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Residents protect plans

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8:02 PM   Your headline "Plans protect residents" (June 28, p18) completely reversed the core meaning of my letter, which was that resident groups (and other public-spirited third parties) are the only parties in the ACT that stand between good, principled, long-term city planning and the stampede for short-term development profits and local government revenues.

Big Idea: Restoring Aboriginal place names

Catherine Armitage

Catherine Armitage 9:00 PM   Victoria has Mt Buggery. NSW has a Nobby's Head and a Chinaman's Knob. Tasmania has Dismal Swamp, South Australia has Foul Bay and Useless Loop is in Western Australia.

Uphold people's right to be part of our rich history

Charles Waterstreet

Charles Waterstreet 9:00 PM   The character of Sydney is written in its buildings, sometimes very ironically.

Will economists go to war over this one number?

Gareth Hutchens dinkus Dinkus

Gareth Hutchens 9:00 PM   Everyone likes it when economists argue, and this could become a big one.

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Too late to balance left and right

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

Peter FitzSimons 9:00 PM   "We should forget balancing left and right. It's too late for that. In the same way management can no longer separate journalism from advocacy."

The ACT should address other problems in prison before demanding inmates give up smoking


The Canberra Times   With drug use on the rise and overcrowding a real concern, banning smoking in prisons would seem to be a long way down the priority list.

Was there really a Rudd coup d'etat over the mining tax?

The Killing Season

Quentin Dempster   Sarah Ferguson's ABC series left one crucial question unanswered.

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With gay slurs, decide which team you're on

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy   A player who spoke out against a teammate's homophobia is both a hero and a great sporting role model.


Greece caught between a rock and a hard place


The Canberra Times   Greece's predicament has been a long time coming. Some suggest it began the moment it was admitted to the Eurozone in 2001.

The heat is rising on Australia

An unprecedented alliance of major Australian business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups came together to put the splintered climate policy debate back on common ground.

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg   This week we witnessed such a moment in Australia when an unprecedented alliance of major Australian business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups came together to put the splintered climate policy debate back on common ground – and to offer tangible pathways forward.

Senate reform: Careful what you wish for

Richard Denniss.

Richard Denniss   The Australian media has engaged in a far more rigorous debate about how guests should be chosen for the ABC's Q&A program than they have about how senators should be selected to oversee our government.

Commodification of education a slippery slope


Toni Hassan   The daft and radical idea of charging high-income parents for public schooling included in a secret draft of a federation green paper was canvassed by one ABC reporter as an attack on the culture of entitlement. But it might be the opposite. 

Shorten's chance to reveal his true self

Bill Shorten.

Michael Gordon   It was, and is, a big question: "Have you anything to hide?"

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What would Confucius say about same-sex marriage?

By citing Confucius, the very foundation of traditional Chinese culture, Justice Anthony Kennedy helped transform a niche conversation into a national debate.

Adam Minter 4:00 PM   Gay marriage isn't legal in China, and it won't be any time soon. But thanks to the US Supreme Court, and its decision last week to legalise same-sex unions, the subject is suddenly a national topic of conversation.

Consumers should boycott the world’s big tax-dodgers


There is a simple answer for each of us in dealing with multinational tax-dodging companies.

Politics damaged by relentless money raising

Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford   Joe Hockey's lawsuit against Fairfax might serve as a perfect example of how Australian politics, and the Australian law of defamation, is becoming an international joke, not least because they have become sport for the rich. Law, and politics, is something to which leaners, takers and users can no longer aspire.

Sex, lies and Kindle: Or how to keep reader's attention

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Leigh Tonkin   The ability to hold on to a reader beyond the opening paragraphs will soon determine the size of a writer's pay cheque.

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Rainbows will emerge once the heartbreak passes

Josephine Tovey dinkus

Josephine Tovey   Public support for gay marriage in Australia is overwhelming, but the politics have so far proved impossible.

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Half-baked arguments keep falling flat

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland   Spurious arguments and rubbishy logics are the fuel of politics.

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Derek Rielly: The eight things your kids should never see you do

Be careful what you say around your children.

Derek Rielly   One year, they're unique captains of their own little vessels with their own, usually kooky, take on the world, the next it sounds like you're listening to a squeaky version of their mum or dad.

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Same-sex marriage bill overdue

Terri Butler in West End a day after the by-election in the seat of Griffith , Queensland.

Terri Butler 12:15 AM   It is well past time for the nation to adopt same-sex marriage.

Hillary Clinton takes the knocks but keeps on trucking

Annabel Crabb.

Annabel Crabb 9:00 PM   I cannot be the only carbon-based life form on Earth who fell a little bit in love with Hillary Clinton when it was revealed on Wednesday that she cannot use a fax machine.

