When a federal Coalition MP says a group of public employees deserve to have their wages more than doubled to a top rate of $150,000, listeners are bound to wonder if their hearing is faulty.
Germaine Greer Australian academics have been laying down the law about my mother-tongue — oops, I mean, of course, mother tongue.
THE campaign for clear English is obviously in the doldrums. What our transport authorities, police and media do to our language is enough to make anyone wake up screaming in the night.
Ben Jellis A stifling urge to control and prevent misfortune shows the Old Dart is not confident.
Geoff Strong From a country that once believed its prosperity rode on the back of a sheep, we have transformed into one that rides on the top of a mineral conveyor belt.
Peter FitzSimons My first contact with US soil for a couple of years saw me right in the middle of a protest.
Ken Gelder In the Sunday Age and elsewhere over the past few months, universities have been accused of failing to teach enough Australian literature.
Philip Clark I WAS walking though Queen Street Mall in Brisbane recently when I came across a gathering of hundreds of disabled people and their carers all clad in bright red T-shirts listening politely to music,...
Danny Katz There was some study done by somebody somewhere, some time recently - I know about it because I am a professional and meticulously researched journalist.
Stephanie Peatling Parenting websites and mothers' groups are the next generation of high school where everything people say is judged, discussed and used in evidence against them as factions take shape and shift.
Damon Young Aliens slyly observing Australia might be baffled by our dinners. Not the stir-fried or the lasagne but the not-so-silent partner at most Australians' meals: the television.
Chloe Angyal Fairytales are forever. Last week, we saw the release of the first of two Snow White movies this year.
Paul Sheehan Jerry Hall, the former model and ex-wife of Mick Jagger, once infamously said that a woman should be a maid in the living room, a cook in the kitchen and a whore in the bedroom.
Julie Szego Barely 24 hours after Toyota's retrenchment of 262 workers, the regrettable allusions to World War II began flying about.
Mike Carlton THIS Lenten week of spiritual reflection has brought us a truly epic explosion of shock and horror, on all fronts.
Jamila Hussain Today, most people assume parents will treat sons and daughters equally when they make a will, unless there is some special reason, such as disability, to give a greater share to one of the children.
Annabel Crabb Why are famous men and social media such an explosively bad mix?
Annabel Crabb It is one of the great paradoxes of our time that men,are more likely to be busted for over-sharing via text message.
Robin Poke When expatriate Australian Trenton Oldfield sabotaged Britain's annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race by swimming into the path of the eights, the apparently disgruntled activist and former Sydney...
Julian Lee The top 20 most-watched programs in the past five years on free-to-air television are consistently Australian, which suggests quotas that demand 55 per cent of content is Australian are both a...