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Costigan / The minister, the bureaucrats and the donkeys

"It is now common to encounter ACT bureaucrats who work as if the locals are something they have to put up with in their efforts to administer and regulate everything," bemoans columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

Doszpot / How the Libs would fix the Brickworks

“We need to get the planning decisions right… What happens in Yarralumla could be a dangerous precedent for elsewhere in our bush capital," says Liberal MLA STEVE DOSZPOT

Griffiths / Shining through the semi-functional junk

“Anyone asking for directions without prefacing ‘my phone has run out of charge’ is probably trying to rob you and you should run away from them," writes Lowbrow columnist JOHN GRIFFITHS
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Moore / Why Barr needs to say no to casino gamble

“Aquis should be denied access to poker machines. They took the gamble. You bet they knew the risks," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Trail of untruths and errors in the tram cash crash

"All up, stage one of the light rail project is costing taxpayers about $2.21 billion, ie about $600 per household, for each of the next 20 years," writes MAX FLINT, co-ordinator of Smart Canberra Transport.

Opinion: How Rudd can keep Labor in The Lodge

Kevin Rudd’s biographer ROBERT MACKLIN offers the returning Prime Minister three steps to staying in The Lodge

Welsh / Tampering with tradition threatens to tarnish

"Eddies' old boys were up in arms and social media became busy, marking principal Daniel Lawler's straight-bat defence an “F” for failure," writes Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH  

Opinion / Painful policies that attack working people

“There is no courage in forcing minimum-wage workers to take a pay cut, just cruelty," writes ALEX WHITE, secretary of UnionsACT

Growing up – it’s tough on mums

IT can come as a bit of a shock every now and again, when you realise you and your other half might not be...

Moore / Union takes big stick to ‘complacent’ minister

"If the CFMEU can't get action without taking extreme steps, what can ordinary citizens expect?" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Grattan / Joyce tells WA Nats to leave his future to those with ‘skin...

BARNABY Joyce has dismissed a call from the Western Australian state Nationals for him to stand down, bluntly telling their leader they are irrelevant...

Letters: Post the ‘train-wreck’ interview

IN “Canberra Confidential” (March 20), ABC Canberra Morning host Genevieve Jacobs appeared to rely on “CityNews” readers not having heard the interview she did...

Macklin / More shocks ahead for the errant super soldiers

"While some in the Big Army might look askance at them, they are perfectly happy to give the SAS the jobs that they themselves would abjure," writes ROBERT MACKLIN

Carter / Heritage comes at a price

ANYONE who has undertaken a renovation knows that upgrades to old buildings can be expensive exercises, sometimes filled with expensive, nasty surprises. This is especially...

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN feels the euphoria as lockdown restrictions ease...

Macklin / Thickly spreading the bread-and-butter news

“When it comes to dumb ideas it’s hard to go past the latest ACT number plate slogan, ‘Age Friendly City’. It’s not only meaningless, it’s boring," writes Seven Days columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

Just too big to be true, can’t take my eyes off you…

Hot dogs and spies, MARK PARTON gets the Silly Season off to a good start...

Letters / Like it’s raining money

AS much as I like Michael Moore, I find his advocacy at times goes beyond public benefit to rent-seeking advocacy (“Health starts to hurt...

Hawke, the judge and ambition gone awry

A state funeral for Bob Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister, will be held at the Sydney Opera House on Friday, June 14. Here Canberra author CONSTANCE LARMOUR shares an insight into Hawke and an early mentor.

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