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

Who really benefits from health care?

22 June 2021 2:45 pm

It’s not obvious who sets health care policy in Australia and it’s not obvious for whose benefit it even is.…

How we’re pushing the off button on China

22 June 2021 12:39 pm

Another Tuesday, another Essential Poll — one that has some fascinating insights on how we’ve cooled on China. Australians, it…

I joined the South Australian division of the Liberal Party…

22 June 2021 4:00 am

Last week, I received a message from two friends on one day. They had tried to join the Liberal Party…

Crikey, it’s the Irwins

21 June 2021 7:01 pm

The biggest takeaway from Andrew Denton’s 2003 interview with Steve Irwin on Enough Rope was how much Steve idolised his father Bob.…

Is Joyce the right choice?

21 June 2021 5:28 pm

Having snapped at Nationals leader Michael McCormack’s heels for the best part of two years, forcibly deposed leader Barnaby Joyce…

Is this Australia’s William Jennings Bryan moment?

21 June 2021 2:57 pm

William Jennings Bryan? Never heard of him? Take a look at Wikipedia:  William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July…

Barnstormer

21 June 2021 12:56 pm

Scholars of the classics will remember that quote from This Is Spın̈al Tap: “It’s such a fine line between stupid…

Annastacia Palaszczuk crowns her coronavirus queen

21 June 2021 9:58 am

Ironic. Coronavirus is known as coronavirus because of the “coronas”, the crown shapes on its cells. The measures taken against…

The national curriculum doesn’t just threaten our children. It’s a threat to the future of our nation

21 June 2021 4:00 am

Australia’s educational performance has been in decline since the 1970s, but this is no accident. It is by design, curriculum…

Good. Gooder?

20 June 2021 12:01 pm

For decades, Australian men have been caricatured as foolish idiots in advertising.  Men are presented as stupid, useless or otherwise…

Cannes goes off the planet

19 June 2021 3:22 pm

Seemingly infected by Thunbergism, the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, set to run from July 6 – 17, has re-imagined itself…

WA Police’s abuse of Covid app data destroys the rule of law

18 June 2021 3:00 pm

John Locke, seen by many as the father of our Western Liberal culture, once said “the end of law is…

Victoria: the failed punk rock state

18 June 2021 11:58 am

I’m not saying Johnny Rotten is a prophet, but he kind of is.  The manic-eyed lead singer of the Sex…

Dark Emu: the turkeys fight back

18 June 2021 4:00 am

Well, Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe certainly threw the Tasmanian devil among the scrub turkeys supporting Bruce Pascoe, with the…

What are we to make of the Julie Bishop Barbie?

17 June 2021 6:15 pm

In a week where various state premiers are competing to steal your takeaway coffee cups in a ‘war against plastic’,…

Coal isn’t just an energy issue, but also vital to defence

17 June 2021 4:01 pm

Australia’s ability to produce unlimited electricity has almost been lost thanks to myopic politicians captured by climate zeitgeist. Our nation’s…

Why the minimum wage increase won’t help the low skilled and low paid

17 June 2021 2:02 pm

The Fair Work Commission yesterday announced plans to increase Australia’s national minimum wage by 2.5% on July 1 of this…

Melbourne University’s attack on freedom, on women – and itself

17 June 2021 12:03 pm

Melbourne University has warned staff teaching a course on feminism they must not say anything that could cause harm to…

High noon for academic freedom at the High Court

17 June 2021 4:00 am

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Curtin…

Sing me a ditty about Palestine

16 June 2021 7:03 pm

There is something profoundly disturbing and morally challenging in the way many view the Israel-Palestine conflict. The chant “from the river to the…

The Australian public dis-service: part II

16 June 2021 5:12 pm

On Monday, I wrote in these august pages about the lack of economic reform in Australia being a function of both poor quality…

A great badness is abroad

16 June 2021 3:16 pm

I was recently contacted by a highly intelligent woman whose granddaughter came home from school very upset about things she…

Desperate Dan is ditching democracy

16 June 2021 1:10 pm

It seems that the Victorian Labor government has become fed up with having to operate in a parliamentary democracy.  The Age reports…

When’s Four Corners coming for Alfred Deakin?

16 June 2021 11:04 am

When is Four Corners coming for Alfred Deakin? He’s been dead for 102 years so can’t sue, surely an advantage…

The western world’s elites conspire to outlaw cheap energy

16 June 2021 4:00 am

Aspirations of the “have nots” or “have too littles” have, through their elected representatives brought an inexorable growth in the…