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Towards a kinder, woker Queensland Police

Criminals have described a decision to scrap gender quotas designed to get more women into the Queensland Police Force as…

14 May 2021

Throw another bundle of banknotes on the barbie

If I may plagiarise Anthony Albanese — who plagiarised Michael Douglas in The American President — “In Australia, we have…

14 May 2021

Tough love: we are letting ourselves get really dumb. 

So, the Has Been’s Club recently met. Burgers and beers at a pub renovated to look more like an upmarket…

14 May 2021

Why does the Left keep making the same mistake?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It’s a cliché and it’s misattributed…

14 May 2021

No, the government can’t sprinkle sherbet on everything

I love the federal budget. And I’m unapologetic about it.  But there is one part of budget week that annoys me…

13 May 2021

Adam Bandt’s drink problem

Is this why is Adam Bandt in parliament? Because he failed as a sommelier? One might think so from his…

The Coalition has surrendered its key point of political differentiation - debt and deficit

There were a heap of euphoric headlines in response to the federal budget. And what’s not to like in a…

13 May 2021

The World Health Organisation had one job…

A review of the initial response to the Wuhan virus by an independent panel, co-chaired by former New Zealand prime…

13 May 2021

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How Jon Stewart killed comedy

Somewhere along the way, Jon Stewart discovered he could make stupid people laugh by smirking at Fox News clips —…

15 May 2021

Is working from home here to stay?

National Work from Home Day might not be a calendar highlight but it has undoubtedly taken on increased significance during…

15 May 2021

By elevating Elise Stefanik, the GOP has changed nothing

The Republican establishment played a dirty trick on voters this week. With the ouster of Wyoming representative Liz Cheney from…

15 May 2021

Democrats for Hamas

The truly multiracial coalition in the US these days isn’t the Democratic party. It’s the anti-Semitic mass movement that takes…

15 May 2021

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How to beat the drums of war

Are we at last getting real about China? Are we ceasing to pretend that China is potentially a normal nation…

15 May 2021

Sic ’em, Triggs!

In Canada an old friend of mine, Bruce Pardy, wrote an opinion piece last week calling on conservatives to start…

15 May 2021

Business/Robbery, etc.

It’s only one word – inserting ‘financial’ between ‘members’ and ‘best interests’ – that should kill off much of the…

15 May 2021

The middle-class childhood mafia is fleecing us again

I have always been fascinated by the story of the kibbutz movement in Israel. From their beginnings in the early…

15 May 2021

The next Vietnam

ScoMo might as well get on with building the quarantine stations in the desert. Once vaccination has solved our current…

15 May 2021

Waiting it out behind the Covid Curtain

Behind the Covid Curtain, Australia’s state and federal leaders tremble. Premiers try not to panic about solitary cases and missing…

15 May 2021

You’re gonna make us lonesome when you go

Come writers and critics who prophesy with your pen, Bob Dylan turns eighty on Monday 24 May, and the opportunity…

15 May 2021

Xi’s man in the White House?

Men in the Mirror, Sky News Australia’s excellent documentary by Chris Kenny on the awful similarities between those two prime…

15 May 2021

Ulysses

If you wanted a college at the University of Melbourne that had no hint of imitation Oxbridge you would turn…

15 May 2021

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

As news came through of China’s suspension of high-level trade dialogue with Australia, I read The Truth About China by…

15 May 2021

Reese Witherspoon

There are moments when the very idea of live entertainment including its high cultural expression, thrills the soul. On 6…

8 May 2021

Francesco Cavalli’s The Loves of Apollo & Dafne

Venice in the 17th century was the birthplace of opera.  Its dominant and most successful exponent was Francesco Cavalli.  Once…

8 May 2021

Aussie Life

A recent jaunt through the NSW South Coast town of Bermagui sparked a friendly family rivalry over whose forebears had…

15 May 2021

Aussie Language

There is an organisation called ‘Dying with Dignity’. In their most recent newsletter they say, ‘The NSW Parliament looks set…

15 May 2021

Dear Mary: How do I tell my fiancee that she eats with her mouth open?

Q. I’ve recently been approached by a very good friend who — with genuinely admirable candour and tact — pointed…

15 May 2021

Shakespeare didn’t need to know the difference between ‘its’ and ‘it’s’

An item on the BBC news site didn’t mean what it said: ‘The latest move is part of a wider…

15 May 2021

The evolution of England — from ragbag kingdoms to a centralised state

The title of Marc Morris’s new history makes me want to get up and dance a little jig. The modern…

15 May 2021

Why did Hitler’s imperial dreams take Stalin by surprise?

The most extraordinary thing, still, about Operation Barbarossa is the complete surprise the Wehrmacht achieved. In the early hours of…

15 May 2021

Will’s world: Shakespeare as the man in the crowd

Shakespeare’s first biographer was the gossipy antiquarian John Aubrey, who famously described the playwright as ‘not a company keeper’. It…

15 May 2021

The gender identity issue: Kathleen Stock puts her head above the parapet

‘Something is afoot,’ wrote the academic philosopher Kathleen Stock in 2018: Beyond the academy, there’s a huge and impassioned discussion…

15 May 2021

Cairo in crisis: The Republic of False Truths, by Alaa Al Aswany, reviewed

Certain novels complicate the very notion of literary enjoyment. This, by the author of the international bestseller The Yacoubian Building,…

15 May 2021

A funny time to be Irish: The Rules of Revelation, by Lisa McInerney, reviewed

Lisa McInerney likes the rule of three. Three novels set in Cork structured around sex, drugs and rock’n’roll and, within…

15 May 2021

The first Cambridge spy: A Fine Madness, by Alan Judd, reviewed

For his 15th novel, the espionage writer Alan Judd turns his hand to the mystery of Christopher Marlowe’s death. The…

15 May 2021

Hitting the buffers: The Passenger, by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, reviewed

‘They’ll slowly undress us first and then kill us, so our clothes won’t get bloody and our banknotes won’t get…

15 May 2021