HE'S back: "If the first intro I’ve written since COVID-19 blighted our lives is a bit enigmatic, please trust me. I’m glad I saw 'Bellbird', a delightful, sensitive and informative film set on a NZ sheep and dairy cattle farm." DOUGAL MACDONALD is reviewing movies again. On Page 20.
"SINCE becoming Treasurer in 2011, Andrew Barr has turned the level of net debt from a negative of $736 million to $3.1 billion this year, that is, an increase of $3.8 billion. This was before the coronavirus pandemic." Depressing but important writing from JON STANHOPE.
Columnist JON STANHOPE despairs: "Here's another first for the most progressive government (self-declared) in Australia… a young Canberra man facing a range of serious criminal charges has been denied, against his serious objections, a right to a trial by jury." And there's more.
CANBERRA has saved nothing for a rainy day. The economic hailstorm bearing down on the seven years of debt amassed by the profligate Barr government and its bloated public service can mean only more debt. Before the blame-it-on-coronavirus excuses start, JON STANHOPE exposes the $3 billion budget black hole.
NO one is unscathed by current events. So far for "CityNews" we've had to park our social photographer and, in the absence of cinemas, no reviews from Dougal Macdonald. We're striving for a coronavirus coverage that transcends the usual doom and gloom. See what you think.
AS a community, can we let Palliative Care ACT’s therapeutic Life Stories program fail for the lack of funding? The modest program, which helps people who are at the end of their lives tell their stories, runs out of cash at month's end. There must be a sponsor or two out there.
"If the framing of the movement to pull down statues was based on sexism instead of racism, there would be very few statues remaining," muses political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
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