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Carter / Lapping up parking freedom

“There have been noticeably more cyclists around the parliamentary triangle in the last few weeks – something that is good for wallets and waistlines," writes CATHERINE CARTER

Grattan / Morrison insults people’s intelligence

WHEN Scott Morrison promised to abolish the right of religious schools to expel gay students because of their sexual orientation, his motive was obvious...

Opinion / Conflict service pleads ‘on its knees’ for funds

"We are on our knees at the very time when there has never been a more urgent need for our services and our expertise," writes Shawn van der Linden, CEO of the embattled Conflict Resolution Service in a plea to the ACT government for help

Moore / For Joan, the community came first

"Joan Kellett was not the flamboyant, in-your-face, out-the-front leader that so often finds their way into politics. Rather, she was a somewhat understated but powerful influence," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Welsh / That was the year that was, Seven Days at a time

'Seven Days' columnist MIKE WELSH looks back at the highlights of a year of news in Canberra.

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Moore / Time to think again on the prison

“The ACT has the highest proportion of prisoners with prior imprisonment of all Australian jurisdictions," says political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Menzies, a failure by today’s rules, ran a budget to build the nation

By Richard Denniss, Australian National University ROBERT Menzies left Australia in far worse financial shape then he found it, at least according to current treasurer...

Carter / Take a risk and shake things up

“We already know what failure looks like – so let’s take some risks and shake things up," says property columnist CATHERINE CARTER

Macklin / Gossip and silence along the rough ‘Road to Ruin’

“Spare a thought for the spouses, Brian Loughnane and Margie Abbott. All week their public silence spoke volumes.," writes Seven Days columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

Moore / It’s July 2 and here’s why…

“Rather than believing Turnbull has made up his mind on an early election, it seems much more likely that he is using carefully orchestrated interventions to test the waters," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Moore / At last, a look at the reverse Robin Hoods

"Fundamental to the Royal Commission is determining the role of the banks as the rich get richer and the poor poorer," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Moore / Trams, the white elephant in the room

“The government’s introduction of light rail in Canberra is taking us backwards. Trams are from the paddle-steamer era," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Macklin / Dicey days at the top of the political tree

"Turnbull's demand that bank CEOs front a House of Reps committee to explain themselves once a year was no better than an empty gesture. And he knew it," writes Seven Days columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

Coleman / When news tumbles from happy to sad

"It's always difficult to find the right way to approach a story when it turns from a celebration to a genuine tragedy," writes columnist CHRIS COLEMAN

Arrogance competes with spin in bus shemozzle

Arrogance competed with polished corporate lines around the roll out of “the largest ever change to our public transport network”, says Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH.

Letters / Lies or imagination at Christmas?

ARE we really lying to children? Or is the issue just one of imagination? ("The Santa myth; do you tell them lies or not?"...

Time to lighten up the booze debate

So far we have been lucky in Canberra to have escaped the “coward’s punch” tragedies that have killed young men and shattered families in Sydney. But ROBERT MACKLIN fears it’s only a matter of time...

Parton / Be here – in Canberra – now

“I’ve lived here for 15 years but I’ve never been to Government House," writes columnist MARK PARTON

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