Flat White

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

Quotas are trash

26 March 2021 11:30 am

I’m sorry, but being in possession of a pair of chest-feeders should not double as a political qualification.  There is…

Daniel Andrews’ monument to madness

26 March 2021 4:00 am

The Premier of Victoria has morphed into a monument maker. The bricks and mortar of this statue are the vanity…

Flood plains are for – gasp – floods

25 March 2021 5:22 pm

Natural flood plains form where floods spread silt and mud in river valleys. Being flat, fertile, picturesque and usually supplied…

A letter to the Editor

25 March 2021 2:30 pm

Dear Editor, Former Liberal staffer Terry Barnes’s partisan attempt to blame sexist abuse in Parliament House on my government’s hiring…

Biden does a Merkel on illegal immigrants. Oops

25 March 2021 1:28 pm

In 2015, Angela Merkel opened her heart — and Europe’s borders — to all comers wanting refuge and/or a better…

We’ll have a gay old time, but there are other matters to discuss

25 March 2021 11:06 am

By now everyone in the country knows about the petition to change the name of Street’s Golden Gaytimes. We at…

Teaching continues to go backwards

25 March 2021 4:00 am

If ever the public needs additional evidence as to why Australia’s education system is either flatlining or going backwards based…

Of droughts and fires and floods

24 March 2021 7:14 pm

We all know Dorothea Mackellar’s famous words. More recently, Tim Flannery has told us our dams would never fill again…

The Woke and the Woeful

24 March 2021 5:39 pm

Forget the sun-kissed LA glamour of the Bold and the Beautiful. How about the latest in that other Californian soap,…

Here’s a disaster area. Oh. And some floods, too

24 March 2021 4:00 pm

If the Morrison government loses the next election, yesterday will likely be seen as the day the rot really started…

“You get the politicians you deserve” has never been more insulting

24 March 2021 2:02 pm

Hundreds of New South Wales families are being evacuated from flooded homes.  Meanwhile, our political advisors are busy jerking off…

Why you’re stuck with lower wages (unless you’re a public servant)

24 March 2021 12:45 pm

The past 12 months have exposed the deep and dangerous division between the two Australias, one comprised of mainstream Australians and…

Sexual predators in Parliament? Name names, Lidia

24 March 2021 10:01 am

If you define sexual harassment as a split second unwanted male gaze, don’t be surprised if you see attack everywhere. You’re sure to be “harassed” walking…

Nero walks in Western Australia

24 March 2021 4:00 am

In 64 AD a great fire swept through Rome, destroying much of the city. The Emperor of the time, Nero,…

We have an obesity crisis, but Big Public Health are the last lot we should let near it

23 March 2021 7:43 pm

At least half the women I see on my morning walks have fat bums. And when I ride my bike,…

Revealed: who won from the great corona cash splash?

23 March 2021 5:00 pm

We’re all in this together? Pigs arse. A good crisis never goes to waste — and the big global consulting…

Mentors and managers MIA on the Hill

23 March 2021 1:43 pm

When the Brittany Higgins allegations first surfaced in February, as a Howard-era senior staffer I wrote that the type of…

Yes, but who employs these staffers in the first place?

23 March 2021 12:00 pm

So “an emotional” Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he’s “shocked and disgusted” by the latest lurid and lewd allegations…

No one should be scared to run for public office

23 March 2021 4:00 am

I mean we are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t. I am a woman, a mum of…

That other violence

22 March 2021 7:39 pm

There was an enormous outpouring of emotion last week when thousands of women and men marched the March 4 Justice…

Not OK, Boomers

22 March 2021 6:10 pm

‘There is the moral of all human tales; ‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,  First freedom, and then Glory-…

Taxpayers shouldn’t pay ABC fines

22 March 2021 2:09 pm

It’s down the line, I know. The trial hasn’t even started. But that doesn’t stop us looking ahead and being…

A fix for our new house price madness

22 March 2021 4:00 am

A common objection to the idea that planning restrictions make housing unaffordable is that some other factor is said to…

There’s no racism at Basketball Australia? Well never mind, all is not lost

21 March 2021 3:00 pm

A Human Rights Commission report into racism within Basketball Australia, released at the weekend, is a solution in search of…

Spectator Australia TV: Evan Mullholland on miserable Malcolm T, Dr Thomas Case on facemasks, Alexandra Marshall on Milo – and the one and only Mr Rowan Dean

21 March 2021 12:15 pm

It’s midday Sunday, so that’s Spectator Australia TV time. Catch the latest program here featuring Evan Mullholland on the miserable…