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

There’s nothing Liberal about the Liberal Party

6 September 2021 3:00 pm

John Ruddick is the Liberal Democrat Party candidate for the Senate. He recently wrote in these pages about the just-passed…

Identity politics is a threat to societies

6 September 2021 12:00 pm

Identity politics has been weaponised to sow division across the Western world. Global outrage over the killing of George Floyd…

Death, Covid and freedom

6 September 2021 4:00 am

Let’s talk about death — because until we do talk about death we will never be free of the fear…

EXCLUSIVE: Fair Work Ombudsman leaves voluntary workers in the cold over jabs

vaccine

5 September 2021 2:36 pm

At a time when Australians are facing the prospect of losing work and opportunities based on their vaccination status, you…

Feminists throw children under the bus

5 September 2021 10:27 am

There’s no end to the dreadful chicanery being used to prop up the feminist narrative of virtuous women and villainous…

All cows are green

4 September 2021 4:43 pm

Growing trees need three essentials – radiant energy from the sun, CO2 and rain from the atmosphere, and nutrients and…

Vaccine passport restrictions are constitutionally invalid. Here’s why

4 September 2021 12:00 pm

Australian governments are now starting to impose vaccination orders as the way out of lockdowns. They have decided that people…

Kiwis want elimination, and nothing but elimination

3 September 2021 3:43 pm

Yesterday, the New Zealand Herald published the findings of an opinion poll it commissioned as a wave of the Delta…

What’s woke this week?

3 September 2021 1:16 pm

The more I research stories from Wokeworld the more I conclude that they’ve just got to be pulling our collective…

In Gladystopia men can now be Woman of the Year

3 September 2021 11:29 am

Based on biology and genetic makeup a woman is a woman and a man is a man. No longer, according…

Lockdowns: an alibi for government to shun scrutiny of neglect of public health preparedness

3 September 2021 4:00 am

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ monthly update on mortality has the eye-catching statistic that in every single week from 1…

Big Public Health flunks Tobacco Control 101 – yet again

2 September 2021 7:31 pm

Not so long ago, the best way for a non-law abiding Australian to make a lot of money was to…

The bribing of the New Zealand media?

2 September 2021 4:52 pm

“Trustworthy, insightful, important” — one thing we can say for our mainstream media is that they must think we are…

Is political correctness responsible for our radical reactions to COVID-19?

2 September 2021 2:34 pm

One of the great ironies of the Covid-19 pandemic is how consistent Western governments have been at providing inconsistent health…

President Biden’s short road back

2 September 2021 1:06 pm

On August 14, 2020, I woke up to a barrage of WhatsApp messages. Group conversations I’m in were buzzing. The…

Unfair contracts bill a boon for small business

2 September 2021 11:30 am

With all the focus on Covid, it’s good to see that major reform efforts are still underway.  Last week the…

From vaccine passports to vaccine apartheid

2 September 2021 4:00 am

According to a YouGov poll published in yesterday’s Australian, two-thirds of Australians agree that people who are not vaccinated should be denied…

Why a move to home quarantine is long overdue

1 September 2021 6:50 pm

For those stuck in their umpteenth lockdown – despair not! It seems that after 18 months of working from home, someone…

There’s polling – and there’s polling

1 September 2021 5:24 pm

Whenever you read a piece on polling by honest commentators like our own Charles Pier, you’ll find a line in…

Lockdown with Aristotle – and a teenager

1 September 2021 4:18 pm

Who would’ve thought I’d be seeking the advice of a 2,400-year-old guy during a New Zealand lockdown.  Maybe you’re thinking…

Ben Eltham vs Craig Kelly: it’s never ok to dox

1 September 2021 2:48 pm

Yesterday on Twitter, Guardian Australian Arts writer Ben Eltham, possibly bored from writing about culture in a country that doesn’t…

ANZUS, Afghanistan – and where’s Billy Hughes or John Monash when you need them?

1 September 2021 1:15 pm

The last Australians to stand up to bullying by the United States were World War I General John Monash and…

Brad Hazzard’s schoolmaster schtick is making lockdown more laborious

1 September 2021 11:32 am

It makes perfect sense that the New South Wales Health Minister would describe unvaccinated people as “self-entitled and indulgent”. He…

Living in a left-wing psychodrama

1 September 2021 4:00 am

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that we have managed to survive four years of…

Profiles in Courage: Malcolm Turnbull

31 August 2021 6:44 pm

From today’s lockdown emergency toilet paper source, The SMAge: Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says American-led wars in the Middle…