Opinion Archive

Federation Square, where hordes loll on deckchairs beneath beach umbrellas, watching the tennis on the big screen

Why the Australian Open must never leave Melbourne

Another year, another beautiful fortnight at Melbourne Park. The trip to Melbourne for the tennis is always a special one. The city’s love for sport is palpable as soon as you arrive at Southern Cross station, from the grand Ethiad Stadium, pride of place; to the big screen at Federation …
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UN Climate Change Conference: A pariah in Paris

The deadline for the international community to reach a new universal agreement on climate change in Paris is 11 December, 2015. In anticipation of the looming deadline, the Australian government this month announced it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least …
House of Reps

Choppergate: honesty system not good enough anymore

  Following the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced there will be a “root and branch” review of the entitlement system. Having been forced into this position after the political damage inflicted by “Choppergate”, the Prime Minister …
Joe Hockey

Joe Antoinette: Let them get a good job

Many historians agree that Marie Antoinette never actually said “let them eat cake” in the face of economic crisis in France during the 18th century — the misquote was part of a smear campaign by the aristocracy’s opponents perpetuated by the media …
Beautiful Hunter Valley cherished by locals

SOS: Is there anybody out there?

  We cannot do another term of Nationals – we just cannot. They have been here forever, the last one for 27 years … somebody … anybody Save Our Souls! Here in the electorate of the Upper Hunter we are drowning in a …
From Sydney to Paris: Je suis Charlie

From Sydney to Paris: Je suis Charlie

  Horror, disdain, anger, sadness. Those are all the words that came to mind after the last week of stressful and horrible news of what was happening in my home country, France. How could 2015 start in such a shattering way? Wednesday 7 January 2015, 10:47pm: …