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2:25pm From the murder of John F. Kennedy to this week's disappearance of a plane midflight, Joel Achenbach explains why it's real life mysteries that intrigue us the most.
Jefferson Kinsman 10:08am Why risk our unique and delicate forests for the equivalent of a single beef farm?
Brian Yatman ""The Everleigh workshops were closed yesterday as a token of the respect in which the late Henry Smith - who was killed whilst travelling by tram to Botany - was held in the service."
John Warhurst Despite the criticism, increasing the size of the ACT Assembly and paying its members more is justified.
John Dwyer At our destination, we would find an Australia with thriving and effective patient care with one department of health.
Lisa Bryant Publicly listed companies' first mandated responsibility is to increase shareholder value - this can be in conflict with the provision of high-quality childcare.
PAUL SHEEHAN The members of the board of the Biennale of Sydney should consider their positions.
RICHARD GLOVER There's one question every activist should ask before suggesting a boycott: ''What do I hope to achieve?''
Jeremy Sammut The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been asked to recommend ways to ensure that history does not repeat and children are better protected from abuse in the future.
ELIZABETH FARRELLY Australian politics measures itself in landmark speeches. Menzies' ''forgotten people'' speech, 1942. Keating's ''Redfern'' speech, 1992. Gillard's misogyny speech, Hockey's entitlement speech. And now, Scott Ludlam's ''Welcome to WA, Tony Abbott'' speech.
Diana Elliott It's the ultimate reality TV show: citizen astronauts living on the red planet.
Chandrahas Choudhury Narendra Modi's election could well herald a new culture of disrespect and intolerance.
Chris Earl No need to bump up numbers. In country areas, women are being elected on their merit.
Thea Ormerod Faith leaders travelled to Maules Creek this week to support local protesters who are trying to stop a new mine. People who think religion should stay out of politics may be rattled by such a move, and certainly it should not be seen to bless anyone who breaks the law. But a Buddhist monk, a Catholic priest, Uniting Church ministers and other believers nevertheless joined their voices to the calls to stop expansion of mining in the area.
RICHARD GLOVER There's one question every activist should ask before suggesting a boycott: What do I hope to achieve?
JENNA PRICE Of the many utterly loathsome actions of the members of this government, the attempt to besmirch, belittle and demean our ABC is among the worst.
Brian Yatman The magnificent Hinkler, Once more with feeling, World-wide radio.
Ben Saul Offshore processing is a cruel method of dealing with asylum seekers. There are alternatives.
ROSS GITTINS Compulsory superannuation exposes us to the predatory financial services industry.
ROSS GITTINS A few weeks ago, when I offered my list of our top 10 economic reforms of the past 40 years, I was surprised by the number of people arguing I should have included compulsory employee superannuation in the list. Really? I can't agree.
David Gillespie The age of entitlement is anything but over when it comes to funding private schools.
ALAN STOKES The Boy with the Henna Tattoo shows that much more has to be done to protect children.
Diana Simmonds You get a text asking you to confirm an appointment, then the waiting begins.
Jeremy Sammut A $6 co-payment to see the GP is less than the cost of the proverbial lunchtime sandwich and milkshake.
Ramesh Thakur Whatever happens, this is not the West's fight to lose. We should take a deep breath and calm down.
Political leaders dilute their power when they try to manage, control and strait-jacket their followers
JACK WATERFORD Opinion Leaders dilute, not strengthen, their power when they try to manage, control and strait-jacket their followers
Cristina Odone The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, bleary-eyed and monosyllabic after seven months of looking after baby George, are taking a break. They have flown to the Maldives for a week, and parked George with his grandmother (not the one at Buckingham Palace). A chorus of disapproval greeted the news. "Did they?" swelled into "How dare they?"
Jonathan Holmes The last word on The Saturday Paper is its depth isn't quite deep enough.
George Souris NSW Arts Minister George Souris condemns the board of the Biennale for severing ties with sponsor Luca Belgiorno-Netis.
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