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Grumpy / What next, bin ransackers in the night?

Reader BJORN MOORE, of Gowrie, is grumpy about the effects of foragers trolling through bins for 10-cent recycling containers

Costigan / Hands up for a bit of respect from the planners

"People are sick of the dumb statements that infill is necessary and therefore we must give up our cherished suburbs for high-rise. This is stupid," writes columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Yesterdays / When you couldn’t get out first ball!

The sound of a mower in summer (and winter) for 'CityNews' cartoonist PAUL DORIN takes him back to his days of backyard sports... and an unnatural fascination for grass!

Costigan / Under the radar, Yvette plays housing games

"As a result of the Northbourne clearances, the extra title of 'Minister for Urban Clearances' should be added to Ms Berry's  portfolios," writes PAUL COSTIGAN

Grattan / 2018, the year of governing badly

LOOKING back on the federal politics of 2018, voters can conclude they’ve been given a rough trot.  What’s been dubbed “the permanent election campaign” to...

Friday on my mind

Breakfast radio host MARK PARTON shares some of the pre-dawn secrets he sees every morning on the way to work

Letters / Walkers tripped by ‘discrimination’

MORE than 600 walkers from Australia and overseas participated in the Canberra Walking Festival on April 1 to 3. Before 2016, this annual walk, known...

Parton / So, okay, I’m a ‘houso’

“When you’re four it’s not a public-housing house… it’s your home," writes columnist MARK PARTON

How low can politics go?

MOTHBALLING blue ties, reading menus carefully and getting rid of emails with sexist jokes seems to be the new parameters in Australian federal politics. The...

Stanhope / Stand firm and fight for asylum-seeker rights

“Even after 40 years' membership of the ALP, I still wrestle with how to appropriately respond to behaviour of the party that is anathema to everything I thought it represented," writes JON STANHOPE

Macklin / Surprises, unsurprises and Queenslanders

"Zed Seselja made an immediate impact with a sensible response to the overly-excited fears of a TV hostess about terrorism and a welcome pledge not to block same-sex marriage legislation," writes columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

Moore / Lead us not into (development) temptation

“When a developer floats ideas, the government should make them public, finesse the ideas and then put them out to open competition," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Cartoon / dose of dorin

Triangle parking, just suck it up!

WORKERS in the parliamentary triangle breathed a sigh of relief with news that their impending date with parking police destiny had been delayed. P-Day...

Fladun / Derelict blots on the Canberra landscape

"Broken windows and doors, boarded up doors and graffiti give this central part of Woden all the charm of an abandoned Soviet industrial site," writes a grumpy Mum in the City columnist SONYA FLADUN

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

A manifesto for Canberra’s future

NOW is the right time to decide what we want for Canberra in the 21st century and, to mark the Centenary, the Property Council...

Stanhope / Strategy signals end of hope for young families

"The strategy ignores almost everything that the community has told the government about its housing choices and will in fact deliver the exact opposite of what the community asked for.

Moore / Australia’s shame and pointless cruelty

“Travelling in England and Europe over the last few weeks, I have been constantly asked why wealthy Australia is so miserly, mean and nasty to refugees. It’s hard to answer," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

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