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Sounds like this… protest cranks up the decibels

Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH reports on another week in the life of Canberra.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Brrr.. What about those energy prices? Cartoonist PAUL DORIN reflects on energy bills in the latest "Dose of Dorin".

Pushing ‘unapologetically’ to break the ‘prison cycle’

"Jails are tough places to be. As much as we want to have a human-rights-compliant jail, my view is that the best thing we can do for human rights is to make sure people don't go to jail at all," writes Corrections Minister SHANE RATTENBURY.

Letters / Sign up and support independents

"We need a non-aligned party or independents who can hold the balance of power and who are then able to force the major parties to recognise the importance of catering to the needs of many ordinary people," says letter writer RIC HINGEE of Duffy.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Pilgrimage to the magical, red heart of our nation

"I had no idea of what I was about to experience at Uluru, much less the change that it would wrought in my perception of our nation. For Uluru is a magical place where the laws of nature seem to have given way to a dreamtime enchantment," writes ROBERT MACKLIN

What does it take to get a local pollie to listen?

"As residents’ experiences have shown, local politicians have no interest in working with residents on developing local arts and community cultural facilities," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Exposing the wrongs of rights for bullies

Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH reviews the week that was. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Another cartoon from the wry eye of PAUL DORIN.

Canberra, the unloved national city

As a proud Canberran, JOHN-PAUL ROMANO finds the disrespect in the national arena towards our national capital is sickening.

Letters / The Labor government is misnamed

"The ACT Labor government is misnamed. It would be more accurate to call it the Land Sales and Developers' Consortium," says letter writer HOWARD CAREW, of Isaacs.

Crunch time looms for Dickson parklands

Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN bemoans the slow torture of the goodwill of the residents, the planning trickery and bureaucratic misrepresentation around the future of Dickson's Section 72.

Teacher knows best about Annika

Trapped in a media storm sparked by an AFP raid on her Canberra home, News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst received succour from an unexpected quarter, writes Seven Days columnist MIKE WELSH.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has a growl about pollie pay rises.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has a wry response to interest rates dropping.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN is feeling the stretch over wages.

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.

No punishment for felling trees on public land

"The corporate body that runs the Brindabella Christian College chopped down a swathe of significant trees and has not been punished for this misdemeanor. Good government?" asks Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

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