truth. Tragically, in the face of climate disruption, truth has long been a casualty," writes TIM HOLLO. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN clearly believes in Father Christmas.

Weird week with a whack from Mother Nature

"Seven Days" columnist MIKE WELSH reflects on another astonishing week in the nation's capital.

The Kafkaesque tale of Canberra’s secret prisoner

The secrecy surrounding Canberra's secret prisoner has led a former NSW Supreme Court justice to question whether Australia is heading down a path towards totalitarianism, as fundamental democratic principles such as open justice are increasingly being curtailed, write PAUL GREGOIRE and UGUR NEDIM

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN can't resist a look at Westpac Bank.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN directs his wry eye at the Westpac Bank scandal.

The suburb where common sense took 32 years!

Columnist PAUL COSTIGAN reveals the suburb where common sense took 32 years!

‘Dad’s Army’ diversion belies prison incompetence

"The fevered announcement about the prospect of firearms in the prison diverted attention from the breath-taking incompetence of authorities in not having systems to prevent people casually breaking into the prison. Surely, a head or two should roll," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

Dangers of delivering rushed election promises

The ACT government is pushing ahead of the election two rushed and sparsely-detailed 2016 ALP election promises so they can be "delivered" to the point of no return by October, says letters writer SUE DYER, of Downer. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN casts his wry eye on the Treasurer's urging to keep older people in work longer.

Mammaries, arts and whinging old farts

Mammaries, arts and whinging old farts... Columnist MIKE WELSH covers a lot of ground in this week's "Seven Days".

The missing detail in the ‘secret’ prisoner scoop

ROBERT MACKLIN reveals an important detail he left out of his original story, which has been making headlines across Australia.

The changing hospital promise hurts the locals 

Two years on and reality checks on the chosen site for the Canberra Hospital redevelopment in Garran highlight the lack of appropriate planning and unforeseen costs, says "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

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