Flat White

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

Which label for me or of Delcons, Malcons, Alt Right, Ctrl Left and more

5 September 2016 7:21 am

We live in an age of identity politics, and even in the identity-politics-rejecting right, it is still necessary to identify…

The anti-free speech jokers

3 September 2016 11:12 am

Opposition to free expression, a belief that in a Judge’s right to determine what is and isn’t acceptable, the promotion…

The Shoppies’ sellout

2 September 2016 9:28 pm

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association  — affectionately known as the ‘Shoppies’ – is under fire from employer groups…

Trump’s core insight

2 September 2016 5:54 pm

Donald Trump’s absurd candidacy for the presidency has obscured the broad-based resentment at continuing levels of immigration and the problems…

The week in politics in 10 words or less*

2 September 2016 1:23 pm

Neil Mitchell to Malcolm Turnbull, 3AW, this morning: “If you can’t run the parliament you, can’t run the country.”  …

Let the market unchain indigenous communities

2 September 2016 7:21 am

The problem that has sparked the Royal Commission on juvenile detention is much broader than the way in which children…

Malcolm’s misfortune exposed

1 September 2016 8:36 pm

As Lady Bracknell may have said “To lose one vote may be regarded as misfortune”. And so it was at…

The Climate Change Authority: garbage in, garbage out (plus a little tampering)

1 September 2016 7:29 pm

There have been several hundred Australian analyses of climate change policy and its costs and benefits.  Most have provided profundities…

Why aren’t there more women in politics? Simple!

1 September 2016 7:29 am

As women, we are constantly being reminded that there are not enough of us in parliament. We are being looked down on and…

The poor unloved, ignored Grauniad Austria

31 August 2016 1:00 pm

The poor old Grauniad Austria — The Guardian Australia, to non-media types. Not only did its parent, the Guardian Media Group,…

The great 18c pigeonholing

31 August 2016 7:26 am

There’s a caricature for opponents of section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. They’re supposed to be racists who are…

Show that you really do believe in free speech

30 August 2016 11:13 pm

Free speech is being destroyed in this country, thanks to the odious section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which…

Fracking usless policy in Victoria

30 August 2016 4:58 pm

The Andrews Government in Victoria has set in motion regulatory arrangements that will permanently prevent hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other…

ScoMo’s super self-imposed dilemma

30 August 2016 2:50 pm

The Prime Minister and the Treasurer must rue the day they allowed their public service advisers to talk them into…

Back to school with James McGrath

30 August 2016 8:18 am

Daunted by wading through the acres of newsprint about today’s first sitting of parliament since the election? Afraid of eye…

Modest mantillas and bashful burqinis: same difference

30 August 2016 7:19 am

New tripe on the burqini ban, this time from Jennifer Oriel: “When the Syrian city of Manbij was liberated from Islamic State, women burned…

O brave new political world…

29 August 2016 4:10 pm

So here we are again. Federal parliament finally is reconvening, a mere four months since it last met and eight…

Calling time on Turnbull

29 August 2016 12:02 pm

With our pollies going back to Canberra this week for the first time since the election Labor Senator Sam Dastyari…

Ah yes. About that plan, Prime Minister…

29 August 2016 7:24 am

“Our plan is clear”, the Prime Minister Facebooked after his appearance on ABC Television’s Insiders yesterday ahead of the return…

Free speech is too important to be trusted to lawyers

28 August 2016 5:06 pm

On last week’s Q&A, comedian turned mature age law student Corinne Grant shed light on perhaps the most compelling reason…

Time for Barnett to stop being a prat on the plebiscite

27 August 2016 7:36 pm

The WA Premier, Colin Barnett, needs to smarten himself up. He has every right to remind PM Malcolm Turnbull that…

A bank inquiry: what happens if the parliament and executive clash?

26 August 2016 5:26 pm

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has received advice from the Clerk of the Senate, Rosemary Laing, that the Senate and House of Representatives…

Richer, safer, healthier, vacuous, lost and depraved

26 August 2016 3:20 pm

Sixteen years or so too late, but I’m presently inhaling Peter Hitchens’s The Abolition of Britain. Though a diehard Hitchensonian…

Free speech? Shut up and drink your hemlock!

26 August 2016 7:25 am

When Socrates was tried and executed by his fellow Athenians, his speech was found to be outside the acceptable realm…

Safe Schools’ sleazy Trojan horse

25 August 2016 6:35 pm

The Australian’s latest major Safe Schools revelations have exposed the farce of Pamela Blackman’s new sexual health curriculum Transmission. It hijacks…