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Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

The Government's tax bonus has caught the wry eye of cartoonist PAUL DORIN.

Letters / More hamster-wheel consultation awaits?

The City Renewal Authority’s latest report has caused much consternation and incredulity among many individuals and community groups, says letter writer SUE DYER, of Downer.

Private school ‘Fight Club’ sets tongues wagging

Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH reflects on another week in the life of Canberra

Dickson’s supermarket chaos ends and starts again

If anyone has questions around the Dickson supermarket chaos, please check in with your local politicians who have collectively sat back watched all this happen, writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

Letters / Trees, please, but no untidy gums

"At least 90 per cent of Belconnen residents I have questioned over the last few years do not support the government’s obsession with continually planting gum trees," says letter writer JUSTINE LANGDON, of Cook.  

Does Canberra really need this ‘CRAPP’?

The City Renewal Authority's new report portrays a mono-culture of mainly white faces. It makes no serious effort to identify the senior members of the community and their requirements. The emphasis seems to be on people no older than the Chief Minister, writes PAUL COSTIGAN.

When slobbering Sir Les rattled the gates

Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH reflects on a week in the life in Canberra. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Interest-rate cuts have caught the wry eye of cartoonist PAUL DORIN.

How good is Watson when it comes to planning?

"There are massive residential developments going on in New Watson and little offered to deal with traffic, the enormous number of trees being cut down and the lack of facilities," writes PAUL COSTIGAN.

Goodbye to babies, we’re almost, almost ‘there’

"I have learnt the hard way, as so many of us do, that the road to motherhood is paved with tears. We fight so hard for our babies, be it through fertility challenges, miscarriage, complicated pregnancies or traumatic births," writes Mummy columnist KATE MEIKLE

Labor still playing brinkmanship game with tax cuts

Labor has left the way open to wave through the government’s tax package in its entirety by the end of the week, but is continuing to play a game of brinkmanship by strongly attacking the third stage, which does not start until 2024-25, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Letters / Bush capital eroded by greed

"The vandalisation and resumption of some of the Kippax ovals by the ACT government is yet another of their notorious land grabs to increase their perception for high density and to make money," says letter writer KARNA O'DEA, of Aranda

Barr’s light-rail analogy takes the prize

Chief Minister Andrew Barr's light-rail analogy to explain away the shock resignation of tipped Labor leadership aspirant Meegan Fitzharris took the prize, says Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN casts a wry eye on the promise of tax cuts.

The growing problem of not planting trees

"To get back to where we should have been with the number of trees, Canberra needs an injection of at least 40,000 trees," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Letters / This government is testing the true believers

"Surely even the government’s most rusted-on supporters cannot vote for this tired, complacent and high-taxing regime to be given another term!" says letter writer COLIN LYONS, of Weetangera.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN sinks the boot into vanquished Queensland...

Sounds like this… protest cranks up the decibels

Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH reports on another week in the life of Canberra.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Brrr.. What about those energy prices? Cartoonist PAUL DORIN reflects on energy bills in the latest "Dose of Dorin".




Chunky orchestra with a big, fat, romantic sound

The chunky, fat, romantic Australian World Orchestra is coming to Canberra for the first time, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.


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