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

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

17 Jun 2021

High noon for academic freedom at the High Court

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

17 Jun 2021

Sing me a ditty about Palestine

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

16 Jun 2021

The Australian public dis-service: part II

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

16 Jun 2021

A great badness is abroad

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

16 Jun 2021

Desperate Dan is ditching democracy

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

16 Jun 2021

When’s Four Corners coming for Alfred Deakin?

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

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

16 Jun 2021

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Identity crisis: how the politics of race will wreck America

The American experiment is fragile. It has always been fragile and always will be fragile because it is so extremely…

17 Jun 2021

Brexit, lockdown and the fracturing of British politics

Is our society becoming less tolerant and more viscerally tribal? Or is our politics provoking people into committing more angry…

17 Jun 2021

Why the Biden-Putin summit wasn't a waste of time

The meeting between U.S. president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva started cordially enough. A quick handshake, toothy smiles…

17 Jun 2021

Rishi Sunak: I'm a fiscal Conservative (unlike Boris)

When Rishi Sunak told Andrew Neil this evening that he had his eyes on the future, he was ostensibly talking…

17 Jun 2021

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A great badness is abroad

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

16 Jun 2021

Kiwi Life

Of the various little stories about the rather wonderful Joni Mitchell in her early years, my favourite concerns Leonard Cohen.…

12 Jun 2021

Kiwi Language

A friend of mine recently sent me a notice from a big law firm announcing the introduction of ‘Gender Affirmation…

12 Jun 2021

While we were sleeping, New Zealand has lost a democracy

Jacinda Ardern believes New Zealand will become a republic.  It’s all right, though, because she’s not in a hurry. But…

8 Jun 2021

Fables of the Dark Emu

With the power of the ABC’s propaganda unit behind it, Dark Emu, by the self-proclaimed Aboriginal historian Bruce Pascoe sold…

19 Jun 2021

Digital revolt & anarchy in the air

Comedian Kitty Flanagan suffered a discombobulating start to her new national tour in Noosa recently, during a riff on how…

19 Jun 2021

Don’t cheer for NSW

The Berejiklian government in New South Wales is rightly patted on the back for its mature approach to the management…

19 Jun 2021

Pravda rides again

In the West today we can see that a once free press is voluntarily becoming unfree. Or such is the…

19 Jun 2021

The Last Emperor

As Australians now know, hell hath no fury like a dictator scorned. They have learned the hard way that Canberra’s…

19 Jun 2021

Black Parents Matter

You are probably familiar with the concept of parenthood.  It denotes a certain set of responsibilities in relation to a…

19 Jun 2021

Abbott’s leadership

We do, indeed, live in strange times.  Not so long ago, the thought that I would be nodding in agreement…

19 Jun 2021

Covid’s warped vaccines

Samuel Langley, the inventor of a catastrophically incompetent ‘flying’ machine is a striking example of governments picking losers.  When his…

19 Jun 2021

Andrea Riseborough

National Treasure is a remarkable piece of TV drama, and it looks for a long, bewildering moment like a masterpiece.…

19 Jun 2021

King Kong at Universal Studio in Hollywood before the fire

Two weeks ago, a fire broke out at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, 13 years to the day after another…

19 Jun 2021

Dylan

Bob Dylan turned 80 the other week. Does that seem to consign not just the vanished twentieth century but the…

12 Jun 2021

Festival music in Townsville

For those music lovers who can travel, the prospect of a festival in Townsville in mid-winter is an alluring one.…

12 Jun 2021

Aussie Life

One of the advantages of being an internet sensation is that it greatly reduces the likelihood of you being eaten.…

19 Jun 2021

Aussie Language

The settlement of Christian Porter’s defamation action against the ABC produced the predictable sneering responses from the activists at the…

19 Jun 2021

Kiwi Life

Of the various little stories about the rather wonderful Joni Mitchell in her early years, my favourite concerns Leonard Cohen.…

12 Jun 2021

Kiwi Language

A friend of mine recently sent me a notice from a big law firm announcing the introduction of ‘Gender Affirmation…

12 Jun 2021

The scandal of OxyContin, the painkiller that caused untold pain

Last week I was staying in a cool hotel in the middle of San Francisco. When I walked out to…

12 Jun 2021

Brightest of the Bright Young People: the rich, rackety life of Cecil Beaton

In December 1979, the 28-year-old Hugo Vickers, dining with a friend, declared: ‘I see little point to life these days.’…

12 Jun 2021

A smart take on literary London: Dead Souls, by Sam Riviere, reviewed

Sam Riviere has established himself as a seriously good poet who doesn’t take himself too seriously: his first collection, 81…

12 Jun 2021

Robert Thompson’s memoir is worth reading for the ‘Fairport years’ alone

One of the more surreal conversations I have had with a musical hero of mine came in 2017 when I…

12 Jun 2021

The difficulty of building heaven on Earth: why utopias usually fail

The years after the first world war were a boom time for utopian communities. As the survivors of the conflict…

12 Jun 2021

Mothers and daughters: I Couldn’t Love You More, by Esther Freud, reviewed

A new novel by Esther Freud — her ninth — raises the perennial but always fascinating question about the use…

12 Jun 2021

Death by negligence: why did no one diagnose my sister’s TB?

In 2016, Arifa Akbar’s elder sister, Fauzia, died suddenly in the Royal Free Hospital, London at the age of 45.…

12 Jun 2021

Journey to the Moon: The Things We’ve Seen, by Agustín Fernández Mallo, reviewed

‘Peace — slept for 14 hours. The roar of the sea slashing the rocks — is there any more soothing…

12 Jun 2021