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

Government by the people but not for the people

17 December 2020 6:33 pm

I’m no doubt in a minority, but I believe that the American governing model, with a Montesquieu-ian separation of powers…

There’s no point saying we’re outperforming all advanced economies if you’re introducing job limiting laws, Josh

17 December 2020 5:06 pm

The Morrison government has introduced a new industrial relations bill to parliament, with their hopes set on getting rid of…

The other coronavirus toll

17 December 2020 12:22 pm

We know all too well about the coronavirus death toll, but what about its household and financial impact? Treasurer Josh…

The states have hijacked power policy - and activists are coming for the sceptic's seats

17 December 2020 5:00 am

State governments have now taken control of electricity policy from the Commonwealth. Although state control potentially allows alternative approaches to…

Meet Dictator Dan’s Department of Fairness

16 December 2020 7:48 pm

To be honest I really couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  For all the spin-doctoring, the hundreds of thousands paid…

Bring out McGimp

16 December 2020 5:38 pm

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan isn’t a native sandgroper. He’s from Newcastle and only washed up in the West thanks…

Dr Jill and the importance of being qualified

16 December 2020 3:41 pm

Dr Jill wants to be Dr Phil, that is the question: whether you are a wanker for calling yourself a Doctor when you’re…

All meat is plant based

16 December 2020 1:32 pm

Wandering recently through an arcade popular with the green smoothie set, I saw a sign boasting: “Plant Based Meat”. Someone…

Victimhood Incorporated

16 December 2020 5:00 am

Thanks to Israeli scientists we now have a psychological profile of a large section of our population and the body politic: A…

Home ownership or super: the true retirement wealth issue

15 December 2020 7:59 pm

Another review of the retirement income system has come — and it seems, gone — without clearly having achieved its…

If the Morrison government cares about jobs, it can’t cave to union scaremongering

15 December 2020 4:28 pm

The naked cynicism of the union movement has been laid bare in its attack on the Morrison government’s very modest…

So now we can’t even talk transgender issues?

15 December 2020 1:09 pm

Question: How many trans activists does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: The same number that it takes to…

Joe Biden: gone in 60 weeks?

15 December 2020 5:00 am

Joe Biden is not meant to govern. If he manages, and whatever he manages, that’s all well and good, and…

How a conservative Supreme Court nobly upheld conservatism

14 December 2020 6:11 pm

It appears the United States Supreme Court has snuffed out Donald Trump’s last chance to save his Presidency. This is…

Who is compulsory super benefitting: ordinary Australians or the top end of town?

14 December 2020 1:32 pm

Mainstream Australians are being failed by the political class as the gap between two Australias continues to widen. This failure is…

You too can wallow in Waleed’s wisdom, thanks to their ABC

14 December 2020 11:06 am

Waleed and Scott are two of ABC radio’s intellectuals.  Doubtless, they’d correct me to say they are ‘the’ two intellectuals at…

How Australia failed the Covid-19 test

14 December 2020 5:00 am

As the wintery Northern Hemisphere suffers through a surge in coronavirus cases, Australians feel the relief of low numbers and…

Daniel Andrews gender antics are a threat, not enhancement, to the fundamentals of our free, open, tolerant society

13 December 2020 6:04 pm

I grew up in Sri Lanka during a time of civil war. Anyone who criticised the Sinhalese-dominated government disappeared. And…

The MSM finally waves the right red flag

13 December 2020 3:54 pm

Beyond the shameless partisanship and lack of trustworthy professionalism lies a deeply disturbing truth. The mainstream US media — and I include…

Don’t put a pox on vaccination opponents

13 December 2020 12:29 pm

Letitia Wright is a talented, award-winning Guyanese actress who has broken the glass ceiling in superhero cinema and Hollywood. There’s…

Eton mess

13 December 2020 5:00 am

The Duke of Wellington, one of England’s most celebrated and honoured military figures responsible for defeating Napoleon at the Battle…

Sorry ScoMo, but this is tepid tinkering with IR laws, not real reform

11 December 2020 2:06 pm

When the Prime Minister announced his five-point industrial relations package in May a senior adviser told me “This is not…

Conservatism in Australia isn’t AWOL, but instead flourishing quietly

11 December 2020 5:00 am

In a recent Flat White item, Where is Australia’s conservative intellectual movement?, Jonathan Cole and Simon Kennedy argued that Australia, in contrast to both…

Dear Elizabeth Farrelly, from what I know about both Jesus and the Diocese of Sydney, they aren’t really all that into control

10 December 2020 4:27 pm

Dear Dr Farrelly,  Thank you for your opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald from last Saturday. You mention important issues…

If lefties want to talk capitalism in the 21st century, can they at least get an honest, fresh critique?

10 December 2020 2:11 pm

First there was the book, now there is the “documentary” film version of French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capitalism in the…