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Faith: Forecast of a change in circumstance

Nicholas Copernicus' statue stands proud in front of the Old Town Hall in his home town of Torun, Poland.

DON MACKAY 8:12 PM   One of the strengths of having a faith – whether it's Muslim, Jewish, Christian or another – is that it affirms us as individuals and gives us belief in ourselves.


Canberrans need a real housing affordability policy


The Canberra Times 11:30 PM   The prospect of reforming negative gearing has been raised yet again by both sides of politics at a time when a dramatic re-shuffling of the frontbench is under way.

Letters to the Editor

Reclaim rights

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7:18 PM   Interesting to notice the words of the ordinary members of the Reclaim Australia rally.

Old age isn't what it used to be

Ian Mackay, 82, with his 30-year-old surfboard in the boot of his 1967 Mercedes car leaves Anglesea Beach after his ...

Peter FitzSimons 9:30 PM   You know how you meet 70-, 80- and even 90-year-olds living lives normally associated with people in their 50s and 60s?

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

 Ian Callinan, QC, has all the correct credentials to review the benefits and deficits of the lockdown laws.

Charles Waterstreet 9:30 PM   There was a time when I could walk down Darlinghurst Road when it was back-to-back strip joints with mandatory bald Lebanese greeters and Samoan tattooed-blimps at every doorway, and not one would invite me in for a drink.

Learning the language

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hugs Matilda House after her welcome-to-country address at the Closing the Gap breakfast ...

Michael Gordon 9:23 AM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's efforts to "close the gap" have begun with some highly symbolic words.

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Spin and secrecy surrounds Australia's approach to asylum seekers

A rally for asylum seekers, including Australian-born children, to remain in Australia, at the High Court in Canberra.

Noel Pratt 11:30 PM   Malcolm Turnbull's response to the High Court decision last week verifying the legality of sending asylum seekers to offshore detention is a text book case of spin and agenda setting.

Class clown Barnaby Joyce has centre stage to prove himself

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Peter Hartcher   Barnaby Joyce's capacity for populist revolt made him famous and effective. But the new Nationals leader will have to control his bluster if he is to be taken seriously in Canberra and the rest of the country.

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Why Parliament must publish the Cunneen tapes

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Sean Nicholls   The leaking of key parts of the transcript of a recording featuring crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen finally starts to give the public the insight it needs to make up its own mind about her dispute with corruption watchdog chief Megan Latham.

Eastman faces the accountability mirage

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Jack Waterford   Colin Winchester, one of Australia's most powerful police officers, was killed in Canberra 27 years ago. Yet new details keep surfacing.

It's all in a name it seems but how to explain

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Malcolm Knox   Mistaken identity can happen to any pale stale male in Asia, as Malcolm Knox can confirm.

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'Efficiency dividends' ignore government duty of care

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I have lost count of the number of "efficiency dividend" cuts imposed on our national memory institutions by both Liberal and Labor governments, but they have long ceased to have anything to do with either efficiency or dividends ("Capital cops it as more jobs go", February 11, p1).

Politicians need to release ICAC tapes publicly

ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham before the ICAC committee.

Kirsty Needham 9:30 PM   The NSW Parliament returns for 2016 with the shadow of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, incredibly, still hanging over the place.

Women's voices stifled while men run media

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Julia Baird   The way to stop women's views getting short shrift in public arenas is for more female bosses to give them the bully pulpit.

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The challenges for a growing and ageing Australia

Australia's population is about to hit 24 million.

Matt Wade 9:30 PM   There's much to celebrate in Australia's demographic data but it foreshadows challenges as well.

Baird government's challenge is to find a middle ground on lock out laws

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Sean Nicholls   The backlash against Sydney's lockout and early closing laws might seem to have suddenly exploded this week but the truth is it has been quietly building momentum for some time.

Robert was off duty in China? Tell him he's dreaming

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Judith Ireland   The first sign the government was not going to get the week it wanted came on Monday morning.


Is there a better way to handle asylum seekers?


The Canberra Times   This weekend's multicultural festival is an apt time to reflect on the community's depth of feeling on refugee questions and, importantly, how this issue is playing out, in Canberra, across the nation and around the world.

Those takedowns we love, even if we hate to admit it

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Annabel Crabb 9:30 PM   Of all the furtive pleasures available to the modern human being, surely the spectacle of another person being mown down in viciously perfect prose is the most shameful.

Politics must change with the times

Technology has made it easier to work from home, but it has also meant more casual work or jobs lost offshore.

Hugh McDermott   Technology has created a new economy and we need policies to help people adapt to the changing world.

Khawaja's snubbing issue of fairness but also symbolism

Usman Khawaja.

Usman Khawaja is more than just a great cricketer who richly deserves to find a permanent place in the Australian team. He should be treated as the national treasure he is a walking, talking, playing billboard for Australian pluralism.

