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MICHAEL GORDON It isn't often that prime ministers become props in question time, but it happened this week when Scott Morrison assailed Labor and the Greens for thwarting the restoration of temporary protection visas for asylum seekers who arrived by boat.
Warwick McFadyen If the parsimony of present-day politics keeps occurring, then trust will be a casualty, whatever the cause.
LAWRENCE MONEY Graffiti is like cholesterol - there seems to be good and bad varieties of the same thing.
Meredith Burgmann 12:31pm As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, I am not the only ageing radical in Australia to particularly feel his passing.
J M Coetzee 11:50am Nelson Mandela has died after a long life – long yet lamentably truncated in that he spent 27 of the best years of his manhood incarcerated at the pleasure of the state. Incarcerated, he was hardly powerless. During the final years of that long sentence he in effect exercised a power of veto over the foreign policy of his country, exerting more and more of a strangehold over his jailers.
J.M. Coetzee 10:46pm Nelson Mandela has died after a long life – long yet lamentably truncated in that he spent 27 of the best years of his manhood incarcerated at the pleasure of the state.
Vic Alhadeff 12:49pm There is an incident in Nelson Mandela's seminal autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom, which is seemingly inconsequential, yet symbolises the extraordinary calibre of leadership of a political giant whose aura bestrode the world.
NELSON MANDELA: 1918-2013
Malcolm Fraser 12:50pm In the 1980s there was already a magnetism about Nelson Mandela. His name was known worldwide even though he had been in jail for 27 years. What kind of man could achieve that reputation from the barren Robben Island?
Thomas Friedman Whether they like it or not, together Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will play a crucial role in settling the Iran nuclear issue.
Maya Wang If Australia wants a healthy trade relationship it needs to go beyond 'quiet diplomacy'.
GAY ALCORN Twitter is a dangerous place, as Mark Textor found, but its strengths outweigh its flaws.
Maureen Dowd The novelty of flying cars never materialised. But flying novels are right around the corner.
Chris Michaelsen The case for a full parliamentary inquiry into this story becomes all the more compelling. It would make for an excellent movie, too.
Donald K. Anton Opinion Claims of Australian spying on East Timor are only the latest chapter in a saga of clashes over treaties.
Andrew Walker As Thailand pauses to celebrate King Bhumibol's birthday this week, it faces a stark choice.
Ken Henry You probably know I am a ''rational economist'' who spent 28 years as a senior policy adviser to a succession of Australian governments.
RICHARD ACKLAND I am still trying to work out how impeding an international dispute resolution process in The Hague fits into protecting our ''national interest'' and our ''national security''.
Jo Haylen In 1964, ''Don'' Lorenzo Currenti opened his eponymous restaurant at 336 Parramatta Road in Stanmore.
The Canberra Times Clumsy operation further eroded Australia's claim to be a good neighbour in the region.
Wahyu Muryadi It is time for Tony Abbott to try the obvious - pick up the phone, apologise and assure SBY such monitoring will not happen again.
Julie Lewis When Kevin Rudd resigned from Parliament there was much discussion about the personal toll of modern politics; how much tougher the game is today.
Glenda Lloyd This Saturday, I’m going to stand up before my family and friends and declare my faithful love and commitment to the woman I have loved and shared my life with for more than ten years.
Brian Yatman Why they don't come, Undesirable immigrants, The drink you haven't.
Ross Buckley A non-permanent seat at the Security Council is not as important as the presidency of the G20.
John Warhurst Bryce will probably say no more about gay marriages, at least while she remains Governor-General.
MARK KENNY After a dubious debut the government can pray for a fresh beginning in 2014.
Frank Brennan Australia risks being seen as a local sheriff riding roughshod over Timor-Leste to get what it wants.
JOSH GORDON Watch out ASIO. State Parliament's privileges committee is so secret, so cloistered, they can tell us almost nothing about their deliberations.
Jane McAdam Temporary protection visas do not deter asylum seekers - that's a fact.
Susan Ryan Recently we have heard much discussion and news reporting about the Productivity Commission and Grattan Institute proposal to raise the age at which we can qualify for an age pension from 67 to 70 years.
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