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Politicians need to ditch the faux celebrity act

There’s an old adage which says that politics is “show business for ugly people”; the idea being that if you’re not attractive…

15 Oct 2021

Daniel Andrews and Victorian Labor: devious, dangerous and duplicitous

Victorian taxpayers are supposed to believe the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, is pure as the driven snow. We are supposed…

15 Oct 2021

ScoMo doesn’t need to go to Glasgow. I grew up there and can tell him all he needs to know

I grew up close to Glasgow on the River Clyde, and from our kitchen window you could predict the weather…

14 Oct 2021

Covid, compassion, conscience and civil disagreement

Some would argue that thanks to ‘cancel culture’ and the curious notion that a differing view is synonymous with stupidity…

14 Oct 2021

The Bureau of Statistics bells the cat on lockdown and jobs

Today’s unemployment figures give a picture-perfect snapshot of the impact of lockdown on jobs. The unemployment rate increased to 4.6%,…

14 Oct 2021

News Corp has its woke and eats it?

Is the Harvey Norman, sorry, News Corp papers’ sudden greenwashing an attempt to generate advertising revenue? One reader thinks so.…

Who exactly runs the ABC nowadays?

The combative, pugnacious Gaven Morris is quitting his taxpayer-funded job as national news chief at the ABC.  The questions as…

14 Oct 2021

The imperative of a complete ban on Hamas

On October 1, the head of ASIO, Mike Burgess, expressed support for banning Hamas in its entirety. When questioned during…

13 Oct 2021

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British oddsmakers: Trump favorite to win in 2024

They say betting markets are more reliable indicators of election outcomes than the pundits and even the polls. But the…

16 Oct 2021

Pete Buttigieg’s high class problems

It’s time for Pete Buttigieg to truck off down the road from the Department of Transportation — if, that is,…

16 Oct 2021

Feminism has failed us

I’ve lost count of how many seminars I’ve had to sit through on Diversity & Inclusion, how many times I’ve…

Why Covid means the big state is back

History suggests that when the state expands in a crisis, it doesn’t go back to its pre-crisis level once the…

15 Oct 2021

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Insufficient intent

To tell you the truth, I lost interest in Aussie rules football some time ago.  My team is into a…

16 Oct 2021

Kiwi Life

A crisis by design It is increasingly sad, so many New Zealanders saying they would leave – if they could…

2 Oct 2021

Kiwi Language

A tech company claims that anti-vax and anti-lockdown rallies have been ‘astroturfed’. Which means? Well, ‘AstroTurf’ was the world’s first…

2 Oct 2021

No, New Zealand is not Aotearoa

“Create your own pepeha to celebrate te wiki o te reo movement.” Given that estimates range between about 4% and…

26 Sep 2021

Covid ‘science’, lockdowns and flat-earthers

As we hurtle towards medical app-artheid with ethically challenged vaccine passports following anti-science lockdowns, answer me this: have you ever…

16 Oct 2021

Insufficient intent

To tell you the truth, I lost interest in Aussie rules football some time ago.  My team is into a…

16 Oct 2021

Business/Robbery, etc.

There are far better ways to spend $50 billion if you really want to ‘save the planet’ than splurging it…

16 Oct 2021

Once were revolutionaries

For all its flaws, Twitter occasionally delivers gems of information that would otherwise pass one by. Thus the news that…

16 Oct 2021

The Covid hunt

Freedom Day for the Double Vaccinated in Sydney was cold and wet, matching the mood of many. It is not…

16 Oct 2021

A different Afghanistan

As the world salutes the 20th anniversary of the start of the Afghanistan War, and ponders the chaos and bloodshed…

16 Oct 2021

Xi’s battle for absolute control

Following the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration about Hong Kong, an increasing number of residents of the island moved to Australia,…

16 Oct 2021

Aux bien pensants

Net zero only the beginning ‘Net zero emissions’ are only the beginning. A similar sleight of hand is occurring with…

16 Oct 2021

Maggie Smith

And so we look like being able to see live performance again in the two biggest cities in Australia: Sydney…

16 Oct 2021

Clive Owen

A time of plague makes us brood on the culture we share in the absence of personal preference. One person…

9 Oct 2021

Heath Ledger

It’s weird to hear news of artistic life in the midst of Covid. The Sydney Theatre Company has a new…

2 Oct 2021

Nic Denton and Frances O’Connor

As the northern hemisphere, that ambiguous spectral homeland we’re conscious of, starts to open up, it’s easy to be envious…

25 Sep 2021

Aussie Life

The political career of Christian Porter has been destroyed by the ABC. This is someone who was the Commonwealth Attorney-General…

16 Oct 2021

Aussie Language

A Speccie reader has emailed asking me for an explanation of the word ‘climatarian’. We know what Presbyterians are, she…

16 Oct 2021

My horse is allergic to beige carpet

The horse lorry arrived and lowered its ramp — and I stood in front of it knowing that my thoroughbred…

16 Oct 2021

Acorns and aliens: lunch with Vernon and the Ukrainians

Catriona and I were late for lunch at Vernon’s because I couldn’t get out of bed. The four of them…

16 Oct 2021

Another haphazard Booker shortlist lacks literary competence

The Booker used to be more enthusiastic about the historical novel than it now is. Maggie Shipstead’s Great Circle (Doubleday,…

16 Oct 2021

Folk music is still very much alive and kicking

As a writer who obsesses over the right title to grab a target audience, seeing a book subtitled ‘Song Collectors…

16 Oct 2021

Any beggar woman was a potential scapegoat during the European witch craze

In the three centuries between 1450 and 1750 in Europe it is estimated that up to 100,000 women were burned,…

16 Oct 2021

Don’t ask a historian what history is

E.H. Carr’s 1961 book What is History? has cast a long shadow over the discipline. I recall being assigned to…

16 Oct 2021

Under deep suspicion in Beirut, Kim Philby still carried on regardless

The story of the Cambridge spies has been served up so often that it has become stale — too detailed,…

16 Oct 2021

Reassess every relationship you’ve ever had before it’s too late

‘Reading is a celebration of the mystery of ourselves,’ according to Elizabeth Strout, who writes to help readers understand themselves…

16 Oct 2021

Colson Whitehead celebrates old Harlem in a hardboiled thriller that’s also a morality tale

For modern America, Harlem is a once maligned, now much vaunted literary totem, which continues to occupy a gargantuan place…

16 Oct 2021

From ‘little Cockney’ to playing Queen Mary: the remarkable career of Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins belongs to a singular generation of British actresses, among them Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Sian Phillips and Vanessa…

16 Oct 2021