Man the torpedoes: stand by for a national security election
Opinion
It looks like next year's federal election will be even more about keeping Australia safe. The Morrison Government will seek to be rewarded for protecting us from the pandemic, albeit with a couple of hiccups around vaccine supply and quarantine arrangements, but the other big external enemy that is looming ever larger is set to play a big part in...
The perils of admitting URnotOK in a world where notOK is still frowned upon
Opinion
Most of the time, admitting that URnotOK is literally putting your head on the chopping block. People will judge you forever, steer away from you in the supermarket and use a permanent marker to cross your name off the party list. In the work environment, it remains taboo. It is the badge of shame you bear every day you walk...
Close encounters of the slithery kind
Opinion
First day of spring you say. But I can tell you that the first day of spring isn’t about warmth, blossoms and bees for me. It’s when those creeping, sneaky, slithery snakes come out. We farm girls are nothing short of superwomen – we can fix fences, toe cut sheep, pull a lamb, shovel grain, muster on horseback, drive tractors,...
Super Rugby Pacific to kick-start a new era for the Brumbies but do they have the player depth?
Opinion
Brick by brick, rugby union in this country is starting to turn things around. It’s been slow progress, but the code is getting there. Several years ago, as the game started its descent, there was a suggestion that free-to-air television was the answer as you could only see the game if willing to sign up to pay television or if...
Mitchell’s high shot a low point for NRL’s duty of care
Opinion
South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell's timing could not have been worse. Not only was his sickening hit on the Roosters' Joseph Manu late, but it also came a few weeks out from finals. Now both players' seasons may be over - Manu with a fractured cheekbone, and Mitchell after being charged with a grade two reckless high tackle, which brings a...
What I’ve learned from lockdown 2.0
Opinion
One of the few good things about the current pandemic is how it teaches you so much about yourself. For instance, in lockdown 2.0 I've discovered that it's not that I don't have enough time to do the housework, I simply don't have the will. I can be locked down 24-hours a day and still find ways to avoid folding...
What might have been had Craig Bellamy been appointed Raiders coach in 2001?
Opinion
I had an insight into Craig Bellamy’s passion for rugby league several times during his time as a player and then as a coach with the Canberra Raiders. Watching the Raiders train at Seiffert Oval on many a cold Tuesday and Thursday night in the 1980s and early 90s showed his determination. No one pushed harder than Craig. He remains...
How the worst of days can bring out the best in us
Community
Remember good news? Niceness? Random acts of kindness? Any news, really, that didn't involve you heading straight back under the doona? Well, they're back. Increasingly random acts of niceness are populating many of our regional areas, particularly Yass and Murrumbateman. Yes, bad news still rules, but crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic look to be bringing out the best in...
Gladys the weakest link as virus exposes the price of failed leadership
Opinion
The worst possible place to have the weakest link in Australia's COVID-19 chain of defence would have to be Sydney, and yet here we are. In past times there may have been mass resignations for such an obvious stuff-up, but these days all we get is more spin and more deflection. Seven weeks into the Sydney, and now regional NSW...
Suffering from post-Olympics blues? You’re not alone
Opinion
Crikey, what a fortnight that was. The Olympic flame was extinguished in Tokyo on Sunday night (9 August), and with it, two weeks of unmissable sport drew to a close – and a sinking feeling set in. Like a knot in your stomach at the end of a holiday as a return to work looms large, the closure of the...
Fleeing lockdown? What were you thinking?
Opinion
If you're one of those Canberrans who fled the capital to the South Coast as soon as the COVID lockdown was announced, shame on you. Yesterday afternoon a convoy of vehicles lined the Kings Highway on the way to their coastal bolt holes or hastily booked accommodation to wait out some or all of the seven-day period. Sure, you may...
Seven’s Olympics coverage worthy of a gold medal
Sport
With the Tokyo Olympics in a comparable time zone to Australia, and with so many in COVID-19 lockdown, more people appear to be engrossed in the Olympic Games than ever. The larger television audience is aided by Channel 7’s app function, allowing the viewer to have considerable choice in event selection. With plenty of eyeballs on Seven’s coverage, there has...
Farmer Wants a Wife: what can we learn from Andrew and Jess’s journey?
Opinion
It was time to pop open a bottle of Champagne on Wednesday, 21 July, as Andrew Guthrie from Delegate, NSW, found his happily ever after with Jess Nathan in the finale of Farmer Wants a Wife. The couple has been eager to celebrate with fans on social media, sharing photos and stories of their time together since filming of the...
The writing box: a rural tale of love, letters and a mislaid fiancee
Opinion
Sitting in the sunlight on my kitchen table, a pretty old wooden box is showing its age. The leather straps that once bound it have long since disappeared, the wood could do with some polish, and the nameplate, with 'Daisy Conn' engraved in gentle curlicued flourishes, has dimmed with age. Daisy was my grandmother, born at the old Stone House...
The one, two, threes of successfully raising orphan lambs
Opinion
Right now as the rain falls, winds gust, the chill factor drops and we all have the comfortable respite of home, lambs are being born and kids are on holiday. A lethal combination for any parents who delight in quiet and calm in their lives. My mother has muscle memory of those times she looked into the sheepish eyes of...
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...
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