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A stealth boondoggle

The NDIS is a public policy albatross, initiated with the worthiest of intentions, that has been allowed to mutate into…

27 May 2024

The Sofronoff Express at platform ‘speed’

The Magna Carta meets the ACT’s legal system on the Sofronoff Express in what promises to be a historic and…

27 May 2024

Glaciers, graziers, glaziers, and the strangler fig

A perfunctory search on Wikipedia informs that the Strangler Fig, Ficus watkinsiana, ‘grows on another tree, using it as physical support, while…

Covid vaccines: saviour or … ?

It’s interesting that the esteemed editor of this site [ Brownstone ] has concluded, after more than four years of cogitation, that…

27 May 2024

Pushover conservatives will lose the culture wars

Balance does not exist in nature. As a vacuum is filled, so too must a spinning top topple, a speeding…

27 May 2024

Winning over young men

Message to the Libs. Don’t turn off the young men – they are your best hope of regaining power. There’s…

26 May 2024

Campus protests are a free speech test for universities

‘This is a major win.’ These were the words of a spokesperson after the University of Melbourne caved in to…

25 May 2024

Let’s not forget why we’re here

On multiple occasions this week, I’ve found myself wondering if I was living in some dystopian alternate reality. I watched…

25 May 2024

How long before laughter is grounds for cancellation?

Jerry Seinfeld is not just a practitioner of comedy, he’s become a philosopher of the profession and he’s arguing that…

24 May 2024

Will the Bank of England be the first to cut interest rates?

With inflation in the UK down to 2.3 per cent now and some suggesting that the Bank of England ought…

24 May 2024

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

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

The Tories have become the party of the pensioner

In several countries across Europe, ‘pensioners parties’ sit in parliament expressly to reflect the interests of older voters. The most…

28 May 2024

Rachel Reeves avoids the Miliband trap

Rachel Reeves is out once on the campaign trail once again today as she gives her first major speech since…

28 May 2024

Labour needs to be clearer on defence

It used to be axiomatic of British politics that the Conservative party held a reputational advantage when it came to…

28 May 2024

Will Sunak debate Farage on small boats?

It’s a big day for Reform UK as Nigel Farage hosts his first campaign event down in Dover. But prior…

28 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