Opinion

ACT government turns 30: how much has Canberra changed?
Opinion
If you think politics these days is a wild affair, you weren't in Canberra 30 years ago to the day when the ALP and Liberal Party slugged it out in the polls with the Sun-Ripened Warm Tomato Party, the Surprise Party and the Party! Party! Party! (party), and even the Abolish Self Government Party (which went on to join the new...
International Women’s Day: time to involve men in the discussion
Community
This Friday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. To mark the date, groups of women in all over the world will come together to celebrate the successes of women and reflect on what we need to make the world we live in a more equal one. International Women's Day is one of the days designated by the United Nations to raise awareness...
The NRL’s off-season from hell: Does it impact on your support for rugby league?
Opinion
I distinctly remember being involved in a Raiders’ education session over a decade ago with the focus being on respectful behaviour towards women. It involved a rape victim speaking to the players about the devastating impact it had on her life and the life of her family. The players were shocked by the forthright re-telling of the experience and later...
“I take cannabis.” – Amanda Dalziel
Opinion
Editors note: This week has seen renewed discussion about access to cannabis oil for the treatment of chronic health conditions. Two years ago the Therapeutic Goods Administration tried to bring security to the increasing trade, however, those who benefit from the therapy say those regulations make the oil hard to access, and that they still rely on the black market. The Bega Valley's...
Death of a cyclist: Some tolerance please
Opinion
Editors note: Tim Gavel picks up on growing concerns in the Canberra cycling community following the recent death of one of their own. The tragic circumstances Tim outlines follow the death of David Brand last year west of Pambula in a road rage incident. That man pleaded guilty and received a community sentence. In court earlier this month, David's widow...
Put people ahead of cars in Goulburn’s main street
Community
Goulburn, how would you like this green streetscape (above) to be your new main street? A few years ago Geelong embarked on a revitalisation of its CBD. This was a key outcome: a green spine running along the south edge of Malop Street. One lane of car parking (I can hear the screams from Goulburnites as a write) was replaced...
Bushfire Hazard Reduction – a permaculturalist’s view on pile burns
Opinion
Everyone likes a good bonfire. Most of us have grown up with the idea that a big bunch of burnables in a gigantic pile is great family entertainment. It was once, but now with the drying out of our forest lands and hotter weather extremes, pile burning has become an issue. When you pile burn, two things happen - carbon...
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...
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