We can’t pretend everything in ACT public schools is fine

March 31, 2019
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Why not have an independent review of the ACT public education system? The open letter published in The Canberra Times on 8 March by the ACT Council of …

We need more ethnic names for our electorates

May 14, 2018
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Ensuring that the Australian Electoral Commission operates with integrity and in a non-partisan way is essential to the Australian political process. Unfortunately, the current redistribution …

Parliament can easily fix the citizenship debacle

February 13, 2018
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As the citizenship crisis rolls on, our Federal politicians need to elevate the debate beyond technical nuances and find a real solution. A simple bipartisan agreement …

Long live ACT self-government

August 19, 2016
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The history of Canberra can largely be described in three eras: pre-NCDC (up to 1958), NCDC(1958-1989), and self-government (1989-present). In the early days of Canberra, the vision of Walter Burley Griffin …

Fairer Federal representation for the ACT

July 19, 2016
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When the original Constitution of Australia was drafted, States were guaranteed an equal number of Senators and a minimum of five members in the House …

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 …