Martin McKenzie-Murray Giving murderers the buzz of attention may only encourage others.
Richard Ackland Is Julian Assange to Julia Gillard what David Hicks was to John Howard? In other words, will Assange be the patsy that a lapdog nation offers to its great and powerful friend, in the same way Howard...
Kathy Lette A new report has described the British as even more slothful than the Americans and twice as sedentary as the French.
Annabel Crabb Watching human beings attempt to cope with insane levels of bureaucracy is one of the most entertaining occupations on Earth.
Gary Nunn RailCorp spent $40 million removing graffiti in 2010-11, with Central Station's longest underpass the main victim.
Annabel Crabb Watching human beings attempt to cope with insane levels of bureaucracy is one of the most entertaining occupations on earth. It's why the Olympics are such a reliable ratings hit.
Masha Gessen The shock female band might just provide a path away from Putin's stifling rule.
Barney Zwartz George Pell has been a beacon attracting criticism, over the years and especially this week.
Michelle Grattan A decade ago Father Frank Brennan, a high-profile Jesuit priest who is now professor of law at the Australian Catholic University, had a woman confess to him that she was a murderess.
Peter FitzSimons My extremely strong suspicion is that Craig Thomson was lying through his teeth in his performance in Parliament.
Michelle Grattan Refugee lawyer David Manne is on the legal hunt again.
The Loaded Dog
Should the federal government negotiate prisoner exchanges to secure the return of Australians jailed overseas, such as trading Schapelle Corby for Indonesian teenagers accused of people smuggling?
Peter Dutton As the opposition health spokesman, I am acutely aware of the harm caused by illicit drugs. As a former police officer, I contributed to this difficult fight in the real world.
Richard Di Natale
Richard Di Natale The arguments for changing our approach to illicit drugs are well worn. Over successive decades, drug production and consumption have soared and drugs are now purer and cheaper than ever before.
Julia Baird Is General David Petraeus's liaison with his biographer really worth so much attention? Wasn't this just two adults having consensual, if illicit sex? It should hardly be surprising if one of...
Richard Glover I'm still not clear what ''professional'' gum chewing might entail.
Heckler NOBODY likes a door-to-door salesperson knocking on their door, so what's with the increase in this irritating activity? Door-to-door selling is illegal on Sundays, yet they still knock, catching...
Adele Horin From all quarters I hear the cry: ''Go west and seek your fortune.'' Why linger in the eastern seaboard slow lane when El Dorado lies across the Nullarbor? To those attracted by the lure of filthy...
Suzy Freeman-Greene Should a man who blinded his partner in one eye after kicking her in the head have been honoured for a one-off act of bravery? It's a question many were asking this week after the Governor-General...
Catharine Lumby I thank Craig Thomson for one thing, he's a walking ethics lesson for my two young sons, writes Catharine Lumby.