Terry Barnes

The India travel ban and the double standards of the chattering Left

7 May 2021 11:32 am

Last week former Labor leader Bill Shorten slammed the Morrison government for not tightly closing the border to travellers from…

Mike Pezzullo would not have sent his ‘drums of war’ message without the PM’s blessing

29 April 2021 11:30 am

The hottest topic this week has been the Anzac Day message sent to his staff by Home Affairs Secretary, Mike…

Can ScoMo learn from BoJo and regain his poll mojo?

26 April 2021 2:38 pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be on the political ropes. He is in open warfare with his embittered former…

How about some right-minded activism in schools?

22 April 2021 6:20 pm

Fans of Geraldine Massey’s What’s Woke this Week columns know the woke world coughs up absurdities so ludicrous they’re funny. These…

Peter Dutton makes his mark

20 April 2021 2:59 pm

Peter Dutton failed as health minister, was typecast as home affairs minister, but in the defence portfolio he is already…

The Morrison government needs a hard jab over vaccination levels

6 April 2021 2:59 pm

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines across Australia is behind time, behind volume and well behind the expectations the Morrison government…

The women’s reshuffle

30 March 2021 1:34 pm

Do a word search of the transcript of the Prime Minister’s reshuffle press conference yesterday and you will find the…

Scott Morrison is being convicted of the crime of being a decent man

29 March 2021 11:30 am

Compare the pair: Scott Morrison and Bill Clinton. Morrison, a prime minister undergoing a horror stretch of what seems a…

Here’s a disaster area. Oh. And some floods, too

24 March 2021 4:00 pm

If the Morrison government loses the next election, yesterday will likely be seen as the day the rot really started…

Mentors and managers MIA on the Hill

23 March 2021 1:43 pm

When the Brittany Higgins allegations first surfaced in February, as a Howard-era senior staffer I wrote that the type of…

Nicolle Flint eviscerates Labor over its own woman problems

18 March 2021 3:04 pm

On Tuesday night, outgoing Liberal MP Nicolle Flint gave Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, former deputy leader Tanya Plibersek and Labor…

Victorian Liberal MPs: you blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things

16 March 2021 1:14 pm

Earlier today, a motion to spill the Victorian opposition leadership of Michael O’Brien failed to get the numbers after challenger…

Mathias Cormann owes his big break to Tony Abbott

13 March 2021 4:19 pm

I’ve known Mathias Cormann the better part of twenty years.  When I was a senior adviser to Tony Abbott as…

Justice in the internet age

3 March 2021 10:40 am

After days of speculation, and mounting media and political pressure on the Prime Minister and his government to act on…

What’s the solution to aged care squalor? Us

2 March 2021 11:49 am

The Royal Commission on Aged Care finally reported yesterday.  The two commissioners, Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs, between them made…

In defence of Linda Reynolds

25 February 2021 12:01 pm

Defence minister Linda Reynolds is a decent person. She is honourable and compassionate, as well as someone whose talents and…

The Battle of the Bergs boosts Josh’s leadership ambitions

24 February 2021 12:02 pm

In the words of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Facebook has re-friended Australia. Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg agreed to Facebook once again enabling…

Can Parliament House become a less ugly workplace?

17 February 2021 4:44 pm

Federal parliament this week has been rocked by revelations by a former adviser to the now Defence minister, Linda Reynolds,…

Daniel Andrews, the Premier who massacred Valentine’s Day

15 February 2021 11:07 am

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.  It was supposed to be a celebration of love. It should also have been the biggest…

Vic Libs in a right muddle over Daniel Andrews’s conversion bill

3 February 2021 1:30 pm

It seems the Victorian Liberal-National Opposition is taking strategic advice from the same people who are advising embattled Collingwood Football…

Australian style quarantine for visitors to the UK? Terry Barnes speaks to Spectator TV

29 January 2021 11:48 am

Boris Johnson has adopted a form of Australia’s coronavirus quarantine for Britain. Will it work? The Spectator Australia’s Morning Double…

Doug Anthony: the original All Star goes out

21 December 2020 1:48 pm

The death over the weekend of former Country/National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Doug Anthony, breaks the last link but…

There was nothing like this Dame

20 November 2020 2:45 pm

It’s barely raised a ripple in the media, but senior Fraser government minister Dame Margaret Guilfoyle died on Remembrance Day,…

If that’s how you clean up your messes, Mr Premier, we pity your poor family

6 September 2020 3:44 pm

Today was supposed to be the day that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was going to shine a light on how…

Appointing Tony Abbott to the Board of Trade is an inspired move by Boris

28 August 2020 3:51 pm

Whatever one thinks of the reported appointment by Boris Johnson of Tony Abbott as a Co-President of the Board of…