Flat White

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

Labor move for extending 18C could impose Islamic blasphemy law

Labor's Tony Burke

3 April 2017 7:23 pm

The Labor Party apparently seeks to extend the reach of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to cover religion.…

We demand free speech on gay marriage

31 March 2017 8:51 pm

Lies are spoken often and freely in public policy debates. But they seldom bear the scrutiny which inevitably comes their…

Diversity? What diversity?

30 March 2017 8:34 pm

Supporters of same-sex marriage predicted a ‘campaign of hatred’ would be unleashed by the proposal’s opponents. That’s why Bill Shorten…

Justin Milne’s Stand Up Comedy Routine

28 March 2017 9:34 pm

If the Walkleys had a Most Humorous Headline category, ‘No bias at the ABC vows new chairman’, would surely take…

How government increases housing prices

27 March 2017 9:14 pm

Australia’s housing prices are astronomical. Indeed, compared to local salaries, Australian cities are among the world’s most unaffordable places to…

Our friends the dictators

27 March 2017 9:13 pm

Dictators in the modern age have become very adept at buying friends and reliable apologists. They are praised for their…

I’m giving up virtual signalling for lent

27 March 2017 9:13 pm

As we approach Holy Week (or as some call it, the Easter holidays), I was prompted to remember the principal…

Russia’s modern Reds and Whites

27 March 2017 9:12 pm

This year’s centenary of the 1917 Revolution always had the potential to expose underlying but usually concealed friction within the…

Why I can’t get excited by science

27 March 2017 7:22 am

God knows why, but I found myself browsing that Humans of New York website yesterday. Terrible site. It’s basically emotional…

Let’s have a welcome home parade for our terrorists

26 March 2017 8:06 am

The Whitlam government’s decision to lay out the welcome mat to communists we had been fighting in Vietnam for almost…

The dangerous narcissism of Earth Hour

25 March 2017 2:50 pm

Around this time in March each year, millions of people in developed countries spend 60 minutes of their lives reeling…

Time to get tough on business-union sleaze

24 March 2017 6:25 pm

Nearly sixteen months after Dyson Heydon handed down his final report following the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption, Malcolm…

Property management, Greens-style

24 March 2017 1:01 pm

Now and again the world gets a real life opportunity to catch a glimpse what would happen if the inmates…

We have democratised censorship

24 March 2017 7:36 am

The “Infidel” Ayaan Hirsi-Ali is coming to Australia on a speaking tour in April and she will be exercising her…

Clickbait feminism and the war on choice

23 March 2017 6:30 pm

TRIGGER WARNING: Mansplaining. Women can’t seem to catch a break these days. As if dealing with the catcallers, creeps and…

The abolition of women

23 March 2017 4:00 pm

I’m a bit turned-around on a rather major point of public discourse, dear reader, and am hoping you might walk…

Don’t let the left con you over 18C’s “protections”

23 March 2017 11:45 am

Following a long campaign the government is finally moving to reform Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, a legal provision…

Like it or not, coal is still king

23 March 2017 7:31 am

On Wednesday, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm released the 2017 edition of Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global Coal…

Go home, Fairfax, you’re drunk

22 March 2017 9:20 pm

From The Age website, earlier this evening. As John McEnroe used to say: “You cannot be serious!” Got something to…

What Twitter teaches us about the left and 18C

22 March 2017 5:57 pm

There’s been plenty written about 18C in the past few months with many media organisations and personalities coming out strongly…

There’s no place for gender politics in mental health care, Julia

22 March 2017 4:04 pm

In a move that has left many jaws on the floor, and steam blasting out of ears, former prime minister…

18c: not perfect, but a pretty good start

22 March 2017 12:16 pm

The Turnbull government’s proposed changes to section 18c don’t go all the way, but they’re a pretty good start. Yesterday, Prime…

The terrible truth about Earth Hour revealed

22 March 2017 7:12 am

The Vocal website probably doesn’t figure large in Spectator readers’ minds. Indeed, it doesn’t figure large at all. It’s not…

Our failing political class

21 March 2017 4:55 pm

Too many problems in modern Australia country have been either created by our ruling political class or made significantly worse by…

Malcolm’s malaise

21 March 2017 11:30 am

No one doubts Malcolm Turnbull is intelligent. But is he smart? Some commentators attribute the government’s popularity malaise to some…