Keep buses out of park

The ACT government's proposal to use city parkland as a bus parking site is short-sighted and just plain lazy.

Clive Palmer's jive seals his party's fate

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Mark Kenny Parties built around a strong individual rarely succeed and never last.

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Gallipoli not the only war to define Australian warfare


Gary Foley As an Aboriginal person who had family serve in World War I, I am acutely aware that there are many Aboriginal families who had relatives who fought at Gallipoli.

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Anzac Day: the curious notion of Australia's 'birth' at Gallipoli

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John Hirst The first Anzac Day passed unremarked in Australia. Australians did not receive a good account of the Gallipoli landing until two weeks later when they read a report in their morning newspapers by an...

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Comments of the week April 18-24, 2014

ACDC in the 1970s

Rob Ashton Rob Ashton, comment moderator: We start with a little boy’s memories of his Uncle Wally who fought at Gallipoli. One day Wally shared Christmas cake and family photos with the Turks.

The man who swung modern jazz into action

STEVE BACKER, 1937-2014Steve Backer ran successful jazz programs at several major record labels, shaping the careers of visionary avant-gardists such as the saxophonist-composers Anthony Braxton and...

The troubles of a poet in Romania

NINA CASSIAN, 1924-2014Nina Cassian was an exiled Romanian poet who sought refuge in the United States after her poems satirizing the regime of President Nicolae Ceausescu fell into the hands of his...

Floating in wonder with Skywhale

News: Sky Whale rises early Sunday morning at Questacon, Canberra. Inside the whale. 19th of May 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Natasha Rudra Skywhale rises but does the fantastical artwork lift its audience's spirits as well?

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A day for some mature reflection

SMH Editorial

Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an Anzac Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The republic cause is receding

Nicholas Reece

Nicholas Reece With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge winding up their trip to our southern land it is time for a bit of straight talk amongst we Australians.

Business as usual is not an option

Justine Nolan  One year ago this week on April 24, 2013 a nine-storey factory collapsed in the industrial outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh killing 1,200 garment workers and crippling thousands...

Father Frans van der Lugt paid ultimate price to comfort starving flock in Syria

FRANS VAN DER LUGT, 1938-2014Father Frans van der Lugt was a Dutch Jesuit in Syria. When civil war erupted there in 2011 he chose to remain, suffering the conflict alongside both Muslims and...

Have you already peaked?

Have you reached the peak of your life?

Derek Rielly Can you imagine peaking young? When your glory days are years eight through 12?

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An enduring message of service and sacrifice

The Canberra Times Anzac Day, with its dawn vigils, memorial services, marches and reunions across Australia and the world, is always characterised by a certain military precision and orderliness.

Brigadier served country with strong faith

Distinguished career: Brigadier Damian Roche.

In 2012, Brigadier Damian Roche was appointed the Defence director-general for the centenary of Anzac planning for the commemorations of Australia’s work in World War I.

Racial vilification laws: maybe we don't need them

Gay Alcorn Keating's race hate reforms went too far in 1995. Brandis' amendments are just as bad.

The role of narrative in Anzac Day


Michele Bruniges It was almost a century ago when my grandfather answered the call to serve "King and country" and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force.

We're all in the waiting room on the federal government's health policy


Stephen Leeder Since coming to power last year, the federal government has not offered the community a health policy or even a story about what it intends to do.

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Make it easy for Joe Hockey - aged should just bow out


Let me apologise to Joe Hockey for becoming a burden to the country as I reach retirement age ("Brace for budget pain", April 24).

Asylum seeker policy swaps deaths at sea for annihilation on land

Fairfax Media writer

Richard Ackland With every passing day, news from the asylum seeker front line gets darker.

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