Opinion

Fri 19 Jun 2020

Flaw with the ‘second wave’ theory

Flaw with the ‘second wave’ theory

The theory that there will be a second wave of the virus is deeply “flawed”, an expert says – and it’s creating “dangerous misconceptions”.

Why 5G is vital for our healthy future

premium_icon Why 5G is vital for our healthy future

If we want to recover from this health emergency and ensure our businesses and industries are set up for a productive and successful future, says Chris Althaus.

Violent youths deserve saving too

premium_icon Violent youths deserve saving too

We can’t afford to write off wayward kids and teenage criminals. Because before long they’ll be having children of their own, writes Kylie Lang

Time to review northern routes

premium_icon Time to review northern routes

Soon I will be able to fly direct to Cairns for $120, but a trip to Rockhampton will cost a day and $500-plus.

Thu 18 Jun 2020

Only in 2020 would cereal and pizza be up for PC debate

premium_icon Only in 2020 would cereal and pizza be up for PC debate

To look for offence in everything – even a cereal box – indicates not so much a desire to fix the world as to obsess over it, writes Louise Roberts.

How a gun story stirred the pot on media distrust

premium_icon How a gun story stirred the pot on media distrust

‘When it comes to local information from your local newspaper, there’s an important distinction between fake news and news you simply don’t like.’

Wed 17 Jun 2020

Germans head home leaving $500m behind

premium_icon Germans head home leaving $500m behind

The German Bauer family seized its chance in 2012 to snap up the iconic Packer magazine empire for a cool half-billion dollars, writes Terry McCrann.

Awkward reality of life after lockdown

premium_icon Awkward reality of life after lockdown

When our Chief Health Officer announced the easing of restrictions, I was jubilant. But life after lockdown has not gone smoothly, says Jill Poulsen.

Adoption needs to be an option for children in need

premium_icon Adoption needs to be an option for children in need

Children need to be identified and saved from abuse and neglect, writes Michelle Landry.

Leadership settled ... until the next poll

premium_icon Leadership settled ... until the next poll

Deb Frecklington aired her own party’s private dirty linen in public this week. She just threw a spotlight on the very thing that will turn off swinging voters.

Lest the Left make us forget our military history

premium_icon Lest the Left make us forget our military history

The Lefties attacking War Memorial renovations use thriftiness as a decoy, because it’s the generation of young Aussies who revere our Anzac tradition that they’re...

AFL sends clear message to ‘racist’ fans

premium_icon AFL sends clear message to ‘racist’ fans

Results weren’t the only thing leaving AFL fans upset over the weekend, as a familiar and long-tired stream of racism towards players reared its ugly head yet again.

Caving in to ‘mummy mode’

premium_icon Caving in to ‘mummy mode’

I celebrated yet another birthday this week, and while the occasion has always brought joy in the past, it reminded me I was edging ever closer to middle age.

Tue 16 Jun 2020

Yes, Coon cheese must be renamed. It’s racist

premium_icon Yes, Coon cheese must be renamed. It’s racist

It’s stared back at us from the dairy aisle for decades and the removal of this offensive racial slur is long overdue, writes Sarrah Le Marquand.

Mindless lynch mobs killing our sense of humour

premium_icon Mindless lynch mobs killing our sense of humour

Aussies were once able to look at ourselves and laugh at our foibles and weaknesses. Being ‘up yourself’ was a social death sentence.

No new taxes and a decade of secure jobs

premium_icon No new taxes and a decade of secure jobs

I want Queensland to be the low-tax state again; a state that gives our businesses a competitive advantage and the confidence to create jobs.

Why the post-lockdown laws are flawed for many pubs

premium_icon Why the post-lockdown laws are flawed for many pubs

What’s wrong with perching yourself at the bar while downing a frothy? And what pub is big enough for 50 patrons?

‘Teaching a child to ride a bike is a form of torture’

premium_icon ‘Teaching a child to ride a bike is a form of torture’

Of all the rites of passage I was hoping to avoid with my kids, cycling was it. How do you teach someone to ride a bike when you can barely ride one yourself?

Why you need TikTok in your life (even if you’re an adult)

premium_icon Why you need TikTok in your life (even if you’re an adult)

Writing the entire TikTok platform off as something simply for tweens obsessed with complex choreography is a big mistake, writes Nama Winston.

If we can’t laugh at racism, we can never defeat it

premium_icon If we can’t laugh at racism, we can never defeat it

Streaming platforms need to stop insulting the intelligence of their viewers by pretending prejudice never happened.

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