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Views on the news from Canberra’s top columnists

Macklin / What’s with our fawning over those two?

“The whole idea of a ‘Royal’ family is, of course, anathema to a country that prides itself on its equality of opportunity and the dignity of labour," writes Gadfly columnist ROBERT MACKLIN
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Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

In praise of the ‘humble’ politician

THE new spy HQ in Campbell has been named after Ben Chifley, one of the great heroes of the Labor movement. Although our Labor leaders...

Grattan / Political impasse stops protection for LGBT students passing

THE government’s bid to legislate this year to protect LGBT students from discrimination at religious schools has failed because of an impasse over the...

Grumpy / Canberra, the Pamplona of the red lights

"Without a doubt, I consider Canberra drivers the worst and most inconsiderate in the world," says one very grumpy reader, sick of the red-light runners, the 4WD bullies and P-platers in utes…

Coleman / Off the cycle and on to another

"An incoming president is now lucky to get two years before they have to start working on their re-election," writes columnist CHRIS COLEMAN

Junk food and trust

Australians are super-sizing their meals and super-sizing themselves! And the outlook is diabolical, says MICHAEL MOORE THE obesity epidemic is real. There has been no...

White / Start packing up the office, Peter

"As people's minds slowly turn to the election, our campaign volunteers are seeing ambivalence turn into frustration and anger," writes UnionsACT secretary ALEX WHITE

Grumpy / Welcome to the dark side

Reader BARBARA HAYDEN wants all black cars banned!

Our poor relations

IT’S not easy for Canberrans being surrounded by NSW. It’s a bit like a nice, well-educated family displaced by some climate-change disaster, waking up...

Fladun / Slow down, it’s chicken-soup weather

“I haven’t sent our children to school with white face masks yet, but they’ve been subjected to a rigorous regime of infection control," writes Mum in the City columnist SONYA FLADUN

Moore / Slim chance of putting voters first

“Suddenly, a problem has been recognised. Guess why? It no longer benefits the major parties. The system is now being manipulated in favour of the micro-parties," write political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Letters / Home and off to hospital

LAST MONTH we returned from a three-week trip to Myanmar. I'm 54 and Myanmar has been a closed country for pretty much all my life....

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Dose of Dorin

Why we must bear witness to abuse

“The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice.” – Richard K...

Welsh / Of salacious secrets and Sam’s lurve for Laura

THE nation's classified documents are securely back under lock and (spare) key, but what of Canberra's other, more salacious, “political” secrets? Has Barnaby's "Bundle of...

Hanging on to the lucky country

CANOWINDRA has to be the most interesting and delightful country town in Canberra’s hinterland. A visit there last week to give a talk at the...





Double the virus tests, and still no active cases

Canberra's daily testing average has more than doubled, and there are still no recorded active coronavirus cases in the ACT, according to ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman. 


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