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Election in the bag?

I DON’T suppose it’s all that likely that Zed Seselja and his team will win the ACT election in October. Based on everything we...

Grattan / Liberals plan for May election but Morrison might look better in March

WHILE the Coalition took a hit in its two-party vote after the leadership change, the next few Newspolls will tell whether Scott Morrison -...

Moore / Labor cops an unhelpful hiding on integrity

"The auditor general's scathing report adds fuel to concerns about the length of time Labor has served in government and apprehension about the complacency regarding integrity," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Opinion / Why it’s time for last orders at 3am

"All the evidence shows that a very modest change to trading hours for pubs, clubs and bars will result in a significant reduction in alcohol harms," writes MICHAEL THORN, chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

The seesaw world of deciding fate of trees

"For the sake of credibility, residents need to believe that decisions around trees are based on the reality of the circumstances not on what seems to be a fundamentalist view that all trees must stay," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Parton / Now’s not the time to worry

“If members of Canberra’s Islamic community sensed even a minuscule hint of extremist sentiment here they would move swiftly to disarm it at its source.

Grattan / Morrison government defeated on medical bill

THE government has suffered a historic defeat in the House of Representatives, with Labor and crossbenchers passing the legislation facilitating medical transfers from Manus...

Welsh / Secret files on a bike, what could possibly go wrong?

AT any given time a courier motorcycle zipping around Canberra may have among its payload the highly sensitive details of our leading public servants....

Griffiths / When blogging starts paying the rent

“If the audience really grows, the tax office starts to ask questions about the money and a business structure is needed," writes JOHN GRIFFITHS

Bah, humbug and goodbye poor, old Santa

It’s time to abandon the mythology and fess up about the old fella in the red suit, says NICK JENSEN

Bushfires / Goodbye to the typical summer holiday

What’s truly absurd is thousands of holidaymakers heading directly into forests and national parks right in the middle of peak bushfire season, writes pyrogeography professor DAVID BOWMAN

Abbott likely to sack Pope!

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is preparing to sack the Pope. According to sources close to both men, he will most likely return to his...

Macklin / Tick for Andrew, a cross for Shane

“The Feds are great for drama;  down the hill and across the lake we want managerial competence. And Mr Barr has grown into his job," writes ROBERT MACKLIN

Griffiths / When unthinking kids mess up…

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer”

Moore / Mid-term and it’s time to get moving

"The Chief Minister has no time for the opinions or aspirations of baby boomers and Canberra’s unique characteristics are being traded off for an attempt at a poor copy of inner-city Melbourne," writes MICHAEL MOORE

I started a joke that started…

I GOT into a punch up last week in my own home, of all places, and it got a bit rough. Minding my own business,...

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN hits on a ban we can all but dream of... 

Fladun / The heavy work of packing light

“I never have learnt the art of traveling light. Not surprisingly, neither have my offspring," writes Mum in the City columnist SONYA FLADUN

The groundhog grind of po-faced pollies is killing me

Po-faced pollies, the viral bus to Kambah, a wriggling health minister and the Doona Guy of Mitchell, it's all in "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE. 
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Parton / The wobbly Joy of being a minister

“Being a government minister requires the same skillset as the CEO of a major corporation and those skills don’t grow on trees, " writes columnist MARK PARTON

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