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Meet 007’s most fearsome enemy: a politically correct lack of imagination

The meh news of the week: Since Daniel Craig announced he was standing down as James Bond, debate has raged…

19 Jul 2019

A religious freedom commissioner: not just worse than doing nothing, but the wrong thing

Attorney-General Christian Porter intends to put the proposed religious discrimination bill to Parliament in the near future. Unveiling the government’s…

19 Jul 2019

To save Western Civilisation, turn right

C S Lewis once observed that when you are going in the wrong direction, the thing to do is go…

18 Jul 2019

How is it fair that unions pay no income tax?

The ACTU continually complain that business, including small business, don’t pay their fair share of income tax. The complaints often…

18 Jul 2019

Forget when Belle Gibson will get jail. When will her victims get justice?

When the Belle Gibson trial hit the news again recently all I was able to do was ‘watch on’ as…

17 Jul 2019

Have Their ABC declared Bob Brown an unperson for heresy against the great green goddess Gaia?

‘Unperson’. You know the word. George Orwell coined it for Nineteen Eighty-Four, as being someone erased from society, the past,…

17 Jul 2019

An end to parliamentary rorts in one easy step

This week, Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon passionately defended the $46,000 electoral allowance which he, like other MPs, receives from taxpayers…

17 Jul 2019

How will more pen-pushers help the Great Barrier Reef?

The idea that the Great Barrier Reef is in need of saving from catastrophe is popular, especially among academics and…

17 Jul 2019

Is Boris wrong to claim Islam set the Muslim world back?

I do love the Guardian. As the years go by almost no publication continues to give me such constant amusement.…

19 Jul 2019

The rise and fall of Beto O’Rourke

It wasn’t so long ago when Beto O’Rourke, the punk-rock band member and three-term congressman from West Texas, was the…

18 Jul 2019

The only way to solve Labour’s anti-Semitism problem

‘The Labour Party welcomes everyone* irrespective of race, creed, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (except, it seems, Jews)’. So…

17 Jul 2019

The white supremacy phantom

Well la-dee-dah. The House votes to condemn ‘President Trump for his “racist comments” about four Democratic congresswomen of color.’ First,…

17 Jul 2019

Immigration and the demographic brioche

The Conversation is an online journal publishing commentary from Australian academics about current issues. It claims to present articles with…

20 Jul 2019

An upside to invasion?

Nathan Moran, of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council in Sydney, kicked off Naidoc week by criticising the city’s publicly-funded…

20 Jul 2019

Einstein, Marx and the scourge of suicide

Prime Minister Morrison’s commitment to addressing the escalating rate of suicide is commendable and much needed. Given 3,128 Australians committed…

20 Jul 2019

Cancel culture

Everyone who hasn’t spent the last six months under a rock knows about Israel Folau and how he’s raised northwards…

20 Jul 2019

Business/Robbery etc

It really is the greatest moral challenge of our time – and it’s not climate change. It is nationality versus…

20 Jul 2019

Green notes

Renewables fail to pay their way The problem with continued calls for ‘sense’ in the Australian energy market including a…

20 Jul 2019

Lies and the death of democracy

Words matter, concepts matter. Without a shared understanding of language we’d live in a world of chaos. Truth, in other…

20 Jul 2019

Indigenous voice?

It’s Naidoc Week in Australia, and this year’s theme is: ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together.’ As the locals are…

13 Jul 2019

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Paul Dyer conducting the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Only a person who is more or less my age can have a direct recollection of the 1953 coronation of…

20 Jul 2019

Shakespeare in Love

For centuries plays have been derived from novels, myths and legends but only recently have we become used to plays…

13 Jul 2019

Margaret Olley Pomegranates in a basket 1967

It’s a barely forgivable cliche to call them ‘the odd couple’; but Margaret Olley (1923-2011) and Ben Quilty (b. 1973)…

6 Jul 2019

Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) Self portrait in the studio 1976

Painters and opera go together. Connected by passion and big gestures, it is not surprising that composers are drawn to…

29 Jun 2019

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

Athens Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to…

20 Jul 2019

Italy, in seven hours and five trains

The train standing at platform 1A had no air-conditioning and the heat was stupefying. Latecomers pressing into the carriage reacted…

20 Jul 2019

Why won’t the police acknowledge that speeding coppers are a liability?

For a while, it seemed as if the only words my beloved would ever say again were ‘chicken Kievs’. Two…

20 Jul 2019

One to watch: the 5lb claimer Theodore Ladd

Newmarket’s wisest trainer, Sir Mark Prescott, once noted: ‘The greyhound is propelled through the pain barrier by its desire to…

20 Jul 2019

Words of war: interviews with the children who survived Hitler’s invasion of Russia

In 1990s Russia, war veterans were a bossy, even aggressive presence, upbraiding people in shops and pushing to the front…

20 Jul 2019

Andreï Makine’s new novel is ‘masterful’

The Siberian-born novelist Andreï Makine has, as we say in the book world, a shedload of French literary bling. He’s…

20 Jul 2019

How to train your husband

Around 25 years ago it became clear that there existed only two groups that could still be bullied by journalists…

20 Jul 2019

It’s time we treated the moon with some respect

At the very back of the eye is a cluster of cells called ipRGCs. They are cells that don’t depend…

20 Jul 2019

All of nature in a village in Norfolk

Walking home from work one day during the half-year I lived in London’s Maida Vale (almost three decades ago now),…

20 Jul 2019

The problem of being, and writing

The venerable Oxford philologist Max Müller held that ‘mythology, which was the bane of the ancient world, is in truth…

20 Jul 2019

The novel Silicon Valley’s tech moguls won’t be amused to read

Silicon Valley moguls might not find Zed a particularly amusing read. Joanna Kavenna’s latest mindbender features the CEO of a…

20 Jul 2019

The tragic story of Witold Pilecki, whose reports from Auschwitz fell on deaf ears

On 14 October 1942, the 23 Swiss members of the International Committee of the Red Cross met in Geneva to…

13 Jul 2019