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Diplo-brat pack: Canberra's politically savvy kids steal the limelight

Diplo-brat pack: Canberra's politically savvy kids steal the limelight

A ten year old joining a political party? Not that strange if you live in Canberra, home to our nation's most politically active youths.

How one bonk ban cock-blocked an entire city

How one bonk ban cock-blocked an entire city

Canberra’s late-night watering hole, Public Bar in Manuka, was once a bustling hotspot for piss-ups and hook-ups. But since the bonk ban, the notorious nightspot has become a ghost of its former self.

What does each state want from the NEG?

What does each state want from the NEG?

The Council of Australian Governments meets today to have their say on the NEG, and not every state and territory is going in with a smile.

The terror of Toy Town

The terror of Toy Town

The clash between over-sensitive journalists and Canberra's chief minister reflects a town that is divorced from the tough realities of ordinary Australian life.

Replacing the entire media with these geniuses sounds like a great idea

Replacing the entire media with these geniuses sounds like a great idea

Listen. Engage. Make very little sense to the average person.

Australians want bold leadership, not timid bureaucrats, says Terry Moran

Australians want bold leadership, not timid bureaucrats, says Terry Moran

Influential former public servant Terry Moran says Australians want a more robust public service.

Widening terror laws allows government to pursue non-terrorist enemies

Widening terror laws allows government to pursue non-terrorist enemies

When governments use words like "terrorism" and "security", the scrutiny that should be applied to them switches off, allowing them to get away with far more than they otherwise could.

Beyond the Paleo: public servants need to learn their limits

Beyond the Paleo: public servants need to learn their limits

Recent efforts from the APS has former government business editor and senior columnist for The Australian Financial Review Verona Burgess questioning whether the public service is fit for purpose.

The linchpin of Andrew Barr's new government

The linchpin of Andrew Barr's new government

Andrew Barr's newly re-elected ACT government could end up with a deadlock in the party room, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly

Poll Bludger: Labor extends winning streak in ACT election

Poll Bludger: Labor extends winning streak in ACT election

Labor will have been in power for 19 years by the time the next election rolls around.