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Andrew P Street 5:31 PM And asylum seekers are a terrorist threat now. It's your news of the weekend, reduced to a snarky rant.
Ross Douthat 11:42 AM As with the Soviet Union, the "inevitable" fall of fanatical upstarts is not always inevitable.
Letters to the Editor
I was pleased to read the emphasis ACT Heart Foundation chief executive Tony Stubbs (Letters, May 18) placed on the role of physical activity in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease when obesity usually grabs all the headlines.
Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM Broad support will let community have a say on care and laws for people to make informed decisions about life and death.
Ross Fitzgerald The churches reject voluntary euthanasia, regardless of the suffering inflicted on the dying.
Jane Singleton Politicians riding roughshod over interviewers is a disservice to the public and calling female journalists "aggressive" for doing their jobs is misogynistic, writes former 7.30 Report host Jane Singleton.
Peter Hartcher After a year and a half of near invisibility, Barnaby Joyce emerged last week. The world noticed. His demarche to Johnny Depp's dogs that it was time they "buggered off back to the United States" won Australia more international attention than any event since Man Haron Monis took hostages in Martin Place.
Richard Denniss While the Abbott government was adamant it wouldn't subsidise the car industry it continues to provide billions of dollars’ worth of support to the miners.
Letters to the Editor
Despite the chic reproach directed at the citizens of Nicholls, Nimby paranoia has some foundation: I doubt that many readers want to live near a ghetto of ice-addled recidivists screaming obscenities at each other at 50 paces.
Irfan Yusuf Tony Abbott is ignoring early warning signs of genocide in Australia's own backyard, says Irfan Yusuf.
The Canberra Times The Department of Human Services' embarrassment at criticism of its public telephone services by the Australian National Audit Office this week appears to have been acute.
Sean Nicholls Three years after it first emerged in the media as a billionaire's thought bubble, the merits of James Packer's vision for a $1.5 billion hotel, casino and luxury apartment block at Barangaroo is finally up for formal debate.
Karen Hardy Unlike certain residents of Nicholls I love the, let's call it diversity, of my neighbourhood.
Frank O'Shea It was announced this week that Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop will take in the other world in her tour of national capitals promoting Australian interests. She will meet Obama and Cameron, Merkel and Putin, and is expected to call on God too.
Jack Waterford Tony Abbott might not be planning an early election but, if an opportunity arises, he will, by golly, seize it.
Richad Spencer The US policy of distancing itself from groups fighting Islamic State will give it little influence when the guns finally go silent.
I answer the phones for Centrelink. I see abuse, tears and anguish. And new measures mean it's not getting better.
Warwick McFadyen 12:15 AM How odious they are. How pernicious their intent. They were not murderers, but surely they killed something precious in their victims.
Christopher Howse 12:15 AM Emojis express a narrow range of emotions in ways that diminish the richness of human experience.
Bonnie Glaser As it forces its way into disputed territories, a global response is needed to ensure China is made to follow a common set of rules and laws.
Cathy Kezelman Silenced survivors have been courageous speaking out. Let’s not let them down now.
The Canberra Times As alluring as it may have looked in the artist's impressions, the Coles/Doma development application lacked the requisite design principles and attributes, and ACTPLA is to be applauded for calling it that way.
Jessica Irvine I can't get him out of my head: Liam, the two-year-old son of ice-addict Corey who featured in SBS's recent TV documentary Struggle Street.
Peter Greste There is no such thing as a little bit of justice. Either justice is done or its not. And in the case of my colleagues and I justice has still not been served.
Andrew P Street But he also almost sort of apologised to the unemployed, nearly. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Toni Hassan You wouldn't know it from the budget papers, but the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is here to stay.