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JOHN WATSON A debased debate has left us all exposed to a highly personalised contest of bluster and brutal denigration.
Shashank Joshi The West faces a challenge in how best to approach the new moderate leader.
STEVE BIDDULPH Are we raising boys to be good men? asks Steve Biddulph.
Timothy Wilson Only one man can fix the ALP's rot and lead the party to a less painful defeat.
Brian Yatman Smith's record flight
MATT WADE You might have heard about peak oil, but what about peak child? When I was born in 1965, about one in three of the world's people were children. That will fall to one in five in my lifetime - assuming I make it to the ripe old age of 85.
Elizabeth Webby Since its inception in 1957, the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been awarded 14 times to a woman, compared with 51 times to a man.
ALAN STOKES There's a 12-year-old schoolboy in Gelorup south of Perth who looks at the accompanying painting (above) and sees the anti-establishment icon Ned Kelly in blue on the left. No surprise there. Bob Hawke does too.
Heckler Stone monuments don't normally have a voice, but I have been given this opportunity to tell you my story. You see, my friends, after almost 150 years of being neglected, I'm just a little cranky.
Leadership, the quality most expected in a politician, is rarely credited to women, writes Amanda Hess.
Andrew Leigh Opinion This willingness to use public servants as political playthings is pretty shocking.
JACK WATERFORD Opinion Nothing erodes effectiveness more than constant reorganisation, rebadging and reshuffling at the top
Clive Williams Australia needs to cut itself loose from slavishly following US policy leads.
Maureen Dowd 2:12pm Not only is President Barack Obama leading from behind, now he's leading from behind Bill Clinton.
William Langley 12:58pm The girl from Guangzhou has taken on the odds as defiantly as she did a foam-pie thrower, writes William Langley.
Mike Baird Treasurer Mike Baird explains the 2013 NSW budget.
Mary Delahunty Faced with personal vilification, the Prime Minister has history on her side in fighting back.
Boris Johnson This is not the moment to send more arms. This is the moment for a total ceasefire, an end to the madness.
Nicholas Stuart Opinion If anyone tells you they know who will be prime minister in a fortnight's time they are lying.
TIM COLEBATCH Opinion Rudd might not deserve to lead, but he would be able to make important changes.
Matthew Norman Cricketing glory could help atone for Australia's recent embarrassing headlines.
Lindy Edwards Men who pump themselves up by denigrating women are revealing how weak they really are.
HECKLER Rise up, women of Australia! Your country needs you.
GERARD HENDERSON There are a few citizens in democracies who hand over state secrets to foreign governments, or non-state entities, for money - but not many.
GEORGE WILLIAMS The rape and murder in Melbourne of ABC employee Jill Meagher has led to a call to reintroduce the death penalty in Australia.
PETER HARTCHER The war in Syria started as a pretty simple affair - an oppressed people rising up against a brutal dictator. It was another outbreak of the Arab Spring, a yearning to be free.
Boris Johnson It would be madness to arm Syria's rebel factions
JENNA PRICE The "bystander effect" needs to be stamped out if we are ever going to stop violence against women, writes Jenna Price.
Adam Lockyer Few have understood America's true motivation for arming the Syrian rebels.