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Don’t deport little Aussie Luca

Life really can be bitter-sweet – it can throw up hurdles and roadblocks when they are least expected but sometimes, when all…

23 May 2024

Use deadly force: Biden green-lit FBI raid to go nuclear on Trump

Damning new court documents reveal Joe Biden apparently green lighting the ‘use of deadly force’ in the FBI’s 2022 raid…

23 May 2024

Bring on the bias

Every time I encounter some egregious instance of bias on television ‘current affairs’ I think, ‘I was there when this…

22 May 2024

ANZ outage is nothing compared to Digital ID in a cashless society

Another day, another service outage from a major Australian bank which renders your money useless. It’s one thing for someone…

22 May 2024

Plenty of dry eyes

The death of Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash earlier this week has been met with plenty of…

21 May 2024

Art’s gone Woke and no longer serves the common good

The recent brouhaha over an unflattering portrait of Gina Rinehart is emblematic of a much larger problem with Australian democracy. For centuries,…

21 May 2024

The making and un-making of a feminist radical: my story

I’ve told this personal story in bits, but here it is for the first time in one go. Born in…

20 May 2024

In defence of parliamentary procedure

Gabrielle de Vietri is a member of the Victorian Parliament. In my view, it’s time she acted like it. A…

20 May 2024

Painting Gina: National Gallery hypocrisy over cruel Rinehart portrait

It’s certainly been a week for portraiture. Jonathan Yeo’s study of His Majesty has provoked many a reaction. The painting…

20 May 2024

We’re not multicultural. We have one culture. The Australian culture

Mass migration is the largest and most controversial political topic in the Western world. Come the beginning of June, mass…

20 May 2024

His story as history

Q: What do Succession star Brian Cox and Australia’s filmmaker Nadia Tass, of Malcolm* and Amy* fame, have in common?…

19 May 2024

Dutton dressed as lamb – things you could never say to a female Labor MP

The hypocrisy of the Left never ceases to astonish. Having created a world where ‘words are literally violence’ and pretty…

19 May 2024

Modern slavery

The federal government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 was introduced to require larger entities to report suspected modern slavery risks to…

25 May 2024

Camelot was Israel’s biggest fan

During my first visit to Washington, D.C. in 1985, I stumbled upon a political memorabilia shop in the backblocks of…

25 May 2024

Cancel culture is now Labor policy

Cancel culture, the silencing of opposing views by seeking to destroy livelihoods, is an insidious phenomenon that blights the modern…

25 May 2024

Abracadabra!

It just must be the case that some higher being has a sense of humour. Who would have thought we…

25 May 2024

Trump’s travails

Here’s a question for readers of this wonderful weekly. The US has a population of somewhere around 330 to 335…

25 May 2024

Sergeant Albo Schultz

In August 2013, in the dying days of the disastrous second Rudd government, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph portrayed then deputy prime…

25 May 2024

India’s economic promise

Socialist George Fernandes (1930 to 2019) was the Indian industry minister in 1977 who enforced the law that foreigners could…

25 May 2024

What future for Australian multiculturalism?

The fate of Australian multiculturalism may have been sealed on the steps of the Sydney Opera House on Monday, 9…

25 May 2024

Sunak’s summer election gamble is bound to backfire

The general election we’ve all been waiting for has finally been called. The Prime Minister announced the election date –…

23 May 2024

It’s time for Nigel Farage to get off the fence

Rishi Sunak’s snap summer election means that Nigel Farage faces a decisive moment. For months if not years, Farage has…

23 May 2024

The UK’s archaic court system is not fit for use

When I walked into court on 1 July 2022 to see my rapist Daniel McFarlane receive a sentence for his…

23 May 2024

Don’t blame climate change for the crummy weather

It was climate change wot gave us such a wet and stormy winter – or so you may have gathered…

23 May 2024

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Why New Zealand is cracking down on immigration

The government of New Zealand this week tightened the country’s working visa rules in order to stem historically high numbers…

10 Apr 2024

Why is New Zealand’s deputy PM rowing with Chumbawamba?

In their musical heyday, the English anarchist punk band Chumbawamba enjoyed a reputation for having an irreverent attitude towards those…

22 Mar 2024

New Zealand’s imperial judiciary

If you cast your eyes across the Tasman right now, you can see the beginnings of an imperial judiciary, the…

2 Mar 2024

Subversion within New Zealand

Recently querying why New Zealand governments make annual January pilgrimages to the Maori Pa at Ratana, to celebrate the birth…

24 Feb 2024

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Aussie life

It is a point of principle for the residents of the smarter parts of Manhattan not to notice – and…

25 May 2024

Language

The word ‘colonialism’ has become (at least for some people) a ‘snarl word’ – something that is always bad, and…

25 May 2024

Why are doctors blaming my birth for my mother’s tumour?

A curious letter has been sent to my mother blaming the tumour in her neck on my birth. An NHS…

25 May 2024

Harris Tweed, the miracle fabric

To understand the development of technology, you may be better off studying evolutionary biology rather than, say, computer science. A…

25 May 2024

What’s really behind the Tories’ present woes?

The problem is, we really need a Tory party. Whether we have one at the moment is another question. Political…

25 May 2024

How Margaret Thatcher could have saved London’s skyline

Looking around London on the eve of the millennium, it would have been difficult to think that the UK government…

25 May 2024

Was the flapper style of the 1920s so liberating?

I had held Beauty’s sceptre, and had seen men slaves beneath it. I knew the isolation, the penalty of this…

25 May 2024

A walled garden in Suffolk yields up its secrets

In the hot summer of 2020, during the Covid pandemic, Olivia Laing and her husband Ian moved from Cambridge to…

25 May 2024

Abba’s genius was never to write a happy love song

Memories. Good days. Bad days. In 1992, U2 mounted their Zoo TV tour. U2 being U2, the gigs were over-earnest…

25 May 2024

A haunting mystery: Enlightenment, by Sarah Perry, reviewed

As ghosts go, Maria Vaduva, who haunts Enlightenment, is not a patch on the wild, tormented figure who stalks the…

25 May 2024

Western economies are failing – but capitalism isn’t the problem

Real wages have barely increased for more than a decade. Banks have had to be bailed out, and many still…

25 May 2024

From Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor, women have found jewels irresistible

When workmen demolished an ancient building in Cheapside in 1912 they saw something glinting out of a broken wooden box.…

25 May 2024