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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...

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

Moore / The big Budget lie of thinking small

“The Liberals continue to perpetuate the myth that cutting taxation builds the economy and the trickle-down effect means that everyone's a winner. Nonsense!" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Moore / Why Hockey is bad for your health

“Prevention is much more effective than cure. It is through this sort of ignorance that the Budget so strongly attacks primary and preventive health," says MICHAEL MOORE

Grattan / Turnbull isn’t challenging – just inviting the Liberals to make the comparison

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra MALCOLM Turnbull walked the high wire in a masterful Q&A performance on Monday night, as he displayed his credentials...

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

Grattan / Big win for small business in government embrace of competition ‘effects test’

IN a major victory for small business and the Nationals over big business, the government has agreed to write an “effects test” into competition...

Stanhope / Stand firm and fight for asylum-seeker rights

“Even after 40 years' membership of the ALP, I still wrestle with how to appropriately respond to behaviour of the party that is anathema to everything I thought it represented," writes JON STANHOPE

Grattan / Co-payment compromise puts extra burden on doctors

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government has stepped back from its A$7 proposed co-payment for visiting the GP but still aims to skin...

Grattan / Getting the government shipshape will take a lot more than throwing the...

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott’s reference to removing “barnacles” from his government has become the Canberra chatter. In technical terms, according to senior...

ANU cuts the ribbon on their Science Precinct

IN the absence of a Minister for Science the Government has despatched the Minister for Small Business (begins with an "S", so near enough),...

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

Grattan / Some barnacles can’t go in time for Christmas

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra SOME barnacles are not, it seems, able to be removed – certainly not in time for Christmas. As the...

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...

Opt-out period for My Health Record extended

THE opt-out period for the controversial My Health Record scheme is being extended again – this time to January 31.  This is the outcome of...

ANU Student housing

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, Federal Minister for Housing Tanya Plibersek and ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Chubb today announced that the university's application for National Rental Affordibility Scheme was a success and as a result it would build accomodation for 1023 students on City West land supplied by the Territory. But at $225 a week for one room, it's unlikely students needing "affordable" housing will be able to live there.

Candidates hopeful in grinding Senate count

  THE ACT's Senate contest is still too close to call; as Liberal Zed Seselja and the Greens’ Simon Sheikh continue to battle it out...

Grattan / Gonski review attacks Australian schooling quality

THE Gonski review into the quality of Australian schooling has highlighted declining academic performance and recommended school education be radically reformed to tailor teaching...

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,...
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Fraser now Fenner as the Inner North gets split

THE Australian Electoral Commission says the next federal election will be conducted on new House of Representatives boundaries in the Australian Capital Territory, after...

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