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Stealing beauty (and everything else)

A new front in the war against racism has opened up and the fight is being taken to a new…

14 Jan 2017

Turnbull, turn to Key

Once upon a time, a multi-millionaire, former merchant banker Prime Minister, highly successful in business who came to politics later…

14 Jan 2017

Dangerous queen

In a move that has delighted his fans and appalled his enemies, Breitbart editor and provocateur extraordinaire Milo Yiannopoulos is…

14 Jan 2017

Finishing off Marx

With the onset of the so-called festive season, I fear that two of the more significant newspaper articles of recent…

14 Jan 2017

John Key’s score card

Just how good a Prime Minister was New Zealand’s recently retired John Key? I ask the question as a right-of-centre,…

14 Jan 2017

Business/Robbery etc

The cost effect on the real world of the ideological fairyland of anti-coal campaigners is now becoming worryingly evident. Not…

14 Jan 2017

What on earth!

I grew up believing in a fundamental truth that the North Pole was the magnetic pole. So, of all the…

14 Jan 2017

Attack of the Offendotrons

It’s impossible to ignore the story of Greig Tonkins, the Taronga Park zookeeper who punched a giant roo to save…

7 Jan 2017

Julia Baird

In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning sovereign in British history surpassing Queen Victoria who is the subject…

14 Jan 2017

Jim Maxwel

Two of the ABC’s most admired radio presenters have published books that are perfect holiday reading: Richard Fidler’s Ghost Empire…

7 Jan 2017

Royal Opera House production of King Roger

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England (1066 and all that) Count Roger Hauteville of Normandy took control of Sicily.…

29 Dec 2016

Valda Wilson as Theodora

Mostly I’m more interested in what is to come than in what’s already been, but I have let my mind…

10 Dec 2016

Fox politics in the Year of the Rooster

As we’re coming up to the Chinese New Year of the Rooster I’ve named my three new hens after former…

17 Jan 2017

Free speech gets shredded

Last Thursday Dr Anne Aly, the Member for Cowan, shared a video of herself shredding the Institute of Public Affairs’ submission…

17 Jan 2017

Nationalism or neo-liberalism, just sell your case better

Surely you’ve all seen Tony Abbott’s punchy op-ed in The Australian, and the wee tiff it’s sparked within the Liberal government. In case not, here’s…

16 Jan 2017

Privatise the ABC

The Middle-Class Rip Off is an episode of the great British satire Yes Minister, where Humphrey Appleby excoriates his minister Jim Hacker, for suggesting that…

16 Jan 2017

A grey beard isn’t everything in politics

Change is the only constant. Ultimately, that is the only truth there is, and anything else you hear is more…

15 Jan 2017

Making work for ourselves

In 1929 John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2029 people in the developed nations could enjoy a perfectly civilised standard…

14 Jan 2017

Wild life

We had my parents-in-law Gerry and Jean to stay with us on the farm over Christmas and being in a…

14 Jan 2017

Barometer

Black background A Morris dancing troupe with blacked-up faces had to abandon its performance in a Birmingham shopping centre after…

14 Jan 2017

Diary

In December I was in a group of writers on a British Council visit to Moscow, where the UK was…

14 Jan 2017

Bonds of friendship

From ‘The Rome conference and bonds of alliance’, The Spectator, 13 January 1917: There may be the greatest possible good,…

14 Jan 2017

Letters

Defund Palestinians Sir: Former prime minister Tony Abbott is clearly on the money when he argues that the Australian taxpayer…

Portrait of the week

Home Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, proposed a limit on incomes: ‘I would like to see some kind…

14 Jan 2017