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Sam de Brito 11:48 AM Any political leader who doesn't listen to their MPs is effectively saying they don't want to listen to us, the electorate. They're just guessing.
Alyssa Rosenberg 10:59 AM An awesome number of experiences, places people, things are becoming awesome, why?
Joe Nocera 12:37 AM You wouldn’t discover the correct answer from reading the latest study on e-cigarettes.
Brian Yatman 9:00 PM A serious outbreak of infantile paralysis was occurring at this time in 1921.
Andrew P Street 6:53 PM And state premiers scramble to distance themselves from the blast zone. It's your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant
Kate Carnell 9:00 PM Thirty years ago computers were rare in workplaces, mobile phones were in their infancy and there was no email or internet. Job-sharing and working from home seemed almost inconceivable and the Australian economy was largely insulated from international conditions.
Tim Dick 9:00 PM People shouldn't have to ask permission to work better. The conversation should be started by bosses, because it benefits them too.
The Canberra Times 6:22 PM When Tony Abbott was busy trying to put the final nail in the coffin of the Rudd/Gillard era, one of his oft repeated themes was that the Labor leaders had grown arrogant and were out of touch with voters.
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5:16 PM I set the full page story back down on the table and marvelled at the massive, brass ‘‘kahonies’’ on that man, Waterford.
John Connor 3:23 PM Those who hoped the 2013 election would put carbon and climate issues on the backburner would have been disappointed last year. And this year will only get hotter.
Peter Goss and Jordana Hunter 4:00 PM Focusing solely on academic achievement as measured by final results reveals little about how much a student has actually learnt during the year.
Ian Wishart Imagine for a moment that you're a girl in the developing world looking forward to your first day of school.
Larry Graham Sometimes I feel like a latter day Rip Van Winkle; he was the bloke who went to sleep and woke up 20 years later to find the American Revolution had changed his world.
Vic Alhadeff Le Chambon sur Lignon is a tiny French village in southern France. Seventy years ago its 5000 inhabitants displayed extraordinary courage to an extent rarely seen either then or now, yet whose humanitarianism resonates more poignantly and powerfully today than ever before.
Scott Coleman Prince Philip has never shirked his duty to Australia and, despite the outcry of republicans and social media, fully deserves the honour bestowed on him in the Australia Day Honours.
Nicholas Stuart The executive director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs is smiling the biggest smile you've ever seen.
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Last week it came to light that posters addressing an anti-sexual violence campaign had been removed from some ACT government directorates due to concerns raised by some men in those workplaces.
Stephen Dametto Tony Abbott's decision to knight Prince Philip on our national day has Australians all fired up.
Andrew P Street And the PM tells weekend workers to eat cake. It's your news of the Australia Day, reduced to a snarky rant.
The Canberra Times The decision to award the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, an Australian knighthood must seem almost as bemusing to the British royal family as it does to many Australians.
Brian Yatman 9:00 PM The era of the punched card.
Colin McDonald The refusal to grant clemency contradicts the advice of the highest court in the land.
Peter FitzSimons Every bloody Australia Day there is more discussion on why we need to change the Australian flag to something more emblematic of the nation we are. So this year, let’s not. Let’s take it as given that sensible people can see that the case for change is overwhelming.
MELANIE LA’BROOY Remember those people, who, during the federal election campaign, loudly proclaimed, "If Tony Abbott becomes the next Prime Minister, I'm moving overseas!"? Then, as soon as he won, promptly broke their promise and settled back down to live happily ever after in the Kingdom of Tony.
The Canberra Times The Australia of Australia Day is a place, a nation, a people, and an idea. Australia Day is not a political occasion.
Jessica Rudd I've been reading A. A. Milne to my daughter lately. And when she inevitably drifts off into her own Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the few books I keep reading to myself until I have to stop in case my laughter wakes her.
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Any rational person can understand the Defence Department’s security considerations.
Jacqueline Jago Women are damned if they speak up, and also damned as 'too feminine' if they don't.
J. R. Nethercote Australia has honoured the Briton's memory, though he was never particularly fond of not did he visit the country.
WENDY SQUIRES She might not remember meeting me but I certainly remember her. I was in a beer garden in Sydney when introduced to up-and-coming TV personality Sam Armytage, now the much-loved co-host of Channel 7's Sunrise.
Paul Sheehan It is part of the national narrative that Australia was built on the sheep's back. But not a single grazing property in this country would have been viable for the first 100 years without the productivity of working dogs.
SARAH RUSSELL Australia has some of the best beaches in the world and they are all free. Unlike many Europeans, we don't have to pay for sun beds and umbrellas. Instead we're free to bring our own beach chair and towels. And don't forget the Esky, floaties, boogie boards and cricket set.