The summer I ... partied in a house that slid into the sea
Opinion

The summer I ... partied in a house that slid into the sea

We knew we were coming to the end of something. Call it the king tide of our youth.

  • byTony Wright

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Djokovic:A Kafkaesque border shambles missing only the dictation test
Opinion

Djokovic:A Kafkaesque border shambles missing only the dictation test

There was a time when the Australia’s border force could have subjected Novak Djokovic to a dictation test in,say,Gaelic. It got egg on its face,anyway.

  • byTony Wright
2001:The year Howard drew a line in the sand and transformed Australia
Analysis

2001:The year Howard drew a line in the sand and transformed Australia

John Howard and his government looked doomed. But then came events that changed everything,including hardening the way Australia saw its place in the world.

  • byTony Wright
2021 was a year of shocks and foreboding ... but highlights,too
Analysis

2021 was a year of shocks and foreboding ... but highlights,too

Looking back on 2021:a year of continuing COVID-19,Capitol riots,political car crashes - and Cleo Smith.

  • byTony Wright
A sacred island called Deen Maar and an approaching wind storm
Opinion

A sacred island called Deen Maar and an approaching wind storm

Islands drift at the edge of our knowing,bewitching some of us who catch a glimpse of them. Deen Maar and its path for the dead is one of them.

  • byTony Wright
‘Kids need to find their passion’:Daniel Ricciardo joins drive to engage students
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‘Kids need to find their passion’:Daniel Ricciardo joins drive to engage students

Daniel Ricciardo,among the world’s most popular racing drivers,is about to use his fame to help struggling students stay at school and seek success.

  • byTony Wright
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The Ashes:comforting as a celestial clock in our time of distress
Perspective

The Ashes:comforting as a celestial clock in our time of distress

Long months of isolation have been a sort of extended training period for the sprawling,slow-motion festival that is a summer of Test cricket.

  • byTony Wright
Federal Parliament:If this were a schoolyard,you’d lock it down
Opinion

Federal Parliament:If this were a schoolyard,you’d lock it down

In a week when a report found widespread sexual harassment and bullying in Parliament House,parliamentarians themselves indulge in an outbreak of bad behaviour.

  • byTony Wright
Merry Christmas,with a sting in the gifts
Opinion

Merry Christmas,with a sting in the gifts

It was a moment to bring Christmas gifts and offer goodwill,but even here,Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese couldn’t resist delivering an unspoken political message.

  • byTony Wright
PM calls for kinder,gentler behaviour ... and goes for the jugular
Opinion

PM calls for kinder,gentler behaviour ... and goes for the jugular

Scott Morrison told a media conference that standards of behaviour in Parliament must improve. Soon after there was a wild squall of verbal slurs in question time.

  • byTony Wright
Does a calendar mean anything in PM Morrison’s world?
Opinion

Does a calendar mean anything in PM Morrison’s world?

Next year’s parliamentary sittings calendar suggests a May federal election,but does anyone believe anything in Canberra these days?

  • byTony Wright