Terry Barnes

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Turnbull, turn to Key

14 January 2017 9:00 am

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

Sussan Ley: every cloud has a silver lining

11 January 2017 11:01 am

Notwithstanding investigations under way into stood-aside Health minister Sussan Ley’s touching fondness for the Gold Coast, it now appears she…

John Key’s class act

6 December 2016 7:10 am

There’s a photo taken in South Africa after Nelson Mandela’s funeral.  Three Anglosphere PMs, Tony Abbott, Canada’s Stephen Harper and…

Labor must share blame for GP co-payment fallout

28 November 2016 10:43 am

Last Friday, Fairfax ran a report by Latika Bourke on my talk to the Centre for Independent Studies, as the so-called…

We already have our Trump

11 November 2016 7:11 am

I enjoyed the sainted editor, Rowan Dean’s, rollicking Flat White account of his Trump, Trump, Trumpety-Trump election count party. Any…

Oh, those wide-eyed Buzzfeed kidz

4 November 2016 3:02 pm

It must be a quiet news day.  Buzzfeed’s Mark di Stefano posted a reheated story this morning, casting a close…

Time to start looking beyond Abbott

28 October 2016 7:15 am

Whoever said or emailed what to whom, David Leyonhjelm’s Adler shotgun blasted through Coalition ranks last week.  What this week’s…

James Paterson’s welcome lateral thinking

11 October 2016 7:33 am

Good on Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson for his media campaign to sell Jackson Pollock’s drunken daub, Blue Poles, to…

Trolling with Clementine Ford

4 October 2016 7:18 am

Fairfax columnist and ABC Drum presenter Julia Baird is drawn to forceful, opinionated public women.  Baird is writing a biography of Queen Victoria, and in a column this week…

Hinch’s s*** on the liver

21 September 2016 12:50 pm

Revelations reported yesterday about Human Headline turned crucial Senate vote Derryn Hinch’s fondness for a tipple caused a bit of…

The Ides of Malcolm

14 September 2016 11:34 am

So here we are, marking the Ides of Malcolm.  One year ago today Malcolm Turnbull reached for his dagger and…

O brave new political world…

29 August 2016 4:10 pm

So here we are again. Federal parliament finally is reconvening, a mere four months since it last met and eight…

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The morality of mandatory detention

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Last week on the ABC programme, the Drum, I confronted my unwilling conscience. The topic was the Manus Island immigration…

There’s a silver lining to the census SNAFU

11 August 2016 1:08 pm

There’s no question that Census 2016 is an omnishambles of the first order that, as Simon Cowan succinctly sums up…

The Senate: as ye sow, so shall ye reap

4 August 2016 9:15 am

The final Senate results are in and the Star Wars cantina of the last parliament will look monocultural compared to…

Shorten’s Leyland P76 reshuffle

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Last week, Malcolm Turnbull missed his best opportunity to put a Coalition A-team on the ministerial paddock ahead of a…

Malcolm can’t blame Tony for this one

9 July 2016 9:00 am

On election night Liberals expected to be clear winners of the longest campaign in memory, with Malcolm Turnbull having vanquished…