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

We are shackling ourselves to the safe and mediocre with lazy talk of ‘the pub test’

10 December 2020 5:00 am

“Not a good look.”  “Bad optics.”   “Doesn’t pass the pub test.”  Such are the statements by which many controversial or complex ideas…

Crime before coal?

9 December 2020 8:38 pm

The chair of one of the nation’s largest restaurant chains, Mary Sum of the Plate Group, has announced that its…

Dear feminists: bore off with your language policing

9 December 2020 6:01 pm

We all know that the media has been hijacked by the left. As 2020 draws to a close, I’ll happily…

#WeGoBrokeWithDan

9 December 2020 4:05 pm

Guess which state or territory has the worst credit rating?  Before answering, let me explain what a credit rating is.…

Why the war on ‘the gig economy’ when in reality ‘permanency’ is insecurity?

9 December 2020 2:07 pm

The demand by Australian unions to turn, it seems, all jobs into ‘permanent’ has been mugged in the blink of…

Sun Tzu and the Art of Trade

9 December 2020 5:00 am

Around 2,500 years ago, Chinese general and strategist Sun Tzu wrote his masterpiece, the Art of War.  This treatise is…

China strife? Blame Canberra’s acronym alphabet soup

8 December 2020 7:41 pm

A World War I slogan in the Kaiser’s Germany proclaimed ‘When the bayonet goes in, it should hit steel, not…

Tim Smith’s gender confusion

8 December 2020 5:01 pm

Policians are finding it hard to think straight when it comes to gay conversion laws. Take Victorian Liberal MP Tim…

The Victorian Liberals silent anniversary

8 December 2020 12:12 pm

Ten years ago Ted Baillieu broke the Liberal’s post-Kennett electoral drought by leading his party back into power in Victoria. …

The crushing lack of curiosity of the MSM

8 December 2020 5:00 am

The legacy news media appears determined to nail down its own coffin-lid, as its former viewers and readers are forced to seek…

The rise of toxic femininity

7 December 2020 7:18 pm

The days of women merely fighting for equal opportunity have long since ceased. According to Christina Hoff Summers, the goal of…

WA Labor’s bizarre bout of Murdoch madness

7 December 2020 5:04 pm

We really are in a post-truth era of politics; and for a change, Western Australia is leading the pack instead of trailing 30 years behind.…

You can’t reduce debt by taking on more debt

7 December 2020 3:08 pm

Pop. That is the sound of the pin of reality piercing the inflated balloon of Australian economic wishful thinking. Fresh…

GDP is up, but recession conditions remain

7 December 2020 1:26 pm

The September quarter national accounts released last Wednesday have been interpreted by some commentators as heralding the end of the…

Be afraid: Victoria restarts hotel quarantine today

7 December 2020 5:00 am

Today, Monday 7 December, will be a day filled with trepidation for Victorians and all Australians. Today is the day…

The need to blame someone in the COVID-19 pandemic: a personal reflection

6 December 2020 5:57 pm

Social stigma is a damaging phenomenon. It occurs when people are associated with negatively viewed events, beliefs, and social phenomena…

Victoria’s latest gender legislation risks a future litigation tidal wave

6 December 2020 3:59 pm

In 1869, a “well-meaning” Victorian government passed the Aborigines Protection Act under which Aboriginal children could be taken from their…

Real Climate Science

6 December 2020 1:50 pm

According to Tim Flannery’s Climate Council, Aborigines ate the megafauna, so highly flammable scrub grew up and they had to…

The reef is fine but academic freedom remains in peril

5 December 2020 4:14 pm

The first images I saw of the Great Barrier Reef were in 1980s television news reports warning that the crown-of-thorns…

The Greens: we’re washed up

5 December 2020 1:25 pm

Can I interest anyone in a festive tea-towel?  The Australian Greens are flogging a new range optimistically titled ‘legends’ featuring…

The Greens: we want to change the world, so let’s first get stoned

4 December 2020 4:56 pm

I hate to admit it, but there seems little point trying to hide the obvious. We’re losing the war on…

Andrew Bolt drives the Mad F–king Witches madder still

4 December 2020 2:37 pm

Only a small handful of people can trigger the Mad F***ing Witches. Rupert Murdoch, is up there, obviously. Ditto most ‘conservative white…

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s arrogant Twits

4 December 2020 5:00 am

A Twitter incident from Wednesday last week reveals a few interesting things about the Queensland state government and modern politics…

Their ABC presents: Jimmy Barnes, the China expert of the Largs Piers Hotel

3 December 2020 7:30 pm

Jimmy Barnes is better known for his screaming than for his expertise on foreign affairs which, of course, makes him…

The compelling case for replacing stamp duty

3 December 2020 5:07 pm

Grey-haired Australians can sit on their porches and yell at lawn-trespassers to their heart’s content. But they need to stop…