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

Tough love: don’t be a fake

14 April 2021 3:32 pm

This is the first of a regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and…

Christine Holgate is a victim of Scott Morrison’s lack of principle, not her gender

14 April 2021 1:39 pm

My take on the current Christine Holgate saga is a bit pendulum-like.  I thought, and think, that the furore over…

Inconvenient truths about impoverished women and privileged men

14 April 2021 4:00 am

Women, women, women. Aren’t you sick to death of hearing about women? Endless bleating about women’s tough lives, whining about…

Christine Holgate: the latest cannon fodder for the left’s misogyny narrative

13 April 2021 5:25 pm

In Senate Estimates hearings today Christine Holgate said she was “humiliated” by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  Therefore, apparently, he is confirmed…

Black real estate matters

13 April 2021 3:48 pm

SpecOz readers would have seen yesterday’s reports about Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and her real estate binge-buying, which…

Aboriginal imprisonment: don’t confuse a social issue with a justice issue

13 April 2021 1:46 pm

Those who insist that too many indigenous people are in jail confuse a social issue with a justice issue, and…

Fourth time lucky with Victorian hotel quarantine?

13 April 2021 4:00 am

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Last Thursday,  the Victorian government restarted its Covid hotel quarantine program.  This is the fourth…

Woke@work – and joyless, mistrustful, dispiriting and dreary

12 April 2021 6:06 pm

Just as I was celebrating the fact that in ditching Turnbull from the ridiculous New South Wales climate job the…

When we are old: dignity in aged care

12 April 2021 3:36 pm

Over the last year, a huge proportion of the residents in the aged care facilities around our country did not…

Captain America versus… Jordan Peterson?

12 April 2021 1:34 pm

The progressives’ latest offering of ‘woker-tainment’ shows they are more interested in political posturing than creating beautiful or meaningful art.  …

Jim Molan determined to win the fight of his life

12 April 2021 11:32 am

There are times when a battle needs to be fought and mates need to stand up and be counted. Many…

Dan's days may be numbered, but beware his legacy

12 April 2021 4:00 am

Speculation has now commenced as to the future leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews given his slow progress in recovering from…

Ignorant new puritans are out to purge our poetry

11 April 2021 6:04 pm

It was the by-line that caught my eye “The whole canon is being erased”, or at least that’s how I…

The federal government didn’t kill university arts departments. Try cultural Marxism

11 April 2021 3:27 pm

In a defence of arts and humanities departments in the Nine newspapers last week that flagged concerns about their survival,…

Spectator Australia TV – how much longer will the corona craziness continue?

11 April 2021 12:00 pm

It’s been just over a year since the Wuhan coronavirus changed the world as we know it. Back then, only…

Prince Philip, climate sceptic, already spinning in his grave

10 April 2021 3:51 pm

Prince Philip was a climate change sceptic. In correspondence to Spectator Australia contributor and author Ian Plimer back in 2018,…

A farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 9:46 pm

Prince Philip once said that his job – first, second and last – was ‘to never let the Queen down’.…

What’s woke this week?

9 April 2021 3:52 pm

In the new woke order racism is everywhere. Systems of law hide ‘coded language’ and discrimination. Educational institutions deliver ‘unequal…

Why do activists only want a certain type of woman in politics?

9 April 2021 1:18 pm

“Women are hard on women. Women dislike women.” — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own.  Over the last century,…

Vaccine ‘passports’: a legal and ethical minefield

9 April 2021 4:00 am

On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. An important aspect of this plan is…

JobKeeper: dead, buried, cremated - and irrelevant

8 April 2021 5:24 pm

The corona-crisis has given birth to a mishmash of public policy programs with ‘Job’ in the title, but there is…

The Cuba of the Southern Hemisphere?

8 April 2021 3:30 pm

Ever since the radical privately-funded and owned Museum of Old and New Art, MONA, opened, Tasmania has gone through first…

The Tax Office gives the gold finger to process and justice

8 April 2021 1:21 pm

How would you feel if you owed the Australian Taxation Office nothing—in fact the ATO owed you money—yet on the…

Australians don't want Big Tech censoring their views

8 April 2021 4:00 am

In a world of rampant nanny-statism, and hectoring busybodies, Australians want social media to companies to leave them alone. The…

Their ABC’s divine comedy

7 April 2021 5:02 pm

ABC viewers have complained that the public broadcaster showed footage of Hillsong easter services rather than focusing on “mainstream churches”.…