Latest commentary and opinion
Karalee Katsambanis 9:34 AM I'm not going to pretend that getting kids to eat healthy isn't hard work. But as a long-term investment, isn't it also worth it?
Larry Graham 9:17 AM Everyone wants to overhaul the taxation system in some way. The problem is that everyone also has self-interest that is a barrier to reform ever happening.
Paul Sheehan 10:05 PM The Bronwyn Bishop saga became the Tony Abbott saga. The Speaker's excesses became the political property of the prime minister. Her immovability became his failure.
Cameron Clyne 8:48 PM Basic truths about our survival, and our managing risks relate to how well we manage diversification, innovation and constant adaptation – these are the keys to business and national prosperity.
Harry Hollinsworth 12:00 AM Two young Australian singers, Miss Viola Morris and Miss Victoria Anderson, amazed Londoners by growing beans in the garden of their Kensington cottage, the Herald reported on this day in 1937.
Nick Xenophon 9:00 PM East Timor is one of the world's youngest and poorest countries located just off our northwest coast.
Richard Teese 12:15 AM Dan Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.
Letters to the Editor
6:55 PM Bullying continues in the public service ("Public service bully bill heads for $80m", July 30, p1). Many public servants are greatly stressed by not having enough resources or time to do their jobs properly.
The Canberra Times 5:44 PM Unity Mining is asking for a second chance to modify a gold mine east of Canberra.
Eileen Ormsby It's no secret to those who know my work that I approve of aspects of the dark web. It allows ordinary people to surf the net without sharing information with prying corporate interests and nosy governments.
Letters to the Editor
I read with interest that Florey was identified as one of the more disadvantaged suburbs in the ACT.
The Canberra Times The vilification of one of our most important and successful Indigenous sportspeople should be cause for deep soul-searching within our community.
Michael Coulter Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.
Julian Cribb 11:45 PM As I age, I notice that people around me tend to gravitate to one of two categories – those who have gone through life learning little and who become increasingly embittered, angry, cut-off and vengeful. And those who learn their whole life through, and become more tolerant, broad-minded, informed, wise, forgiving and generous in their estimate of their fellow human beings.
Thomas Faunce 11:45 PM In the balmy climes of Hawaii, negotiators from many Pacific rim countries including Australia, United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Chile, Peru New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei have been meeting to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Sean Nicholls A couple of important issues lie at the heart of the Bronwyn Bishop helicopter saga - and politicians' entitlements isn't the more critical one.
The Canberra Times Everything about the search for MH370 is extreme: the size of search area, the depth of the water being scanned – up to 5000 metres – and (frequently) the weather conditions. That's an unlikely scenario for success.
Letters to the Editor
Anyone with even a modicum of concern for the future of the world's wildlife will feel both anguish and sadness at the recent killing of a well-known nature park lion in Zimbabwe.
Norman Abjorensen The hostility of AFL crowds towards Goodes makes it clear those who flaunt Indigenous colours are unwelcome in the white man's club.
Judith Woods The hunter has become the hunted. The predator is now the quarry. Cecil the lion, a once-mighty symbol of the natural world, has been slain, and now it is his killer, Walter Palmer, who is on the run.
Kyla Tienhaara and Deborah Gleeson On Tuesday, Fairfax Media economics writer Peter Martin made the startling revelation that the government's ongoing legal dispute with Philip Morris has already cost the country $50 million.
Alex White Building light rail will deliver a short-term boost of 3500 jobs from 2016-18, just when we need it, and will build a transformational piece of public infrastructure.
Jennifer Martin Medical professionals are left in a moral and ethical quandary when it feels like they aren't listening to terminally ill cancer patients who want to try cannabis to relieve symptoms.
Alyssa Rosenberg Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who was recently identified as the person who killed an iconic Zimbabwean lion, had a rotten week.
Ellen Fitzgerald The Australian Archives were in crisis and a soup kitchen was needed in Manly.
Derek Rielly It is the plumpest teat of all, so abundant and full with riches, you can spend an entire career on it, guzzling for all you're worth, and it doesn't even come close to withering.