The partner of Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson has spoken about the love uniting the country and how it makes him proud of Tori, Katrina Dawson, and of all Australians.
There have been many school massacres, but JABEEN BHATTI has never encountered 'vengeance' as motivation. Here she looks at this week's horror slaughter of 134 schoolchildren and 14 teachers in Peshawar.
Planning a bit of reading time in the hammock? MEREDITH JAFFE has made a list of the best books out this summer for your holiday reading pleasure.
In his usual style Russell Brand weighs in on the reaction to the Sydney siege, from Rupert Murdoch's tweets, Tony Abbott's fear-mongering, and general media inaccuracy.
Anytime a woman who has pushed a small human out of their body hears the words 'pelvic floor' you can guarantee one thing - she is, at that moment, repeatedly clenching her nether regions. And then she forgets, right?
The guns debate has been re-ignited by Senator David Leyonhjelm who says the Sydney siege wouldn't have happened if some hostages were armed. Is it 'seductive nonsense' as Tim Fisher says?
With all those gifted children getting their Uni entrance scores today, MARITA HAYES-BROWN spares a thought for all the average - and below average - kids.
After an awful few days CORINNE GRANT says it's time to look beyond sound bites and knee-jerk reactions, and refocus our view to society in general.
Does the Sydney siege gunman have more in common with Martin Bryant or Luke Batty's father than a terrorist? DR REBECCA HUNTLEY looks at why we must be careful about framing this event.
As students around Australia receive their final school results, one University has produced a video that ratchets up the pressure. Has our obsession with a single number gone too far?
Once the news cycle rights itself after being shaken by the Sydney siege, speculation about Abbott's future as leader will resume. JANE GILMORE takes a look at the patterns set by PMs past.
The two victims of the Sydney siege have been identified as a 38 year-old mother of three and a 34 year-old man. The Hoopla team sends its deepest condolences to their families.
The spectre of acts of terror hitting Australian soil - either by a lone wolf or an organisation - seemed unthinkable. MONICA ATTARD asks if we were looking in the right place.
Yesterday amid the drama of a hostage siege the business of MYEFO proceed in Canberra. PAULA MATTHEWSON writes why the next budget will be the pivotal moment for the government.
The public response to the horror of the Sydney siege has been to offer kindness and companionship to Australian Muslims as they travel. Chris Allen of the University of Birmingham writes.
After an all day siege in the Sydney CBD yesterday, police stormed the Lindt Cafe in the early hours of this morning. Three people were killed, including the gunman.
WENDY HARMER wants to know if she should be spending this Christmas? Treasurer Joe Hockey's not helping. No cufflinks for you!
Acclaimed author JACKIE FRENCH lives in the beautiful Araluen Valley of NSW. Gold mining operations could destroy everything she holds dear.
With the retirement of John Faulkner yesterday, politics lost one of its great statesmen. PAULA MATTHEWSON pays tribute to a man who sought to improve the political discourse.
Tony Abbott has blown his whistle, reached into his shorts, and played the 'gender card' of behalf of his chief of staff Peta Credlin. Hmmm.