Opinion

Government pumps cash but no heart into Canberra’s adopted team
Opinion
As I was driving into work early on Friday morning, I counted five different people wearing lime green jerseys as anticipation reached a fever pitch for the Canberra Raiders-South Sydney preliminary final at GIO Stadium that night. In recognition of the Raiders' biggest match in nearly two decades, the buildup throughout the week had been extraordinary. Canberra landmarks, including Telstra Tower, the...
The similarities between the Canberra Raiders and the GWS Giants
Sport
When the Canberra Raiders made their debut in the NSWRL in 1982, few could have imagined that the side which finished with the wooden spoon in that first year would go on to win the premiership in their eighth season. The Greater Western Sydney Giants, with their well-documented connection to Canberra, also finished with the wooden spoon in their debut...
PODCAST – Festival of Open Minds, Tim Costello
Podcast
The Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, and up until earlier this year, he was World Vision’s Chief Advocate. In his evocative memoir that has just been released - A...
Media coverage key to women getting a sporting chance
Sport
Last weekend I was at the Canberra Cup Water Polo tournament and saw an all female-coaching team in charge of a team of 17-year-old boys. I sincerely hope the sight will become so commonplace at all competitive levels in the future that I wouldn't even notice it. As it stands, there is still a dearth of women in senior sports...
Spring inferno: Leaders fiddle while the forests burn
Opinion
Only a few weeks from now we were booked in to the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge on the Gold Coast hinterland but now our holiday dreams are like the historic rainforest resort -  in ashes. For 90 years local, interstate, and overseas visitors - no doubt many from the Canberra Region - enjoyed the resort's old-world charm and the surrounding...
AFP raids threaten freedom of the press and the public interest
Opinion
In what is becoming a disturbingly familiar scene, Australian Federal Police officers turned up at a Griffith home last week, searched the property for evidence and left hours later carrying garbage bags and cases of material. An AFP spokesperson would not say who the target of the raid was, only that the search warrant was related to a Commonwealth official....
How Raiders became champions on and off the field
Sport
When Ricky Stuart signed on as coach of the Canberra Raiders in a three-year deal in 2014, he made it his mission to ensure his players were integrated into the community. Over the years there had been a feeling of disconnect. Players were doing plenty of school visits and the like but there was a sense they weren’t gaining traction...
Burning Amazon inspires need for deeper local climate discussion
Opinion
Imagine a fire wiping out the whole of the Eurobodalla, that's how much of the Amazon is burning. Take a deep breath in...a long one out. Thanks to the Amazon, 20% of that breath was produced by oxygen created from a rainforest the size of 95 Bega Valleys. Brazil's right-wing populist government is being blamed for nearly 40,000 fires turning...
The highs, lows and complexity of Canberra sport
Sport
Attempting to understand the vagaries of sport is often a challenging task. And anyone who is riding the wave with the Raiders to the finals series would understand the highs and the lows. But let’s give some time to others involved in sport that are facing their own trials and tribulations. The highs and lows are different in each case...
PM’s public service utopia: A ‘friendly’ warning, and a message for the mob
Opinion
It is entirely fitting that in the week that our daggy Dad Prime Minister delivered his folksy homily to the cream of the Public Service that the biting TV satire Utopia returned to the screen with the bumbling infrastructure agency grappling with spin masters and all manner of political dodginess. For all the PR and political can do, nothing much...
The curious case of Kyrgios
Opinion
Canberra tennis player Nick Kyrgios is once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Yet it will no doubt register as a mere blip on his radar. The 24-year-old has been fined a record sum of $US113,000 ($A167,000) by the ATP for his latest tantrum. The fines include five charges of unsportsmanlike conduct totalling $US85,000, $US20,000 for verbal abuse, $US5000...
Chasing the truth about the Sydney stabbings: terrorism or clickbait?
Opinion
This week, a Sydney man caused mayhem in the CBD. Mert Ney is alleged to have murdered one woman and injured another and the story was everywhere. But tuning in to two different news broadcasts on the night, you might have assumed that these were two different stories about different events. Channel Nine reported that Ney had used "extremist slogans"...
There’s no business like snow business – an AFL game that will go down in history
Sport
Having put myself through hundreds of tweets about Friday night’s AFL game between the Giants and the Hawks at Manuka Oval, I am convinced more than ever that the cold weather gives Canberra a point of difference. Sure, there was a certain amount of discord from some watching from afar questioning why the AFL would schedule night games in Canberra...
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