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Emmo calls out Twitter, lynch mob madness explodes

Craig Emerson is a former federal Labor minister and parliamentarian who represented the Queensland seat of Rankin from 1998 to…

15 Nov 2019

Two years on from “marriage equality”, basic freedoms are under threat

As the nation today marks the second anniversary of the vote to redefine marriage, we remain in the grip of…

15 Nov 2019

Ok, millennial?

The young and the hopeless: A new survey consisting of 2,000 millennials (ages 22-38) has revealed some troubling statistics regarding…

14 Nov 2019

What’s woke this week?

The world has ridden a tsunami of woke this past week. It came crashing in from all corners of the…

14 Nov 2019

Wheeling in the circus

The inaugural Broadside festival of feminist ideas — yes, that festival behind that episode of Q&A — ran last weekend…

14 Nov 2019

Transgender adventure in Dan Andrewstan? Careful, you just might find it

“Transgender people should be given hormonal treatment and sex-reassignment surgery on demand without a diagnosis or assessment by a psychiatrist,…

14 Nov 2019

SBS and the case of the missing bushfire story

Yesterday I tweeted a quote from an SBS News article from 2013 which featured top bushfire researcher David Packham calling…

13 Nov 2019

Why school exams matter

Undoubtedly, the Higher School Certificate is hard. But final exams are not intended to be easy — to be some…

13 Nov 2019

The chances of a Tory majority have increased this week

Four weeks from now, voters will be heading to their polling station, and the result of this election remains unpredictable.…

14 Nov 2019

Most Americans know how Trump’s impeachment circus will end

The first public hearing into President Donald Trump’s impeachment began with a bang. And it proceeded throughout the afternoon into…

14 Nov 2019

The Democrats’ bad start to the impeachment hearings

The first day of public impeachment hearings was good for Republicans and mediocre, at best, for Democrats. That’s far short…

14 Nov 2019

Resistance reality TV has jumped the shark

Comey. Cohen. Strzok. Page. Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh. Mueller. Taylor and Kent. Are you fed up yet? It sometimes feels as…

14 Nov 2019

Rampant antisemitism

Australia was recently shaken to learn of the horrifying news of two blatantly antisemitic incidents within Melbourne’s public schools. One…

16 Nov 2019

Dutton’s dinner diary

I want to speak as a proud member of the Abbott cabinet, but I also want to speak as a…

16 Nov 2019

Allan, James Allan

I have to confess that I’m a little bit insulted that no one in the totally impartial and apolitical Commonwealth…

16 Nov 2019

Fran’s feminist fascists

‘I thought there would be a range of views on this in the panel,’ said wannabe full-time Q&A host Fran…

16 Nov 2019

The carbon dioxide trap

Many people who discuss climate change believe that if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise so does the Earth’s temperature. This…

16 Nov 2019

Labor’s lamentable loss

The question Labor grandees Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill should have asked in their review of the ALP’s loss in…

16 Nov 2019

Lefties’ shaggy dog story

At this distance, it’s hard to credit the derangement of the US leftist media over Donald Trump. The president had…

9 Nov 2019

Since records began

If we are being asked to shut down our coal export industry and the 48 coal turbines that supply 75…

9 Nov 2019

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Caroline O’Connor is the Spider Woman

They wrote musicals based on the most unlikely material but John Kander and Fred Ebb enjoyed ultimate success with Cabaret…

16 Nov 2019

Jacqueline Dark, Taryb Fiebig and Helen Sherman

Vivaldi is having further boosts to his popularity with the Brandenburg Orchestra delivering cracking performances of his Four Seasons in…

9 Nov 2019

John Singer Sargent’s Madame X

Baron François Gérard would be astonished that his vast 1825 painting of The Coronation of Charles X is the inspiration…

2 Nov 2019

Andrew Tink

A serious bout of ill-health forced him to abandon a successful career in politics but, in the intervening 10 years,…

26 Oct 2019

I’d rather live under communism than the tyranny of social media

At the time it felt like a century, but it was only 12 years. I began this column in 1977…

16 Nov 2019

The joy of a Rwandan airport

Our plane touched down in Rwanda at 7 p.m. Stepping outside on to the metal steps, I smelt that unmistakable…

16 Nov 2019

The strange case of six missing horse rugs

The night after the fireworks display the barn was raided and our horse rugs were taken. Good job I’ve watched…

16 Nov 2019

England’s rugby team are embarrassingly sore losers

Sports events come and go, but good manners, as William of Wykeham might have put it, last for ever. Or…

16 Nov 2019

Books of the year – part two

Richard Ingrams A book that gave me great enjoyment (for all the wrong reasons) was Harvest Bells: New and Uncollected…

16 Nov 2019

Yalta was a carve-up — and the Poles are understandably still bitter about it

‘The strong do what they can. The weak suffer what they must.’ Thucydides’ principle expresses an uncomfortable truth. The eight-day…

16 Nov 2019

Eleanor of Aquitaine is still as elusive as quicksilver

Eleanor of Aquitaine is the most famous woman of the Middle Ages: queen of France and England, crusader, mother of…

16 Nov 2019

Ben Lerner’s much hyped latest novel reads like an audit of contemporary grievances

Things keep recurring in the novels of Ben Lerner — snatches of conversation, lines of poetry, Lerner himself. But in…

16 Nov 2019

Children’s questions about death are consistently good fun

What strikes me most about the Christmas gift-book industry — for industry it surely is, as I can confirm, having…

16 Nov 2019

Friends forever: the inside story of the American sitcom classic

Here is a test to tell you whether you will like this book or not: when I write ‘So, no…

16 Nov 2019

Tips for Christmas tipples

It’s telling that perhaps the best wine book of last year, Amber Revolution by Simon Woolf, was self-published, though you’d…

16 Nov 2019

Less radical, less rich: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again is a disappointment

Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer-prize winning Olive Kitteridge (2008) is the novel I recommend to friends who don’t read much. Talk about…

16 Nov 2019