Prevention is better than the cure – further reform needed to sexual harassment laws
Opinion
There was an air of inevitability, and relief, about the Morrison Government’s decision on 8 April to embrace Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ 2020 [email protected] report, nearly six weeks after Brittany Higgins first alleged being raped in Parliament House. The government "agreed … in full, in principle, or in part" to many of the 55 recommendations, but only "noted" the...
I had the AstraZeneca shot and I’d do it again
Opinion
"It's freezing. Is the baby ok?" It was 2:00 am, less than 24 hours since I'd had my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. I shivered as I scrambled to pull the bed covers over me: sheet, blanket, doona, even my wife's decorative quilt. By the time she'd come back from checking the nursery, I'd kicked the covers off,...
Solar panels tax proposal sends the wrong message
Opinion
A proposal for a solar tax or charge for solar panel owners to export the power they generate to the grid to prevent ''traffic jams'' in supply seems again to cast a shadow over the take-up of renewable energy in this country. Interest from potential panel owners is already falling and those with panels installed are talking about switching them...
Why the ACT should care about the future of the Cooma Bombala rail line
Opinion
November this year will mark the centenary of the opening of the train line from Cooma to Bombala. It’s a sad anniversary, to be honest, because trains stopped running beyond Cooma 35 years ago this month. An enormous amount of work and expense went into creating a major piece of transport infrastructure that was only used for 65 years. Two...
Endometriosis isn’t all in your mind – despite what the doctor tells you
Opinion
As a journalist, I'm always asking others to share personal stories so it seemed reticent not to share mine this March, which is Endometriosis Awareness Month. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with the disease that's since inhabited my uterus, ovaries, bladder and bowel. It seems surprising now that I had never heard of endometriosis at the time, given...
Keep Anzac Hall, urge Labor committee members
Opinion
Federal Parliament's Public Works Committee has given the all-clear to the controversial $500 million expansion of the Australian War Memorial, but not without a dissenting report from its two Labor members, including local MP David Smith. In its inquiry report, the Committee concludes that it accepts the argument put by the AWM and others that more space is required to...
Why Seiffert Oval remains the spiritual home of the Raiders
Sport
As the Raiders prepare to return to Seiffert Oval for the trial against the Roosters later this month, it’s worth reflecting on its significance for the team over the years. Ricky Stuart vividly remembers as a young boy waiting outside the change room at Seiffert for the Raiders players to emerge after a game hoping for an autograph. Later in...
Saying goodbye to the love of a lifetime
Opinion
It's not often you can pinpoint the exact moment a 16-year love affair begins to die. The signs are there, everyone else knows it's coming, but you stick your head in the sand and soldier on regardless, trying to defy the inevitable by not giving it any oxygen. Then it hits you like a ton of bricks: the end is...
Is student-led learning leaving some behind?
Opinion
As thousands of school children return to the classroom this week and others start their educational journey, it's worth remembering just how important teachers are to their success. Despite the internet, devices and electronic whiteboards, it is still the teacher who is key to your child's education. Just about everyone has memories of, or heard about, a teacher who made...
Nick’s Twitter serve says it all about Australian Open players’ COVID whinge
Opinion
Who would have thought that Canberra's Nick Kyrgios would morph from tennis brat and national embarrassment to statesman of the game in such a short space of time? It seems like only yesterday that we were ready to disown Kyrgios for his on-court antics despite his prodigious talent with the racquet. Now our Nick, with a hint of maturity, a...
US, UK COVID-19 horror should be wake-up call to complaining Australians
Opinion
It's time Australians acquired some perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout on our way of life and economy. Experience is relative, so one shouldn't dismiss the effects of testing, travel restrictions, lockdowns, and quarantine on individuals, families and businesses. But the frightening numbers coming out of the UK and US are more than just sobering - they should...
How do we manage quarantine sustainably in the long term?
Opinion
Returning much of Australia to a form of how things were pre-March 2020 relies on our ability as a nation to establish a resilient and sustainable international quarantine system, supported by equally resilient and sustainable quarantine isolation facilities. The fundamentals for international arrivals are clear and well understood. People need to be in quarantine until it can be established they...
Lucky country needs to take heed of America’s day of shame
Opinion
Today is a day for Australians to give thanks for our system of government and how easily and efficiently we exercise our vote in this country. The morning after the events in that other national capital, supposedly the world's bastion of democracy and freedom, it is worth reflecting the benefits compulsory voting had conferred on Australia, nurturing a culture of...
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