Opinion

Why it’s wrong to compare men’s and women’s sport: The case of the UC Caps
Sport
Why is it, when a female sport's star or team does well, a comparison is drawn between how that particular star or team would go against male opponents? Over the past 12 months, there have been numerous attempts by people in the media and through the media to make bold claims about how sportswomen would fare against men. A couple...
Local Table: Understand your food choices
Opinion
Editors note: The Eurobodalla's Kate Raymond is passionate about food and the impact it can have on people and the planet. Over the coming months, Kate will share her wisdom and experience with you in her 'Local Table' series - no guilt or baggage, just good words to get you thinking and maybe taking action. What you put on your...
Punishing mortgage brokers will only hurt consumers and benefit the banks
Opinion
I keep trying to reconcile the Banking Royal Commission taking such firm action against mortgage brokers - and can't. Whilst there is no doubt that there are rogues in the industry who have profited by giving bad advice to their customers, these few provide a case for greater education and regulation - NOT putting a wrecking ball through an industry...
Franking Credits Inquiry draws frank feedback in Merimbula
News
The Commonwealth Parliament of Australia came to Merimbula yesterday (February 4) canvassing the impacts of Bill Shorten's plan to remove refundable franking credits for self-funded retirees if he is elected Prime Minister. Not a self-funded retiree? This is still relevant. Around 250 people filed into Merimbula RSL to observe or take part in the public hearing at the invitation of the House...
The Bega Valley’s Cayce Hill asks – Will the beat go on?
Opinion
Editors note: Longtime youth advocate, performer and dance teacher Cayce Hill has watched the recent discussion around tighter regulation of music events and festivals with interest. While much of the debate has centred on pill testing Cayce sees other issues at play. Ahead of a NSW Coronial Inquiry later this year, Cayce makes her case through Region Media. I have been...
Pill testing must become routine in Canberra and across the country
Opinion
It has been a horror summer on the music festival circuit. Six young people have lost their lives after taking illegal drugs at music festivals in NSW and Victoria. More remain desperately ill, with media reporting that at least 16 people that attended festivals last weekend have been hospitalised.  As most young people do, these youths did something risky. In...
Do we need a gender target for our honours list?
Opinion
Who we decide to single out for honours says something important about what our community values. But while many of us will have welcomed and celebrated individual honorees from this Australia Day, there are growing rumbles about whether we're getting the broader mix right, particularly given the traditionally low numbers of women recipients. But is a gender target the way...
How could we solve the Australia Day argument?
Opinion
The debate about when we mark Australia Day is increasingly characterised by resentment, anger and misunderstanding on all sides. It's not surprising. January 26, 1788 was a major transition point in our national history. But should the date mark the birth of modern Australia, the day the invasion began, or something more complicated somewhere in the middle? Amid all the Australia...
Climate crisis demands strong political action
Opinion
There is no denying it - its been hot. Canberra and the surrounding region joined many other Australian cities in sweltering through record-breaking temperatures. Throughout this month, we saw an unprecedented run of 40-degree-plus temperatures, and temperature ranges well above the norm. This put our health, our utilities, and other services under great stress. It also echoes what many scientists have...
My journey with Mum and her family
Opinion
Winning an argument by force is nothing to celebrate on Australia Day, our national day, and yet that is what we are doing. Until my mid-teens, I was wary of Aborigines. My apprehension stems from my upbringing. If we put a coin in our mouth the nearest adult would round on us with: “Don’t put that in your mouth,  a...
Liberals should have acted months ago to control Gilmore rift
Opinion
It seems Ann Sudmalis' 'mates' in the Liberal Party have finally stepped up and acted against the betrayal she says forced her resignation from parliament. Resigning in spectacular fashion last September, the Member for Gilmore labelled some within her party as bullies and backstabbers. Speaking on the floor of Parliament last September, Ms Sudmalis said she felt let down by...
Telstra fails summer holiday customer service test
Opinion
My summers seem to have a soundtrack. An album that rolls around in the background replacing the stress of the previous year. In the summer of 86/87 it was John Farnham's Whispering Jack, 94/95 it was Jeff Buckley's Grace, and in 2009/10 I remember camping under the Spotted Gums at Mystery Bay with my family while Malk by The Saltwater Band...
New Year’s resolutions for politicians: could anything fix this mess?
Opinion
New Year's resolutions link a calendar date with the alluring promise of leaving a disappointing past behind. But to describe the last year in Australian politics as disappointing would be an understatement, riddled as it was with sleaze, bombast and treachery on all sides. This year, a Federal election beckons. So I asked some of the region's brightest political brains...
Who should be the model of a modern Governor-General?
Opinion
The announcement that Australia's next Governor-General will be the current NSW governor, David Hurley, met with a mixed response. While there's little doubt that General Hurley is a steady, experienced pair of hands for the vice-regal role, there's also a sense that yet another middle-aged man with a military background is a less than inspiring choice. So what do we want...
Has Christmas left you emotionally bruised?
Opinion
Peace, goodwill to all, and a wonderful time of festivity, joy and sharing are what we mostly wish for at Christmas. But for every family happily tucking into leftover ham while watching the Boxing Day Test and contemplating a dip, there's another nursing sore hearts and wondering why Christmas can be so uniquely horrible. The stark reality about our most...
Bermagui start-up joins global tech giants in anti-encryption protest
News
A Bega Valley start-up has joined global technology giants in criticising the anti-encryption laws passed during the last sitting of Federal Parliament for 2018. Under the banner of the Reform Government Surveillance (RGS) coalition, companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, Evernote and Twitter have slammed the new laws. In a statement earlier this month, the group said, "RGS has consistently...
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