Guest Notes

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Inauguration notes

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The Worst President When it was said that Malcolm Turnbull is the worst Australian Liberal Prime Minister since Sir William…

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Australian notes

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I’ve just returned from my fifth trip to Israel in the last decade. It prompted me to recall a conversation…

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Australian notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm the Fission Fiasco I don’t agree with all those many right-of-centre commentators who think the current Prime Minister, Mr…

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Deplorable notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Which was the most tragic celebrity casualty of 2016? Was it George Michael, the most gifted queer since William Shakespeare?…

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Obama notes

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Stabbing an ally in the back   After so injudiciously ratifying the Paris climate agreement on the very day Donald…

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Immigration notes

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

At last, we’ve found something worse than Islamists: Millennial Islamists. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee who carried out…

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Jerusalem diary

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

‘To know how the world goes without America, look at Aleppo’. That’s the kind of insight (from the head of…

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Christmas notes

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Festive baubles The two seasons I love most in life are elections and Christmas. As we near the year’s end,…

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Music lover’s notes

10 December 2016 9:00 am

A late Sunday afternoon visit to Bunnings to acquire a necessity now in short supply, incandescent small bayonet light globes,…

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Media notes

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Mate, I tell ya. Jim-friggin’-Allan. No one else’s writing quite has the power to make me physically sick. His piece…

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Dis-con notes

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The next Abbott ministry Writing here on October 1 last, I said: ‘The Liberal Party now desperately needs a leader…

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New York notes

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The great persuader The shock was total. Jaws had dropped, faces were stunned. ‘How could this be?’ was the thought…

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Trumpian notes

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Gavin McInnes won Australians’ hearts and minds when he called Waleed Aly an ‘East Indian retard virgin micro-penis’, and I…

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MT Vernon notes

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Finally the US Presidential elections are over; it is Trump after all. After a visit to both coasts stateside, I…

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Racing notes

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Not just a once-a-year party My spring carnival commenced in August on Lawrence Stakes day at Caulfield. The racecourse was…

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Conservative notes

5 November 2016 9:00 am

And they wonder why their supporters are deserting them… The whole 18C hate-speech saga is now verging on the pathetic.…

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Indonesian notes

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The criminalisation of separatism When Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Australia this coming week, he may be surprised to find…

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Nobel notes

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Bob Dylan won this year’s Nobel Prize, ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.’ Which…

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Nobel notes

20 October 2016 2:00 pm

Bob Dylan won this year’s Nobel Prize, ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.’ Which…

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Provincial notes

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull was right. Let the states tax us Go and teach a constitutional law course in my native Canada and…

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Legal notes

8 October 2016 9:00 am

On the haters and their hatred of ‘hate speech’ In the law of libel a statement of claim still alleges,…

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Victorian notes

8 October 2016 9:00 am

High farce and monstrous hypocrisy Earlier this year, I wrote in these pages that ‘Victorians are suffering under the most…

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Dis-con notes

1 October 2016 9:00 am

How long, O Lord, how long? In ‘Del-Con Notes: Election Post-Mortem’ (06/08/16) I surveyed the Liberal Party catastrophe wrought by…

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Immigration notes

24 September 2016 9:00 am

This one’s a stitch: according to a recent Essential poll, 49 per cent of Australians believe Muslim immigration should be…

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Australian notes

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Brexit, abbott, latham and team turnbull I just learned a fascinating fact. Apparently the voters in Britain actually voted to…