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

Here’s to the risk takers

29 November 2021 6:27 pm

In the 1870s and 80s, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the engineering landmarks of the day.…

Vaccine mandates are as queer as a clockwork orange

29 November 2021 3:10 pm

What if I told you there was a way to end crime forever?  That there was the possibility to eliminate…

Big tech, big target, good politics

29 November 2021 12:05 pm

Scott Morrison is going troll hunting. Well, there’s more in his announcement of new laws targeting social media and the…

How we hope to hold people responsible for the hotel quarantine disaster: people, not just bureaucracies

29 November 2021 4:00 am

 In late September this year efforts bore fruit to require WorkSafe Victoria to prosecute government agencies and individuals over the…

Dan and Albo’s barbie: hard to swallow

28 November 2021 2:12 pm

While thousands of Victorians were marching on Parliament to protest Daniel Andrews’ pandemic legislation, the man himself was staging the…

The curious case of Joe Gersh and his defence of Ita Buttrose

28 November 2021 11:17 am

The repeated efforts of ABC Director Joe Gersh to defend his Chairperson, Ita Buttrose, are as laughable as they are…

Religious discrimination legislation? What next? 'No jabber (in tongues), no job'?

27 November 2021 12:32 pm

People are right to be concerned that happy-clapper, sky fairy worshipping freaks will use the government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill…

The Dan Andrews protests v polls conundrum 

26 November 2021 2:11 pm

Ever since the Newspoll results on Saturday, I’ve been wracking (and wrecking) my brain trying to find a logical answer…

A Minister for Loneliness?

26 November 2021 11:48 am

As the segregated Victorian population emerged into a state full of smoke and mirrors last week, something else also swirled into…

Vaccine mandates? Get knotted

26 November 2021 4:00 am

I have a friend who has not been vaccinated.  He was advised by his doctor not to have the jab. …

New Human Rights Commissioner warns on vaccine mandates

25 November 2021 5:31 pm

Further to my piece yesterday about the Federal Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash, going missing when requested by the Fair Work Commission to…

Liberal support is disintegrating – but barely going to Hanson, Palmer or the LDP

25 November 2021 4:04 pm

If you follow The Guardian Australia’s overexcited live politics blog and dip in and out of Twitter, this week’s parliamentary…

Supervised contact is state-imposed parental alienation

25 November 2021 2:10 pm

There’s a thriving multi-million-dollar business at the heart of our family law system which provides a classic example of how…

Medicare rebates for genetic testing during IVF: blessing or blight?

25 November 2021 12:01 pm

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt recently announced that from November 1 Australians going through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) will be able to…

Why are we borrowing from Build Back Better?

25 November 2021 4:00 am

Seventeen Nobel winning American economists have said that the Biden Administration’s $1.7 trillion “Build Back Better” program, will increase growth…

Religious freedom legislation? Yes, because Australians need freedom from the tyranny of equity

24 November 2021 7:09 pm

A few weeks ago I went to a Liberal Party women’s high tea at the invitation of a Christian friend.…

Where’s the Attorney-General on vaccine mandates?

24 November 2021 5:07 pm

This week much attention has been on Coalition MPs and Senators hearing the vox populi following the ever-increasing demonstrations around Australia…

Why we need a royal commission into public broadcasting

24 November 2021 3:17 pm

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation needs to be reformed to be saved from itself. The ABC is a $1.1 billion organisation…

Cooperative federalism is dead

24 November 2021 12:07 pm

It seems that in the interest of ALP politics, Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Queensland Premier, decided earlier this week to further…

Novavax: the good vaccine

24 November 2021 4:00 am

He takes away your freedom to work. He prevents you from seeing friends and loved ones. He only lets you watch programs which distort…

Never forget just how our agricultural industries matter

23 November 2021 6:07 pm

National Agriculture and Related Industries Day is our day to celebrate and acknowledge the over 300,000 hard-working men and women…

Sesame Street makes us the muppets

23 November 2021 4:13 pm

Big Bird from Sesame Street has just had his Covid 19 vaccination and we can all rest easy in the…

Op shops exist to raise funds for charity, not for cheap fashion finds

23 November 2021 2:00 pm

A bold choice to jack up the prices on select second-hand garments has drawn criticism from angry op-shoppers after a…

The glass half empty and the glass half full spin on George Christensen

23 November 2021 12:01 pm

By announcing that he’ll withhold his support on legislation until the government acts to override state vaccine mandates, George Christensen…

Whatever happened to the national roadmap?

23 November 2021 4:00 am

It is often the case that when a politician makes a promise, they cannot be trusted to keep it. Moreover,…