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Tough town to live in

THE rate of homelessness in the ACT has increased 70 per cent in the last five years, according to the latest census data.   We...

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...

Grattan / Turnbull’s taxing battle as fractious session grinds towards end

PROBABLY it was appropriate they did it. And it was best they did it together. But seeing Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten dash off...

Seven Days: Welcome to liveable, unaffordable Canberra

“Once you tell the world, you encourage everyone to come here and presto! It’s a crowded and you can’t park anywhere."

Moore / A big blessing for the little people

“Instead of the outpouring of support for the bushfire victims – even internationally – Mr Fluffy owners have had a slow struggle to understand what will happen to them.

Carter / Take a risk and shake things up

“We already know what failure looks like – so let’s take some risks and shake things up," says property columnist CATHERINE CARTER

Letters / Malcolm, best leader Labor never had

MALCOLM Turnbull needed a few more days in The Lodge, thinks columnist Robert Macklin (CN, September 20). Really? Why? So he could destroy, irrevocably, the...

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN looks a life in the new world of dating.

Macklin / Nestled in Aunty’s ample bosom

“A popular Australian prime minister probably has greater control over his country’s governance than an American president," writes columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

New towers to ‘dominate’ the Campbell vista

“Ad hocery, spin and deception are now the key tools being used to decide the future of the former CSIRO site in Campbell,” writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Grattan / Crossbenchers must decide on medical transfers bill

THE fate of the legislation facilitating medical evacuations from Manus and Nauru depends on the response of the crossbenchers to compromise amendments Labor is...

Letters / Trees, please, but no untidy gums

"At least 90 per cent of Belconnen residents I have questioned over the last few years do not support the government’s obsession with continually planting gum trees," says letter writer JUSTINE LANGDON, of Cook.  

Griffiths / Eight months on and still in lurve…

“In the tech-pundit world, the watch has been described as a flop... but 11.6 million of the watches were sold in 2015, which is something many would consider robust," write Lowbrow columnist JOHN GRIFFITHS

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. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

All hail Steve Smith, says cartoonist PAUL DORIN.

Moore / ACT Labor and unions on the back foot  

“It will only take one more serious thump to make it nigh on impossible for the Barr government to recover enough to win the election," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Fair Trading / What rights if the gift goes back?

"You can always exchange an item but you can’t demand a refund if a present is the wrong size or colour or if you change your mind," writes Frair Trading commissioner David Snowden

Stanhope / Strange Yass turns its back on buckets of cash

"Why, oh why, are we drip feeding the supply of land for detached houses so as to only meet the needs of the privileged middle and upper middle class?

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