Chris Berg A tax on meat would penalise the poor and have little effect on climate change.
Michelle Anderson Education philanthropy is freely encouraged by government ministers but hampered by complex tax laws.
Satyajit Das Donations can set policy and ultimately may be harmful to democracy.
John Birmingham A meteor and an asteroid. There was so much to love about the apocalyptic double-header.
John Birmingham 'Asteroids are nature's way of asking, 'Hey, how's that space program working out?''' It sounds like a tweet but it was something a little more old school: words on a T-shirt.
Charles Waterstreet Crime-scene experts and Hollywood agents are descending on Pretoria in droves, as the Pistorius murder case proves once again that a highly skilled cross-examiner and defence team can devastate even...
Nicholas Reece Australia's leaders need to boldly intervene to improve public health.
Now that the election has been called, what do Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott have to do to win your vote? What is the most important national issue in your household?
Richard Glover The history of beverages is full of unintended consequences.
Peter FitzSimons I've done a lot of lying on Newport beach, but I'm back! And I've missed you.
Mark Joseph Stern An Australian creationist believes Charles Darwin is to blame for drug abuse and pornography, and that people rode dinosaurs.
Elisabeth Betz 'Mobs tearing up Logan. Did any of them do a day's work today, or was it business as usual and welfare on tap?'' the Coalition's indigenous health spokesman, Andrew Laming, tweeted in response to...
Peter Sandeman Jesus taught the Kingdom of God is for everyone, not just the pious, and He enjoyed the company of 'outcasts' – publicans, prostitutes, tax collectors and other 'sinners'.
Julia Baird We've always been a lazy lot. Our desire to outsource the more difficult parts of life - such as housework, study and tax - is not new.
Peter Craven Why don't we have a film industry that is more sensitive to the riches of Australian writing?
Tom Switzer Only a few US presidents have brought about truly lasting transformational change: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, writes Tom Switzer.
Heckler PICTURE two nights before Christmas 1990. A hot, dry summer in Sydney, a dearth of organ donors and a 50-year-old professor connected to a pump that, with the aid of helium and very skilful medical...
John Spooner Well, so much for the 2012 apocalypse. If the ancient Mayans ever knew anything about the future, they made a serious miscalculation.
Neil McMahon In an eventful 12 months of jubilant highs and dark lows, we were dealt more questions than answers.
Richard Ackland Let's bungy-jump into the new year with a breezy gander at what the law and justice calendar is likely to look like and, just as importantly, what inspiration we can draw from the year just gone.