Derek Parker

Thought bubbles

30 August 2014 9:00 am

It is not really a surprise that political parties produce a certain number of oddballs; the scary thing is that…

Oz Islam: Eid 2014, Lakemba Mosque, Sydney

Muslim integration

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Growing up is hard enough at any time; coping with additional cross-currents of race and religion is a whole new…

Bronwyn Bishop: personal attack

Unfair and unbalanced

19 July 2014 9:00 am

The thesis of this book is that there is something wrong with politics in Australia. Bryant is right, but not…

Labor partisan’s economic tale

12 July 2014 9:00 am

The old saw about economics being a dismal science turns out, on the evidence of this short but interesting piece…

Labor renewal?

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Ben Chifley once spoke about a shining light on the hill. By the time that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard…

Out of his depth

14 June 2014 9:00 am

There are individuals who, when fate hands them the opportunity for greatness, have risen to the challenge. Rob Oakeshott was…

‘Qui, moi?’

26 April 2014 9:00 am

In 2008, Bob Carr was on an ABC panel show, pontificating about the wisdom of decisions of the US Supreme…

Letting go

19 April 2014 9:00 am

We are not, by our nature, a militaristic people, and it is significant that our most well-known military venture was…

A sober critic

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Let’s get one thing straight: gullibility is not a virtue. This simple principle appears to be difficult to grasp for…

The new Garnaut Report

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Yes, economics really is a dismal science, if this book is to be believed. Even when things are going right,…

Our colourful stories

4 January 2014 9:00 am

That’s girt by sea, as in the national anthem. As a title, it fits the overall tone of the book,…

Mining magnate paradox

16 November 2013 9:00 am

In many ways, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has become the likeable face of the Australian mining boom, a self-made billionaire without…

The world according to Bob

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Apparently, Ellis believes that the year 2011 was as important as 1848. He never explains why, exactly. He seems to…

Sour mixture

12 October 2013 9:00 am

This book purports to be the story of the 2013 election. It is not clear why it makes that claim,…

Born to rule

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Depending on how you look at it, the Chinese Communist Party is either the last non-ridiculous bastion of Marxism, an…

In the bunker

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The rusted-on supporters of the ALP must wonder how it came to this. Six years ago, the ALP was on…

Hunting for bogeymen

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Here is how you make a conspiracy theory: take a couple of facts, stir in a few assumptions, then add…