Peter O'Brien

Sir John Kerr: villain or victim?

20 June 2022 4:00 am

Over the years since 1975, partisan players have mounted an ongoing campaign to vilify Sir John Kerr. They claim, variously,…

Maybe Trump was right

29 April 2022 2:00 pm

Adam Creighton has a recent good piece in The Australian arguing, essentially, that Trump got most things right. It’s hard to argue…

Ukraine must win to deter future conflict

1 April 2022 2:00 pm

There are signs Putin may be prepared to limit his ambitions and settle for a portion of East Ukraine. President…

Gareth Ward and the presumption of innocence

27 March 2022 4:00 am

I live in Kiama, a village just south of Wollongong. It is the centre of a small state seat. Its…

Daniel Andrews is destroying casual work

22 March 2022 12:00 pm

We have seen the warning signs for a number of years. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who grows more detestable from…

A straw man defence of Dark Emu

2 February 2022 4:00 am

Recently in a comment thread, a Spectator Australia reader took me to task for claiming in the promotion for my…

Is constitutional recognition a good idea for democracy?

27 January 2022 4:00 am

Janet Albrechtsen has a piece in Wednesday’s Australian concerning the proposed Voice to Parliament and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.…

Vaccine mandates? Get knotted

26 November 2021 4:00 am

I have a friend who has not been vaccinated.  He was advised by his doctor not to have the jab. …

Bravo to the Rittenhouse jury

20 November 2021 10:39 am

How disingenuous can one 79-year-old mentally enfeebled President be? Here is Biden’s reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict:  While the…

The logic behind net zero

3 November 2021 4:00 am

Tony Abbott once said, ‘climate change is crap’. What he should have said was ‘catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is crap’,…

What price the truth of the story of white settlement?

17 October 2021 11:50 am

If truth were a commodity, you’d short sell it.  Think the Coates enquiry into hotel quarantine, cheap renewables and so…

Why conservatives shouldn’t support an Indigenous Voice to Parliament

10 August 2021 6:04 pm

Yesterday, Flat White ran a piece by Senator Andrew Bragg explaining why conservatives should support the proposed Indigenous Voice to…

The Oldest Culture: Epilogue

29 July 2021 4:00 am

The final in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. This is the last of a series of articles…

The Oldest Culture: Engineering

22 July 2021 5:08 pm

The fourth in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. These days we hear a lot about what a…

The Oldest Culture: Science

19 July 2021 6:09 pm

The third in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. These days we hear a lot about what a…

The Oldest Culture: Mathematics

15 July 2021 5:32 pm

A series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. The study of mathematics has been in the news lately, with great…

The Oldest Culture? Aboriginal astronomy

12 July 2021 4:00 am

The first in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. Just a few days ago, Bella d’Abrera from the…

REVEALED: Inside the Dark Emu Wiki Wars

28 June 2021 3:00 pm

Readers may remember my abortive undercover mission in the People’s Republic of Wikipedia, specifically in the Protectorate of Dark Emu. …

Pugnacious polemic and Dark Emu

23 June 2021 4:00 am

At the risk of seeming a little obsessed, and possibly boring readers, I wonder if I might be indulged in…

Dark Emu: the turkeys fight back

18 June 2021 4:00 am

Well, Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe certainly threw the Tasmanian devil among the scrub turkeys supporting Bruce Pascoe, with the…

Shining a light on Dark Emu

15 June 2021 4:00 am

Finally, the spurious claims of Bruce Pascoe are coming under serious scrutiny from a source more credible than those alleged hotbeds of racism, Quadrant or the Dark…

Thanks, Joe Biden

17 May 2021 4:00 am

Is there no end to the litany of cock-ups that can be laid at the feet of the 46th President of the United States of…

Dutton earns his stripes over unit citations

20 April 2021 5:19 pm

Peter Dutton has stamped his authority on his new portfolio in a way that demonstrates that he is a leader who is prepared to…

Dan's days may be numbered, but beware his legacy

12 April 2021 4:00 am

Speculation has now commenced as to the future leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews given his slow progress in recovering from…

Trapped in the People’s Republic of Wikipedia

30 March 2021 4:00 am

I’m starting to learn what it might be like to live in China but fortunately my experience is actually pretty benign.  I’m in a sort…