Opinion

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...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Treats for your chooks this Christmas
Environment
Share the delights of Christmas with a few well-chosen gifts for your trusty chooks. Chooks love toys, they're highly inquisitive and they love attention so here are few ideas to brighten their festive season - as well as yours! A cabbage ball - Pierce the base of a cabbage with a big hook. Hang the cabbage at chook head height...
A year later, what difference has marriage equality made?
Opinion
Forgive us for just a moment, will you? We are currently awash with anniversaries and you’d be forgiven for feeling a pang of jealousy that the LGBTIQ community seems to be celebrating so much. Two weeks ago was the first anniversary of winning the postal survey and Braddon hosted a party. I would contend we were celebrating not losing the...
Why Government should not be competing with small oyster businesses – Leanne Atkinson
Opinion
Small businesses should be owned and operated by families and private individuals – not by the government. This is why the decision of Premier Berejiklian to take a $3.3 million ownership stake in Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) in my mind is contentious and controversial. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, particularly in regional areas like ours. They create...
Queanbeyan Liberal says the party’s mess is a boil that must be lanced
News
Queanbeyan Liberal Party MLC Peter Phelps says that "absolutely nothing" will save the government as the Federal party spirals into freefall, but an early election is vital to rescue the NSW government's chances in the forthcoming election. And the conservative State parliamentarian, who lost his own pre-selection for the NSW Upper House recently, says he is "utterly unsympathetic" to Liberal...
Tathra’s Matthew Nott takes to the sky above Canberra – climate action NOW!
News
When the word 'NOW' appeared in the sky above Canberra yesterday afternoon (4 December), locals were left unsure as to its meaning, leading to a trail of suggestions ranging from half-written 'Monica's to calls for an early election. That didn't bother the man behind the skywriting, Tathra's Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity. In fact, he capitalised on...
Violence against Women: Whose Problem is it?
Community
Here are a couple of alarming, hard-hitting facts to absorb: In Australia, more than one woman every week dies at the hands of a current or former partner. In the world, one in three women will experience violence in their lifetime. The UN Women National Committee (UNWNC) is having a 16-Day Campaign of Activism against gender-based violence. The campaign (#HearMeToo)...
Monaro has massive potential for renewable hydro energy
Environment
One of Australia's leading renewable energy experts says the Monaro region's pumped hydro potential could help to establish base-load power for a wholly renewable energy system within the next decade. Professor Andrew Blakers, director of the ANU's Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, believes that in addition to Snowy Hydro 2, there are "plenty of other opportunities" for pumped hydro in the...
“Hands off Anzac Hall” – Australian Institute of Architects
Property
A Canberra architecture community was deeply shocked when news first broke of plans to demolish Anzac Hall. Surely, this was a mistake, as there had been limited consultation with the community and no consultation with the moral rights holders – the architects who designed the award-winning building – nor with the Australian Institute of Architects. Less than a week later,...
I lost a mate this week
Opinion
Region Media, Editor's note: The death of a loved one is always difficult to comprehend. It is made infinitely more difficult when that death is sudden and a result of suicide. It is a grief that can cripple you, as you struggle to find ways to cope with your loss. For Ian - who lost a dear friend to suicide...
2018: A tumultuous year for our female politicians
Opinion
As the end of the year hurtles towards us, we start reflecting on the year that was. Its been an extraordinary year in politics. It’s hard not to think about how gender has shaped the political year. The year got off to a good start. In the ACT Parliament, it began with the historic milestone of all parties represented in...
Politics 2018 – a train wreck we are all witness to and will have a say on
Opinion
This time last week Labor's Luke Foley was advocating for nursing ratios at Queanbeyan, Bega, Cooma and Moruya Hospitals, raising concerns about the Far South Coast oyster industry, and pointing to issues with demountable classrooms across the region. His advocacy and different perspective to that of the Berejiklian Government has been wiped out in recent days in circumstances that don't...
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