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Boris Johnson wishes Putin was a woman

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed that Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he was a woman.…

2 Jul 2022

Multiculturalism is in, and that's a good thing

According to the latest Census results, for the first time, more than half of Australians (51.2 per cent) are now…

2 Jul 2022

The big reason you can’t afford a home

Why are houses so ridiculously expensive in Australia? This, and other expletive-laden questions, I shouted at my screen while scrolling…

2 Jul 2022

Where’s ‘The Voice’ of reason?

Hey, Mr Albanese, fools rush in and all that… Hold back on the referendum for a moment. The voice of reason should…

1 Jul 2022

Climate Justice? Victoria’s fresh assault on businesses

Last week’s restoration of the electricity market, following the regulator assuming full control on June 15, means the energy crisis…

1 Jul 2022

The person who should have resigned

The resignation of four Victorian Ministers last Friday is too little, too late. That’s despite other Ministers previously stepping down…

1 Jul 2022

Shameful star chambers ruin men's lives

In a recent judgment about a sexual misconduct case at Cornell University, the judge compared the campus disciplinary committees to the infamous…

1 Jul 2022

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Was Ghislaine an Epstein victim?

Let me start by saying that this is not a defence of Ghislaine Maxwell, the part-time girlfriend, part-time sexual fixer…

30 Jun 2022

Boris Johnson's fate is to be forgotten

Boris Johnson divides Britons in a way few other politicians manage. To his dwindling group of supporters, he is the…

30 Jun 2022

Does Meghan Markle know what ‘guttural’ means?

When the Duke of Sussex heard about the Supreme Court judgment revoking the ruling in Roe vs Wade, ‘His reaction…

30 Jun 2022

The Donald Trump Show’s biggest plot twist yet

Since it debuted in 2016, The Donald Trump Show — the televised meta-commentary from hell we’ve all been living in…

30 Jun 2022

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Incompetence and corruption

The question has long been whether basic stupidity has underpinned so much of our politicians’ and administrators’ decision-making – or…

2 Jul 2022

Some have wokeness thrust upon them

Co-governance. Partnership. The unrelenting quest to try to refashion the New Zealand Diceyan unwritten Constitution (one of the modern world’s…

2 Jul 2022

Ardern’s cow tax set to destroy NZ farming

After Friday’s joint press conference between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, it is painfully…

12 Jun 2022

Ignorant or subversive?

That the worst Prime Minister New Zealand has ever had has bought into the climate emergency scam – or finds…

11 Jun 2022

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Balancing peace and justice in Ukraine

While a UN official, I developed the concept of ‘a balance of interests’ as an alternative to ‘the national interest’…

2 Jul 2022

Dom disappoints as Matt dumbs down

When Dominic Perrottet became the premier of New South Wales last October, after Gladys shuffled off after a brush with…

2 Jul 2022

Incompetence and corruption

The question has long been whether basic stupidity has underpinned so much of our politicians’ and administrators’ decision-making – or…

2 Jul 2022

Some have wokeness thrust upon them

Co-governance. Partnership. The unrelenting quest to try to refashion the New Zealand Diceyan unwritten Constitution (one of the modern world’s…

2 Jul 2022

Vanishing vaccine mandates

This week, with hardly a whisper from its chief public health officers, Australia largely abandoned its vaccine mandates. For the…

2 Jul 2022

Cavalier King Charles

After news broke on 15 June that the European Court of Human Rights had scuttled Britain’s plan to start offshore…

2 Jul 2022

Yes there is a ‘colonial project’ – China’s

The Chinese Communist regime first denies to its people that its military killed demonstrators protesting peacefully in Tiananmen Square, at…

2 Jul 2022

Roe v. Wade in the dustbin of history

Democrats haven’t been so mad since  Lincoln freed their slaves. The US Supreme Court has finally put a stop to…

2 Jul 2022

A very polished performance

Sam Neill is one of those Kiwis we want to claim as we do everyone from Russell Crowe to Neill’s…

2 Jul 2022

Time takes a cigarette

June 16 was Bloomsday, the day we celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses, and it was a special Bloomsday because 2022 is…

25 Jun 2022

Tinkering with the masters

It was sad to see Ray Liotta, that magnificent actor, had died the other week. He was most famous for…

18 Jun 2022

Sheer erotic pulsation

Anyone whose extreme youth was graced by the experience of watching the Nederlands Dans Theater is liable to be astonished…

11 Jun 2022

Aussie life

Perhaps we could pay tribute to the US Supreme Court’s courageous decision to remove an entitlement to wholesale abortion that…

Language

Is it time to revisit how we define the word ‘racism’? Early in the 20th century the settled definition became…

2 Jul 2022

Dear Mary: How do I get a party invitation from the friend who thinks I snubbed him?

Q. I have heard news of a forthcoming party which I would really love to attend. The problem is that…

2 Jul 2022

Dominic Raab and the problem of ‘distraction’

Dominic Raab blamed distraction forBoris Johnson’s woes when the Tories failed in two by-elections last week. ‘Hehas track records as…

2 Jul 2022

Is Gone with the Wind to blame for Trumpism?

‘America is merely a story the nation tells itself,’ the historian and cultural critic Sarah Churchwell writes in The Wrath…

2 Jul 2022

How inoculation against smallpox became all the rage in Russia

The concept of vaccination evolved from 18th-century inoculation practices and many people contributed to the accretion of knowledge. This book…

2 Jul 2022

At last, a book about James Joyce that makes you laugh

I do not think I am alone in confessing that I had read critical works on James Joyce before I…

2 Jul 2022

Dangerous liaisons: Bad Eminence, by James Greer, reviewed

Vanessa Salomon is an internationally successful translator. Clever, beautiful, privileged – ‘born in a trilingual household: French, English and money’…

2 Jul 2022

Michael Beloff QC drops names – but they’re not the ones we’re curious about

‘The law,’ according to W.S. Gilbert’s Lord Chancellor, ‘is the true embodiment of everything that’s excellent’ and, by common consent,…

2 Jul 2022

We could all once tell bird’s-foot trefoil from rosebay willowherb

‘There are a great many ways of holding on to our sanity amid the vices and follies of the world,’…

2 Jul 2022

Where is Ruja Ignatova, the self-styled cryptoqueen, hiding?

This is a depressing book. It’s a reminder of everything that is sick, broken and generally maledicted about the human…

2 Jul 2022

The conspiracy against women’s football

The moment before the fall of women’s football can be precisely dated. On Boxing Day 1920, Dick, Kerr Ladies FC…

2 Jul 2022