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Inconvenient truths about impoverished women and privileged men

Women, women, women. Aren’t you sick to death of hearing about women? Endless bleating about women’s tough lives, whining about…

14 Apr 2021

Christine Holgate: the latest cannon fodder for the left’s misogyny narrative

In Senate Estimates hearings today Christine Holgate said she was “humiliated” by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  Therefore, apparently, he is confirmed…

13 Apr 2021

Black real estate matters

SpecOz readers would have seen yesterday’s reports about Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and her real estate binge-buying, which…

Aboriginal imprisonment: don’t confuse a social issue with a justice issue

Those who insist that too many indigenous people are in jail confuse a social issue with a justice issue, and…

13 Apr 2021

Fourth time lucky with Victorian hotel quarantine?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Last Thursday,  the Victorian government restarted its Covid hotel quarantine program.  This is the fourth…

13 Apr 2021

Woke@work – and joyless, mistrustful, dispiriting and dreary

Just as I was celebrating the fact that in ditching Turnbull from the ridiculous New South Wales climate job the…

12 Apr 2021

When we are old: dignity in aged care

Over the last year, a huge proportion of the residents in the aged care facilities around our country did not…

12 Apr 2021

Captain America versus… Jordan Peterson?

The progressives’ latest offering of ‘woker-tainment’ shows they are more interested in political posturing than creating beautiful or meaningful art.  …

12 Apr 2021

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Now even Nick Clegg turns on Brussels

The last four months have not been a happy time for those in power in Brussels. The unedifying squabbles over…

13 Apr 2021

How the West can respond to Putin’s military build-up

In the last few weeks, Russia has been flaunting its military build-up in and around Ukraine, sending 20,000 extra troops,…

13 Apr 2021

The problem with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's war on obesity

With his little round spectacles and earnest expression, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is the Penfold to Jamie Oliver’s Dangermouse. Both men have…

13 Apr 2021

Biden backs extending regulation of fentanyl ‘lookalikes’

As the pandemic accelerated, an epidemic seemed to recede from headlines. But it did not stop. More than 40 states reported an…

13 Apr 2021

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Psst… Australian women are doing well

It’s just as well I don’t have a Twitter account. Mind you, I’m told that it’s not a pre-requisite for…

10 Apr 2021

Lockdowns are the opiate of champagne socialists

Lockdowns have violated three core tenets of public health policy: prioritising the long term over the short, focussing on the…

10 Apr 2021

Counter-factual history

Go back a decade and a half and Australia had basically no Commonwealth government debt.  We had the democratic world’s…

10 Apr 2021

World Peace or Propaganda Games?

Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, in the documentary Hitler’s Olympics: How One Man Invented Olympic Ritual, tells how the Nazis reconfigured the opening…

10 Apr 2021

Labor embraces Palestinian terror

For the first time in Australian political history a mainstream party has in its policy platform unconditional support for the…

10 Apr 2021

Cave’s cautionary tales

Mr Nick Cave is an Australian rock star, sensationally good at his job in my musical opinion, blessed with the…

10 Apr 2021

Jabbing the PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosted the first meeting of his cabinet women’s taskforce which received zero interest from the Left.…

10 Apr 2021

Dear woke America, you’re dreaming

Western democracy is having a major identity crisis. Common ideals that once provided generations with cohesive cultural values are being…

10 Apr 2021

A Murder of Crows

Sometimes a crime show on TV turns into something higher and better, a transfigured thing. The Victim, from Scotland, falls…

10 Apr 2021

Opera on the Harbour: La Traviata

These days, you’d need to be as game as Ned Kelly to run an opera company. It’s a chancy enough…

10 Apr 2021

La Streep

It’s one of those secrets that we keep even from ourselves that great acting, everything that we know in terms…

3 Apr 2021

Boy Swallows Universe

It is difficult not to be irritated by the preoccupations of the funded state theatre companies. They seem to be…

3 Apr 2021

Aussie Life

Australia’s iconic hippie playground is in the news. This time it is not about real estate booms or Hollywood celebrity…

10 Apr 2021

Aussie Language: Wokespeak

  Getting de-platformed in the 1970s

10 Apr 2021

America isn’t speaking our language

I haven’t yet read the report published by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. But, looking at the recommendations,…

10 Apr 2021

Dear Mary: How do I reject a wedding invitation without causing offence?

Q. I have just been invited to a wedding where the groom will be the only person I know. Much…

10 Apr 2021

Bob Dylan — from respected young songwriter to Voice of a Generation

Clinton Heylin is the eminence grise of Bob Dylan scholars: co-founder of Wanted Man (the magazine dedicated to studying Dylan’s…

10 Apr 2021

A written constitution is no defence against authoritarian government

No one can accuse Linda Colley of shying away from big subjects. This one is as big as they come…

10 Apr 2021

What does it really mean to feel English?

Referring to the precarious future of the Union of England and Scotland, the authors of Englishness: The Political Force Transforming…

10 Apr 2021

Sowing seeds of comfort

If you had asked me a year ago how a pandemic-panicked world of stockpiles, curfews and social isolation would influence…

10 Apr 2021

A celebration of friendship: Common Ground, by Naomi Ishiguro, reviewed

Naomi Ishiguro began writing Common Groundin the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. The title refers to both Goshawk Common in…

10 Apr 2021

The magnificent fiasco of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

John Ruskin believed the most beautiful things are also the most useless, citing lilies and peacocks. Had he known about…

10 Apr 2021

Problem parents: My Phantoms, by Gwendoline Riley, reviewed

Gwendoline Riley’s unsentimental fiction hovers on the edge of comedy and bleakness, and has drawn comparisons from Jean Rhys to…

10 Apr 2021

Sleeping with the enemy: the wartime story of ‘La Chatte’

The name ‘Carré’ immediately evokes the shadowy world of espionage. Ironically, however, few people today have heard of the real…

10 Apr 2021