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Federal Politics

Political Opinion

Taking design to the people

Tony Trobe 10:47am Opinion Helen O’Neil President Craft ACT and member of the DESIGN Canberra Festival Committee

Scott Morrison's message: there must be no compromise on the boats

Michael Gordon dinkus

MICHAEL GORDON Opinion In Scott Morrison's world, there are just two, diametrically-opposed approaches to border protection: his way that has stopped the boats, or an open slather policy that invites social dislocation and deaths at sea.

Immigration minister Morrison defends lifesaving sovereign border creed

Scott Morrison

MICHAEL GORDON Opinion In Scott Morrison's world, there are just two, diametrically opposed, approaches to border protection: his way that has stopped the boats, or an open slather policy that invites social dislocation and deaths at sea.

Canberra must find smarter ways to harness innovation

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Opinion The latest innovation figures paint a mixed picture for the ACT, and highlight vulnerabilities that the city needs to work on if we are to maintain our enviable standard of living.

Cardinal George Pell asked to swear on the Bible

Tony Wright dinkus. Dinkus

TONY WRIGHT Opinion The voice that has delivered a thousand sermons seemed unsuited to be that of a witness in the dock.

Bill Shorten faces up to rape allegations by attempting to speak out first

James Massola

JAMES MASSOLA Opinion Bill Shorten's decision to come forward and name himself as the "senior Labor figure" who had been investigated – and cleared – of rape allegations by police is a bold attempt to put the issue behind him.

Why I won't play for team Australia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to captain team Australia as he would a boisterous boarding school.

JACK WATERFORD Opinion I don't want to play for team Australia, or for team Abbott. And I wouldn't encourage my children to, either.

The Prime Minister's speech shows Abbott needs a bit of the old Tony back

John Warhurst

JOHN WARHURST Opinion Tony Abbott is not fighting stuttering, like George VI in The King's Speech, but he does have a delivery problem.

Clive Palmer's China-US confusion-ism

Paul Malone Opinion The film footage of tanks rolling down the streets of Beijing 15 years ago may well have been in Clive Palmer’s mind last Monday as he talked of the Chinese government killing its own people.

Is it Fu Manchu the evil genius, or just Clive Palmer being offensive?

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on on Monday 7 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

TONY WRIGHT Opinion Stick a long tendril moustache on him, get the lighting just so, fit him with an oriental cloak, apply a little imagination and Clive Palmer could be an old-time Hollywood producer's ideal Fu Manchu, the evil genius and yellow-peril stereotype of a couple of dozen penny dreadful novels, comic books and 10 mostly dreadful movies last century.

Mr China no more: Clive Palmer out of luck, again

Clive Palmer dined and wooed Chinese investors in the hope of replicating a trick that turned him into one of Australia's richest men. But he didn't pull it off.

JOHN GARNAUT Opinion The first cracks appeared in Clive Palmer’s China story about four years ago, when he collided with the glamorous daughter of the former premier, Li Peng.

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Freeing asylum seeker children from detention part of Scott Morrison's strategy to reintroduce temporary protection visas

Michael Gordon dinkus.

MICHAEL GORDON Opinion On the eve of a meeting with Clive Palmer, Scott Morrison has belatedly pledged to get young children out of mainland detention centres and into the community on bridging visas by year's end. To what end?

Christine Milne re-enters fray at last

James Massola

JAMES MASSOLA Opinion Christine Milne's decision to write to Labor, the PUP and other crossbenchers and ask for budget meetings is not before time.

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When is a flag not a terrorist totem? When it flies for Team Australia

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TONY WRIGHT Opinion Perhaps it's because we're in the depth of the footy season - or perhaps it's a deeper dread after the Prime Minister's recent trip to London - but teams and flags are clearly occupying Tony Abbott's mind.

Team Australia under one flag but who's in the side?

TONY WRIGHT Opinion Perhaps it's because we're in the depths of the footy season - or perhaps it's a deeper dread following the Prime Minister's recent trip to London - but teams and flags are occupying Tony Abbott's mind.

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Relationship between wealth and the economy

Nicholas Stuart

NICHOLAS STUART Opinion Although this week’s column is economic, it’s not about Joe Hockey.

Depression a personal struggle that can be healed

It seems impossible to have depression and make people laugh.

Tim Schildberger Opinion I used to think suicide was a cowardly act, a gutless cop out. Then I was diagnosed with depression.

Editorial: Getting the public housing policy mix right

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Opinion Figures obtained by the Sunday Canberra Times and published today show Canberra's traditionally high levels of public housing have stagnated and failed to keep pace with the growth of the city.

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Blunder makes budget task even harder

James Massola

James Massola Opinion Joe Hockey's extraordinary, grovelling apology is a measure of just how seriously his Wednesday gaffe suggesting the ''poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far'' was viewed in the highest reaches of the Abbott government.

One of the big clangers: Joe Hockey had no choice but to apologise for comments about poor and cars

JAMES MASSOLA Opinion Joe Hockey's extraordinary, grovelling apology is a measure of just how seriously his Wednesday gaffe suggesting “poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far” was viwed in the highest reaches of the Abbott govermment.

One of the big clangers: Joe Hockey had no choice but to apologise for comments about poor and cars

Fairfax media journalist James Massola

JAMES MASSOLA Opinion Joe Hockey's extraordinary, grovelling apology is a measure of just how seriously his Wednesday gaffe suggesting “poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far” was viwed in the highest reaches of the Abbott govermment.

Sorry Joe, your apology is out of touch

Judith Ireland

JUDITH IRELAND Opinion There are few labels more vexed in Australian politics than being "out of touch".

Corruption's stench pervades both sides of politics

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JACK WATERFORD Opinion It's a mess that has, so far, enveloped only state ministers, but can it be long before the whiff is discernible in Canberra? Asks Jack Waterford.

Coalition reaps what it sowed

Richard Denniss

RICHARD DENNISS Opinion The hypocrisy of Joe Hockey's call for big business to make the case for his economic reforms is breathtaking.

Which Game of Thrones character is Bill Shorten?

Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones.

JUDITH IRELAND Opinion Bill Shorten is Cersei Lannister.

Joe Hockey's fuel tax pitch hits a roadblock

Jacob Saulwick dinkus

JACOB SAULWICK Opinion There are good arguments for raising fuel taxes.

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What if we put Joe's conscience to the test?

Alex Millmow

Alex Millmow Opinion   The recently released biography of Joe Hockey by Madonna King revealed a touching moment about the man who is now our federal treasurer. Some years ago, on a mission to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity, Hockey was over come by the occasion.  Some 60 metres from the summit, Hockey knelt down and buried an ultrasound photograph of his then unborn son declaring ’You are starting life at the top of the mountain, my boy’.

Joe Hockey's budget overtures may be too little, too late

JAMES MASSOLA Opinion Joe Hockey is right to argue the budget needs to be placed on a more sustainable footing over the long term. It is also correct that most of the budget has already passed through the Parliament.

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Joe Hockey's budget overtures may be too little, too late

James Massola

JAMES MASSOLA Opinion Joe Hockey is right to argue the federal budget needs to be placed on a more sustainable footing over the long term. It is also correct that most of the budget has already passed through Parliament. But that's not the point. Neither of them.

A message to Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott: I want my money back

Nicholas Stuart

NICHOLAS STUART Opinion Tony Abbott's playing consular cop hasn’t advanced national interest one tad, not least when it comes to passing the budget.