Is it time we stopped talking about dieting and weight loss in public?
Opinion
At a recent dinner with a group of friends, one woman told the group as she perused the menu that she had lost weight recently and was trying to stick to a specific calorie limit each day. At the same table was someone who had suffered an eating disorder and who has been open about her experiences and the negative...
You hoarded what? Dear Charli, let me tell you about when you were born …
Opinion
Charli, I'm writing this letter to you in 2021 with the hope that you read it on your 21st. As your nana, I hope to be there, toasting you with champagne and cheering you on to whatever goals you have set yourself. By now, I'm sure you know how very, very much you are loved and how much you have...
The lessons learned in a place where lambs live forever
Opinion
Throughout the past 10 years of their lives my niece and nephews have been regaled with stories of animals - mostly of the woolly variety - by me. It started with lambs - Pogo, Alfy, MooLoo, Tigger, Piglet, Geronimo, Fearless, Ollie and Alfie. Then Little Bear – after Bear Grills. And Gherkin – with his wrinkled nose – who, as...
Are private landowners destroying the courtesy of community access on the south coast?
Opinion
Like most Canberrans, I spend a fair bit of time down at the south coast. We're lucky to be able to drive just a few hours and access (in my opinion) the best beaches in Australia, without the crowds of beaches closer to big cities. Since childhood, I have enjoyed wandering down the little trails that weave through the forest...
Forget politics, this PM’s COVID response is a shambles
Opinion
ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith is showing more self-restraint than most when it comes to the Morrison Government's pandemic performance, presenting a picture of equanimity when asked whether she is frustrated at all. Her NSW counterpart, Liberal Brad Hazzard, on the other hand, hasn't held back, frequently lashing the PM and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. "I'm not going to...
Dear Prime Minister, who is safeguarding Working Holiday visa holders from exploitation?
Opinion
"A year of sun, sea and sand," I thought as the plane landed in Australia in 2013. I had finished my degree in the UK and been approved for a year-long Working Holiday visa in Australia the year after. Both things I considered a victory at 22, especially after saying yes to every shift at the local pub and sleeping...
The Brumbies must play in an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2022
Sport
Within the first 10 minutes of the Brumbies-Hurricanes game on Saturday night, it was obvious what had been missing from Super Rugby matches at Canberra Stadium. And while the game only featured three tries, the scoreline of 12-10 does little to reflect the high entertainment level of the game for which we can thank the Kiwis. New Zealand teams play...
Archives’ tin rattling shows Morrison Government’s warped priorities
Opinion
What price the nation's memory? For the Morrison Government, it seems that memory is highly selective as it continues to hold out against providing the $67.7 million in extra funding that the 2020 Tune review recommended for the National Archives of Australia so it could digitise significant historical material and meet its statutory obligations. When the Federal Budget was handed...
Do we really learn anything from post-match media conferences?
Opinion
Having participated as a journalist in thousands of post-match press conferences, I can testify the experience can be incredibly uncomfortable for all involved. In the NRL, there is a rule that both head coaches front the media while players are made available where possible. An obvious exception is when players are being treated for an injury. The losing coach's press...
South Coast residents rolling up their sleeves and creating hope for a brighter future
Opinion
I’ll be honest, I’ve worked in climate advocacy and conservation for three decades and it can be soul-destroying. Whether hampered by the hotly debated issues of land management and development, or stalled by the chasm between conflicting political ideologies, it sometimes seems that calls for a cleaner, greener NSW South Coast fall on deaf ears. But two major events held...
Morrison Government’s lack of foresight leaves country exposed to another COVID wave
Opinion
Here we go again. Victoria is in a seven-day lockdown to control a COVID-19 cluster sourced back to a hotel quarantine in Adelaide where a man contracted the virus and unknowingly carried it to Melbourne. How has it come to this? Right from the start of the pandemic, the Commonwealth has fudged its responsibilities, deferring to the states and territories...
The NRL’s proposed conference system: what’s in it for the Raiders and fans?
Opinion
Every time rugby league has a ‘vision’ to help the league, it has the potential to cause heart palpitations among Raiders supporters. Remember Super League? That period in the Raiders' history is lamentable and resulted in fans walking away from the code and the team. So naturally, there is an element of scepticism in the proposal to split the NRL...
Should your workplace have any say in what you wear?
Opinion
As the days get cooler and shorter, some might be welcoming the return to winter fashions - the chance to bundle up in coats and jumpers, warm boots and scarves to protect you against the Canberra chill. Indeed, it's probably good timing for the HR team at the Department of Home Affairs, who were in the news last week after...
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