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The Canberra Times 7:25 PM Politics has never been far removed from the Abbott government’s Royal Commission into Trade Unions.
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5:33 PM Malcolm Turnbull talked not about the need for greater security or retribution, but about the upswelling of love and unity.
4:48 PM It may be argued the world has been engaged in a ‘‘war on terror’’ since September 11, 2001. US president George W. Bush first used the phrase publicly nine days after the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon.
Barnaby Joyce 12:00 AM It is always annoys me that poor country white people are apparently the only ones not to be spared the humiliation of ridicule.
Richard Denniss 12:00 AM During the boom, we cut taxes for the rich. Now the boom is over, we cut spending on the poor. Welcome to Team Australia.
Ross Fitzgerald 12:00 AM Despite his critics, Prime Minister Tony Abbott managed to get rid of the carbon tax, stop the boats and keep his team relatively stable.
Jacqueline Maley 11:45 PM Paying respects at the Lindt Cafe has this Christmas overtaken the shopping spree that usually dominates Sydney's centre.
Karen Hardy 11:45 PM Christmas, circa 1978, was a totally different kettle of fish to today. For a start, Christmas just happened.
Noah Feldman Efforts to suppress the distribution to third parties of material that has been hacked pose a threat to freedom of speech.
The Canberra Times The liberalisation of Australia’s gun laws, for that is what Senator David Leyonhjelm desires, is of a piece with his neo-classical libertarianism, but the timing of his proposition is awful, and its logic absurd.
Norman Abjorensen Some ministers in the Abbott government will be chewing over their futures during the holidays.
William Pesek Asian nations would be in a much stronger position if they started bracing for the worst now, William Pesek says.
Clive Williams In the past, we often institutionalised people who were assessed as a risk to themselves and others. Now the tendency is to leave them for family members and the police to cope with.
Joseph Wakim If he carries a gun, it is a siege. But if he also carries an Islamic flag, it is terrorism.
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It’s only through the dedicated efforts of a band of great educationists that the college has bounced back.
Mark Kenny John Howard used to say it and Tony Abbott does too: the first responsibility of government is national security, identifying potential threats and protecting to the maximum extent possible. Judged against this criterion, the government has failed.
David Leyonhjelm Australia is in danger of creating a society of victims, if average people aren't allowed to carry non-lethal means of self-defence.
Brian Yatman What was in the Herald this week back in in 1866.
Crispin Hull 11:45 PM Religion played a role in Sydney's Martin Place no matter how deranged his views were.
Julie Szego "Lone wolves" may have no formal ties to terror groups, be criminals or mentally ill, but their ideology is key to understanding their actions.
Nicholas Hayes For traditional businesses like newspaper classifieds, taxis and hotels, you could sum up 2014 with one word: disruption.
Madonna King More than ever Australia is looking to unite and heal, but Hanson is a dog-whistler, who provides comfort to racists.
Adam Henschke To those seeing a siege as an event to be witnessed, have a little more sense.
Paul Malone Joe Hockey now knows that estimating government revenue and expenditure and getting the budget into surplus is not quite as easy as he thought when he poured scorn on former treasurer Wayne Swan.
Paul Sheehan Australians are entitled to know who the lawyers and officials were who advocated that Man Haron Monis be granted Australian citizenship, despite red flag after red flag that he was trouble.
Elizabeth Farrelly Monday, 10am, I was knee-deep in Pru Goward's new metro-plan for Sydney when the siege began. And somehow, as the day wore on, it felt increasingly obscene to quibble about planning when people's lives were at stake. Not that planning doesn't matter. It does. It matters greatly. What's obscene is the flabby, hairy, stuffed-goose way we do it.
The Canberra Times Tuesday’s assault on a crowded school in Peshawar set a new low in pre-mediated violence in Pakistan.
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ISIS and their affiliates are doubtless delighted this is being portrayed as an act of terrorism, as having communities beset by fear suits their plans perfectly.