Damon Young I arrived at my local cafe last week to find the lights off and the staff twiddling their thumbs. ''Sorry,'' said the manager, pointing to the large volcanic rock on the footpath.
Cameron Nolan Phasing out tobacco will stop the next generation taking up smoking.
Seumas Milne It is billed as the greatest show on earth. But the closer you get to the London stadium that will be the centre of the Olympic Games in just over a fortnight, the more it's starting to look like a...
Lindsay Grayson We have wasted antibiotic compounds to the point that they are often no longer effective.
Richard Glover Society becomes nastier by the day, but the real scourge, surely, is the rise of competitive niceness.
Wendy Squires When a column is called Beauty Beat, you don't expect a salient observation of the Gulf crisis.
Robin Barker Victorian coroner John Olle has opened a can of worms by stating categorically that parents should not sleep with their babies.
Wendy Squires There are two words I'd like to offer emotionally distressed actress Melissa George: ''mouse'' and ''ears''. Yes, as in rodent and lugs.
Anthony Shakeshaft The handwringing over the tragic death of 18-year-old Thomas Kelly has so far produced the usual buckpassing and calls for more of almost everything, including police, CCTVs, transport and punishment.
I STILL can't believe it, really. I can legally drive this vehicle on the road. It has no seat belts, no air bags and no side impact protection. There's no bumper bar, no windscreen, no window wipers.
Charles Waterstreet When barristers dream, they dream of appearing in a case like the murder trial of former West Australian deputy DPP Lloyd Rayney.
Boris Johnson And so Britain acquires a new sporting superstar in the form of Kilburn's Bradley Wiggins. ''Allez Bradley!'' they cried on Sunday night in the Champs-Elysees.
Elizabeth Broderick We must support and encourage both the targets of sexual harassment and bystanders to take action. To do otherwise is to run the risk of creating cultures of tolerance.
Leonie Phillips UNTIL the mid-19th century, anaesthetic was not used routinely in surgery. Today, thankfully, the alternative is unthinkable.
Peter FitzSimons Acknowledging that the ''war on drugs'' is a hopeless joke and a total waste of resources is not being soft on the dangers of drugs.
Cathy Sherry One of the most disturbing parts of the current discussion of schools is the growing assumption that public schools are woefully underfunded and inadequate.
Ian Gawler I've seen cancer sufferers recovering against the odds.
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.
Brian Howe The divide between blue and white-collar workers has become much uglier.
Steph D'Souza Bettina Arndt's 'Why women lose the dating game' was a 1000-word pie in the face to all women who have foolishly assumed that self-esteem is a good thing.