Opinion

Opinion
Canberra tennis player Nick Kyrgios is once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Yet it will no...
Opinion
This week, a Sydney man caused mayhem in the CBD. Mert Ney is alleged to have murdered one woman and...
Sport
Having put myself through hundreds of tweets about Friday night’s AFL game between the Giants and the Hawks at Manuka...
Bruce Pascoe “he inspires action” By Gabbie Stroud
Community
I was lucky enough to have a few minutes alone with Bruce Pascoe before we flew from the Yuin Nation to the Bundjalung Nation where we would both be guests at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Sitting in the makeshift terminal at Merimbula, Bruce told me how pleased he was to hear that Indigenous author Melissa Lucashenko had just won...
Abbott wrong fit for War Memorial Council, says local campaigner
Opinion
Tony Abbott is the wrong choice for the Council of the Australian War Memorial, but not just because his appointment would be “jobs for the boys.” More important are the attitudes Abbott would bring to the Council. He is also a leading member of the Anzackery “club,” spruiking an overblown, sentimental version of the Anzac legend. We need to do...
NRL must stamp out inconsistent rulings or risk losing fans
Sport
Switch on social media anytime during a televised sporting contest and the emotions are often overwhelming to the extreme, ranging from elation to despair. Seconds after a fixture is finished the Twittersphere erupts and in the wake of a loss there are calls for a coach to be axed or drastic changes to be made. More often than not we...
Bamboozled by modern times – GO CAMPING!
Opinion
We are all inundated with talk of drought, changing climates, tougher times ahead. How are you feeling about all that? Are you coping with all that is being asked of us? Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused? Tired and exhausted? Is the worry of it all getting you down? What can you do to get back that feeling of control,...
What are we waiting for? The lost art of empty moments
Community
I was waiting for a friend to arrive at a cafe recently and I  felt fidgety. The cafe was busy, with plenty of people to watch and details to observe, piles of pretty cakes and jars of biscuits and cute little succulents growing in random vessels but I felt at a loss, my attention drawn again and again to the...
Pink and blue – really? More colour in kids clothing please!
Opinion
"Muuuum, I need a shirt with more colours on it! It's for Crocodile, Crocodile and I don't get a turn because I'm always wearing the same colours - grey, blue, black..." my seven-year-old son gestures to a pile of clothes on his bedroom floor. I paw through them with him and he's right - how did we end up with...
Where have all the characters gone? Quashing personalities in sport
Sport
Over the past couple of months, I have witnessed some genuine characters emerge in Canberra sport. Unfortunately, those attending fund-raisers and other functions are the only witnesses to the ‘character’ side of some of our local elite sportspeople. By ‘character’ I refer to the ability to see the personality of the individual through their humour, opinions, values and views. I...
Is Nick Kyrgios the most polarising yet compelling figure in Australian sport?
Sport
Everybody, it seems, has an opinion about Nick Kyrgios. He is either the most entertaining figure in a sport struggling for personalities, or he is a renegade with little respect for the traditions of tennis. For good measure, the anti-Kyrgios brigade will also add a ‘wasted talent’, rivalling Mark Philippoussis and Bernard Tomic. What isn’t up for debate is his...
Born out of tough times, Tathra’s NoiseArt Collective
Health & Wellbeing
Editor’s note: NoiseArt Collective, the eclectic, prolific, creative outlet of Tathra-based electronic musician David Schmidt, began as a whim. David shares his story with you via About Regional hoping to inspire a sense of hope for anyone dealing with tough times. A friend at a Daniel Champagne concert commented that he’d like to do something with music but “couldn’t really...
The departure of the greats: end of an era or start of something new for the Brumbies?
Sport
As the Brumbies prepare to play the Jaguares in the Super Rugby semi-final this weekend in Argentina, the organisation finds itself at a fascinating juncture. The playing group is one of the tightest I have witnessed in my time covering sport in Canberra and nationally for over 30 years, with each and every player showing commitment to each other. If...
Time to forgive and forget after Heather Reid’s apology
Opinion
How often does the story of a smiling woman photographed in France make the headlines? Rarely, if at all, but your odds will go up if your name is Heather Reid. Eyebrows were raised when Football Federation Australia director Heather Reid was snapped smiling in France where she was invited by FIFA to attend its women's football convention on the...
Why free, good quality local media matters more than ever in this region
Opinion
After two decades of tumultuous change in the news industry, local media is arguably more important than ever. Huge financial pressures have forced hundreds of redundancies and changed formats dramatically as traditional mastheads grapple with what the audience wants and how they can pay for their business models. Yesterday, as a result of those pressures, the venerable Canberra Times went behind...
Is this crisis time for the Brumbies? Why we need to support our local team
Sport
I am not privy to the Brumbies’ financial position but the lack of crowd numbers to their home games must be hurting the bottom-line and is surely not sustainable. Just 6311 fans turned out last Friday night at Canberra Stadium, bringing the season average to 8332. Compare this to the Raiders: they played the following day in front of a...
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