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In-depth analysis of the day’s news, plus stories and gossip from Australian politics.

My questions for the Royal Commission into Covid...

29 January 2022 6:06 pm

Senator Pauline Hanson has been pushing for a Royal Commission into the government’s handling of Covid, and demand for one…

Women’s fashion – I mean – football…?

29 January 2022 12:00 pm

Every sensitive new age man knows that when working with women you may comment on their professional performance, but never…

Campbell Newman is asking tougher questions than the corporate media

29 January 2022 4:00 am

The last two years have seen unprecedented use of the word ‘unprecedented’ by Australian journalists. Conflating the limits of their…

Victoria's pandemic of political failure

28 January 2022 2:00 pm

The government’s handling of the Covid pandemic in Victoria has been deplorable. But while the temptation is to blame Daniel…

Feminism’s embarrassing fall from ‘Grace’

28 January 2022 12:00 pm

If the past couple of years has taught us anything, it is that the current wave of feminism has become…

Summer's worst political commentators...

28 January 2022 9:00 am

So how is your summer going? Trousers off, melting ice cream on the car seat, screaming children in the back,…

Serbia’s revenge: Rio Tinto pays for Morrison’s hubris

28 January 2022 4:00 am

There may be no ‘official’ connection, but it’s impossible not to side-eye the sudden decision by the Serbian government to…

Triple J's Hottest 100 – there's an elephant in the room

27 January 2022 3:00 pm

As most people know by now, a few days ago The Wiggles became the first ever debutant band to win…

Where is Tennis Australia’s credibility?

27 January 2022 12:00 pm

Tennis is a pretty simple game. Two people take turns to hit a fuzzy ball over a net. That’s it.…

ScoMo in SloMo slide toward fatal collision at next election

27 January 2022 9:00 am

The next federal election will be held no later than May 21, 2022. It looks like a re-run of 2007…

Is constitutional recognition a good idea for democracy?

27 January 2022 4:00 am

Janet Albrechtsen has a piece in Wednesday’s Australian concerning the proposed Voice to Parliament and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.…

We should chat about WeChat…

26 January 2022 2:00 pm

‘Rules are rules!!!’ Scott Morrison insisted, during the Djokovic saga. Well, ‘rules are rules’ unless you’re Scott Morrison trying to…

The re-enthronement of capitalism: are ‘woke’ investment funds falling behind?

26 January 2022 12:00 pm

Over many years now, superannuation funds have been orientating their investments towards options that avoid unapproved Environmental and Social goods…

Always was, always will be a smokescreen

26 January 2022 9:00 am

As Roger Scruton wrote: ‘The fictions were far more persuasive than the facts, and more persuasive than both was the…

A truckie’s view – my view

26 January 2022 4:00 am

It will come as a huge surprise that everything in your house, on your street, in your supermarket, in fact…

Madman Mark McGowan – the tinpot dictator of Australia

25 January 2022 2:00 pm

Throughout the era of Covid, we have made numerous comparisons of governments and the restrictions they impose to past regimes…

Tony Abbott for PM – of Britain!

25 January 2022 12:00 pm

The conservative stalwart broadcaster Mark Steyn has made the suggestion, in apparent seriousness, that the British Tories should draft Tony…

Omicron roars through, but I only hear crickets

25 January 2022 9:00 am

Since Omicron has spread so vigorously throughout the fully vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, and considering too that the unvaccinated (or…

Big tech eugenics

25 January 2022 4:00 am

Just when you thought the all-pervasive power of the State could not get any more intrusive, governments have begun manipulating…

An empire for me, but not for thee

24 January 2022 2:00 pm

Every January, Australians are reminded by the chattering classes that they should hang their heads in shame about the very…

Twelve questions for the next Covid media conference...?

24 January 2022 12:00 pm

I’ve not wanted to get bogged down in Covid, but the censoring of debate and the quality of information is…

All hail ‘Marshal’ Mark, the Canute of the West

24 January 2022 9:00 am

The announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan last Thursday that he would continue to preside over a hermit kingdom indefinitely…

The political modellers have spoken: Covid is over in Britain

24 January 2022 4:00 am

The political winds have swung and Boris Johnson has some dignity to restore after the shameless hypocrisy of the ‘Partygate’…

The terrifying Quebec ‘Covid Youth’

23 January 2022 2:00 pm

A disturbing piece of footage went viral last week on social media. Originating in Canada, a Quebec talk show aired…

Nerds, nannies and dictators

23 January 2022 12:00 pm

Young nerds in Silicon Valley are now the rule-makers of culture across the western world. Culture, identity, and the conflict…