Latest commentary and opinion
John Garnaut 12:10 AM Amid global disorder and shifting power balances, Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott have just been given a road map to find their way through.
Tim Wilson 12:00 AM Allowing the Parliament to methodically consider marriage reform is in the best interests of those who want same-sex couples afforded equality before the law.
Jessica Irvine 11:51 PM Fresh from his government dumping its promise to pay new mums their full salary for six months and then actually moving to strip some mums of their existing entitlements, Treasurer Joe Hockey has supported removing the GST from tampons.
Noah Feldman 11:44 PM A US law designed to prosecute crime syndicates will be tested in the case of the seven FIFA officials detained pending extradition to the US.
Deborah King 11:41 PM Forcing students to do maths until the end of year 12 won’t resolve the real problem.
Letters to the editor
12:00 AM A parliamentary vote by truly representative members should automatically reflect national electoral opinion.
Harry Hollinsworth 12:00 AM On this day in 1973, it was revealed a defendant in the Whiskey Au Go Go hearing, James Richard Finch, had bitten off one of his fingers.
Sarah Gill 7:49 PM The recent decision in Boston should reminder us of how easily the capital punishment apparatus is hijacked in pursuit of a political agenda.
The Canberra Times 12:00 AM FIFA president Sepp Blatter is verging on the delusional.
Mark Kenny 12:00 AM There has been an important shift in politicians’ attitudes towards gay marriage.
Andrew P Street 6:30 PM And the PM mocks his own government's programme. It's your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Christopher Prowse 11:45 PM Euthanasia is dangerous, which is one of the key reasons the Catholic Church has long opposed it.
Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe 11:45 PM An open letter from 50 writers, artists and other concerned people was published in the Canberra Times on May 21 deploring the practice of the ACT government of shooting up to 6000 Eastern Grey Kangaroos as a damage mitigation measure.
Rhys Muldoon 5:12 PM She's a star on the children's entertainment circuit and well-known actress, but Justine Clarke got her start on film in a very different kind of movie.
Derek Rielly 2:26 PM My youngest son turns eight today. Late last night, sometime around midnight, he climbed into my bed and reflexively pushed his head into a nook in my shoulder to sleep.
Samina Yasmeen 12:19 PM We need to demystify online influence.
Mark Hamann and Andrew Chin 12:18 PM The Great Barrier Reef boasts a diversity of species found in few other places on the planet.
Ray Sparvell 11:03 AM For the last four nights, I have enjoyed an illicit pleasure, largely denied to West Australians. I have spent the midnight hours . . . playing.
Mark Brandi 10:34 AM People can’t handle hearing opposing views any more and it’s snuffing out real debate.
Andrew P Street Marriage equality legislation is like buses: nothing for ages, then three at once. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Harry Hollinsworth Film review, dragged by bolting horses, the future of flighty women - on this day in 1934.
David Brooks Across the English-speaking world, immigrants are drawn by the same things.
Paul Sheehan The monarchy of Qatar, in its efforts to buy respectability, has joined the sporting aristocracy of Europe, an aristocracy that has never been more elitist, more exclusive, more imperialist or more profligate.
The Canberra Times Shades of the Tony Abbott of old – shallow, impulsive, and tin-eared – keep peeking through.
Heckler Australian culture seems to have some bias against cyclists, writes Thalia Rey Lescure.
Ken Taylor What have we done wrong in Canberra to deserve a government that relegates heritage matters to the rubbish bin?
Noah Smith The game theory concepts that Nash's math brought to the field were a true paradigm shift in economics.
John Warhurst The overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage in the Irish referendum has hit a sensitive spot in Australia because, despite our substantial Irish heritage, we have often displayed a superior attitude towards the Irish.
Hisham Karnib Entrenched within the blog of Jake Bilardi about his journey towards a calculated suicide attack is an underlying message that is often overlooked.
Dr Cassandra Dittman News that some parents are planning their own "vax-free" childcare centres should be a warning sign.
Ian Robertson The internet and social media must be at the heart of a response to teenage radicalisation.
Larry Graham One day I walked into the Asbestos Diseases Society office to drop off some raffle tickets and walked out in a team that were planning a charity walk from Kalgoorlie to Perth.
Letters to the Editor
The article "Traffic jam costs tipped to hit $700m" (May 22, p1) quotes Infrastructure Australia chairman Mark Birrell.
The Shovel Fast food chain Pizza Hut has launched a new range of pizzas that include eight Four'N Twenty party pies and a surgical syringe to help customers fast-track their premature death.
Ross Gittins One of the main things I've concluded after years in this job is that, though the economic dimension of our lives - the earning and spending of income - is vitally important, it's far from being the only important aspect. And we disregard those other dimensions - the relational, the social, the cultural, the spiritual - at our peril.
As part of Operation Sovereign Borders scores of people have been detained at sea for weeks, given cursory assessments as to their refugee status, and turned around.