Graham Young

We’ll need to pay a higher defence premium under Biden

16 November 2020 5:00 am

Since World War II Australia has kept secure by paying its premium on the United States-Australia Defence Alliance. This is…

Who’s going to win the Queensland election? It’s complicated

30 October 2020 7:00 pm

If polls really could foretell the future, rather than just being an imperfect model of the present, then the LNP should currently be cruising…

Five vital steps to restore confidence in corona case calculations

11 September 2020 3:03 pm

The calculation error in COVID-19 projections made by the Peter Doherty Institute and incorporated into the National Cabinet response revealed…

Want to fight back against weak woke coporates? There’s an app for that – or could be

26 August 2020 8:57 am

Veteran culture commentator Mark Steyn exposed the Republican Party’s general lack of spine when it comes to the culture wars…

We are killing more people because of lockdown than we are saving

10 July 2020 5:00 am

While it’s tempting, and even invigorating, to experience a shiver of schadenfreude at the resurgence of COVID-19 in Victoria on…

Here’s hoping ScoMo’s new consensus with the unions is not what it appears

27 May 2020 3:31 pm

Is Scott Morrison’s industrial reform agenda a serious attempt at industrial change, or is it #ScottyfromMarketing looking for a mechanism…

No, Prime Minister. We don’t need to go back to the Accord

21 May 2020 5:00 am

PM Scott Morrison echoed Menzies when he claimed the last Australian election for the “quiet Australians” – the C21 equivalent…

Just what’s going on in Queensland politics?

14 May 2020 5:00 am

Queensland’s recent local government elections, combined with two state by-elections, provide a window into what might happen at the next…

Flattening the curve or just muddling on?

21 April 2020 3:30 pm

We appear to have seven Australian governments that are paralysed, unable to decide whether they are really “flattening the curve”,…

Let’s hear it for the nation state

15 December 2019 4:00 pm

Congratulations to Boris Johnson. They’ve been comparing him to Churchill, and while it might be a little hyperbolic, this is…

Be strong, keep ‘young and free’

7 June 2019 1:36 pm

Almost one-third of the players in the State of Origin on Wednesday night refused to sing the national anthem because…

What was wrong with the polls?

27 May 2019 2:44 pm

Living with uncertainty is the thing most humans find most difficult. And while it’s virtually impossible to be certain even…

A case study: how energy policies kill jobs and business – and Labor will be worse

15 April 2019 7:40 am

The fall into administration of Queensland company Claypave, established as Rylance Colliery and Brickworks in Ipswich in the 1880s, points…

What’s a girl got to do to get elected nowadays?

22 March 2019 1:06 pm

I’m wondering what a girl named Gladys has got to do to get elected nowadays. Winning Sky News debates is…

‘Learnings’ for the lead up to Friday’s student strike for climate change

12 March 2019 7:48 am

Here’s an idea for English and Philosophy teachers for this coming Friday, March 15. Why don’t you do some Socratic…

The banking royal commission we still need

12 February 2019 7:57 am

I originally thought the Financial Services Royal Commission was unnecessary. Then I heard the evidence, and I changed my mind.…

Labor’s housing affordability mess: profit for the few, pain for the many

7 January 2019 11:21 am

Labor’s two-pronged housing affordability package has them rowing the same boat in both directions, expending a lot of taxpayer dollars…

Twenty ideas for a Morrison government

8 September 2018 11:21 am

When Bill Shorten lost the last election he did a victory lap around Australia. He knew that if he could…

Belling the cat on electricity

15 July 2018 10:34 am

In an inversion of the social hierarchy of Yes Minister, it would appear that Australia has at least one courageous…

The Australia Institute snubs the coal, hard facts

9 July 2018 5:58 pm

Advocacy is core business for think tanks, but when does advocacy become propaganda? When the think tank is the grandly…

Don’t ban donations, ban donations from crooks

23 May 2018 8:02 am

“It’s the Bjelke-Petersen era again,” is the meme every time a centre-right party moots a policy on just about anything…