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Nicholas Reece 12:15am How to transform our economy and create jobs should be the big debate of the Victorian election campaign.
Wendy Squires 12:15am Why should those without kids be subjected to upper cuts from ‘‘martyr mothers’’?
Greg Barns 12:15am Hysteria from politicians, police and the press helps no one in these tense times.
GEORGE WILLIAMS Thanks to Scotland, the word referendum is in the air throughout the Commonwealth. Tony Abbott is poised to announce a timetable for a referendum on recognising Aboriginal peoples in the Constitution.
PAUL SHEEHAN In October 2002, the US capital Washington was brought to a state of emergency by a single gunman. He used a high-powered sniper's rifle to shoot 13 people. The killings took place over three weeks and put the national capital into a state of siege. The Washington media, in particular, developed a case of collective hysteria, which did not help.
Frank O'Shea 12:00am First it was planking, then came neknomination. These are relatively sane compared with the latest which I understand is called the "fire challenge," probably with capital letters.
Marcus Mietzner 12:00am Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s 10-year rule leaves Indonesia with mixed fortunes and a controversial legacy.
Geraldine Doogue 3:19pm With the announcement of Anthony Bishop as the Catholic Archbishop-elect of Sydney, broadcaster Geraldine Doogue lists the key points she would like to see in the leader of her Catholic flock.
ANDREW P STREET 6:36pm The news of the day, condensed into a cranky rant by Andrew P Street
PETER MARTIN Why on earth do we need compulsory superannuation? Economists will tell you it's because we are stupid, if they think we need it at all.
Jenny McPherson The magnificence and stillness of the natural environment provides spiritual and physical exercise.
DANIEL FLITTON G20 leaders face the awkward decision about whether to un-invite Vladimir Putin to the Brisbane summit in November.
David Green Forcing community television to go online by the end of next year will destroy its commercial viability.
JEN VUK Jan Vuk is staggered by the gall of Clubs Australia proposing to have childcare centres onsite at clubs.
Patrick McGorry Though each one of us will eventually suffer from some form of mental ill health, the urgency of reform keeps getting lost in public policy.
SAM DE BRITO If you want to be seen, stand up. Want to be heard, speak up. Want to be appreciated? Shut up.
ANNABEL CRABB An expert, more and more, is a person with whose findings one instinctively agrees; the rest you can backfill with Google.
PETER FITZSIMONS I am, you are, we are Australian. We came from the Dreamtime, from the dusty red-soil plain, from all over the world, and we mostly rub along pretty well together. The challenge is to be able to continue to do so, in the wake of terrible forces coming at us from beyond our shores. In this difficult week, no-one spoke better on the subject of home-grown terrorism than Malcolm Turnbull on Friday, on the Today Show. (Thank you, I know.)
KIRSTY NEEDHAM The Shooters and Fishers Party rails against ''city-based government'' and all things ''inner-urban'' in its manifesto.
CATHERINE ARMITAGE Discovery of a marijuana-like receptor in the brain is opening the path into a new branch of neuroscience.
CHARLES WATERSTREET Adam Cullen would have loved ritual beheadings in Martin Place. His work often depicted headless women (Shut up, nobody wants to hear your stories, 2000) and Nato (1998). His brush had no political or religious purpose like a knife, but his objects and his subjects were sexual and sadistic.
JACK WATERFORD It's a sad fact of history that Scottish independence has always foundered from local treachery, politics and the bribability of Scottish patriots.
Daryl Dixon People are interested in the share market or want to access higher interest returns from term deposits could well benefit from the extended range of investment options.
Tony Trobe This week Tony Trobe talks to Richard Phillips, architect and Canberra Airport aviation projects manager.
David Brooks Friendship is a personal relationship that has radiating social and political benefits. But the institution is not in great shape.
Julie Novak Opinion The core government responsibility of protecting lives should not have to come at the cost of illiberal privacy subversions, as represented by the data retention proposal.
SEAN NICHOLLS Withholding information about the deals struck between the state government and Crown is not acceptable without a very good explanation.
Mitchell Browne Where did soft porn creep into the ABC's charter, wonders Mitchell Browne?
AMANDA DUNN Young people are taking on some adult experiences earlier than in previous generations, and even puberty has managed to unleash itself on children at a younger age.
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