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Wimp to warrior, the real deal

Michael Burgio, warrior.

Sam de Brito   An MMA ring is not a place of fairy tales, yet Thursday night, I watched one of the more remarkable feats of human transformation and courage I've ever witnessed.

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Are Australians being suited up for a new norm?

<i>Illustration: Michael Leunig</i>

Warwick McFadyen 12:15 AM   The norm is terrifying and yet as a society we fail to notice its approach.

ALP urged to relax harsh policies on refugees

Campaigners want Labor to shift course on mandatory detention, offshore processing and towing back boats.

Sanjay Bhosale 11:30 PM   Canberrans urge party to live up to its claims to stand for a "fair go" and to support the disadvantaged and the powerless.

Ditching niceties of etiquette a sign of progress not barbarism

Sam de Brito dinkus Dinkus

Sam de Brito 9:00 PM   Concept of "third nature" suggests some of what was once thought to be good manners is obsolete.

Good bad deal on Iran's nuclear program is still possible

Thomas L Friedman  columnist New York Times. From NYT website.

Thomas Friedman 12:15 AM   An Iran freed from sanctions and with an injection of more than $US100 billion will be more powerful than all its Arab neighbours.

Gemma Tognini: Dedicated to those who think rules don't apply

Gemma Tognini, dog on leash

Gemma Tognini   There's always one. That one person who thinks the rules don't apply to them. We all know people like that.

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Millennials about to be hit by first recession

Experts say a recession isn't far away.

William Pesek   People in their 20s and 30s will have to get used to living with their parents for the foreseeable future as they will suffer the most from the economic downturn that Australia is about to experience.

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Consensus on China comes crashing down

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John Garnaut   Treasury is banking on China’s inexorable rise, but Abbott’s most senior policy advisor warns the path to growth may not be so smooth.

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Abetz's same-sex marriage attack may betray the fear of a losing side


The Canberra Times   Senator Abetz's assertion that 'concern' with same-sex marriage is a media construct or obsession is a red herring.

In the Herald: July 3, 1946

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Harry Hollinsworth   "Entertainers Gracie Fields and husband Monty Banks are being sued by film director Irving Cummings," the Herald reported on this day in 1946.

Politics stuck in cycle of no reform

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James Massola   We need a circuit breaker to bring change, but Abbott and Shorten can’t see that.

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Marriage Equality

Eric Abetz is confused about marriage equality

Tom Ballard

Tom Ballard   To be fair, it's a crazy world out there. But you see, in 21st century secular Australia, rich, white, straight men don't get to call all of the shots all of the time.

View from the Street: Aww, Eric Abetz is adorable on same-sex marriage

Andrew P Street dinkus

Andrew P Street   Australia's own Grandpa Simpson explains how your new fangled gay marriage is a fad. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.

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Letters to the Editor

Conspiracy of silence

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I note, with a degree of wonderment, that the recent ACT Budget has been greeted with a deafening silence.

Science and sport go hand in hand to provide lessons for success

Tristan Clemons plays for the Australian Kookaburras hockey team.

Tristan Clemons 9:00 PM   The reasons we love elite sports players – for their tenacity, grit and perseverance – are exactly the qualities we should be admiring in our elite scientists. Tristan Clemons explains.

Hockey's victory may yet turn to disaster

Treasurer Joe Hockey leaves court during the defamation case against Fairfax Media.

Graham Hryce   The media coverage of the judgment in the Joe Hockey defamation case has been somewhat predictable.

Tobacco ban in prisons won't work

Prisoners who smoke are being forced to quit irrespective of whether they want to or not.

Greg Barns   Instead of inciting unrest, Andrews government should pursue initiatives that make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.

Failure to heed PC's trade policy advice is madness

Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Malcolm Bosworth and Greg Cutbush   Once again, the Productivity Commission has released a report attacking preferential trade agreements. And once again, the government is ignoring the recommendations.

Australia and Indonesia: not quite BFFs

Despite the strained political relationship between Australia and Indonesia, the Australia Indonesia Association aims to unite the peoples of both nations through art and culture.

Hamish McDonald   Since Indonesia's independence 70 years ago, the Australia Indonesia Association has continued to promote cultural friendship between the two nations amid political and economic hardships.

Cleaning up filthy lucre

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Peter Munro   It doesn't take a dead fish at the door to know something stinks about political donations.

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A Dutch blueprint for climate litigation

Coal-fired power plants belch emissions into the air in the Latrobe Valley.

Don Anton   Lessons for Australia about a potential negligence action to compel the Commonwealth government to do more to counter climate change.

Danny Katz, armchair voyager

Danny Katz.

Danny Katz   I didn't want to be a nosey, prying parent but my son forced me into it.


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