Opinion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 –...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...