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Alex Millmow 2:40 PM Those beautiful young things are descending on the universities. In the first week of the academic year there will be lots of selfies in their new surrounds… one in the library, one in the union building, one in the lecture theatre. OMG, even their lecturers might play along !
Derek Rielly 1:12 PM Sure, 13, 21 and 30 are biggies, but there's nothing like your 40th, writes Derek Rielly.
Josie McSkimming 12:37 PM Male treatment of women in evangelical Christian churches has again hit the headlines.
Andrew Holmes and Alan Finkel 10:56 AM Imagine if the Australian government said it would stop paying train drivers. There would be a public outcry as hundreds of thousands of commuters were left high and dry while the trains were left to gather dust and rust. It's hard to think of anything more wasteful.
Simon Longstaff 9:21 AM The death penalty and the indefinite detention of asylum seekers are both examples of the cruel maxim "the ends justify the means".
Paul Sheehan 2:19 AM When it comes to ethical violence, the Liberals are adept at bastardry, Labor is legendary for incubating hatred and vengeance, and the Nationals, benign by comparison, have a weakness for pork-barrelling. The Greens manage to trump this field.
Elizabeth Farrelly 1:51 AM My airport taxi-driver recently had a little rave. Cabbies, he confided, have special knowledge – which days people sleep in, sites of the traffic-jams du jour, that sort of thing. They also know, he said, how to talk to people, tailoring the topic to the type. I knew then it'd get interesting.
The Canberra Times 12:00 AM The lack of a clear logic in Iraq suggests this is yet another attempt by Abbott to bolster his popularity.
John Blaxland 11:45 PM Given our troops there have been incident-free and the Iraqi Government is welcoming this deployment, it seems a not unreasonable level of commitment – and one that can be sustained for some time. But there are disconcerting signs.
John Warhurst 11:45 PM Much has changed for the better as far as the Nationals are concerned.
Ian Yates 11:45 PM Hold onto your chairs because Treasurer Joe Hockey will be releasing the fourth Intergenerational Report on Thursday.
David Brooks 11:45 PM Instant communication creates a new sort of challenge.
Andrew P Street 5:36 PM And the PM attempts to woo Jacqui Lambie with a seductive dance of defence pay increases. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
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11:45 PM Attitudes have changed so much it would be unconscionable to leave the gargoyles where they are.
Michael Krepon 4:07 PM A deal restricting Iran's nuclear program in verifiable ways is far better than leaving it unrestricted and unmonitored.
Madonna King 1:00 AM Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran did something truly terrible, but the cost of that shouldn’t be their lives.
David Letts The Abbott government's attack on Professor Triggs are unprecedented attacks on the separation of powers doctrine, one of the cornerstones of our legal and parliamentary heritage.
Toni Hassan One of the few Canberra residents allowed to visit asylum seekers on Nauru was approached by an eight-year-old girl last year. In a small voice the child asked: ‘‘Why am I in prison?’’
Lyn Maccallum 12:00 AM May Day demand
Anne Cross, The University of Queensland When Barbara, a 28-year-old mother of two pre-school boys, Josh and Noah, left her violent husband, she never expected to be punished for it at work.
Alan Dearn We were sitting on the grass at the side of Knox Grammar School's main oval in 1987; it must have been in my final few weeks of school. The memory of an awkward moment with Mr Fotis the religion teacher sitting right behind me popped back into my mind when I saw his name deeply implicated in evidence before the Royal Commission into sexual abuse.
Sandy Grant Scripture about marriage should not be twisted as a cover for abuse.
Alan Stokes Sending grieving children to Disneyland to find joy out of sorrow seems a wonderful idea for a charity. But can James Thomas turn his dream born from personal tragedy into a success?
Letters to the Editor
Accusations that may frighten people into stopping their medication, are irresponsible and frankly, dangerous.
Bill O'Chee It's hard to tell who in reality TV is worse - the viewers or the viewed.
The Canberra Times Last week in Canberra, a one-week-old baby and her two brothers, nine and 11, had their mother snatched away from them when Tara Costigan, 28, was allegedly killed with an axe in her home. Her ex-partner Marcus Rappel has been charged with her murder and is accused of also seriously injuring two other people in the attack.
Andrew P Street And let's send some more troops to Iraq, eh? Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Scott McNeice It still puzzles many Essendon fans as to why coach James Hird was aggressively targeted and nominated as the architect of the club's ill-fated supplements program.
Michael Kirby What would Sydney University's long-time, and formidable, Registrar (1955-1967), Miss Margaret Telfer, make of an occasion celebrating 'gay' and 'queer' students arriving in droves at the University of Sydney? Of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor actually welcoming them in the hallowed precincts of the Great Hall? And of that strange rainbow flag floating above the clock tower in the quadrangle? "Has the world been turned on its head, Sir Stephen?", she would no doubt ask Sir Stephen Roberts the University's grumpy Vice-Chancellor.
Geoff Slattery Australian greyhounds are the best in the world, as are our breeders and trainers; all deserve the best administration with a national perspective, vision and power to manage their rights, and the rights of all those who rely on this industry for their livelihood.