Terry Barnes

Don’t pity those cheese-eating surrender monkeys, the French

21 September 2021 11:28 am

Witnessing the melodramatic outpouring of Gallic histrionics at Australia’s surprise but masterstroke decision to ditch the overblown, over-budget and already…

We are all losers from the Christian Porter affair

20 September 2021 11:00 am

Yesterday, embattled Christian Porter resigned from the Morrison cabinet, as he could not prove there is no conflict of interest…

Does AUKUS show there’s still life in the Morrison government?

17 September 2021 11:26 am

Yesterday’s surprise announcement of AUKUS – the new Australia-United Kingdom-United States security partnership – is huge news. Not only is…

Kiwis want elimination, and nothing but elimination

3 September 2021 3:43 pm

Yesterday, the New Zealand Herald published the findings of an opinion poll it commissioned as a wave of the Delta…

Daniel Andrews, democracy is an essential service

31 August 2021 11:31 am

The Commonwealth parliament is sitting this week. The Victorian parliament is supposed to be. Except it isn’t. On the advice…

The PM and the Coalition's polling paradox

30 August 2021 3:38 pm

Today’s Newspoll is ugly for the Coalition, throwing their primary vote and two-party preferred deficit back into late Malcolm Turnbull…

Let’s be more up-front and honest with the daily Covid numbers

23 August 2021 11:30 am

According to the federal Department of Health website, yesterday there were 10,956 active cases of Covid-19 across Australia. Of these,…

Afghanistan’s fall — and our disgrace

18 August 2021 3:12 pm

If you go into someone else’s house and trash it, you have a moral as well as a legal obligation…

Newspoll: Governments usually win one election more than they deserve. Was 2019 one of them?

9 August 2021 11:00 am

Today’s Newspoll is dire for the Prime Minister. The two-party preferred split of 53:47 is bad enough but can be…

A judge has found the National Cabinet isn’t a cabinet, so let’s put it out of its misery

6 August 2021 2:36 pm

Senator Rex Patrick is your typical independent Senate crossbench ambulance chaser. Having been carried into parliament on the long-receded Nick…

Ivermectin and the doctor-patient relationship

2 August 2021 12:23 pm

At the outset, let’s make one thing clear. I do not share the absolute conviction of some who advocate the…

Bezos’s bell-end: a postscript

23 July 2021 2:13 pm

When he was back on the ground after his – ahem – epic space flight of all of ten minutes, Amazon founder Jeff…

God botherers shouldn’t bother Mark McGowan

15 July 2021 11:23 am

According to the proposed changes to the National Curriculum, Christianity is being expunged from what it is to be Australian.…

We’ve already got Danandrewstan. The nation can’t afford Gladystopia

12 July 2021 1:05 pm

These are testing times for New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian. This latest Covid outbreak is the biggest since the…

Dominic Perrottet stakes his leadership claim

8 July 2021 12:00 pm

Cabinet solidarity stops him from saying so publicly, but owlish-looking New South Wales Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, has set his stall…

NAIDOC Woke

5 July 2021 2:13 pm

It’s NAIDOC Week. Aboriginal elites, corporate virtue-signallers and politicians, cheered on by the media but especially the ABC and SBS, will…

Six steps ScoMo must make to take control of the Covid agenda

29 June 2021 11:15 am

Australia’s current WuFlu situation is not dire in world terms, yet from the reactions of federal, state and territory governments,…

Time for a sports revolution: let’s have Gender of Origin

24 June 2021 12:14 pm

The SpecOz has already registered disgust at New Zealand male-born Laurel – formerly Gavin – Hubbard’s selection in the Kiwi…

Mark Vaile and the new coal-black blacklist

23 June 2021 3:10 pm

This week has proved the National Party leadership is a poisoned chalice, even when someone hasn’t been leader for years.…

Is Joyce the right choice?

21 June 2021 5:28 pm

Having snapped at Nationals leader Michael McCormack’s heels for the best part of two years, forcibly deposed leader Barnaby Joyce…

Operation weakened borders

15 June 2021 11:30 am

As Tony Abbott’s immigration minister, Scott Morrison had one job: stop the boats. Stop the boats he did.  He made…

Scott Morrison must remind Jacinda Ardern who her real friends are

31 May 2021 3:11 pm

If, to borrow Paul Keating’s description, Australia is the arse end of the world, New Zealand is the arse end…

All this for one death all year?

26 May 2021 12:13 pm

Greater Melbourne has been hit again. Not so much this time by WuFlu, but more by heavy-handed officialdom and a…

Our cricket whingers are talking balls

19 May 2021 11:33 am

The indefinite shutting of Australia’s international borders is bad policy, no matter how electorally appealing it is for our national…

The World Health Organisation had one job…

13 May 2021 11:30 am

A review of the initial response to the Wuhan virus by an independent panel, co-chaired by former New Zealand prime…