Opinion

Mel’s on track for Tokyo, but will Olympic organisers pull the trigger or the plug on the Games?
Sport
As the July start to the Tokyo Olympics looms, Canberra's Melissa Breen is asking a simple question: given the world is in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, will the Games go ahead as planned? While some athletes are raising the question in private, others such as two-time Olympic sprinter Melissa Breen are publicly expressing doubts about the Games going...
A question on every parent’s mind: will schools close because of COVID-19?
Opinion
Those of us with children and young people in our care are having to navigate a whole range of concerns due to COVID-19. Key among these is the issue of schools and whether or not they will be closed. And if not now, when? After all, we are being told as a community to reduce our time with others, practise...
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar is right: We should be focusing on the positives in rugby
Sport
Over the years I have been critical of rugby, from the disconnection from the grassroots to the style of play and the interpretation of the rules. But credit should be given where credit is due. The Brumbies are leading the way to change perceptions of rugby – including my own. Not only are they winning (they're three from four in...
Ordinary Australians will continue to suffer because of our venal, shallow leadership
Opinion
After 30 years as a journalist, I don't often bother getting angry with politicians. I know there are good people on both sides doing their best. You only have to look at Bega MP Andrew Constance's honesty and pain on last Monday night's Q&A to know that, or Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly's deeply felt response to the bushfire crisis that's...
Trump virus infects bad sport McKenzie
Opinion
I was listening to the news on the radio driving back to the office the other day and there was Donald Trump mouthing off about his impeachment trial and how it was all fake news. I'm thinking, this guy is President of the United States, supposedly the greatest democracy in the world, and this is the model for leadership? He...
Now is not the time to be a Quiet Australian, says Broulee GP
Opinion
As we welcomed 2020, we were forced from our home in Broulee as a raging fire approached. When we returned a few days later, we were grateful to find it was still standing. That night, around the dinner table, my seven-year-old daughter said, “I just want it to be normal again". “Me too,” I replied, thinking, I'm not sure things...
Bushfires and mental health: here come the feelings
Health & Wellbeing
Since bushfires started burning around my hometown of Bega a few weeks ago I, and everyone in our community and all communities hit by fire this season, have been in and out of normal life and an impending disaster zone. This summer, there's been a force that's bigger than us and bigger than our plans and invitations now come with...
Bushfires sear the need for change into nation’s consciousness
Opinion
We have just passed another bushfire milestone in the ACT. It's 17 years since that fateful January day in 2003 when the unthinkable happened and 500 homes and four people perished in the flames that roared down from the mountains. Many still live with the trauma of that day and the beat of a helicopter or a whiff of smoke...
Change is gonna come, oh yes it will
Opinion
Welcome to Country, on the land where our Elders, past and present, have gathered. We pay our respects to those who came before us and to those who will pass through the land, in time. As ashes settle on our land, on cars, in our streets and waterways, people across the entire country are looking for answers. Much has been...
“I’ll never vote Liberal again.” How fire is changing politics and perceptions in the Bega Valley
Opinion
Science has warned us for decades how a changing climate will affect us, with weather tending to be hotter and drier and more extreme weather events. In the Bega Valley, residents have just experienced one such extreme event, with fires in the area consuming acres of bushland, homes, outbuildings and shops, and tragically killing two men from the Cobargo area....
Why the Canberra Raiders will go one better in 2020
Sport
The Raiders have been one of the more stable teams in the off-season with minimal disruption. Even the departure of Aidan Sezer and Jordan Rapana created few waves with ready-made replacements available. Those replacements should make the Raiders an even better team in 2020 with George Williams and Curtis Scott – two players with the ability to maximise the team’s already...
Government must ignore the megaphones and listen to the science
Opinion
It's only to be expected but the calls for a greater slash and burn approach to the landscape have come thick and fast during the ongoing bushfire crisis, given prominence on the usual platforms that play down the links to climate change and global warming. One can understand the logic – reduce the fuel and you reduce the fire, but...
New Year’s resolutions: the first steps to a better future you
Opinion
New Year, new you, right? Yes, it's that time year again when we promise that our future selves will be better than the selves that brought us here. But New Year's resolutions are tough. That's what makes them worthwhile. So you might need some help to find and keep your new you. Whether it's stopping smoking, drinking less, exercising more...
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