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

Bureaucracy: the bane of our existence

31 May 2022 4:00 am

Behind every bad decision is a bureaucrat. This has been true for a long time, but the response to Covid…

Dutton is crowned – now where’s the mop for the wets?

30 May 2022 5:51 pm

Former Minister for Defence Peter Dutton has been elected to the Liberal leadership unopposed. Finally. He was the man Australian…

Enshrining race in the political system

30 May 2022 1:00 pm

Can anyone look objectively at the past two and a half years and wonder if the government of this nation…

Global warming: a quest for truth?

30 May 2022 12:14 pm

Like many who pontificate on Climate Change, (such luminaries as Greta Thunberg), I am not a climate scientist, but I…

Tough choices make strong people

30 May 2022 11:00 am

In Australia, our choices can often be slippery. In Ukraine, choices are as hard and sharp as the spiky steel…

My son was found not guilty

30 May 2022 8:00 am

Last week, a long ordeal finally ended for an ordinary Australian family. Their son, Lucas, was found not guilty of…

Carbon fear is the new normal

30 May 2022 4:00 am

The thing I find most frightening about the World Economic Forum is that they keep saying the quiet bits out…

The Carbon-Credit diet plan, 2022

29 May 2022 5:20 pm

It’s been a long two years of lockdown and it’s fair to say that all those Uber Eats added up,…

A tough week to be a Victorian Liberal

29 May 2022 12:00 pm

No doubt, it has been a tough week to be a Liberal in Victoria. You do not find many politicians…

This is freedom: Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

29 May 2022 8:00 am

On the last Saturday in May, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy begins. It is the most important thing in…

St Greta’s school for the environment?

29 May 2022 4:00 am

It is conceivable that sometime soon a group of parents and teachers will establish an entire school devoted to the…

Career politicians destroyed community votes

28 May 2022 11:00 am

Writing this, I realise that Australian politics has been reshaped in the last week. This election is the first real…

Concerning cosmetic cowboys

28 May 2022 8:00 am

My wife and I were walking by the beach the other evening. We got talking about wrinkles and scars, tattoos…

What's next for the Liberal Democrats?

28 May 2022 4:00 am

The Senate count is complex and won’t be complete for another week or more. However, around 60 per cent of…

Pakistan’s Imran Khan goes off the deep end

27 May 2022 4:58 pm

The fallout from Pakistan’s recent vote of no-confidence – that saw Imran Khan ousted in favour of Prime Minister Shehbaz…

It’s the economy, stupid…

27 May 2022 1:00 pm

Quite the wreckage, huh? 17 seats down, a host of future stars put to the sword, and the Prime Minister…

Education or indoctrination? Babies and toddlers taught LGBTQ

27 May 2022 11:10 am

Last Wednesday was my son’s last day at his daycare centre. It had been a good place for him, starting…

Woke bureaucraziness and the Libs

27 May 2022 8:00 am

The current Australian Liberal Party’s manifesto states that they believe in ‘the inalienable rights and freedoms of all peoples’ and…

Recapturing the Liberal heartland

27 May 2022 4:00 am

I have immense respect for Jim Allan – not least because he’s one of the board members to whom I…

Malinauskas: the dictator in the South?

26 May 2022 6:10 pm

South Australia has ended its Covid state of emergency after 793 days – only to immediately enshrine permanent ‘emergency’ powers…

We're missing those subversive and dangerous ideas

26 May 2022 4:20 pm

The biggest shifts in culture have always come out of subcultures or scenes that go mainstream. It was mostly African…

Is this what 'success' looks like?

26 May 2022 12:10 pm

As someone who has been looking at Covid-related data since the outbreak of the pandemic and a resident of the…

Tanya Plibersek's dark lord, Peter Dutton

26 May 2022 9:00 am

Almost ten years in the wilderness, and Labor have learned nothing. Newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promised on Sunday…

Bernie Finn: how the mighty have fallen

26 May 2022 7:00 am

Two giants have fallen. One has been falling for quite some time and it looks like it will be broken…

Best show in town: Heard v. Depp

26 May 2022 4:00 am

The skip-bin fire that is the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp defamation trial will wrap up within days and then the nine-person…