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Jeremy Hillman 9:41 PM As with other religions, Islam contains teachings that can be misappropriated by those seeking power, vengeance or destruction. Yet for the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Australia and around the world, their lives are a daily quest for one thing – peace.
John McClean 9:36 PM A long and happy partnership may be coming to an end over irreconcilable differences. We've been drifting apart for years and it might be time to face the facts.
Jenna Price 6:32 PM What kind of a government plays the terrorism card and ignores the abuse in homes across Australia that affects us all?
Paul Krugman 6:20 PM The Greeks have paid for their government's sins many times over. If they can't make a go of Europe's common currency, it's because it offers no respite for countries in trouble.
Jemima Lewis 6:19 PM More young women now identify with pre-feminist gender roles, downplaying the pyschological and financial rewards of having it all.
The Canberra Times 6:15 PM The former occupants having long since moved on, the demolition of 81 Sternberg Crescent in Wanniassa on Monday proved a dry-eyed affair, watched only by government officials, ACT WorkSafe inspectors and neighbours.
Letters to the Editor
6:00 PM Surely, the argument for, or against, the light-rail proposal comes down to a simple question: are the capital and operating costs over the economic lifespan of the light-rail infrastructure less than those costs for the number of buses required for the same outcome?
Andrew P Street 5:55 PM Is it the one that's throwing another tantrum about the mean old ABC? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Barbara Muhvich 3:39 PM
Patrick Hannaford 2:01 PM The ABC's flagship program regularly nails its colours to the mast, so why can't the Coalition opt not to come aboard?
Ric Davies 8:16 AM On Saturday, I faced my fears and made my way 50 metres up to the top of the main mast on the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior to show my support for a responsible resources industry. Did I mention I'm also a geologist and I work in, and support, the resources industry?
Tim Dick 10:54 PM The declaration that marriage equality is a 20th-order government issue was as welcome as a plate of cold haggis to someone about to fly for 24 hours to be at a wedding of friends from Sydney held in Scotland.
Andrew P Street And what's a little accusation of endemic corruption between friends? Your news of the weekend, reduced to a snarky rant.
The Canberra Times 11:30 PM The view Australians have of themselves as a liberal-minded people prepared to step up when the occasion demands may be more myth than substance. We've certainly demonstrated a willingness to cut down politicians and individuals with socially progressive goals.
Letters to the Editor
11:30 PM The Mr Fluffy saga is at a critical crossroad that presents a unique opportunity for creative and sensitively developed housing alternatives in Canberra's established suburbs.
Letters to the Editor
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.
Charles Waterstreet The character of Sydney is written in its buildings, sometimes very ironically.
Peter FitzSimons "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."
Mark Diesendorf 11:45 PM The writing is on the wall for coal-fired power in Australia. Despite federal government attempts to stop the growth of renewable energy, all they can do is delay the inevitable transition.
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.
Jack Pappas 11:45 PM Some decisions result in unfairness, significant expenses and stress to members of the public who, when acquitted, have no comeback.
Quentin Dempster Sarah Ferguson's ABC series left one crucial question unanswered.
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.
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.
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.
J.R. Nethercote 11:45 PM 750 years ago, in 1265, a parliament met at Westminster. Comparable in significance to adoption of Magna Carta, it constituted a realisation of some of the charter's notable ideas.
Adam Minter 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.
There is a simple answer for each of us in dealing with multinational tax-dodging companies.
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.
Stephanie Bull 12:00 AM Blackmailers kill heart surgeon
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.