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

Daniel Andrews: the pissants’ premier

11 January 2021 5:11 pm

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, leads a crumbling and unworthy public sector that is working against the interests of those who…

WA's Mark McGowan lets the COVID cat out of the bag

11 January 2021 2:41 pm

Fresh from the Oz: Western Australian premier Mark McGowan has called on NSW to fall in line with the other…

Why the pandemic secrecy and censorship?

11 January 2021 5:00 am

There is no justification for the uniquely high-level of secrecy the Australian government has maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A…

Deadly virus kills our freedoms

10 January 2021 5:04 pm

It has been fascinating to watch how different countries have dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. Some nations have been nothing…

We have banned hate speech. Now we must ban hate votes

10 January 2021 5:00 am

Drongo alert: this piece may contain traces of satire and irony. We have banned hate speech in order to protect…

Not the death of democracy – not even close

9 January 2021 5:59 pm

Contrary to the aphorism and what you’re seeing in America, things don’t fall apart, the centre nearly always holds.   Despite what you read democracy…

The Great Purge

9 January 2021 12:33 pm

Beneath the noise of America’s Capitol Hill protests lurks the silent rise of Silicon Valley.  Tens of thousands of social…

Another ‘mostly peaceful’ day in the USA

8 January 2021 4:06 pm

As Talleyrand famously said after Napoleon’s international kidnap and subsequent execution of the royalist Duc d’Enghein, “it was worse than…

Albo Labor is so bad it’s even dragging down the government

8 January 2021 5:00 am

There are two writers whose analysis I try to almost always read – Aaron Patrick in the Fin and Troy…

A prayer for America

7 January 2021 8:16 pm

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and…

The real challenge for the real right

7 January 2021 6:52 pm

Many of us have watched with fascination and horror what has been unfolding in the American capital over the past…

Yes, the energy system is broken – but because of ministers, bureaucrats and regulators rush to renewables

7 January 2021 5:00 am

Kerry Schott, head of the Energy Security Board, the most senior of the dozen or so Australian regulatory bodies, is…

Not so useful idiots?

6 January 2021 7:25 pm

In the battle of ideas, idiots are seldom useful. Look to Vladimir Lenin, who is reported to have coined the term…

Nancy Pelosi shows: gender is for bigots

6 January 2021 1:03 pm

Author’s Note: my editor refused to remove his (its) comments. Apologies. Stand and applaud, a great injustice has been corrected…

It reeks of blasphemy, but might more MP give us better service?

6 January 2021 5:00 am

Australian democracy faces a crisis of representation. People feel alienated from our politics and our institutions. Donkey votes are up, minor parties’ votes…

Tell Chicken Little to go home and stop making policy

5 January 2021 6:21 pm

In a state with 8 million people in a city of 5 million, 49 locals this week contracted a virus…

Hillsong Church is to blame for absolutely everything

5 January 2021 3:00 pm

Forget coronavirus, the Chinese Communist Party and Climate Change: the greatest threat to Australia is Hillsong Church. If you believe…

How coronavirus controls killed my faith in the Liberal Party

5 January 2021 12:40 pm

The following is my letter of resignation from the Liberal Party. It has just been presented to the Membership Coordinator…

Eight trends to watch in 2021

5 January 2021 5:00 am

Twenty-twenty, the year of the “cool number” previously associated with the positive — perfect vision — has been anything but…

Revealed: the astounding quality of our state parliamentarians

4 January 2021 6:13 pm

From The Age: Labor upper house MP Cesar Melhem… said… some… MPs found it difficult to secure employment after… politics……

The new COVID crisis shows Victoria’s public health administration is in deadly decline

4 January 2021 1:45 pm

With the Victorian-New South Wales border shut again and the holiday plans of tens of thousands thrown into chaos it’s…

We are at war with China

4 January 2021 5:00 am

Let’s face it. We’re at war with China. Whether we like this or not ‘war’ is what it is. At this stage,…

Three decades on and John Hewson is still getting it wrong

3 January 2021 6:32 pm

Australia’s most illiberal former Liberal leader John Hewson wants governments to begin randomly testing people for coronavirus. “Is it too…

Free to air tedium

3 January 2021 3:31 pm

It is said that you get what you pay for, and as regards free to air television, truer words have…

End the misery and confusion: we need national COVID coordination

3 January 2021 11:30 am

At a time when Victorians should be celebrating the end of a horror year, thousands have cancelled their holiday plans…