Opinion

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...

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...

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 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...

Failing the trust and perception test

The Bronwyn Bishop saga of the past week isn’t really about the helicopter, nor when it comes down to it, is it about the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

An hour with Gus (sort of)

Like a scene out of a US medical drama where delicate open heart surgery was being performed, there was four of us hovered over...

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...

Players must repay the faithful

The long, hot summer is finally over. Netflix can go into hibernation, the beer fridge can be re-filled and the cricket can become an...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...