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Our pathological indifference to refugees' suffering


Damon Young   Evil governments inspire violently treasonous thoughts.

House buyers in ACT find going tougher

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Neil Evans 11:30 PM   For the December quarter, housing affordability declined in all of Australia's state and territory capital cities compared with a year ago.

PM's dream city is his new home town

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 10 February 2016. ...

Richard Denniss   Malcolm Turnbull is a big fan of renewable energy, public transport and land tax. However his ACT Liberal colleagues are campaigning against them.

Welcome to the rest of your life

School children.

Peter Munro 9:30 PM   "Welcome to the rest of your life," I might have said on that first day, just a fortnight ago, we dumped her on a kindergarten teacher and ran for the door.

Would baby hatches have saved Lily Grace?

A demonstration of a 'baby hatch' in Hamburg, Germany.

Karen Healy   On 10 February, the NSW Coroner released his findings into the death of baby Lily Grace who, in November 2014, was found in a shallow grave in the sand-dunes of Sydney’s Maroubra beach. It is not known whether she was dead before she was abandoned.

When scientists are sent on Mission Impossible

The CSIRO radio telescope in Parkes, NSW.

Kim Carr   The choices made by CSIRO's leaders to manage cost pressures are raising eyebrows around the world.

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It wasn't a political stunt, it was a moment of clarity

Life on Nauru offers little hope for children.

Dan Andrews   Remove politics from kids being returned to Nauru and the answer becomes clear.

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Zoolander 2: Has Planet Fashion got in on the joke?

Owen Wilson (Hansel), left, Ben Stiller (Derek Zoolander) and Penelope Cruz (Valentina Valencia) in Zoolander 2.

Lisa Armstrong   Does satire still work if its targets get starring roles?

Turnbull struggles to embrace change

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Mark Kenny   The PM's backdown on the GST at the first whiff of grapeshot has punctured overblown expectations.

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Nation's dogs frantically rush to get papers in order

A concerned pug.

The Shovel   SATIRE: Dogs around the country have checked and re-checked their registration and vaccination details after notorious dog-hater Barnaby Joyce was announced as the second-most powerful person in the country.

This ice addict's midlife crisis has been only moderately destructive

Ice man: Michael Coulter, still tilting at windmills.

Michael Coulter has taken an ice-cold, jarring route to, um, ageing.

How to make the rich pay more tax

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Jessica Irvine   The problem with a lot of rich people is they didn't get all that money just by toeing the line and playing by the rules.

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The ACT is a refugee welcome zone, and Australia must be too


Yvette Berry   Canberra leads the nation in providing vital support and services for refugees.

Celebrating white men and their black lovers

Cartoon: The Black Predecessor, The Bulletin, 1894.
Courtesy: National Library of Australia.

Ann McGrath   Love that crossed the racial divide in colonial days is too often forgotten in our history.

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In the Herald: February 12, 1879

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Lyn Maccallum   A visit from Ned Kelly and a trip to the museum were reported in the Herald on this day in 1879.

For some children, adoption is the best option

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Deirdre Cheers   Australia hasn’t a lot to be proud of when it comes to children in care. The impact of past child welfare policies, specifically the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children, the Forgotten Australians who grew up in institutional care, and the injustice of forced adoption must always be remembered. It is a shameful history.

Call for royalty relief is a bit rich

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Paul Malone 12:00 AM   There is some irony in the Queensland coal mining industry call last week for relief from paying royalties.

The GOP created Donald Trump

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Nicholas Kristof   ​The betting markets now say that the most likely Republican nominee for president is a man who mocks women, insults Latinos, endorses war crimes like torture, denounces party icons and favors barring people from the United States based on their religion.

Building code is a blunt instrument

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Tony Trobe 11:30 PM   Tony Trobe talks with Dr Murray Coleman, a Canberra architect about energy and building

View from the Street: Will Joyce be our last ever Nationals leader?

Barnaby Joyce prepares for the traditional National Party leadership karate battle.

Andrew P Street   And maybe Greg Hunt's "Bestest Minister in the Whole Wide World!" award isn't quite as prestigious as he's suggested. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Letters to the Editor

Pezzullo out of line

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Does Michael Pezzullo suggest no one should stand up for human rights?

Respect, the world’s hard currency

Harriet Beecher Stowe: ‘‘So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war ...’’

Martin Flanagan   How Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, was won over by Lady Byron.


No case for dismantling Canberra cluster


The Canberra Times    Diluting such clusters of key people in research to pork barrel in the bush is risky.

Fairytale princesses need a few feisty friends

Cinderella is wearing blue these days, but little else in the princess narrative has changed.

Ruby Murray   Toymakers might be using less pink, but otherwise they're not doing much to empower girls.


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