Medicare: our nation’s greatest gift

July 8, 2016
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There is probably no policy that better defines modern Australia than Medicare. First legislated by the Whitlam government in 1974 as Medibank, Medicare guarantees free …

More to do on affordable housing

June 24, 2016
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Housing affordability remains a hot topic with most Australians. And rightly so, given the fundamental human right for safe and secure housing. I have previously written about …

Trolling: When our worst impulses come to the fore

June 9, 2016
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With the recent news that a chiropractor has been charged after allegedly leaving racist comments on Senator Nova Peris’ Facebook page, it is fascinating to analyse the …

Why Sunday penalty rates should stay

May 26, 2016
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Although the majority of people no longer go to church on Sundays, it is still mostly a day of leisure. ABS statistics show that Sunday …

The ancient art of shopping

May 12, 2016
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Shopping is one of humanity’s oldest pleasures. From ancient Greek agoras to Roman markets to the Turkish Bazaar of the Middle Ages and the modern …

UC sub-acute hospital to deliver super service

May 2, 2016
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About twelve months ago, my daughter developed swelling and redness in one of her eyes. We were lucky enough to get an appointment with our …

Lathlain now – For a better Belconnen

April 19, 2016
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One of the most audacious features of the proposed Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan is to transform Lathlain Street into a pedestrian friendly promenade. The Master Plan …

Canberra is flourishing with free fitness activities

April 19, 2016
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Exercise is vital for people of all ages, but particularly as we get older. Studies show that people who are lifelong exercisers remain independent longer, are less …

Hipster Lane: A place for everyone, not everyone in their place

March 15, 2016
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Hipsters. Hippies. Punks. Goths. Beatniks. Nerds. Subcultures are a comparatively modern thing, becoming more common as cities have grown larger. They are both made possible …

Canberra is truly a liveable city

March 2, 2016
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No matter which way you look at it, Canberra has had a coming of age in the past decade. Shortly before his retirement in 2011, …