Opinion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...