Charles Pier

Campbell Newman: can Can Do do it?

26 July 2021 5:04 pm

Let’s open with a trivia question: which Royal Military College Duntroon colleague did Campbell Newman act as best man to? The…

We have become Pavlov’s dogs – or Mark McGowan’s and Dan Andrews’, anyway

21 July 2021 5:00 pm

Just mention lockdown and a certain type of Australian starts salivating — Victorians and Western Australians. That’s one of the…

New polling: the emperor has no clothes

20 July 2021 2:37 pm

It’s official — or as official as it can be. The emperor — the Prime Minister, actually — has no…

The only two figures you need to know in Newspoll today

19 July 2021 6:24 pm

One fascinating figure is missing from today’s Newspoll – the margin of error. As a quick glance at the table…

The real victim of Kev's korona kraziness?

13 July 2021 5:22 pm

As the story of Kevin Rudd’s Pfizer pfuckwittery keeps rolling along, no one seems to have stopped to ask who…

A friendly reminder: Anthony Albanese is completely bloody useless

5 July 2021 12:00 pm

After last Monday night’s AstraZeneca slip of the tongue announcement, Scott Morrison simply vanished for three days until National Cabinet…

What did a poobah of public health just say?

30 June 2021 11:57 am

Excuse me? Excuse me? What did Queensland’s poobah of public health (and governor to be) Jeannette Young say today? Really…

Jacinta Price: now for the real challenges

27 June 2021 2:57 pm

Jacinta Price has won the top spot on the Country Liberal Party’s Senate house ticket and, if usual electoral patterns…

How we’re pushing the off button on China

22 June 2021 12:39 pm

Another Tuesday, another Essential Poll — one that has some fascinating insights on how we’ve cooled on China. Australians, it…

Barnstormer

21 June 2021 12:56 pm

Scholars of the classics will remember that quote from This Is Spın̈al Tap: “It’s such a fine line between stupid…

Are we resigned to an early election?

15 June 2021 4:31 pm

After talk of an early election began in earnest in late January, polling suggested a majority of Australians were opposed…

Scott Morrison stands for nothing – and his kitchen cabinet thinks it’s great

7 June 2021 6:04 pm

The Spec Oz has been warning about this. Now it’s official. Scott Morrison stands for nothing. The Sun-Herald and Sunday…

The ABC does a Billy Snedden

2 June 2021 12:21 pm

The late Liberal leader Billy Snedden is well-known for his declaration after the 1974 election “We were not beaten. We…

The risk to ScoMo from Melbourne’s latest Covid flap

26 May 2021 5:38 pm

There are two very clear takeouts from Melbourne’s latest coronavirus crisis. The first is that Acting Premier James Merlino is…

Upper Hunter: Malcolm loses. Again

23 May 2021 2:47 pm

Pro-tip. If you’re going to back an independent candidate, perhaps don’t do it when there are 12 other people lining…

Battlelines

12 May 2021 12:01 pm

There can be little doubt that last night’s budget sets the stage for an election before the end of the…

A pre-budget boost in the PM’s polling?

11 May 2021 12:50 pm

Is all the talk of budget benevolence already boosted Scott Morrison’s standing? Today’s Essential Poll provides some support for the…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

3 May 2021 3:00 pm

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Budget is tomorrow week, and Josh Frydenberg has spent much of…

China’s wolf warriors now sound like Q&A panellists – and that’s a real worry

29 April 2021 5:30 pm

China’s wolf warriors have spent the week snarling away at Australia, but one attack has really stood out. It came…

How the premiers are keeping us at home

26 April 2021 4:31 pm

Another weekend, another lockdown. Brisbane at the end of March, now Perth. It’s probably only because someone sensible is filling…

Peacock feathers

17 April 2021 12:58 pm

Spectator readers are a civilised lot, and no doubt their mothers told them “If you don’t have anything nice to…

Beware claims of a gender electoral apocalypse

15 April 2021 2:06 pm

“Women abandon Coalition in droves“, a headline says in The Australian today. The story covers data from the Australian Leadership…

Sorry, Twits, but Newspoll doesn't mean the PM's swinging in the breeze

6 April 2021 4:24 pm

It’s bad news for the Morrison Government. Australians have turned, almost everywhere. Just look at the figures below. Interesting poll,…

Ministers are deciding it’s time to teach the Twits a lesson – and about time

31 March 2021 6:12 pm

Virtually everyone agrees (other than the psychopaths who populate its sewers) — Twitter has led to a coarsening of debate…

Yes, but who employs these staffers in the first place?

23 March 2021 12:00 pm

So “an emotional” Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he’s “shocked and disgusted” by the latest lurid and lewd allegations…