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Where’s the diversity at the ABC when it’s only white people talking left wing dross?

Former Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane yesterday slammed the ABC for using too many white-skinned Leftists to present its news…

27 Nov 2020

Daniel Andrews queer theory tyranny

While Christian Porter has delayed the introduction of the Religious Freedom Bill until 2021 due to COVID-19, Daniel Andrews is…

27 Nov 2020

The great public policy Razzie awards

For the third year running, independent research undertaken by two philosophically opposed Right and Left think tanks — the Institute of…

27 Nov 2020

Prayer illegal? In Australia?

What tumultuous times they are in which we live? Not so long ago In Australia it was a criminal offence…

26 Nov 2020

Our universities: foundering in the shallows of farce and incoherence

As noted by the British Conservative politician Michael Gove in Celsius 7/7, whereas classical Marxism defines the revolutionary struggle in terms of the workers…

26 Nov 2020

Joe Biden, America’s unenthusiastic allies – and the real ones

Sam Vinograd, an Obama administration national security alumnus – and now, needless to say, a CNN nat sec analyst –…

26 Nov 2020

Daniel Andrews arrogantly bungled coronavirus – and is doing the same to economic recovery

Yesterday’s Victorian budget was on-form for the Andrews’ government: it mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic and now it is mishandling the economic recovery from the…

25 Nov 2020

It’s an evil copout claiming domestic violence in Aboriginal communities comes from colonisation

When a black man hits a black woman it’s a white man’s fault, according to Diversity Council Australia. The Council,…

25 Nov 2020

Reasons why the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling

To say out-loud that you find the results of the 2020 presidential election odd is to invite derision. You must…

28 Nov 2020

Why this Iranian assassination is all about Trump

The news that Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen ‘father of the bomb’ Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, met his end in a hail of…

28 Nov 2020

The gamble Boris feels he must take

Both Boris Johnson and Robert Jenrick have used their media appearances today to try and calm Tory MPs after yesterday’s…

28 Nov 2020

Italy is about to hijack the eurozone

There is still some debate about who came up with the adage that ‘if you owe the bank $100 that…

28 Nov 2020

Welcome to Boola Bardip

Are you a visionary leader capable of delivering a $180 million arts and culture precinct in Alice Springs? If so,…

28 Nov 2020

So how’s ScoMo faring?

I have largely resisted the temptation to rail against the ongoing insanity of Australia’s response to the Wuhan virus (aka…

28 Nov 2020

Keeping us in our place

‘Desperate times require desperate measures’ has presumably been the justification for all the lockdowns from which we have been slowly…

28 Nov 2020

We need genuinely ‘free and fair’ elections

Donald Trump will surely accept defeat and concede victory to Joe Biden with the same grace and generosity of spirit…

28 Nov 2020

Bordering on the insane

Now that the Constitution has been breached with impunity by several premiers with decisions that play well to their panic-stricken…

28 Nov 2020

Soviet states of Australia

Three years ago, the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, declared ‘The people of NSW should not continue to be held hostage…

28 Nov 2020

Business/Robbery etc.

Menzies’ home ownership or Keating’s super? Home ownership or superannuation? For an increasing proportion of Australians, it’s one or the…

28 Nov 2020

China cries wolf diplomacy

Like KoKo in The Mikado, or Kat Stratford in the rom-com based on The Taming of the Shrew, Beijing has…

28 Nov 2020

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The Queen’s Gambit

As the Covid virus recedes even from Victoria – and the South Australian scare proves less serious than it looked…

28 Nov 2020

Eryn Jean Norvill

Normality is returning, bit by bit, to public entertainment.Apparently fifty thousand people can go to a football match, yelling themselves…

28 Nov 2020

Here come the judge

1968 was a year of recurring turbulence for the United States, all of it witnessed in American living rooms, courtesy…

21 Nov 2020

Billy Wilder

Slowly the world of the arts starts to take a timid step forward in plague-torn Australia. Just as alarming new…

21 Nov 2020

Aussie Life / Language

Simon Collins Things must be getting back to normal again in Australia if we’re arguing about the wording of the…

Why racing is not a ‘posh’ sport

Why hasn’t Bristol De Mai become as beloved by the racing public as his fellow greys Desert Orchid and One…

28 Nov 2020

My advice to Trump supporters? Smile and take it

New York There are times, living in this here dump, when I doubt if anyone’s heard of the word magnanimity.…

28 Nov 2020

Do civil servants need to be 'robust' or 'resilient'?

‘Why do they keep saying they need Brazilians?’ asked my husband, coming up for air from a hazy mixture of…

28 Nov 2020

Blame game

Ah, millennials. Golden children of the Digital Age or dysfunctional, over-educated slackers? Bit of both, says Anne Helen Petersen, although…

28 Nov 2020

Is there anything left worth joking about?

Here are a couple of books that seek to tackle the difficult issue of comedy on the front line. One…

28 Nov 2020

Barack Obama was decidedly a man of action as well as words

Well, it’s quite the title, isn’t it? It tends to invite comparisons. The first one that occurred to me, though,…

28 Nov 2020

No writer was better suited to chronicle the Depression than John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck didn’t believe in God — but he didn’t believe much in humanity either. When push came to shove,…

28 Nov 2020

When sedition was rife in 18th-century London

Researching the seditious literature of earlier periods is seldom suspenseful, pulse-quickening work. For every thrill of archival discovery, there are…

28 Nov 2020

An unquiet life: There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job, by Kikuko Tsumura, reviewed

Kikuko Tsumura is a multi-prizewinning Japanese author whose mischievously deceptive new novel takes us into what purports to be the…

28 Nov 2020

Alasdair Gray gives us a vivid new Paradiso

As every Italian schoolchild knows, The Divine Comedy opens in a supernatural dark wood just before sunrise on Good Friday…

28 Nov 2020

Animal magic: children’s books for Christmas

J.K. Rowling has written a book for children — and you know what? It’s a charmer. The Ickabod(Hachette, £20) was…

28 Nov 2020