80 years on, the War Memorial is in a battle for its soul
Opinion
The Australian War Memorial marked its 80th anniversary yesterday as it embarks on the most significant change to the national institution in its history. The $500 million redevelopment proposal has provoked controversy and bitter argument about the purpose and role of the Memorial. For many, the key question is whether the Memorial is primarily a place of commemoration and reflection...
Home is where the heart is, even if it is broken
Opinion
I drove by a house the other day, a place I'd lived in for about 10 years but hadn't seen in almost as long. Usually there's a feeling of warmth, of fond memories when you live somewhere for a while. Not so much this place. It was more surprise than warmth - surprise it was still standing. Hidden on top...
I’m the black sheep of the family, alpaca my bags now
Opinion
Let's face it, I'm the black sheep of the family. I was born on a sheep/wheat property in Cowra, where my father and his father before him were successful graziers. My two brothers run highly successful agricultural pursuits. Heck, even my little sister makes enough money from the sale of unplanned pet rabbit litters to cover the costs of their...
The green, green grass of home … mown
Opinion
In the newspaper office, we all had scraps of paper, notes, clippings and photos attached to our desks. Our dogs, our partners, potentially Walkley Award-winning story ideas. Except for one bloke, a fellow I sat next to on Sunday nights when he was News Editor and I was his deputy. He only had the one pic. It was a photo...
Canberra is an absolute long shot to host a men’s Ashes cricket test, but…
Sport
Canberra has hosted a number of what would be considered international sporting events, but all would be overtaken in terms of significance if a Men's Ashes test came to the capital. To this day, I still believe the 2015 Asian Soccer Quarter Final between Iran and Iraq, the Olympic Games soccer matches in 2000 played at Canberra Stadium, Don Bradman's...
A principled stand or misguided posturing? ‘No jab, no job’ poses tough questions
Opinion
An ACT school principal's stand against mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for school staff has thrown the spotlight on the growing number of 'no jab, no job' orders across the public and private sectors across the country. Rob Lans, the principal at the Charnwood-Dunlop School, appeared with One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts in a video posted on an anti-vaccination Facebook page...
The woes of the computer illiterate in an online world
Opinion
I think I'll start up a new little project. Something suitable for a middle-aged woman that won't interfere with her knitting. I'm going to rid the world of computers. While I'm at it, I might also round up and hide, temporarily of course, those four-year-old children who give you that look when you ask them a perfectly reasonable question like -...
Malua Bay is hardly spoilt for choice, but Kohli’s delivers the goods
Food & Wine
During COVID-19 lockdown, most Canberrans have become very comfortable with treating themselves to home-delivered cuisine from the likes of Uber Eats and Menulog, but it's a different story in many parts of the NSW South Coast. Home for me is 10 acres out the back of Malua Bay, and takeaway is usually just what I can raid from my daughter's...
Was Wayne Bennett one of the most significant signings in the history of the Canberra Raiders?
Opinion
Legendary rugby league coach Wayne Bennett will lead the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL grand final this weekend against the Penrith Panthers. It will be his 10th NRL/NSWRL grand final appearance as coach. His first was with the Canberra Raiders in 1987, in his only season at the club, in which he took it to its first grand final....
Why Sia Soliola is the greatest clubman in the history of the Canberra Raiders
Sport
Canberra Raiders forward Sia Soliola has announced his retirement after 17 seasons playing professional rugby league in the NRL and English Super League. He will be remembered as a tough, hard-running player, who emigrated from the backline well before he arrived in the ACT, in 2015, where he went on to play 137 games for the Raiders. However, it's his...
Australia’s regional sporting capital: Queanbeyan or Wagga Wagga? The case for Wagga
Sport
When I started looking at Australia’s top sporting cities per head of population, I felt it would be hard to go past Queanbeyan. That is, until I took a closer look at Wagga Wagga. I discovered that it’s daylight between Wagga and every other city region of comparable size, not just in Australia, but potentially globally. READ MORE: Australia’s regional...
Is COVID-19 creating divide between city and country?
Opinion
My wife, Franki, and I left Goulburn four years ago. The best part of two of those years has been spent locked down in Melbourne, which holds a world record for long, strict lockdowns. Franki and I swap numbers that we hear each day: the number of cases in NSW and Victoria, vaccine doses, and days in and out of...
Australia’s regional sporting capital: Queanbeyan or Wagga Wagga? The case for Queanbo
Opinion
Both Queanbeyan and Wagga Wagga are justifiably regarded as Australia’s top sporting cities per head of population. In fact, the councils of Wagga Wagga and Queanbeyan Palerang have similar populations, with Wagga having only a few thousand more. Many have tried to find out why so many champion sportspeople originated from, or spent a substantial part of their lives in,...
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