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

John Howard prompts a go slow at the Spencer Street Soviet

19 September 2016 10:27 am

“When John Howard took to the stage at the National Press Club some days ago …” The Age’s editorial begins…

Cause offence? Go directly to jail

19 September 2016 7:32 am

Bertrand Russell said, “Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will…

The dangers of underestimating coal

18 September 2016 6:10 pm

According to research commissioned by The Australia Institute if we ban all new coalmines, allowing coal production to fall from…

Stephen Conroy: the last of the Mohicans

16 September 2016 2:05 pm

Writing the first draft of history, as journalists and columnists are conceited enough to imagine that we do, is a…

Journos for censorship: the curious, confused Age

16 September 2016 7:58 am

About the same time as I was finalising the leading article for last week’s Spectator Australia, a boffin at the Age was doing a…

Bans on political donations threaten our democracy

15 September 2016 1:09 pm

Imagine for a moment that you’re the managing director of a mining company. You have a project that has met…

Kevin Andrews and the challenges for Australian conservatism after Hanson

15 September 2016 7:35 am

Constructing a viable conservative governing coalition with a coherent plan of action for the problems of today is fundamentally complicated…

The Ides of Malcolm

14 September 2016 11:34 am

So here we are, marking the Ides of Malcolm.  One year ago today Malcolm Turnbull reached for his dagger and…

WA Labor’s uranium ban sells the state short

14 September 2016 7:41 am

According to WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs, ‘a McGowan Labor Government will free business from the burden of poor regulations’.…

Same-sex marriage? A plebiscite? Old hat!

13 September 2016 2:28 pm

A plebiscite? Yawn. Here’s a far more exciting dispatch from the frontlines of the War on Marriage. Polygamists are on…

So how accurate was the rest of Hinch’s speech?

13 September 2016 11:02 am

Forget about Hillary Clinton’s health. What about Derryn Hinch’s? “Reportedly, I am in the record books as being the oldest…

Hacks or proper politicians: a crib sheet for electors

13 September 2016 7:33 am

Let me take a moment to clarify the difference between a hack and a politician. I get the sense that…

Shorten’s stereotyping of homosexuality is offensive and demeaning

12 September 2016 5:13 pm

In the latest example of gross stereotyping and intolerance opposition leader Bill Shorten’s comments that the marriage plebiscite could cause…

Whatever you do, don’t mention the holy war

12 September 2016 1:26 pm

There appears to be a lot of mental illness about. It must have something to do with all those Coalition…

The chosen yuan: from Baghdad Bill to Beijing Bob

12 September 2016 7:19 am

You’ve got to feel for poor old Sam Dastaryi, dragged through the stocks last week for a spot of unusual…

Why the political gender debate is boring (but matters)

10 September 2016 7:26 pm

You already have my sincere apologies; I recognise that there is no commentary so tiresome these days as that on…

A year of resolute leadership

10 September 2016 6:06 pm

Michelle Grattan, The Conversation, Friday: A year next Wednesday since the coup that installed Malcolm Turnbull, many Liberals are disappointed…

Fairfax verbals John Howard as the desperation shows

7 September 2016 6:44 pm

The death throes of the Fairfax mastheads make for gruesome viewing, yet are strangely captivating. One never knows what will…

The amazing self-defeating section 18c

7 September 2016 1:57 pm

The judicial enforcement of section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, Australia’s most notorious “hate speech” censorship law, was…

Government vs God in Dan Andrews’ Victoria

7 September 2016 8:05 am

Two months ago I sat in a packed room where Tim Wilson and theologian Michael Bird addressed the topic, ‘Freedom…

Richard Di Natale and then and now

6 September 2016 5:53 pm

Greens leader Richard Di Natale was making his usual pious noises on ABC Radio National Breakfast on Tuesday morning. “We…

What’s worse? Dasher’s donation or being bribed with your own money?

6 September 2016 1:37 pm

Whatever you think of Sam Dastyari — he of halal snack pack and Senate committee inquiry fame — the issue…

The Productivity Commission’s schools fail

6 September 2016 10:29 am

The Productivity Commission’s draft report into the evidence base for education confirms there has been little improvement in student outcomes…

It’s time for us plebeians to have our plebiscites

6 September 2016 7:23 am

Since Tony Abbott promised a plebiscite on same sex marriage the role of plebiscites in Australian democracy has been hotly…

Prometheus unbound, politics undone

5 September 2016 1:50 pm

Rod Dreher, the American traditionalist journo, has just published an important blog post that Aussie conservatives would do well to…