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

A simple question each for Annastacia Palaszczuk and Scott Morrison on the games

21 July 2021 10:00 pm

Q: Premier, what public services will be cut or what taxes will be raised to allow Queensland to host the…

An official health warning: suspect everyone

21 July 2021 6:40 pm

The New South Wales Chief Health Officer told us yesterday that “whilst it is human nature to engage in conversation…

We have become Pavlov’s dogs – or Mark McGowan’s and Dan Andrews’, anyway

21 July 2021 5:00 pm

Just mention lockdown and a certain type of Australian starts salivating — Victorians and Western Australians. That’s one of the…

Can you spot the Victorian opposition?

21 July 2021 4:04 pm

There are less than 500 days until the next Victorian state election. With Victorians well into our fifth never-ending lockdown,…

We can’t eradicate coronavirus. Let’s not eradicate our national spirit trying

21 July 2021 2:00 pm

I feel incredibly lucky to be living in our beautiful country. Thanks to our swift response to Covid-19, we have…

Is this the most outrageous Covid scaremongering yet?

21 July 2021 12:28 pm

Have you noticed the latest scare tactic pushed in the Victorian press conferences?  After 16 months of waiting for the…

If this is a global pandemic, why aren’t we loosening our chains like the rest of the world?

21 July 2021 4:00 am

Sydneysiders, as a Victorian I know how red with anger you all are when your Premier gets up day after…

The last thing we need is a bill of rights

20 July 2021 6:09 pm

Over a century ago the great American jurist James Bradley Thayer warned against handing social policy decision-making over to the…

Big Public Health’s tobacco tactics haven’t worked with smoking. Why should they work with obesity?

20 July 2021 4:19 pm

I’m not one for personal criticism, even dumb, socialist, hypocritical, anti-everything Greens. But if I were, I would put public…

New polling: the emperor has no clothes

20 July 2021 2:37 pm

It’s official — or as official as it can be. The emperor — the Prime Minister, actually — has no…

It doesn’t matter what any government says: you are essential

20 July 2021 12:43 pm

One of the foundational concepts upon which western civilisation is built is the Judeo-Christian insistence that every human being is…

Australian schools need a tough love reboot

20 July 2021 4:00 am

Pupils, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way. You choose.  If Australia can’t improve our international K-12…

The only two figures you need to know in Newspoll today

19 July 2021 6:24 pm

One fascinating figure is missing from today’s Newspoll – the margin of error. As a quick glance at the table…

The Oldest Culture: Science

19 July 2021 6:09 pm

The third in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. These days we hear a lot about what a…

It’s Doctor Demento

19 July 2021 4:02 pm

Poor old John Hewson has been dumped as a columnist with the Nine chipwrappers for the great crime of being…

Lockdowns: last resort or first response?

19 July 2021 4:00 am

Just two weeks ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a four-phase plan agreed upon by the federal and state leaders…

What has liberalism ever done for us?

18 July 2021 5:30 pm

Liberal civil society stands at a critical point where a choice must be made; whether to evict the barbarians from the citadel or…

IT’S BACK: What’s woke this week?

18 July 2021 12:00 pm

Does it seem to you that rather than falling slowly like Alice, we’re gathering speed in our plunge down the rabbit hole to Wokerland?…

Spectator Australia TV: why lockdowns destroy lives

18 July 2021 10:19 am

On Counter Culture – why lockdowns destroy lives, with Professor Gigi Foster. Got something to add? Join the discussion and…

Fire! Fire! Fire!

17 July 2021 4:33 pm

The Spectator Australia’s Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours last night for the terrible sin of ‘violating community standards’.  This…

Mark McGowan may have repented – but has reminded us of the threat to religious freedom in Australia

17 July 2021 2:53 pm

Yesterday, the Western Australian government backed down from its decision to cancel a booking made by Australian Christian Lobby to run…

The Member for Union Super?

16 July 2021 6:40 pm

The Labor member for Whitlam in New South Wales, Stephen Jones is morphing into the chief lobbyist for the super…

If the premiers are keeping us safe from the virus, who is keeping us safe from the premiers?

16 July 2021 4:40 pm

As if we needed more evidence that state premiers have become a law unto themselves, Daniel Andrews provided it today…

‘Feminists’ fighting the Liberal Party are making women collateral damage

16 July 2021 1:01 pm

How we frame political conversations is incredibly important, particularly when we are discussing a deeply personal topic like sexual harassment.…

What’s there to celebrate about Twitter’s fifteenth birthday?

16 July 2021 11:00 am

Fifteen years ago, on July 15 2006 , Jack Dorsey launched Twitter. On that inaugural day, then 224 tweets were…