Opinion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What if the past month’s biggest stories had very unlikely endings?

They’re the issues that have dominated the news cycle over the past month, but Troy Dodds ponders, what if their conclusions took a surprising...

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...

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...

Time is right to legalise same-sex marriage

Opinion by Troy Dodds The time for debating same-sex marriage is over. It’s going to happen, and it would seem that before the next Federal Election,...

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...

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...

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...

What will you be thinking about on ANZAC Day?

Opinion by Troy Dodds ANZAC Day is without doubt the most important day on the Australian calendar. It represents spirit, courage, mateship and the foundations on...

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,...

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 –...

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...

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...