Tina Faulk

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…

Hey, Beijing. Min yi shi wei tian

30 April 2020 2:51 pm

Did we really need to get into a diplomatic spat with China while battling the restrictions placed on us by…

What can we learn from the journals of the plague years?

15 March 2020 3:37 pm

Two of Britain’s most famous writers have left us accounts of the plague years.  They were Daniel Defoe, journalist, pamphleteer,…

How to save the surplus

28 February 2020 5:00 am

The Australian Embassy Recreational Club is a handsome, French colonial-era building with a swimming pool, manicured garden and extensive space…

The Minister, Sir Humphrey and Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s grant

17 February 2020 5:00 am

The Australia Council was the creation of the Whitlam government and, in the last round of grant recipients, to the…

Their ABC, biased? Nepotistic? Nah!

6 February 2020 12:00 pm

Richard Alston was minister for communications for around half the life of the Howard government. In that portfolio, he made…

Gillian Triggs is now at the United Nations – UN for unreliable on human rights?

24 January 2020 3:00 pm

How would you feel discovering that your local or state government had entered into an agreement with, say, McDonald’s to…