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‘Rules are rules!!!’ Scott Morrison insisted, during the Djokovic saga. Well, ‘rules are rules’ unless you’re Scott Morrison trying to…

26 Jan 2022

The re-enthronement of capitalism: are ‘woke’ investment funds falling behind?

Over many years now, superannuation funds have been orientating their investments towards options that avoid unapproved Environmental and Social goods…

26 Jan 2022

Always was, always will be a smokescreen

As Roger Scruton wrote: ‘The fictions were far more persuasive than the facts, and more persuasive than both was the…

A truckie’s view – my view

It will come as a huge surprise that everything in your house, on your street, in your supermarket, in fact…

26 Jan 2022

Madman Mark McGowan – the tinpot dictator of Australia

Throughout the era of Covid, we have made numerous comparisons of governments and the restrictions they impose to past regimes…

25 Jan 2022

Tony Abbott for PM – of Britain!

The conservative stalwart broadcaster Mark Steyn has made the suggestion, in apparent seriousness, that the British Tories should draft Tony…

25 Jan 2022

Omicron roars through, but I only hear crickets

Since Omicron has spread so vigorously throughout the fully vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, and considering too that the unvaccinated (or…

25 Jan 2022

Big tech eugenics

Just when you thought the all-pervasive power of the State could not get any more intrusive, governments have begun manipulating…

25 Jan 2022

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Springtime for liberal interventionists

It’s springtime for liberal interventionism. Russian President Vladimir Putin may not have intended it, but he is doing a good…

26 Jan 2022

Who cares about partygate?

Does anyone else feel uncomfortable with the idea of the police investigating the elected government? I have laughed and fumed…

26 Jan 2022

Downing Street braces for Sue Gray’s party report

It’s groundhog day in Westminster as once again hacks and ministers ask: when will Sue Gray’s report come out? On…

26 Jan 2022

Putin’s big bluff

My first visit to Ukraine was in 1994. We drove to a village about three hours south of Kiev. The…

26 Jan 2022

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Dear New Zealand, it’s time to end Covid discrimination

Dear New Zealand, It’s a shame that we as a country have decided to follow a policy of discrimination. Supporting…

3 Jan 2022

Heading towards dystopia – what happened to New Zealand?

In the clash between authoritarianism and democracy, we know what is winning hands down. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, far-left on…

16 Dec 2021

Let’s not copy New Zealand’s mistake with ciggies

New Zealand this week banned smoking for the next generation. Those under 14 will never be allowed to legally smoke…

14 Dec 2021

New Zealand embraces gender ghosts as the national religion

From where I sit from across the ditch it appears ‘the land of the long white cloud’ is encased in…

13 Dec 2021

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Skating on Thin Ice

The Winter Olympic Games will be held from February 4-20 in a ‘green, safe and simple’ way, and for that…

22 Jan 2022

GOAT becomes scapegoat

Is God a djoker? First, we’ve had the historical irony that during the cowboy days of the Wild West, banks…

22 Jan 2022

The reckoning has begun

The West’s Covid-19 strategy of lockdowns, mass vaccinations and extreme curbs is losing credibility by the moment, even if various…

22 Jan 2022

Cancel ‘Invasion Day’

Here’s a step towards restoring national unity as we observe Australia Day. Issue every non-Aboriginal citizen who uses the term…

22 Jan 2022

Dangerous ideas

‘Australian Lamb. More tender than border control’ quips an ad in the annual campaign run by Meat and Livestock Australia…

22 Jan 2022

Playing to the peanut gallery

I did get a chuckle the other day when Dr Nick Coatsworth, former deputy chief medical officer and infectious diseases…

22 Jan 2022

A week in the life of Brandon

Was last week the worst week any US president has ever suffered in nearly two and a half centuries of…

22 Jan 2022

Business/Robbery, etc.

Be careful what you wish for. Climate activists — including investment managers of other people’s money such as union-dominated superannuation…

22 Jan 2022

Jeremy Irons in House of Gucci

Any attempt to fictionalise the Gucci story runs into the same difficulties as Ridley Scott’s handsome and absorbing film, House…

22 Jan 2022

West Side Story

How strange to revisit the Nova in Lygon Street, Carlton, where a lifetime of films have been experienced, after an…

15 Jan 2022

The Cardinal’s books

There are a thousand overtly artistic things to talk about at this summer moment including the new Sidney Nolan exhibition…

8 Jan 2022

Sigrid Thornton

It was the thought of Stephen Sondheim’s death that made us watch Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. It’s the second musical…

18 Dec 2021

Aussie Life

I live by the sea and like walking along the coastline including scrambling over the rock ledges in Noosa National…

22 Jan 2022

Aussie Language

A letter writer to the Australian has pointed out that Anthony Albanese appears to have coined a brand-new oxymoron to…

22 Jan 2022

In praise of January

Gstaad According to a little bird, Boris has gone from brilliant to bawd, and according to me this village has…

22 Jan 2022

The new Tote is a ray of hope for British racing

There is nothing like visiting a stud early in the foaling season. As amiable mums-to-be saunter up to the paddock…

22 Jan 2022

For Glasgow – with love and squalor: The Second Cut, by Louise Welsh, reviewed

Never, never kill the dog. It’s rule one in the crime writer’s manual. Cats are bad enough, as I can…

22 Jan 2022

The Georgians feel closer to us now than the Victorians

‘The two most fascinating subjects in the universe are sex and the 18th century,’ declared the novelist Brigid Brophy when…

22 Jan 2022

A tale of love and grim determination: Zorrie, by Laird Hunt, reviewed

When Zorrie Underwood, the titular character in Laird Hunt’s deeply touching novel about an Indiana farm woman, is pregnant, a…

22 Jan 2022

Rejecting the Raj: Gandhi’s acolytes in the West

Madeleine Slade, born in 1892, was a typical upper-class Victorian daughter of empire: a childhood riding around her grand-father’s estate…

22 Jan 2022

The dark story behind Bambi, the book Hitler banned

The extent of Walt Disney’s grasp of the natural world remains unclear. After the Austrian author Felix Salten sold the…

22 Jan 2022

The misery memoir of a devoted polyamorist

The rules of sex can kill. In 1844 an angry mob shot Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, for his…

22 Jan 2022

How the net finally closed on the Nazi henchman Andrei Sawoniuk

Fedor Zan was 18, working on the river closing sluices, when, on a winter afternoon in 1942, he saw his…

22 Jan 2022

The great Chinese puzzle: how to adapt the language to modern communication technologies

Any student of Chinese will sympathise with the 17th-century Jesuit priest Fr Emeric Langlois de Chavagnac when he wrote: ‘One…

22 Jan 2022