Opinion

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...

Now’s our chance to protect Lauren

Nobody was there to protect four-year-old Lauren Hickson when she was sexually assaulted and murdered near the Nepean River at Emu Plains in 1989. But...

What if the Education Minister was a former teacher?

Over an Indian dinner with a mate on the main street of St Marys last week, the conversation turned to politics, as it inevitably...

Abbott’s PR plan will kill off Turnbull

On Monday morning, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will front up for the second of his now fortnightly radio appearances on Ray Hadley’s 2GB...

We must always remember them

Reading through the pages of old editions of the Nepean Times this past week, the bluntness of war really hit home. Without the Internet, social...

Believing Facebook over science

Sometimes I think people protest or argue purely because they want to get angry about something no matter what it is. I think to...

Difficult path to the truth

By now I think everyone has read about, and formed an opinion on, the story that has engulfed the Penrith Panthers and star forward...

Penalty rate cut won’t change a thing

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the debate over penalty rates, which flared up last week when the Fair...

Has your credit score changed overnight?

At some point in the middle of the night, I went from being a good credit risk, to an average one. And it's likely that...

Cory, Malcolm and a dying TV platform

Bernardi is a rat – no doubt about it A little over six months ago Cory Bernardi was elected to the Senate as a member...

Longing for the days of the corner shop

I grew up in a small beach suburb of Wollongong called Towradgi where, as children, we would ride in the back seat of the...

Baird a popular Premier who lost his groove

Mike Baird couldn't have possibly scripted it better. His rise to Premier in April 2014 came just days before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge...

Thanks for another great year

Friday marks the final edition of the Weekender for 2016, bringing the curtain down on an incredibly busy year for the region. It was a year...

Could Ayres still be Premier?

Every local member – State or Federal – has an element of predictability and standardisation about them. From blanket media releases to ribbon cuttings and...

Throwing Salt in home ownership wounds

The path to home ownership is more difficult than ever, and ordering smashed avocados at local cafes isn’t totally to blame, but Bernard Salt’s...

Derby atmosphere unrivalled in Australian sport

I’ve been to plenty of great sporting events at ANZ Stadium, from NRL Grand Finals to State of Origins, football internationals and of course...

Panthers open premiership window

Penrith’s NRL season didn’t quite have a dream finish, but it’s far from a nightmare. The club’s 2016 campaign, which ended at the hands of...

Kruger doesn’t deserve vile response to immigration comments

As somebody who writes 50-odd opinion columns a year, I understand that criticism, the odd abuse-laden letter and angry phone calls come as part...

Howard’s battlers have been lost

When both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten made unscheduled visits to the Lindsay electorate last Saturday, it was evident that something quite extraordinary and...

A question of trust and integrity

This is probably one of the most difficult pre-election columns I’ve ever written. Difficult because it is impossible to say there’s been a clear winner...

Sick hospital needs help – now

When severe stomach pain sent me to Nepean Hospital’s Emergency Department last month, it was the first time I’d been to Nepean as a...

I won’t put up with casual homophobia any longer

So many of us woke on Monday morning to discover the severity and magnitude of yet another mass shooting in the US, the biggest...

Bill’s gaffe not a gaffe at all

So Bill Shorten is sexist, living in the last century and has no idea how the modern family works. At least that's how some want to...

The A-Z Guide of the Federal Election

A is for Alan Jones. One of the most influential broadcasters in the country and a vocal Tony Abbott supporter. Can the Liberals still...

A son lost in the ugliness of war

The first telegram arrived some time around May 1942. Addressed to my great grandfather, Bernard Mulligan, it delivers some troubling news. “I have been directed by...

Ayres faces biggest test

It is inevitable that the debate surrounding the State Government’s stadium strategy will reach some sort of conclusion in the coming days or weeks. Compromise...

Justice system without justice

We all go about our business each day with the belief that we’ll arrive home in one piece that night. We plan for weekends, holidays,...

RMS has blood on its hands

Earlier this evening I took a drive out to the intersection of The Northern Road and Andromeda Drive in Cranebrook, where 17-year-old Kieren Birks tragically...

Abbott simply can’t win

I know this is a hard thing to do, but just for a minute or two, put yourself in Tony Abbott’s shoes. Do you retire...

Why have we stopped laughing?

Three Aussie guys – Shane, Barry and Jeff – were working on a high-rise building project. Unfortunately, Shane falls off the scaffolding and is...

Fearless predictions for 2016

Christmas is gone, another couple of million bucks has been blown up in the sky via the New Year’s Eve fireworks and we’ve all...

Wrapping up another year

This week marks the final edition of The Western Weekender for 2015. What a year it has been in Penrith. A State Election came and went, with...

Festival tragedies must stop

The death of a 25-year-old woman at the Stereosonic music festival last weekend again raises questions about the future of such events as they...

Bringing out the best and worst of us

There is no question that the attacks on Paris last weekend were horrific, tragic and terrifying to watch unfold. I visited Paris for the first...

A very Weekender wedding

I’ve been called a lot of things (‘triple chinned turnip’ is my most recent favourite), but until around 4pm this afternoon, I’ve never been...

Surround yourself with A+ staff

I am a big believer that hiring the right staff is a very important part of the overall formula for business success. They are...

I’m converted: Queenslander!

By Troy Dodds I've got a shocking confession to make: I've developed a massive soft spot for Queensland. In fact, I'm considering giving Greg Inglis a...

Losing an old friend drives home an important message

By TROY DODDS On this road we call life, we meet many different people. Some will simply pass us by. Some will have a profound impact...

Australian politics becomes a laughing stock

OPINION BY TROY DODDS The Liberal Party displayed hypocrisy of the highest order on Monday night when it knifed a sitting Prime Minister, ending Tony...

Could same sex marriage be the issue that rolls Abbott?

Opinion by Troy Dodds Tony Abbott is losing his grip on power and his standing in the community is on shaky ground after his handling...