Michael Shmith My late maternal grandmother, who with the merest sigh could cause ice to form on skirting boards, was acerbic to the point of oxidisation.
Gerard Henderson The attempted killing of United States Democrat congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, allegedly by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, has sparked a blame game as to who is responsible for the murders and...
Heckler THE ABC is driving me barmy with its cricket broadcasts.
Hamish McDonald The great and good of our veteran foreign correspondents gathered at the ABC headquarters in Ultimo a week ago to honour a man who kept their careers and, in many cases, themselves alive in the most...
Gerard Henderson Tonight is the ABC's annual soiree in Canberra, when the ABC management team and the public broadcaster's leading presenters and producers socialise with politicians in Parliament House.
Paul Sheehan The seduction of Annabel Crabb was a civilised affair.
Gerard Henderson The concept of dual loyalties in Australia has an unpleasant connotation since it invariably implies disloyalty. A century ago, some sectarians labelled Catholics as possessing a dual loyalty.
John Watson We should beware the spread of powers that weaken the rule of law.
Peter FitzSimons But who is to take the mantle now that One Nation has imploded?
Richard Ackland It was just a matter of time before Stuart Littlemore would, once again, be the subject of speculative misunderstanding.
Lucas Walsh Last week we saw another high-profile incident of racism, this time involving ABC journalist Jeremy Fernandez, who allegedly received a tirade of defamatory and racist abuse from a Caucasian woman...
Ryan Harvey The recent ''Rosa Parks moment'' of Malaysian-born ABC TV News presenter Jeremy Fernandez exposes how difficult it will be for policymakers to reconcile the aspirations of an Asian Century white...
Andrew Darby Tweets by ordinary Tasmanians provided some of the best graphic early warnings. So what does that mean for emergency warning systems?
Jeremy Sammut It used to be joked that if you gave them the chance, martyrs would climb up on to the cross and yell for the man with the nails to hurry up.
Mike Carlton Justice Steven Rares of the Federal Court is no stranger to political rough and tumble. I recall him fondly as junior counsel on my defence team when Neville Wran sued me for defamation -...
Lisa Mullins SHE was the cutest little kid in a pretty pink-and-green dress with a swishy skirt. She wore a pink cardigan and a little yellow backpack. Her brown hair was in a ponytail.
Tim Barlass Reading this will save you precious time this Christmas.
Gerard Henderson WITH Mayan followers foretelling the end of the world before Christmas, it was to be expected 2012 would be replete with hyperbole, prophecy and odd behaviour.
John Spooner Well, so much for the 2012 apocalypse. If the ancient Mayans ever knew anything about the future, they made a serious miscalculation.
Wendy Harmer As a nation, we are in more and more furious disagreement about what's funny and what's not. There's now a long roll-call of public personages who have put their foot in it with a dodgy gag.