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Hoist with their own petards

Let me be clear.  One either believes in basic natural justice and procedural fairness protections or one does not.  If you…

3 Mar 2021

Now there’s a real state of emergency in Victoria

The extension of Victoria’s State of Emergency powers to the Andrews government is devastating.  The State of Emergency will end…

3 Mar 2021

Justice in the internet age

After days of speculation, and mounting media and political pressure on the Prime Minister and his government to act on…

3 Mar 2021

How the MSM has distorted our perceptions

Over the years of travelling around the globe and speaking at all sort of forums, Swedish public health expert, the…

3 Mar 2021

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Sorry, but there’s only one gospel – the Gospel According to Dan

Those who accuse the Victorian Government of trying to remove religion from the public square with their so-called gay conversion…

2 Mar 2021

Mark McGowan, the new Prince Leonard

Keen observers of Australian politics will recall that on January 31 last year, by decree of His Royal Highness, Prince…

2 Mar 2021

Politicians, advice – and advisors

Given the content of this and prior pieces, it is fair to assume that I am a largish consumer of…

2 Mar 2021

Two can play the cancel game

Conservatives, can we all agree to stop apologizing for our politics and beliefs? Can we choose to back ourselves, and…

2 Mar 2021

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There’s no equality in equity

It’s hard to keep them all straight, but among the many diktats emitted by the Biden administration during its first days in office,…

3 Mar 2021

Nicola Sturgeon is fighting for her political life

The Alex Salmond inquiry has seen its most remarkable day yet. Three pivotal documents have been released to the Holyrood…

3 Mar 2021

Taxpayers stump up £18,000 for slavery audit

It seems it’s a costly business putting together a historical report. In fact, it took two researchers and a grand…

3 Mar 2021

Trump freezes the 2024 field

Donald Trump is not retiring. He’s not disappearing to live the range life and he has no intentions of remaining…

3 Mar 2021

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Xivinity

Imagine the outcry in Australia, America or elsewhere in the West if the state mandated the licensing of religions and…

27 Feb 2021

Prisoner diary

After the long flights from London, via Doha, on Qatar Airways we landed in Brisbane on our way to two…

27 Feb 2021

Lies, damn lies and coronavirus

Australians are an adaptable mob, but we have an intolerance of being treated like the proverbial mushroom, kept in the…

27 Feb 2021

WA Liberals go nuts

I’d never heard of Zak Kirkup until recently. He is the teenage-like leader of the Liberals in Western Australia, soon…

27 Feb 2021

Facebook and friends threaten our freedom

Just two weeks after receiving a request from the shadow minister for health and ageing, Mark Butler, to take ‘appropriate…

27 Feb 2021

Women must lead the fight for equality in sports

What does gender equality as a universal value mean in practice? Where’s the boundary between equality of opportunity and outcome?…

27 Feb 2021

Affairs of staff and state

It’s lucky China didn’t invade Taiwan this week as the government focussed its attention on what it considered to be…

27 Feb 2021

Wuhan: best practice rejected

There used to be a statutory office whose very name struck terror into the hearts of those who feared for…

27 Feb 2021

Anne-Marie Duff

Melbourne was just stirring into public cultural life when the hotel quarantine mishap led to that last alarming lockdown that…

27 Feb 2021

Australian Love Stories: Celebrating love in all its guises at the NPG

The National Portrait Gallery seems to be floundering. That may be unfair but the announcement of the next exhibition left…

27 Feb 2021

The Dig

It was gratifying to see such a quiet and impeccably made film as The Dig make it to independent cinemas…

20 Feb 2021

Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo

Second thoughts are sometimes better thoughts. The NSW government had second thoughts about closing down the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo…

20 Feb 2021

Kiwi Life

For New Zealanders to be losing our democracy may be due to sheer carelessness, ignorance, or even stupidity, not to…

27 Feb 2021

Kiwi Language

Nancy Pelosi succeeded in banning ‘mother’ from appearing in the paperwork of Congress. Now the ANU’s Gender Institute Handbook wants…

27 Feb 2021

Is it time to cancel Sophocles?

Gstaad The sun has returned, the snow is so-so, and exercise has replaced everything, including romance. What a way to…

27 Feb 2021

Dear Mary: How do we stop our friend letting herself in to our house?

Q. Our friend lives far away, but comes to stay at her country place nearby several times a year. Some…

27 Feb 2021

In the land of the blind

Somehow, American culture has got itself into a terrible mess of division and acrimony: elites against mainstream, progressives against conservatives,…

27 Feb 2021

Savage aperçus: Fake Accounts, by Lauren Oyler, reviewed

Lauren Oyler is viral and vicious. A critic with a reputation for pulling no punches, she is known for delivering…

27 Feb 2021

Algeria’s War of Independence still leaves festering wounds, two new novels reveal

In France, even the car horns yelled about Algeria. A five-beat klaxon blast — three short, two long — signalled…

27 Feb 2021

All good friends and jolly good company: life with the Crichel Boys

In the spring of 1945 three men pooled their resources in order to buy Long Crichel House, a former rectory…

27 Feb 2021

Labour of love: producing the perfect loaf

Wheat flour, and the bread made from it, has been a recurring cause of concern for the British for centuries,…

27 Feb 2021

Hellcat on the loose: Samantha Markle rants about Meghan

A while ago, Samantha Markle declared that her forthcoming book would be about ‘the beautiful nuances of our lives’. Was…

27 Feb 2021

Joan Didion’s needle-sharp eye never fails

Most collections of journalism are bad. There are two reasons for this: one is that they are usually incoherent and…

27 Feb 2021

Up close and personal: voices from the Great War, week by week

In the summer of 2014, David Hargreaves was invited by Robert Cottrell, the editor of The Browser, to write a…

27 Feb 2021