Stephen Spartacus

Sorry Christian, but it’s time to take one for the team

4 March 2021 4:00 am

His name is now officially out. The Christian Porter allegation is, like other recent tales from Canberra, a very sad…

Politicians, advice – and advisors

2 March 2021 4:04 pm

Given the content of this and prior pieces, it is fair to assume that I am a largish consumer of…

Why governments secretly love our crazy house and assets boom

1 March 2021 6:08 pm

There’s no inflation.  The experts tell us so.  The Clerics of Martin Place, our highly paid monetary gurus at the Reserve Bank, have declared that…

#ScottyFromMarketing – and Ant from Ant’s Used Cars?

25 February 2021 2:30 pm

For what ever reason, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been colloquially named “Scotty from Marketing”. No doubt it is a…

Redefining the ABC

24 February 2021 6:40 pm

Question: What do you call a discussion between people who have no idea what they are talking about but are…

Is this the real cultural problem in politics?

23 February 2021 6:37 pm

The Brittany Higgins matter keeps moving on. The allegations are very disturbing. But there seems a more fundamental question not being…

Student debt, the left’s next big campaign

16 February 2021 6:58 pm

There is barely anything original in Australian universities.  And by original, I don’t mean research, but rather how the university…

Viral racism

15 February 2021 3:34 pm

These are apparently the new naming rules: Spanish Flu — ok UK Variant — ok South African Variant — ok…

The economy is stuffed full of stimulants – and so are too many business commentators

12 February 2021 4:00 am

It is results season in Australian capital markets, This is the time of year listed companies delivery their half or…

Albo almost gets it right while Bowen blows hard

10 February 2021 1:08 pm

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has told The Australian: A government I lead will always respect the central importance of successful…

If business is paying back JobKeeper windfalls, what about the bureaucrats and their bonuses?

9 February 2021 1:04 pm

JobKeeper. JobSeeker. Job destroyer. Well, the mob has spoken.  Those businesses who legally and correctly accessed the Job keeper scheme,…

The Greenhouse Effect vs. The Ultimo Effect

2 February 2021 12:00 pm

One of the most intelligent and insightful humans to have ever walked the face of the earth is American economist…

Insiders is insiders. How can they speak for ordinary Australia?

31 January 2021 3:40 pm

This morning I watched Insiders; the first episode of the year. In the first 15 minutes, the three guests —…

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s covid chutzpah

28 January 2021 12:15 pm

Chutzpah. A mellifluous sounding word that is difficult to translate, but kinda sorta means: Utter nerve; effrontery. A better way to…

Barnaby, it’s time to leave the island

27 January 2021 11:31 am

It has long been evident to many that Barnaby Joyce’s time at the political trough has passed. In many respects,…

An honour with a great big crown on top for Malcolm

26 January 2021 3:35 pm

Lord Malcolm of Point Piper has finally received an official honour, the Companion in the Order of Australia, the AC.…

Covid-19 and the real problem with experts

18 January 2021 7:33 pm

The problem is not listening to experts. The problem is having experts who pay no price for their advice being…

Daniel Andrews: 40-love

17 January 2021 5:22 pm

Hmmm. What can be said? Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in July 2020: Bored is better than intensive care. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews…

Finally, something to keep Malcolm and Krazy Kev off the streets

16 January 2021 2:03 pm

Is there a better reason to export Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd? They can go and consult to the US…

Canberra’s modern monetary theory dreamers are lost wandering their wonderland

14 January 2021 7:05 pm

There are certain human inventions that the world would probably be much better without. Things like nuclear and biological weapons…

The two left wings

13 January 2021 4:04 pm

May I recommend the brilliant writing and analysis of Kevin Williamson in the National Review? He recently authored this nugget titled Joe…

WA's Mark McGowan lets the COVID cat out of the bag

11 January 2021 2:41 pm

Fresh from the Oz: Western Australian premier Mark McGowan has called on NSW to fall in line with the other…

Albo Labor is so bad it’s even dragging down the government

8 January 2021 5:00 am

There are two writers whose analysis I try to almost always read – Aaron Patrick in the Fin and Troy…

Not so useful idiots?

6 January 2021 7:25 pm

In the battle of ideas, idiots are seldom useful. Look to Vladimir Lenin, who is reported to have coined the term…

Meet the skinless chickens (AKA our university vice-chancellors)

18 December 2020 3:27 pm

Australia came to a fork in the road. The private sector went one way. The public sector the other, singing…