Australian Notes

Australian notes

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Malleable expectations Gary Johns is a fellow Speccie contributor. He’s also a friend. In fact, next month my wife and…

Australian notes

1 July 2017 9:00 am

LINO takeover Did that curious phone call really mean I was to be dragged before some Liberal inquisition to suffer…

Australian notes

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The new aristocrats Listen these days to some of the world’s elite politicians, commentators and officials pontificate and you’d think…

Australian Notes

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Let’s keep Triggs for the fun of it I wouldn’t trust Malcolm Turnbull or George Brandis to pick what type…

Australian notes

6 May 2017 9:00 am

The ABC of ESPN I confess to being something of a sports addict. I like playing and watching competitive sports,…

Australian notes

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Diversity’s hypocrites Let’s say that you’re a ‘diversity’ freak. What you want in life is to take some group X,…

Australian Notes

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Well, that was another depressingly terrible week for free speech in this country as political correctness and identity politics stayed…

Australian notes

1 April 2017 9:00 am

The Human Rights Commission must go Described by its leading victim, Bill Leak, as a ‘rogue totalitarian unit’, the Human…

Australian notes

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Bill Leak used to say that Picasso changed his life. He was, he said, ‘a troubled youth’ of 16 years…

Election notes

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm, take note… As the dust settles on the Western Australian election result, and Labor’s Mark McGowan sweeping to office…

Australian notes

11 March 2017 9:00 am

When I was offered a full-time job here in 1994, my understanding of this country was limited to say the…

Australian notes

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

When I was offered a full-time job here in 1994, my understanding of this country was limited to say the…

Australian notes

4 March 2017 9:00 am

  ‘Malcolm Turnbull is Jewish.’ This was one of the newer Palestinian banners held high at the anti-Israel, anti-Netanyahu rally…

Australian notes

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

  ‘Malcolm Turnbull is Jewish.’ This was one of the newer Palestinian banners held high at the anti-Israel, anti-Netanyahu rally…

Australian notes

10 December 2016 9:00 am

In her defence of her wretched Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs boasted that the Commission has been processing some 22,000…

Australian notes

8 December 2016 3:00 pm

In her defence of her wretched Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs boasted that the Commission has been processing some 22,000…

Conservative Notes

29 October 2016 9:00 am

You’d be hard pressed to be overly optimistic about the state of conservative politics in the developed English-speaking world right…

QC notes

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Brandis is right, gleeson is wrong Normally, I would not get involved in disputes concerning politicians, as they should be…

Australian notes

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull’s betrayal on 18c Okay, let’s stop pretending that the Liberal Party has a deep commitment to free speech. We’re…

Shorten’s Leyland P76 reshuffle

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Last week, Malcolm Turnbull missed his best opportunity to put a Coalition A-team on the ministerial paddock ahead of a…

Resistance to Acknowledging Country is futile

16 July 2016 9:00 am

As another bleak winter NAIDOC Week draws to a close, let us reflect on the strange ritual that is the…

Australian notes

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Some readers may be wondering what it’s like to vote Labor for the first time. Okay, by ‘vote Labor’ I…

Australian notes

25 June 2016 4:00 am

Brexit, Del-cons and Trumpkins Later this week it begins. The voters will have their say. First it will happen in…

Australian notes

16 June 2016 1:00 pm

The pundits keep telling us that this is a dull election. But imagine what it would be like without the…

Australian notes

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I dropped in the other day to the Sydney Writers’ Festival to hear Stan Grant deliver his autobiographical and sometimes…