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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.
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.
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7:18 PM Interesting to notice the words of the ordinary members of the Reclaim Australia rally.
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.
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.
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.
Letters to the Editor
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).
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.
Judith Ireland The first sign the government was not going to get the week it wanted came on Monday morning.
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.
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.
Hugh McDermott Technology has created a new economy and we need policies to help people adapt to the changing world.
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.
Damon Young Evil governments inspire violently treasonous thoughts.
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.
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.
Dan Andrews Remove politics from kids being returned to Nauru and the answer becomes clear.
Lisa Armstrong Does satire still work if its targets get starring roles?
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.
Michael Coulter has taken an ice-cold, jarring route to, um, ageing.
Yvette Berry Canberra leads the nation in providing vital support and services for refugees.
Lyn Maccallum A visit from Ned Kelly and a trip to the museum were reported in the Herald on this day in 1879.
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.
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.
Tony Trobe 11:30 PM Tony Trobe talks with Dr Murray Coleman, a Canberra architect about energy and building
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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Does Michael Pezzullo suggest no one should stand up for human rights?
The Canberra Times Diluting such clusters of key people in research to pork barrel in the bush is risky.
Ruby Murray Toymakers might be using less pink, but otherwise they're not doing much to empower girls.