Flat White

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

Renewable energy targets? Just say no

2 February 2017 12:37 pm

How will you be able to look your grandchildren in the eye and tell them you didn’t do anything about…

The Left aren’t just giving Australia Day the arse…

2 February 2017 7:08 am

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to…

Youngstown: Springsteen’s or Trump’s?

1 February 2017 6:10 pm

Bruce Springsteen offered a sombre and evocative description of the toll taken on the typical rustbelt community by decades of…

A new idea for schools that doesn’t involve more money? Outrageous!

1 February 2017 12:13 pm

An education policy that doesn’t include lavishing more money on schools? Outrageous! That’s been the common response to the federal…

Wristband paedophilia?

1 February 2017 6:57 am

If you’re not wearing the wristband, do you really believe in it? It’s an existentially fascinating question in our age…

Borrowing binge raises the debt roof

31 January 2017 12:04 pm

Scott Morrison returns to his desk this week with enthusiasm for company tax cuts reinforced by impressions gained from an overseas…

Trump is simply following John Howard over borders

31 January 2017 7:23 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The anti-Trump alarmism is getting a bit tiresome. At this point, we have to assume the…

Renewables, 18c and the many paradoxes of Tony Abbott

30 January 2017 12:12 pm

In his address to the Young Liberals in Adelaide over the weekend, Tony Abbott once again demonstrated how wonderful he is…

Murder by euthanasia: a warning from the Netherlands

30 January 2017 7:39 am

Once you create a situation at law where killing of another person is allowed in certain circumstances, not only will…

Trump’s temper might just make him a great president

28 January 2017 6:42 pm

The hope of last resort amongst the chattering classes was that having won the election, Donald Trump would relax into…

Wish him naught as we wave him goodbye

27 January 2017 7:16 am

David Morrison crawled away from his Australian of the Year role as he performed it, self-aggrandising, unapologetic and intellectually irrelevant.…

Another wrong note from the Australian Republican Movement

26 January 2017 9:16 pm

My compliments to the Australian Republican Movement for their smashing new advert. It was heartening to see so many Australians…

Don’t begrudge Gillard her gong

26 January 2017 2:20 pm

In her Australia Day column for the Herald-Sun, Rita Panahi decried the giving of Order of Australia honours to former…

I was a teenage white invader

26 January 2017 12:44 pm

I have a confession to make: I’m one of the invaders. My ancestors did not come to these shores with…

What’s so bad about January 26?

26 January 2017 8:26 am

This week, Warren Mundine proposed that Australia Day should be moved from January 26 to January 1, because the 26th…

Fairfax celebrates Australia Day

25 January 2017 8:37 pm

Fairfax is celebrating Australia Day in its own inimitable style. Here’s a screenshot from The Age’s website from early this…

The Order of Australia: still a substandard product

25 January 2017 3:37 pm

At a conference of the Samuel Griffith Society in August 2014 Sir David Smith KCVO, AO delivered a paper entitled…

Time to expose the public health boot boys and their media droogs

25 January 2017 7:18 am

This week the public health Pooh-Bahs opened self-righteous fire on yet another front. A public health Pooh-Bah is a self-appointed…

Forget the Australia Day stunts, let’s just celebrate

24 January 2017 8:28 pm

Be warned. In recent years it has become the custom to spoil what would otherwise be an enjoyable Australia Day…

But they’re not honourable…

24 January 2017 2:22 pm

The Honourable Andrew Fisher, prime minister on three occasions between 1908 and 1915, was one of the very few politicians…

Follow Trump: dump the renewable energy target

24 January 2017 7:19 am

The Trump victory came with his pledge to take the US out of the Paris agreement on climate change. This…

Fighting fading curtains in the Sunshine State

23 January 2017 1:47 pm

It’s a state divided, sibling against sibling, family against family, community against community, city against country. It’s not America under…

Meat & Livestock Australia deserve an Australia Day roasting

23 January 2017 7:19 am

“Aren’t we all boat people?” is the question posed by Meat & Livestock Australia’s current pre-January 26th holiday marketing spiel.…

Time to invade Turkey again

21 January 2017 9:27 am

The time has come to box Johnny Turk’s ears again. Turkey – the homeland of St Paul the Apostle and…

Donald Trump and a spooky coincidence

20 January 2017 12:25 pm

Now there’s a coincidence. An article by Michael Pascoe on Fairfax websites today declares: On April 6, 1917, the United…