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

The terrible truth about hydrogen

16 November 2021 3:07 pm

The idea of using hydrogen in the energy industry is not a new one, but only in the last two years has it…

Men in women’s sport? They just want equality, right?

16 November 2021 1:18 pm

It helps to be insane if you want to understand modern culture.   Take this article from the Seven West Media-owned PerthNow…

#DanIsWobbling?

16 November 2021 11:30 am

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when the Politbureau of Danandrewstan meets. Today’s concessions on the Pandemic Bill…

Dateline Glasgow: India and China save Australia’s bacon (and coal industry)

16 November 2021 4:00 am

COP26 in Glasgow has ended in the manner largely predicted at the outset: with an ambiguously worded ‘Glasgow Pact’ containing…

Andrews pandemic powers push voters over the edge

15 November 2021 6:10 pm

As Victorian voters show early signs of recovery from their 262 days in lockdown Daniel Andrews’ Spring Street outfit is…

The Liberals. The shrinking tribe

15 November 2021 4:32 pm

Before there were countries, there were tribes. In politics, there still is. Almost everyone identifies with a particular political tribe and, if even if one’s primary tribe is not one…

Would voluntary voting drain the Canberra swamp?

15 November 2021 3:09 pm

Politicians are paid to fight on behalf of their voters but Australian legislation electoral laws major parties a lazy way…

Why does the ABC say Thailand’s vile sex trade needs support post-Covid?

15 November 2021 1:00 pm

The ABC has run a piece that appears to lament the struggling sex industry in Thailand amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It wistfully…

Is ScoMo really enjoying a conservative revival?

15 November 2021 11:33 am

Scott Morrison is winning back support from conservative voters? That’s how the improvement in the Coalition’s primary vote in today’s…

A cheap bottle of Perrottet

15 November 2021 4:00 am

Yikes.  There are political mistakes, and then there is Dominic Perrottet.  What was tentatively hoped to be a stroke of genius…

I thought the left supported freedom

14 November 2021 4:09 pm

Not too long ago the left was all about freedom, individual choice, resistance to authority and the State, and full-on…

The Liberal Democrats freedom manifesto

14 November 2021 2:24 pm

The Liberal Democrats unveiled their Freedom Manifesto on Outsiders this morning. Here is the fully text of the document. Prologue…

ScoMo’s climate modelling is even dodgier than his climate policy

14 November 2021 12:00 pm

The government went to Glasgow to sell its net zero emissions by 2050 policy to world leaders.    The policy was based on…

Mateship’s lifted the vax rate? Maybe – and the odd walloping, too

13 November 2021 3:19 pm

Australia’s high vaccination rate is due to Aussie mateship and a high level of trust in government. Oh, and I’ve…

The unresolved debate on Covid vaccines

12 November 2021 12:00 pm

In an article last month, I noted the puzzling UK official data that confirmed the efficacy of vaccines in reducing hospitalisations and deaths but with infections for 40-49 year…

November 11, 2021: the day the great war against the private sector was won

12 November 2021 4:00 am

Without the slightest hint of irony, the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday released the latest Employment and Earnings, Public Sector…

Ties between Delhi and Canberra crucial to Indo-Pacific security

11 November 2021 5:37 pm

The relationship between India and Australia has grown rapidly in recent years, underpinned by a convergence of security interests in…

The dictator servant

11 November 2021 2:20 pm

And here I was believing that Members of Parliament were servants of the people.  The Victorian Premier has humbled a…

The constitution and the dismissal

11 November 2021 12:00 pm

You will have heard of the rule of law, that people in positions of authority should exercise their power within a…

Why what our kids are taught could be a vote changer

11 November 2021 4:00 am

The US state of Virginia is just about as close to Washington DC as you can be, and even contains…

Mark McGowan: China, yes; open borders, no

10 November 2021 6:42 pm

Living under the McGowan regime continues to be less than ideal. And as the rest of the country emerges from…

Back for one day only, Paul Keating

10 November 2021 5:06 pm

As we were reminded many, many times 30 years ago — that’s a generation, by the way — Paul Keating…

You can't trust Labor with Medicare (if you're not double-jabbed)

10 November 2021 3:17 pm

Coronavirus has not so much changed us as unmasked us — yes, I get the irony — and what we…

Sorry, but Elon Musk can’t fix world hunger by giving his money away

10 November 2021 1:00 pm

World Food Programme director, David Beasely recently stated 2 per cent of Elon Musk’s wealth could solve world hunger, to which…

Here are some real justice issues for the climate warriors

10 November 2021 11:31 am

What a tragic shame that so much energy, time, resources and opportunities to really improve the lives of millions is…