Flat White

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

How the left created Donald Trump

25 October 2016 7:18 am

Regardless of who wins the American presidential election, the most interesting and constructive question surrounding this grim circus can already…

Electoral fraud: why no action?

24 October 2016 4:57 pm

When Donald Trump says the election is rigged he is probably referring to two issues. The first is that the…

The two true deplorables

24 October 2016 1:08 pm

We live in an age where everyone is told: follow your dreams. Let your passion guide you. But, most of…

Is Islam compatible with Australian values?

24 October 2016 7:13 am

As regular as clockwork, a new week brings a new poll showing Australians are questioning whether Islam is compatible with liberal…

Want to be leader? Who cares?

23 October 2016 4:56 pm

On a fantastic episode of South Park Eric Cartman was kidnapped by a deranged serial killer, tied to a chair…

SJW Morrison just walks past the guys

23 October 2016 8:41 am

General Douglas MacArthur once opined “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” One general who has not heeded this…

Forget the fringe, it’s time for Disraeli down under

22 October 2016 5:02 pm

Politics as of late has created a phenomenon of extremism. In Australia, we’ve seen the rise of One Nation; America,…

Hanson, harangues and our sophisticated race debate

22 October 2016 12:11 pm

In 1996 when Pauline Hanson called for ATSIC to be abolished and all Australians to be treated equally, she was…

Sydney University’s female trouble

21 October 2016 6:08 pm

It’s perhaps the single greatest prank in the history of University of Sydney student politics. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:…

Climate change? The future lies in innovation, not the same-old, same-old

21 October 2016 5:45 pm

The industrial burning of fossil fuels has released CO2 that is purported to be responsible for .7 degrees of planetary…

The ACT votes for spin

21 October 2016 12:10 pm

Apparently, Canberrans have decisively voted for a light rail. At least this is how various commentators have interpreted last weekend’s ACT election result. But…

Reconciliation: let’s focus on the achievable referendum

21 October 2016 7:03 am

Readers of Flat White will have noted John Stone’s preview of a forum held at Parliament House on Wednesday. The purpose of the event was to…

Time to Ged real about the CFMEU

20 October 2016 5:27 pm

On Monday’s Q&A, ACTU leader Ged Kearney claimed that the Government’s proposed reinstatement of the ABCC was about ‘union breaking’…

Murdoch and Assange: The Donald’s two unlikely Aussie helpers

20 October 2016 1:07 pm

Like a lot of Australians I’ve been captivated over the last few months by the prospect of a Trump victory. …

At least Abbott stands for something

20 October 2016 7:10 am

If Malcolm Turnbull eventually loses his leadership for a second time, his pathetic arse-over-tit performance on gun control this week…

Oh to be Mia

19 October 2016 11:50 am

I’ve always looked at people like Mia Freedman and been intrigued by the level of self-importance it must take to…

Constitutional recognition? Tell ’em they’re dreamin’

19 October 2016 7:03 am

In Canberra today the Constitutional Education Foundation of Australia will hold a Forum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Australians…

Aren’t you glad you’ve got quality media like the ABC?

18 October 2016 3:17 pm

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie is in Canberra for Senate estimates today, no doubt being subjected to indignities by hard-right culture…

Bambi’s budget bottom line still dogged by worries

18 October 2016 12:35 pm

The Baird government recently announced a $4.7 billion budget surplus for 2015-16, more than a billion dollars above the estimate…

Cory Bernardi and the deplorables

18 October 2016 7:31 am

Cory Bernardi has endorsed Donald Trump… kind of. Writing on Facebook, Bernardi said: For millions of Americans worried about what…

Bob Day goes – and will the left’s Diverse-O-Meter explode?

17 October 2016 1:45 pm

Bob Day this morning placed his companies into liquidation and resigned from the Senate. Family First will now chose a…

Kimberley Kitching and The Age of unreason

17 October 2016 10:49 am

If you’re lucky enough to live in Melbourne, you may be unlucky enough to occasionally read The Age. While people…

The Greens next target

16 October 2016 10:22 am

The Greens are close to tightening their grip on political power in the basket-weaving enclave of inner Melbourne with Olivia…

Why I am and remain a feminist – a response to Trisha Jha

15 October 2016 3:39 pm

When I was five, my father bought me a “women are not chicks” t-shirt (I wore it on rotation with…

October Revolution: time for democracy in the NSW Liberals

15 October 2016 7:49 am

Self-confident democratisation within established political parties turns the tide against weak membership and enhances electoral prospects. These are the lessons…