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Letters / Greens joined at the hip to Labor’s decisions

COLUMNIST Michael Moore has touched on a vitally important issue central to the quality of our democracy here in Canberra (“Sitting in the centre...

Seven Days / Laughs ended when Jana left

Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH reflects on another week in the life of the national capital.

Hello, it’s Woden calling, is anyone listening?

"It was uncomfortable (but slightly entertaining) watching Minister Steven-Smith flounder so badly, trying all the usual cliched answers. None of the usual spin and avoidance tactics were working," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

All hail Steve Smith, says cartoonist PAUL DORIN.

Getting to work is getting longer in Canberra

Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH reckons it’s getting longer to get around Canberra and the latest national data backs him up.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN tackles the problem of staying up tp watch the Ashes.

Facebook’s coming for your digital money

Facebook's new currency play Libra isn't a cryptocurrency; it's more like a digital gift card, writes THOMAS L KNAPP.

The capital authority’s stupid bridge too far

"The cost of following the stupid suggestion of replacing Commonwealth Bridge would be enormous. It's complex and would require complicated demolition work and be a huge disruption for the city," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

Irony of an Aboriginal celebration held in prison

“It is clear to me that ACT Labor and the Greens are acutely aware that there are far more votes in the tram than there are in addressing indigenous disadvantage,” writes JON STANHOPE.

‘Fix My Street’ facility fixes nothing in Hughes!

Letter writer BEC HENSON says the government’s ‘Fix My Street’ service isn’t working for her in Hughes.

Now we know the ‘don’t-you-know-who-I-am’ dude

MIKE WELSH wraps up another week of life in the national capital.

Council bypasses heritage to approve new house in Reid

There’s a new house in Reid that’s got through the Heritage Council that shouldn’t have, says Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

How aid and trade trumps war

“Just over the horizon is a cataclysm heading our way – it’s the sad and sorry march by land and sea of the climate-change refugees in their multi-millions,” writes The Gadfly columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

Steel starts bending to the forces of the market

"It seems that ACT Labor has a view on how democracy works that no longer aligns with the view of residents," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

With calls to raise the Newstart allowance, cartoonist PAUL DORIN wonders about the struggling farmers.

There’s no stopping the ‘rhino on a skateboard’

Transport Minister Chris Steel's line, light rail should be treated like a “rhino on a skateboard”, brilliantly nails the issue, says Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH.

New towers to ‘dominate’ the Campbell vista

“Ad hocery, spin and deception are now the key tools being used to decide the future of the former CSIRO site in Campbell,” writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Grumpy / ‘Ashamed’ of shameful profligacy 

Occasional Grumpy columnist, CEDRIC BRYANT, of Watson, can't get over the wastefulness of the tram-launch knees-up.

So, I booked to see a child psychologist… 

"In the daily grind of parenting and the competing demands of family life, it’s hard to zoom out and look at the bigger picture and assess how we as parents are performing," writes Mummy columnist KATE MEIKLE




Shed opens up some of the best oysters

Winter is a peak season for oysters farmed in the pristine, turquoise waters the Eurobodalla coast is so well known for. The unique microclimate and clean waters create the oyster’s signature taste and appeal (salty, sweet, creamy),” writes WENDY JOHNSON.


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