Flat White

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

Earth has not anything to show more fair…

19 March 2017 8:39 am

Over at Breitbart’s London Bureau, there’s a roughish, floppy-haired giant of a fogey named Oliver J.J. Lane. Red-pants’d and boater-hat’d,…

A glass half-full

18 March 2017 9:20 am

One of my first authentic Australian ‘cultural’ experiences, years before I made it my home, was Barry Humphries’ good mate…

Dr Di Natale’s odd prescription for employment

17 March 2017 7:06 am

Richard Di Natale’s inner-city industrial relations thought bubble is precisely the sort of thing you’d expect from a federal Greens…

Sorry Matilda, I don’t need no trigger warning

16 March 2017 5:39 pm

New Matilda has just published a lovely little piece by Michael Brull spitting on the grave of Bill Leak, entitled RIP Bill…

Campus censorship ratchets up

16 March 2017 1:18 pm

Free intellectual inquiry is under serious threat at universities across the Anglosphere. At the very places designed to inspire a battle of…

The great renewable energy swindle

16 March 2017 7:22 am

As with all swindles, the great renewable energy swindle has ended with the sad realisation that we’ve been had. Having…

In defence of the Romanovs: the centenary of the February Revolution

15 March 2017 4:08 pm

A century ago today, as the Imperial Train sat impounded at a provincial station 180 miles from Petrograd, Russia’s last…

Left-wing intolerance must be called out

15 March 2017 11:02 am

The Twitterati outcry over two democratically elected Members of Parliament discussing important national issues over a beer shows the absolute…

Daniel Andrews: one-term blunder?

15 March 2017 7:03 am

Things have been grim for the Andrews ALP government for some time. Victorians voted in the Andrews Labor Government off…

My Bill

14 March 2017 2:25 pm

I met Bill Leak just the once. It was at a dinner party; my old boss was heading back overseas after a wonderful term of service…

Punk rock conservatism? Pretty vacant…

14 March 2017 7:35 am

My dear darling Daisy, Thank you for your lovely letter. Please understand, when I say you’re not a conservative, it’s…

It’s quality all the way at Michelle Guthrie’s ABC

13 March 2017 8:10 pm

Broadcasting: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Michelle Guthrie. Her five-year contract: to explore strange new worlds, to…

Beer, the bible, boycotts and bigotry

13 March 2017 5:02 pm

Ok, let me clear my glass from the outset, I don’t drink beer. And no, it has nothing to do…

It was the Hanson wot won it

13 March 2017 1:15 pm

So the WA Liberal Government did a deal with Pauline Hanson and it cost them the election. Right? Labor can’t…

Have we outgrown Yes, Minister?

13 March 2017 8:32 am

Part of the implicit deal between the ruling class and the ruled is that people are willing to overlook moderate…

The bleakest death of the year

12 March 2017 4:18 pm

Once in lower primary school I foolishly played keepies with my favourite marble, a large, sapphire coloured “Tom Bowler”, the…

Thank you, Colin Barnett

12 March 2017 12:27 pm

As the dust settles on the Western Australian election result, let’s not forget that for 8 ½ years Colin Barnett…

Never mind the bollocks, here’s the punk rock right

12 March 2017 8:15 am

The term ‘conservatism is the new punk’ has been thrown around a lot recently. Some have embraced the notion; happy to celebrate…

Is 18c now still just a fringe issue?

11 March 2017 5:33 pm

The sudden death of Bill Leak has been harrowing. You only realise how much you rely on cultural warriors when…

Fight back for Bill with a free speech commissioner

11 March 2017 2:01 pm

The left more than evidently know how to use the power of the state to achieve their political objectives. The…

Goodbye, Uncle Bill

11 March 2017 8:04 am

While Bill Leak’s talents as an artist and satirist are plain to see, the man also had a great gift…

In memoriam: Bill Leak, free speech warrior

10 March 2017 6:14 pm

He wrote about it, talked about, put brush and pencil to paper about it and railed about it with wry…

It’s over

10 March 2017 12:00 pm

The Prime Minister must accept full responsibility for the political predicament facing the government and his leadership. Writing for the…

18c threatens young people

10 March 2017 7:21 am

While much of the debate about section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act has focused on Andrew Bolt and Bill…

Will the government miss another free kick from the union movement?

9 March 2017 6:54 pm

Today thousands of CFMEU members across Australia took the day off work to march in solidarity with retail and hospitality…