Flat White

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

Correcting Morrison’s senseless superannuation strategy

11 August 2016 7:35 am

Scott Morrison is reportedly open to the idea of exemptions to his proposed $500,000 lifetime cap on after-tax superannuation contributions…

Census 2016: government again rises to its level of incompetence

10 August 2016 2:39 pm

Having spent the past few days feverishly reassuring the public the census was going to go off without a hitch,…

According to a new study …

10 August 2016 7:40 am

According to a new study … It’s amazing just what one can conjure with those five short words. A little…

Michael Kirby underestimates Australians on marriage equality

9 August 2016 5:50 am

Michael Kirby’s anxiety to see same-sex marriage quickly legalised by parliament reveals a pessimistic view of democracy and the capacity…

Gaza and World Vision: Where was the Australian Embassy?

8 August 2016 10:44 pm

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service claims that the major non-Governmental charity World Vision has funneled millions of dollars to…

If James Ashby knocks, will Coalition ministers answer?

8 August 2016 10:34 pm

One of the most intriguing aspects of Pauline Hanson’s astonishing return to Canberra is how she and her three One…

My name is Kevin, I’m from Queensland and I’m here to help

8 August 2016 9:36 am

A simple lad from Nambour High can dream, can’t he? As my good friend George Bernard Shaw — I call…

Licence too ill

7 August 2016 10:36 pm

What the hell is a ‘social licence’? Malcolm Turnbull has recently referred to the banks operating with a ‘substantial social…

The nannying NGOs make boobs of themselves

7 August 2016 5:34 am

The World Health Organisation and Unicef currently are pushing the breastfeeding barrow on Twitter.  As part of a WHO initiative…

The Fairfax follies and the wider damage done

6 August 2016 6:01 am

The Roy Morgan newspaper readership figures for the 12 months up to June were released on Thursday. You wouldn’t have…

The unholy war over the census

4 August 2016 10:21 pm

A Christian, a Muslim, an atheist and a Jedi walk into a bar. If it’s Tuesday, 9 August, they order…

The Senate: as ye sow, so shall ye reap

4 August 2016 9:15 am

The final Senate results are in and the Star Wars cantina of the last parliament will look monocultural compared to…

Bill Leak’s cartoon is tragically true

4 August 2016 6:45 am

Bill Leak’s cartoon in this morning’s edition of The Australian has attracted predictable outrage from both indigenous organisations and from…

Ricky Muir: a working class hero is something to be

3 August 2016 11:39 pm

Cosmopolitans were horrified when country sawmill worker Ricky Muir was elected to the Senate in 2013 as a representative of…

Opposing indigenous recognition is not racist

3 August 2016 12:06 pm

Australia is a multicultural success story. People from all backgrounds, hailing from hundreds of different nations, have made a positive…

Islam, the new normal – and the new bigotry

3 August 2016 8:03 am

The desire to absolve Islam from any wrongdoing, and to distract their constituents can sometimes be fun to watch. Lest…

Ignore the turbulent trannies

3 August 2016 4:37 am

There’s no denying the LGBT movement can be prone to overreaction when questioned, let alone criticised. After a week where…

Towards a Safe Supermarkets program?

2 August 2016 11:14 pm

Rejoice, rejoice. The ABC has found a new font of identity politics. A new set of victims. And — naturally…

The (publicly funded) art of an eye for an eye?

2 August 2016 12:52 am

New Matilda contributor Ben Eltham has claimed budget cuts to the Australia Council were payback for the artist boycott of…

The conservative case against an Abbott return

1 August 2016 11:33 pm

They say a man’s always promoted to his highest level of incompetence, and Australian voters saw to that in 2013.…

The NT royal commission decision-making: not a good look

1 August 2016 7:52 am

Monday’s announcement by the royal commissioner into youth detention in the Northern Territory, retired Northern Territory chief justice Brian Martin,…

What matters more? Identity politics or closing the gap?

1 August 2016 4:55 am

The scope of the Royal Commission called in the wake of the Don Dale scandal has thankfully been widened to…

Is Kevin putting his book together? Some clairvoyance from the editor

1 August 2016 4:07 am

You can always tell when someone has finally had enough of their job and is desperate to get the hell…

Don’t you oppress me

1 August 2016 2:13 am

The menfolk of Dandenong in Melbourne’s far-flung south-eastern burbs have been doing it tough for years. The decline of manufacturing…

Julian Burnside, fidei defensor

31 July 2016 11:33 pm

Julian Burnside has become a defender of the faith – the Islamic one, of course. The Sheik Shady saga continues,…