John Hirst An honest levy is the way to properly fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Nicholas Reece The annual rise in private health insurance premiums has become a February ritual in federal politics. This year the average premium rise is 5.
Gillian Mears Not a day goes by that I don't wish that I were dead. It would be so much easier than living in a body beleaguered now by advanced multiple sclerosis.
Catherine Armitage THIS Chinese Year of the Water Snake is also called the Year of the Little Dragon, so as to borrow some of 2012's Dragon luck.
Peter Hartcher The Gillard government's first response to the distressing and alarming ABC interview of Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox about paedophilia was to deflect, procrastinate and evade.
Karen Kissane It is said that the best way to get a bad law overturned is to enforce it. When people see its consequences, the truism goes, they will be so appalled that public support for change will build up an...
Waleed Aly The play Something to Declare tells the story of a pregnant asylum seeker who is about to give birth in an Adelaide hospital.
Roslyn Arnold When I was approached this week to speak about my reasons for resigning from St John's College council my initial feelings were fear and uncertainty.
When he was a student at an exclusive Sydney boys' school, my husband was sexually abused by two teachers.
Sarah Edelman This year I witnessed the slow and distressing death of my father. In the advanced stages of stomach cancer, the last weeks of his life were spent in a palliative care centre.
Josh Gordon The public wants results, not squabbles over emergency service cuts.
Waleed Aly The play Something to Declare tells the story of a pregnant asylum seeker who is about to give birth.
Michael Gordon There are signs that both sides of politics are at least trying to inject a dose of confidence into the electorate.
Lenore Taylor It was a blitzkrieg of love, an admiration avalanche. Margie Abbott, flanked by Tony, sitting close on the couch on the Today show, pictured walking the cute dog and lazing on the grass, alongside...
Heath Aston The secret beaches south of Sydney have been outed by the state government.
Tony Abbott For many Australians, the abiding image of the 2002 Bali bombings will be Hanabeth Luke helping Tom Singer to escape from the Sari Club.
Brian Owler Is health on the agenda for the next federal election? While state governments have come under deserved scrutiny for cuts to their health expenditure in recent times, it is Commonwealth health...
Trudy Rubin Pakistanis have united in outrage over the Taliban's attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for girls' education and became a prominent symbol of defiance against Islamist rule.
Tim Costello During a trip to the Ivory Coast in 2007, local police showed me pictures of a bus disguised as an ambulance filled with bandage-clad children.
Mike Carlton THE scene is now all too familiar. There is the coffin draped in the Australian flag and topped by a slouch hat and medals, borne from the aircraft by solemn young men in khaki.