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...
Would a major indigenous monument be a better idea than expanding the AWM?
Opinion
Despite protests from multiple sources, Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced before Christmas that the controversial extension to the Australian War Memorial will go ahead. The $500 million cost of expanding an already well funded and major institution has been the subject of robust debate as critics and proponents argue over whether it's necessary or wise. The ANU's Professor Mark Kenny,...
12 things that had us talking in 2020
Opinion
One thing can be said for 2020: it gave us plenty to talk about. COVID-19 and bushfires certainly dominated the conversation, but lockdown also gave us time to reflect on some of the things that truly make life worthwhile. For many of us, 2020 was a time for introspection, and our opinion-writers were no exception. Here are 12 things that...
Self-improvement is a myth we should all bust for good
Opinion
There are two ways one can choose to view the new year: as an opportunity for change and growth, resetting the sins and failures of the prior year with optimism for the future; or as another depressing reminder of the endless march of time, which does nothing but reinforce our human inability to better ourselves. Just as a puppy is...
Why the Commonwealth should be responsible for quarantine, not the states
Opinion
Quarantine boundaries, such as those imposed for COVID-19, should be based on communities of interest and economic cohesion rather than state borders while the Commonwealth should accept responsibility for quarantine, work with the states to implement emergency response powers and so avoid current border wars. Across the nation there are too many chiefs, resulting in mixed health protection messages and...
Nurses key role in pandemic taken for granted
Opinion
One Sunday afternoon in the waiting room at Goulburn Base Hospital’s emergency department a man answered the same three questions from his bewildered son. Where’s his girlfriend? Where’s his best mates? What just happened? For the umpteenth time, this harried father answered all three: she’s at the rugby match; his mates are playing; and he left the field at Wexted...
Alleged war crimes also puts the cult of the Digger on trial
Opinion
The revelations about alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by members of Australia's Special Air Service regiment is a big wake-up call to those who have been drawn to the cult of the Digger in recent decades. The Brereton report has shocked the Defence establishment and cast a shadow over an institution that has not just been held in high regard...
Street-by-street fight for heritage leads to defeat
Opinion
Why are Goulburn people often defeated on planning issues as the city develops? Why are weatherboard cottages bowled over to clear the way for harsh concrete service stations? And why are rambling old homes that have stood for a century likely to be crushed for modern mansion monstrosities? The answer: because we lazily leave the heavy lifting to a few...
Are Millennial ‘snowflakes’ so aggravating because they’re pretentious, or because they’re right?
Opinion
It'll come as no surprise to my regular readers here that I'm often called a 'snowflake'. In fact, some of you have probably called me a whiny millennial snowflake who's too sensitive and pretentious on this very site. But lately I've been contemplating why it is that the character traits that typify being a 'snowflake' are considered so aggravating when...
The 2020 NRL season was the toughest of them all, says the man who’s seen it all
Opinion
This has been the craziest season on record, eclipsing even the madhouse that was Super League in 1997, and that's saying something. Both the Super League and the COVID-impacted 2020 seasons were bizarre for different reasons. Super League was destructive and divisive, with the club’s players and supporters often at odds over the direction the Raiders opted to take as...
Memo to Channel Nine: the Raiders are ready for prime time
Opinion
Over the past 30 years or so there have been three perennial issues about Canberra which refuse to die. The top issue that has resonated for as long as I can remember is the cost of petrol in Canberra compared to almost anywhere else in Australia. Various explanations have been given for Canberra’s high comparative petrol price but none really...
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