Pete Shmigel

Multiculturalism is in, and that's a good thing

2 July 2022 7:00 am

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

Ukraine’s war? There’s an app for that

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Technology and innovation fighting brutal hardware and aggression

Tough choices make strong people

30 May 2022 11:00 am

In Australia, our choices can often be slippery. In Ukraine, choices are as hard and sharp as the spiky steel…

To 'crush and colonise'

13 May 2022 2:00 pm

The Russians may well love their children too, but many of their views about their war on Ukraine span a…

Propaganda unleashed

29 April 2022 12:00 pm

Putin’s right-hand man and Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, has publicly described propaganda and disinformation as weapons of equal standing in…

From the ground in Ukraine: aid and terror

4 April 2022 4:00 am

It is a strange thing to travel toward a war zone. As one drives in the direction of Ukraine, all…

Morrison must make a choice about Ukraine

28 February 2022 9:00 am

On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended church as he very often does. Except yesterday, it was at a…

Letter from New York – where empathy is exhausted

9 February 2022 12:00 pm

This week, in one carriage of the New York City subway, there were seven homeless people taking shelter on an…

The Great Resignation is coming to Australia

17 January 2022 4:00 am

The Great Resignation looks to soon arrive in Australia and, if we’re not careful, it may also bring with it…

Woke work is unhappy work

3 December 2021 9:00 am

The more that we talk about work/life balance and diverse and inclusive workplaces, the unhappier we seem to be. Over…

Glasgow and the greenhouse gap

4 November 2021 4:00 am

As we watch the bureaucratic minions and the behemothic motorcades circulating in Glasgow, the ‘Greenhouse Gap’ appears to be growing.   On one side of…

Tough love: why we risk being a really miserable lot

6 October 2021 4:00 am

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Tough Love: Covid-19 and the racism of low expectations

7 September 2021 4:00 am

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

A lockdown opponent’s wish: may I be courageous like Soviet dissidents I knew

25 August 2021 4:00 am

At 58, I have for the first time become a dissident. I am in active opposition to Covid-19 related policies…

Tough love: how lockdown’s got us painting rocks and why that’s not all bad

10 August 2021 4:00 am

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Today the troops appear on Sydney streets – and it’s heartbreaking that they’ve been sent there by Liberals. 

2 August 2021 4:00 am

From this morning 300 Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed on Sydney’s streets after a weekend’s worth of training…

Tough love: NSW Lockdown 2.0 is very wrong

29 June 2021 1:01 pm

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Tough love: behave, be humble and believe in something

9 June 2021 8:20 pm

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Being in opposition is awesome (really)

4 June 2021 4:00 am

If you ever catch a cuppa with an Australian federal or state politician who is out of government and in…

Australian political journalism is crap

18 May 2021 4:00 am

‘The Coalition has abandoned debt and deficit in a monumental shift to its political narrative.’ That’s the refrain we’ve basically…

Tough love: we are letting ourselves get really dumb. 

14 May 2021 11:30 am

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Tough love: don’t be a fake

14 April 2021 3:32 pm

This is the first of a regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and…

Three rules for young staffers – and a better Canberra

12 March 2021 4:00 am

Rules are awesome. They are a safety net that minimises risk to ourselves and to others. They give us a…

How not to be a Twit

19 January 2021 5:00 am

Every once in a while, if you’re even a bit like me, you see something on social media that you feel is…

We are shackling ourselves to the safe and mediocre with lazy talk of ‘the pub test’

10 December 2020 5:00 am

“Not a good look.”  “Bad optics.”   “Doesn’t pass the pub test.”  Such are the statements by which many controversial or complex ideas…