Opinion

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...

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...

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...

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...

The story that didn’t need a villain

Opinion by Troy Dodds I want to start this column by saying that I have the utmost respect for Alex McKinnon and his partner Teigan...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 –...

Let’s face it, Joe Hockey was right

Opinion by Troy Dodds Let’s start today’s column by printing exactly what Joe Hockey said about housing affordability on Tuesday. “Well there are a range of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...