Tina Faulk

Their ABC: a closed society

13 July 2021 3:04 pm

Think closed secret societies and what do you come up with – the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, even more closed and secretive…

Banks’ blunder

5 July 2021 5:08 pm

One-term MP Julia Banks has written a book based on what she broadly terms the horrors of working in Parliament…

Fighting for democracy, one tea at a time

31 May 2021 4:32 pm

The Milk Tea Alliance — originally some pro-democracy social media geekery in Hong Kong and Taiwan — is racing through South…

The People’s Princess and the poobahs of public broadcasting

25 May 2021 5:02 pm

Goodbye England’s rose  May you ever grow in our hearts  You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn…

“He’s a turd. He’s easy to loathe…”

10 May 2021 1:53 pm

“[He has] fallen into the classic trap of the egomaniac…This childish business of putting his leadership on the line every…

Mr Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

27 April 2021 7:58 pm

A kiss on the hand may be quite continental/And Mr Wang’s my new best friend…  Well, it certainly looked like…

Time to put Andrew Hastie in the frontline

12 March 2021 3:54 pm

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Defence Minister Linda Reynolds may be unable to continue in her role, with her problems…

No one is conscripted to work in politics, but we must prevent casualties

16 February 2021 3:07 pm

Your correspondent, having toiled in discrete (and discreet) roles through 30 years in the national capital, federal public servant, Gallery…

It’s the right of Craig Kelly’s electorate to choose their MP, not the media

3 February 2021 7:32 pm

Tanya Plibersek underlined her leadership credential by buttonholing backbencher Craig Kelly in the Press Gallery corridors today, making sure journalists…

War is a continuation of politics by other means – trade too

24 January 2021 2:04 pm

War is a continuation of politics by other means. The German strategist Carl von Clausewitz, who wrote the book on…

Why we want foreign students with a commitment to Australia

11 January 2021 7:31 pm

Last summer, BC — Before Covid — a friend and I strolled around Canberra’s university precinct, called ‘The China Quarter’…

China strife? Blame Canberra’s acronym alphabet soup

8 December 2020 7:41 pm

A World War I slogan in the Kaiser’s Germany proclaimed ‘When the bayonet goes in, it should hit steel, not…

China is deliberately singling out Australia to intimidate the region

1 December 2020 11:26 am

Yesterday’s ugly, viciously confrontational Chinese tweet insulting Australia has been instructive to onlookers. Flat White asked a seasoned Asian diplomat…

Young and free – but who’s Gert?

12 November 2020 8:47 pm

The Premier of New South Wales has suggested that one word of our national anthem should now be changed to…

They’re different in Queensland

5 November 2020 2:45 pm

As the child of migrant parents, growing up in Brisbane, I learned fast that Mexicans were not, as I had…

Their ABC and ‘secret lovers’

14 October 2020 4:08 pm

This morning Their ABC ran early news bulletins that used the phrase ‘secret lover’ referencing the Premier of New South…

A development binge and budget fears cloud Canberra’s looming Legislative Assembly poll

11 October 2020 5:42 pm

With the ACT election six just days away, Canberrans, however deep their Labor loyalties, are beginning –just — to realise…

What you didn’t hear at the Press Club last week

31 August 2020 4:06 pm

Last week Wang Xining, China’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Canberra, addressed the National Press Club, a speech widely reported…

Anthony Albanese’s capital punishment?

26 July 2020 5:03 pm

Elections; not state, not federal — but territory — are in the air. The NT votes late next month, followed…

Standing for Hong Kong

12 July 2020 2:30 pm

First, they came for the Tibetans, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Tibetan. Then they…

Eden-Monaro: a bellwether seat on a knife’s edge — and a canary in a coal mine?

3 July 2020 5:43 pm

A summer evening by the river; a band playing movie themes, light classical and marches, kids, dogs, families sprawled on…

In the navy, you can do gender studies; in the navy, learn ’bout feminist theories…

28 May 2020 5:45 pm

The Australian Defence Force is calling for military personnel to go on a $12,000 Gender Peace and Security course ……

After their $60 billion blunder will our shinybums start speaking English, not bureaucratese?

24 May 2020 3:45 pm

“Look, that’s the Treasury. That’s where they keep the money.” The dad was pointing out Canberra landmarks to his small…

We are no longer alone staring down China

19 May 2020 3:46 pm

Insiders panellist and ABC host Raf Epstein observed last Sunday that it would have been better if Australia hadn’t chosen…

Those nosy neighbours are watching

13 May 2020 5:45 pm

“They’re not happy with you.” My friend Mary takes a sip of her green tea and beams. I don”t know…