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

Will Albo bring the Keating interest rates back?

10 May 2022 4:00 am

In 1975, when Gough Whitlam came to power, Labor’s free tertiary education scheme meant that I could go to university.…

Dan's abysmal fictional Budget

9 May 2022 2:00 pm

As a former high-school English teacher it’s always struck me as odd that many of the most influential works of…

Hyperventilating over juristocracy

9 May 2022 12:00 pm

To read the newspapers in Australia and Britain – even the conservative newspapers – one would think the US Supreme…

Mum’s the word

9 May 2022 11:00 am

Anthony Albanese can’t tell you much about his policies, but would you like to hear about his mother? The Labor…

Labor's housing plan: the monster is in the detail

9 May 2022 9:00 am

In 2010, the then Rudd government introduced a 40 per cent tax on mining companies. The tax took the form…

Krystle Mitchell on Dan Andrews and Victoria Police

9 May 2022 4:00 am

[This article discusses multiple forms of trauma, including childhood trauma, sexual assault, and mental health.] I’m currently known as the…

Karl Marx wouldn’t fancy Xi Jinping

8 May 2022 11:00 am

The essence of communism (in case you haven’t managed to grab a copy of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto), is that everything…

I don’t need to be ‘welcomed’ to my country

8 May 2022 4:00 am

The notion that Australians must be welcomed or invited to their own country by Indigenous leaders – as occurs at…

Decline and fall of the West

7 May 2022 11:00 am

History tells us that civilisations and empires are ephemeral. Like the Egyptian civilisation, they may last for thousands of years…

Activists masquerading as educators

7 May 2022 4:00 am

The recent news from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) that fewer and fewer students are choosing to study higher…

Now, everyone’s a biologist!

6 May 2022 2:00 pm

And just like that, bodily autonomy and women were back! With news leaking that the US Supreme Court was set…

For whom doth Ukraine’s bell toll?

6 May 2022 12:00 pm

Few people are better qualified than General Philip Breedlove (US) and General Sir Richard Shirreff (UK) to assess the military…

Where are those 'money trees' when you need them?

6 May 2022 9:00 am

If only money could grow on trees. Victoria could plant a vast forest stretching to the horizon, visible from the…

Saving Private Josh

6 May 2022 4:00 am

Josh Frydenberg has always been openly ambitious. Ambitious to be Member for Kooyong. Ambitious to be a minister. And ambitious…

China: an empire of debt

5 May 2022 2:00 pm

‘China is building an empire on debt,’ said Mark Steyn, of GB News. He is correct. Australia’s Pacific neighbour exports…

Treacherous Turnbull?

5 May 2022 12:00 pm

Our remarkable nation has had thirty Prime Ministers since Federation serving thirty-five separate terms of office. Elections at the national…

It's time to vote for change

5 May 2022 9:00 am

Politics has drifted a long way left since the days of Menzies and Fadden. Starting with Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser,…

Roe v. Wade v. the Rule of Law

5 May 2022 4:00 am

Last year, the US Supreme Court heard an argument in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation which…

The myth of unlimited resources

4 May 2022 2:00 pm

Money is simply an idea. It is a shortcut to make life, not only simpler, but more dynamic. It is…

Yeah but, what about 'back up'?

4 May 2022 12:00 pm

Clearly, some things are no longer up for discussion. In a current TV ad from the Clean Energy Council, there…

Albo plots against Australia’s self-employed

4 May 2022 9:00 am

There’s one seemingly small ‘bit’ in Labor’s election policy that should scare the hell out of Australia’s two million-or-so self-employed…

Bring back Christianity

4 May 2022 4:00 am

Around 5,000 years ago, humans mastered writing. This marked the transition from prehistory to history. It’s a fraught calculation, but…

The essential 'activism cheat sheet'

3 May 2022 2:00 pm

The Trans Journalists Association has produced a style guide to help media outlets provide ‘more accurate, sensitive coverage’ of trans issues. A…

First, do no harm

3 May 2022 10:00 am

As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This is because unintended consequences have…

Net Zero: the puritan Trojan horse

3 May 2022 4:00 am

Recall in the movie Back to the Future when Doc warned Marty McFly not to allow his future self to…