Opinion

Kicking Defqon.1 out of Penrith is a shame, but necessary

The State Government’s move to kick the Defqon.1 music festival out of Penrith may seem like a kneejerk reaction or even a little over...

Coaching saga leaves behind shattered reputations

Credibility and trust can be dirty words in rugby league, never more so than this week with the coaching saga at Penrith having more...

The NRL has lost the plot

What is most extraordinary about the crisis confronting rugby league referees is not the mistakes themselves, but the NRL’s bizarre responses. On Tuesday, those in...

Bag me if you must, but I don’t get anger over plastic ban

I admit I’m not the most environmentally conscious bloke around. My accuracy with the three-bin system is hovering at around 80 per cent (in my...

My sporting report card

It’s an interesting time for a number of professional team sports in Australia at the moment. I thought I’d run my eye over their...

An hour with Gus (sort of)

Like a scene out of a US medical drama where delicate open heart surgery was being performed, there was four of us hovered over...

Why Turnbull should stay in top job

The only thing as certain as Winx winning her 25th straight race on Saturday was Malcolm Turnbull’s 30th consecutive Newspoll defeat on Monday. But here’s...

Why we’d never elect Bob Hawke today

Recently the ABC aired a very good documentary on the life and times of former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. It framed the argument, as...

Barnaby can’t survive as Deputy PM

When The Daily Telegraph first reported on Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion’s relationship and soon-to-arrive baby, I actually skipped over the story. Couldn’t have cared...

Changing Australia Day just plain wrong

There is nothing that sums up Australia better for me than the singing of our national anthem. Here is an anthem with two verses, the...

Reflecting on another big year

And just like that, another year is done and dusted. 2017 in Australia will be remembered by history fondly, with same-sex marriage finally legalised –...

Christmas provides opportunity to reset the political agenda in 2018

All of us look forward to the Christmas period – an opportunity to relax, reset and take a much-needed break. For the sitting NSW and...

State Government fails the test with new timetable

In 2014, when Gladys Berejiklian was Transport Minister in NSW, she said Redfern Station was “a major transport hub” when announcing an important upgrade. She...

Why Matt Moylan had to go

So Matt Moylan is no longer a Panther. No surprises there, even though both the player and club were apparently “100 per cent” committed...

Same-sex marriage debate is making us petty and soft

Beyond the Instagram posts, emojis and stories of love, there is a dark underbelly to the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite. Many of us feared that...

Panthers didn’t want it enough

Any real estate agent will tell you that kitchens sell houses. The backyard can be a beauty, the bathroom can be freshly renovated, the family...

Coaches need to grow up and stop promoting national sport of ref bashing

It is extraordinary that a spectacular weekend of NRL Finals matches has been overshadowed by discussion about referees. No sport in the world tears itself...

Turnbull is on the wrong side of history

Malcolm Turnbull was desperate to be Prime Minister. So desperate in fact that he stabbed a sitting leader in the back to get the top...

Five issues bringing down a Prime Minister

Wherever you turn, there’s speculation about the future of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Today I thought I’d take a look at the five key...

Has the AFL already won the war?

Remember when AFL was just some weird thing they played down in Melbourne that resembled aerial ping pong? Oh, how we laughed. When the Sydney Swans...