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Opinion / Unmasking Mr Laughlin’s link to Mr Lawrence

In some whimsical research, STEPHEN HOLT unmasks his gruff, old headmaster as a cousin of a man who got to look after the great writer  DH Lawrence (and his beard) in Thirroul

Surprise power of the grand pamper

Columnist ROBERT MACKLIN suspends journalistic caution when he heads off for a haircut and experiences something he wasn’t expecting...

Coleman / A winner under the hammer

"All I fear now is the silent auction. Ever noticed that they usually occur at classy events where there’s just enough alcohol served to loosen your resolve not to bid?" writes columnist CHRIS COLEMAN

Opinion / McCormack’s bad handling of Broad scandal

IT took disgraced Nationals MP Andrew Broad 24 hours after the “sugar baby” story broke to announce the inevitable - that he won’t recontest...
honeymoon over

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Sport: Pain of sharing young talent

Canberra’s success as a sporting “nursery” may be a hindrance as we revisit the possibility of getting teams back into men’s national leagues, says TIM GAVEL

Moore / Stark contrasts as parties square off over education

"Voters will be challenged to support a party that promises to lower taxes or, alternatively, to one that will look after the welfare of all Australian children," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Grumpy / Captive to a bus timetable

“We must have the most useless bus service in the country,” says reader BELINDA PEARCE, who is grumpy at having her life held to ransom by the timetable

Macklin / Tax certainty, at least for unicorn farmers

“By May, I suspect, we’ll agree to anything just to end the tax argument. But it does make a nice change that at last there are genuine policy options in the debate," writes Seven Days columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

Moore / Time to grasp prison needles

“This is a health and human rights issue rather than a moral issue. The issue is not just one for warders, although they are integrally involved in the well-being of prisoners, it is one for the whole community," says columnist MICHAEL MOORE
El Nino

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Opinion: Bordeaux sees the light (rail)

ON these chilly mornings, I could be forgiven a daydream or two – summer in provincial France perhaps? Bordeaux, a picnic lunch, a good...

Rudd says Murdoch media is a ‘political party’

FORMER prime minister Kevin Rudd has used an address to the Labor national conference to deliver a fresh swingeing attack on the Murdoch media,...

Macklin / Wise moves away from a week of polibabble

“CM Andrew Barr was on an Asian safari starting talks with the big Chinese airlines. Odd the way he seems to be emulating the Turnbull template," writes Seven Says columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

Grumpy / Sitting tight in the face of shame

Reader DON BACH is grumpy about the way healthy students and public servants won't give up their seats to infirm bus passengers

Grattan / Second Liberal woman MP flags she’ll quit

IN another blow for Scott Morrison, a second Liberal woman in a marginal seat has declared she will not run at the next election.  Ann...

Letters / Too little, too late

CLEARLY, the groundswell of opposition to the exorbitantly expensive 12 kilometres of tram service has the ACT government rattled so now, just before an...





Carers can’t escape the endless self-isolation

PAUL WALSHE, the chair of Respite Care for Queanbeyan, writes in praise of heroic carers and says his committee's local building project is just one solution short of being built. 


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