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Jack Waterford 11:56 PM This might have been the week where Abbott made a Gillard of himself. This involves achieving that critical mass of active antipathy in the electorate where a majority of voters would vote for anyone who wasn't him.
Daniel Flitton 12:15 AM The government's predicament has put Bill Shorten in an extraordinary position. How tempting it must be for him to simply keep his head down.
Letters to the Editor
9:19 PM It is fantastic that the Abbott government has decided to consult doctors on the viability of Medicare in the future, however more needs to be done.
The Canberra Times 8:09 PM On Saturday Queenslanders will head to the polls, with many eyes watching the outcome closely as a barometer of the popularity of the conservative parties at the federal level.
12:15 AM The success of this tournament should spur hopes that Australia will eventually host a World Cup.
Annabel Crabb 2:16 PM Dear Productivity Commission: Let me raise some industrial questions prompted by the events of the past week.
Richard Denniss 11:45 PM Running a country is nothing like running a business. But if the “Open for Business” Abbott Government, who so often frames its policies in corporate language, was to be judged by corporate standards, they’d be facing a shareholder revolt.
John Birmingham 9:00 PM They were coming for her. Agent Double O Credlin ran through the darkened corridors of Parliament House, the footsteps of her pursuers echoing madly around her until they seemed in the end to come from everywhere. She cursed as the barking of the attack dogs intensified.
Martin Flanagan 12:15 AM In 1985, in a lounge at Singapore airport, I overheard Weary Dunlop – then in his late 70s – reciting Tennyson's Ulysses to himself. The poem is about an old adventurer contemplating one last grand adventure. "There lies the port/the vessel puffs her sails." The companions of his past have gathered to sail with him. "Souls that have toil'd and wrought, and thought with me—."
Brian Costar 11:45 PM The Liberal National Party forgot it was governing in the 21st century, and the results have been disastrous.
Jacqueline Maley 9:00 PM Is Christopher Pyne a good education minister? An avalanche of criticism has fallen on the heads of his colleagues, most notably the Prime Minister, but the sylph-like Pyne has largely dodged it.
Jane McAdam The High Court decision on the detention of Tamil asylum seekers at sea turned on a technical reading of statutory provisions, not an assessment of Australia's international refugee and human rights obligations.
Crispin Hull 11:45 PM Sometimes it takes an act of unadulterated idiocy to expose the weakness in a system. Thanks to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Australians are looking again at our constitutional arrangements and the remnant ties to the British Crown.
Brian Yatman How does one tighten the belt while keeping up appearances?
Joel Hodge For the most part we are repulsed by punishment for revenge, or if it cuts off a criminal's chance of reform or rehabilitation.
Garry Linnell If you want to stage a protest against capital punishment, those opposed to state-sanctioned killing should find a new set of poster boys for the cause.
The Canberra Times There's a technological change on the horizon for Canberra's transport system.
Frank O'Shea The Australian Medical Association has warned that the country is in the grip of political disease.
Letters to the Editor
The gravest error in our error-prone Prime Minister’s latest lapse was his dismissal of social media. In this he declares himself a man who never left the 20th century.
Rebekah Ahmed 9:00 PM Knowing the reality of dementia will help us create the future.
Julie Power 12:15 AM Will you be judged by what you put into your children's school lunch box? Well probably yes, and if it's not the teachers who do it, your own children may demand better... or worse.
Robert Horvath It is time for the West to recognise that the Putin regime is paranoid, irrational and dangerous. It cannot be appeased.
Madonna King Government appointed CFMEU boss to plum board position.
Elizabeth Farrelly Wherever you look it seems the boofheads are back in charge. And I don't just mean Abbott's bizarre elevation of militarists and monarchs.
Clive Williams Matthew Gardiner's disappearance seems to be largely based on media speculation.
The Canberra Times With friends like Rupert Murdoch, Prime Minister Tony Abbott doesn't need enemies.
Brian Yatman Anniversary of the Colony; "A change more marvellous"; Miscellaneous notices - on this day in 1873.
James Brown There is a familiar pattern emerging from the sporadic surprise visits of Australian leaders to war-torn Afghanistan.
Paul Sheehan Tony Abbott is unlikely to learn from this "knightmare", other than to become even more cautious and robotic. You cannot learn what you refuse to know.