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Kim Carr 2:02 PM The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.
Toni Hassan 1:21 PM What do multitasking and the low level of Newstart have in common? New research suggests they both do something to our brain, and in Anti-Poverty Week the new Social Services Minister, Christian Porter, ought to pay attention.
Robert Pradolin 11:50 AM Urgently needed public housing should be treated as vital infrastructure and private-public partnerships encouraged.
Catharine Lumby 11:28 AM Sexual assault is a crime many of us continue to brush aside. But it's the most fundamental violation of human rights. It's an intimate and visceral violation of the body. It's so awful that it's hard to think about.
Megan Levy 9:54 AM It's National Ride2Work Day today, when commuters the country over are urged to ditch their cars and public transport in favour of pedal power.
Andrew P Street 8:40 PM And who's threatening what in Australian politics? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant
Bill Bush 11:45 PM We and future generations all have much to gain by the elimination of poverty. Relieving the disadvantage of our neighbour has as much to do with self-interest as doing the right thing. Experiencing poverty in prosperous Canberra is particularly bitter because it places you so much on the outer and we all have to bear the high health and social costs of the resulting exclusion. In the ACT there were some "21,528 people living in poverty; 9,910 households experiencing housing stress; 14,148 people experiencing financial stress; 1,785 experiencing homelessness; and 28,639 disadvantaged people." Those making do with less than the poverty level can't afford the little luxuries of life that the rest of us take for granted, nor pay for schooling extras, that others regard as essentials. Poverty week gives cause to reflect upon social exclusion and what we who live comfortably might do about it.
Suzanne Harter 7:41 PM COMMENT: Global warming is having devastating impacts now, and our coral reefs are a glaring example.
Harry Hollinsworth 12:00 AM A Davis Cup tie was in doubt while a boat had a close encounter with a mine.
The Canberra Times 6:42 PM If Australians believe this is a society which ought to accord the elderly a status, veneration, and respect befitting to their contributions and accumulated wisdom, then Susan Ryan has worrying news.
Paul Griffiths and Roger Magnusson 5:53 PM Australia is facing a push from Libertarian politicians and market fundamentalists to roll back health legislation. But reducing the power of democratic governments to legislate for health is no way to increase freedom.
Adam Gibson 5:52 PM Sure we talked about footy and women, but that was always secondary to the search for something more interesting, something to make life worth it, writes Adam Gibson on his decades-long friendship with Sam de Brito.
Letters to the Editor
5:17 PM James Daniels uses lack of residential density in Canberra to support his anti-light-rail position.
Siobhan McDonnell 11:45 PM A fierce political cyclone is sweeping through Vanuatu. Once it passes we will be able to see if the country has been scoured of the deep-seated corruption in government, or if it is business as usual. The stakes are high as key politicians manoeuvre for their careers and to stay out of jail.
Leo Dobes 11:45 PM Diamonds may be forever, but should a future ACT government travel to the end of the line, contractually speaking?
Allister Heath Britain has just collected another Nobel Prize, courtesy of Angus Deaton, the Scottish-born economist.
Ron McCallum 12:00 AM Many white-cane users actually have some usable vision, which has them open to discrimination.
Dr Toni Buti To be a member of parliament is a privilege, but last week one correspondent tested my tolerance almost to breaking point.
Helen Pitt Sam De Brito was a passionate though polarising figure of Australian journalism, writes his former editor, Helen Pitt.
Peter Martin Part of the cost of free trade deals is standardisation – in this case it means adopting US practices.
Andrew P Street And the nation loses two strong, unique voices in the media. Your news of the day, reduced to a heartbroken rant.
Jenna Price Government funding people who speak out against government policies. Should be more of it.
Harry Hollinsworth Congress in Cairo, letters and hammer fire - on this say in 1938.
Tim Wilson Our borders should not be used to control access to unpopular ideas, and in the internet age such efforts are futile.
The Canberra Times The ACT government's decision to abandon moves to require food businesses to display a hygiene rating on their premises has been so long coming that many Canberrans may be excused for thinking it was still under active consideration.
Letters to the Editor
Kevin Cox is extremely perceptive about CanTheTram as an organisation. It is indeed a group that is made up of some corduroy-pant, cardigan-wearing, pocket-protected men otherwise known as retired senior public servants.
Karalee Katsambanis Most of us have sticky beaked, most of us have even salvaged a thing or two, but what began with the best of intentions has now got out of control in suburbs across Perth.
Nicholas Stuart "So what does it mean for Syria now that Russia's involved? That Vladimir Putin bloke doesn't muck around, does he? He's sure showing Barack Obama how to sort things out.
Sam de Brito Sam de Brito was found dead in his Sydney home on Monday morning. In a writing career spanning more than two decades, the 46-year-old regularly wrote columns for Fairfax Media. This was his first, published on August 1, 2006.
Duncan McDonnell Geert Wilders' particular brand of fear-mongering seems to attract believers on the fringe, but his message repels most people.
Hussain Nadim 9:00 PM We need to revisit our understanding of radicalisation to understand why a 15-year-old Muslim kid resorted to violence recently in Parramatta