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Wendy Field 9:23 PM Parents don't need to be experts - they just have to show an interest and be engaged in their child's education.
Andrew P Street 8:47 PM And the people that brought you Manus Island Riot and Child Abuse On Nauru get five more years of government funding. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Bill O'Chee 12:00 AM This weekend, as dads across the country enjoy an assortment of key rings, socks, fishing tackle and socket sets, we should spare a thought for those dads for whom Father's Day will not be so enjoyable.
Letters to the Editor
8:31 PM People question the need for unions, but where was the Fair Work Commission in the 7-Eleven affair?
Elena Jeffreys 9:00 PM The main problem in NSW is that local councils are repressive of individual sex workers and prudish towards brothels.
Ellen Fitzgerald 12:00 AM What was making headlines on this day in 1929?
Ruby Hamad 9:00 PM One of the most frustrating things about being a person of colour publicly discussing racism is how often white people tell us we're doing it wrong.
The Canberra Times 6:53 PM Canberra's population is going backwards, despite the city's new-found confidence and popularity.
Lesley Russell 5:47 PM Currently 14 per cent of Australians are 65 or older and by 2050 they will make up a quarter of the population.
Denis Dragovic 12:00 AM Australia can play an important role in calculated attacks to clear Islamic State from Turkey's border with Syria, but we must do the job properly.
Sally Young 12:00 AM Flag waving and inciting security concerns can help lift a government’s approval rating, but it is only temporary.
Louise McSorley 9:00 PM 'Gender' is often code for 'women'. But it's time to change that.
Andy Parker 8:27 AM Andy Parker plans to devote all his strength and resources to see good come from the evil of his daughter's murder.
Amin Saikal The Australian Government is set to expand participation in military operations against Islamic State but it is unlikely to help the Iraqi and Syrian peoples to free themselves from the bloody and tragic conflicts.
Robert Woods In Australia, the slightest whiff of the political about a judicial decision is apt to set off a frenzy of indignation.
Jacqui Martinez Australian troops to Korea; restrictions on travel; spring but only in theory - on this day in 1950.
The Canberra Times Industry and employer groups champion work and student visas as an indispensable aid to wealth and job creation, enabling them to fill vacancies that once went begging. But as the 7-Eleven expose demonstrates, many employers view foreign workers as a way of depressing labour costs and fattening profits.
Jenna Price Anyone who has ever experienced racism will know how terrifying Border Force's Operation Fortitude could be.
Michiko Kakutani It's no coincidence that so many of the qualities that made Oliver Sacks such a brilliant writer are the same qualities that made him an ideal doctor.
Peter Reith Treasurer Hockey has not had a great run, and is under pressure, but he is needed to campaign for the free trade deal with China
Boris Johnson With its economy in shreds and its heritage in ruins, the country's past and its future are both in jeopardy.
Andrew P Street And Cambodia decides it likes our money, not so interested in our asylum seekers. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Tess Hardy The US is looking into making lead companies more responsible for the behaviour of their franchisees - will Australia follow?
Nicholas Stuart The time's up for this particular political lark. Pretending we can simply bomb IS into oblivion isn't possible any longer.
Letters to the Editor
The article "Public servants warned to get busy or get out", a summary of a paper delivered by Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd in Melbourne last Monday, made me shake my head in disbelief.
Hugh White Political bipartisanship reached even before Australia has embarked on a robust foreign policy debate is an easy way to get out of making hard decisions.
Larry Graham Why do taxpayers have to pay for political high flyers campaigning for their chosen one in the by-election for the seat of Canning?
Jacqui Martinez New model suburb
Karalee Katsambanis In a society of weak do-gooders what a lot of kids need is a proverbial kick in the pants, not a slap on the wrist.
Jane McAdam The European migration 'crisis' has become one of the main global news stories this year. Some 300,000 refugees and migrants have already entered Europe by sea, with projections that many more will arrive before the year's end.
Paul Sheehan The political passion play surrounding royal commissioner Dyson Heydon reminds me of the final series of The Wire, regarded by many, including me, as the greatest television drama yet made.
Letters to the Editor
Your article "Call for land action to avoid seniors housing crisis" (August 27, p1) quotes the ACT Property Council's view that more land is needed for retirement villages. It seems to me that these villages are highly convenient for the mega-corporations that now operate them across Australia, but may provide less rosy returns for their residents than the advertising suggests.
Justin Madden Fewer cars allow more room for trams and buses.