Craig Fry Last week we did indeed witness the blackest day in Australian sport. But the low point was the public reaction to this latest drugs-in-sport story, not the apparent truth of the matter.
Michael Leunig I am not interested in defending the powerful, the well-resourced and the well-armed.
Paul Sheehan Schoolies is the week when a lot of parents put a lot of trust into a lot of teenagers. Everyone knows there is going to be release from the pressures of exams, plus plenty of peer pressure, plus...
Michael Bachelard When I wrote in March about the Indonesian religious affairs minister wanting to ban mini-skirts because he believed them ''pornographic,'' one comment on the Fairfax website stood out.
George Williams A recent Family Court decision permitting the sterilisation of an 11-year-old girl with a severe disability presents a legal and moral quandary.
Chris Berg A proposed eating plan is far removed from the reality of the food we put on our plate.
Paul Monk Almost all of the commentary following the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he was retiring seems to have concentrated on relatively banal topics, such as what he will do now, who will succeed...
Martin McKenzie-Murray It was not until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 that the world began to grasp the diabolical scale of repression in East Germany.
Gay Alcorn Sometimes it is tempting to feel sorry for the AFL. It's so darn progressive and open-minded.
Christopher Hitchens Citing wavering strength of mind and body, Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision to resign from the papacy at the end of February. He will be the first Pope to abdicate in nearly six centuries.
Mark Joseph Stern An Australian creationist believes Charles Darwin is to blame for drug abuse and pornography, and that people rode dinosaurs.
Jacqueline Maley News of the death of pre-menstrual syndrome came as a terrible shock.
Jonathan Horn Outrage is obscuring the fact that Armstrong is a mass of contradictions - like the rest of us.
Joumanah El Matrah
Joumanah El Matrah Allowing religious organisations to discriminate undermines the true meaning of faith.
Lance Armstrong is the arch-villain of the allegedly extinct era of doping in cycling. The cancer survivor, philanthropist and seven-time winner of the Tour de France has been burned at the stake,...
Jonathan Mahler In case you haven't heard, Lance Armstrong has confessed to doping during his cycling career. All the faux moral posturing can officially stop.
Miriam Claire Forty years after Roe v Wade, women still fight to be able to have a safe, legal abortion.
Jacqueline Maley Actor Jodie Foster didn't exactly come out last week.
Deborah Swiss Elizabeth Fry is an unlikely yet important hero in the history behind Australia Day.
Gary Younge From Beyonce to Lance Armstrong, deception abounds. The danger is that we'll soon stop feeling outraged.