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Opinion: From the Land of Topsy Turvy

THE challenge for a political columnist is to find something to write about other than the bungles, incompetence and excessively ideological actions of the...

Bikie inmates accused of ruling the prison roost

Bikie inmates have accused of ruling the ACT prison roost, reports "Seven Days" columnist MIKE WELSH.

Idea that gives a real voice to community councils

"There is a serious disconnect between what the residents are looking for and what the government and its agencies think are the priorities," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Weird week with a whack from Mother Nature

"Seven Days" columnist MIKE WELSH reflects on another astonishing week in the nation's capital.

Canberra Connect’s licence to thrill!

THE beauty of a holiday in what used to be known – quite properly – as the “hellhole of the British Empire” is that...

Same-sex marriage result delivers much-needed good news for embattled Turnbull

AUSTRALIANS have paved the way for the country’s biggest legislative social change in decades.  But before we congratulate ourselves excessively, let’s remember that legalising marriage...

The Hon Bron’s wobbly start

THE new Speaker, the Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MHR, favours “honourable members of parliament” over the “pejorative term – “politicians”. Bishop’s long-standing experience as a Senator...

Welsh / Alexander sets the bar for Downer

RESIDENTS of the inner-northern suburb of Downer can apparently take some pride in a tenuous link to the building of our great nation. The...

Temperature rises for cool fashion

Geez it’s been really hot over the past few weeks and, for many of us, returning to work after the summer break has been...

The power of a ‘soft’ touch

IN a world where business is fast and furious, a concept has emerged to challenge the approach of command-and-control management.   It’s called “soft power”...

Griffiths / Why are old people so rude?

"For true rudeness, one needs to behold the ghastly spectacle of the elderly on online fora," writes Lowbrow columnist JOHN GRIFFITHS

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Griffiths / Suddenly, a new phone isn’t Christmas any more

“Office – A waiting room where most of us wait to die after we have completed college.” – “Urban Dictionary”

Mummy / Confessions of a happy ‘drunk’

"If half of us new parents are walking around like drunken sailors, I wonder how it impacts our day-to-day lives," muses columnist KATE MEIKLE

Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN

Overall / Infamous legends of the local bush

"The life – and death – of the outlaw Frank Gardiner is one that over 150 years has continued to be shrouded in mystery and conjecture," writes local history columnist NICHOLE OVERALL

Parton / Time to learn to suck it up, men

“Australian men need to understand that it’s never ever okay to hit a woman. Blokes need to find a backbone and more than anything else to find patience," writes columnist MARK PARTON

Seven Days / Panting, promises and lots of pork barrelling

"Anyone craving a new hospital, and don't we all, from the Barr government will need to be cheerfully voting for a 24-year Labor government in 2020," writes Seven Days columnist IAN MEIKLE





What’s on in the arts this weekend?

HELEN MUSA previews what’s happening in the Canberra region this weekend.


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