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

The Coalition has surrendered its key point of political differentiation - debt and deficit

13 May 2021 1:31 pm

There were a heap of euphoric headlines in response to the federal budget. And what’s not to like in a…

The World Health Organisation had one job…

13 May 2021 11:30 am

A review of the initial response to the Wuhan virus by an independent panel, co-chaired by former New Zealand prime…

The age of entitlement is back

13 May 2021 4:00 am

I want to share with you the two best pieces of analysis about the 2021-22 federal budget delivered last night…

How even Xi Jinping gets something this budget

12 May 2021 5:47 pm

In all the lists of budget winners and losers, one name has been missing: Xi Jinping. Yet China’s President for…

What’s going on in our universities? Don’t ask

12 May 2021 3:08 pm

If you’re lucky enough not to receive the daily briefing from The Conversation website, that showcase for the creme of…

Battlelines

12 May 2021 12:01 pm

There can be little doubt that last night’s budget sets the stage for an election before the end of the…

Oh my Josh, it’s the Oprah budget

11 May 2021 7:45 pm

Pop culture obsessives will never forget the famous episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show where the queen of America gave…

Generation Z: Stalin’s little helpers

11 May 2021 5:06 pm

Gen Z are the source of Cancel Culture. They are the generation that pride themselves on a heightened state of…

Daniel Andrews and hotel quarantine: the case for the prosecution

11 May 2021 1:46 pm

We’re at the stage where another day is almost guaranteed to reveal another disaster for Victoria’s hotel quarantine scheme; another…

A pre-budget boost in the PM’s polling?

11 May 2021 12:50 pm

Is all the talk of budget benevolence already boosted Scott Morrison’s standing? Today’s Essential Poll provides some support for the…

Budget 2021: a spendathon sugar hit to keep the punters high till polling day

11 May 2021 5:00 am

Despite Josh Frydenberg’s denials, we appear set for a spendathon budget tonight, a budget where an unexpected surge in revenue…

A is for arrogant, B is for boring and C is for contemptible

10 May 2021 6:35 pm

Over a year ago I wrote that ABC TV current affairs was in trouble and drifting badly. The people, policies…

Scotty from Marketing plays into the left’s lines about “problems with women”

10 May 2021 4:49 pm

It’s now a badge of honour to be seen as blatantly promoting women ahead of men. The papers of the past few…

The SMAge descends into imbecilism

10 May 2021 3:30 pm

And to think that we were under the impression that The SMAge’s target demographic was neurotic single women aged 18-45.…

“He’s a turd. He’s easy to loathe…”

10 May 2021 1:53 pm

“[He has] fallen into the classic trap of the egomaniac…This childish business of putting his leadership on the line every…

Coronavirus, borders and liberty

10 May 2021 11:55 am

After happily voting for Scott Morrison, I had to do a double-take at his statements over the weekend about keeping…

Budget 2021: the dregs of the Labor party

10 May 2021 4:00 am

At the start of the seventies, Kim Beazley Senior told an ALP conference “When I joined the Labor Party, it…

But it’s for your own protection…

9 May 2021 4:08 pm

Let’s face it. Our federation is a mess. Premiers are running their own shows, all to varied receptions, the Prime…

Spectator Australia TV: How can we get woke theories out of schools?

9 May 2021 12:00 pm

From nappies to mini Greta Thunbergs, the leftist lunacies of Australian schools must cease. The most vulnerable must be protected…

Covid and borders: Pharaoh or Moses?

9 May 2021 8:43 am

When I first told my grandmother Audrey)that I was going to emigrate to Australia from England she told me that,…

Why ‘doing God’ is good for democracy

9 May 2021 4:00 am

“We don’t do God” So said Alistair Campbell, communications director to the former British prime minister Tony Blair, to end…

Bill Shoten, stopped clock

8 May 2021 2:34 pm

“I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who…

When is a pandemic not a pandemic

7 May 2021 3:24 pm

From 1914 to 1918 the world was immersed in a conflict without parallel. Whereas all previous wars had involved no…

Go jump in the lake, Clover – and Twitter, too

7 May 2021 1:21 pm

There is something deeply disturbing about the connection between Silicon Valley censorship and the protection of our left-wing political class. …

The India travel ban and the double standards of the chattering Left

7 May 2021 11:32 am

Last week former Labor leader Bill Shorten slammed the Morrison government for not tightly closing the border to travellers from…