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Women in parliament problem? Your answer’s Rwanda

The Coalition has received sustained media and ALP criticism regarding their percentage of women in parliament – so much so…

21 Mar 2019

Hire two new pen-pushers: that’s economic reform, NSW Liberal style

Last May at the New South Wales Business Chamber, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced with great fanfare the state would establish…

21 Mar 2019

Eighty-nine billion new reasons to quit the Paris Agreement

Momentum continues to build for Australia to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. New economic modelling prepared by Managing Director of…

20 Mar 2019

Why this Conservative believes Fraser Anning couldn’t be more wrong

I was working out of a coffee shop in Cairns overlooking Trinity Inlet when my Twitter feed went nuts with…

20 Mar 2019

Is virtue signalling our new social currency?

The internet was imagined by its pioneers to be the arbiter of a new information renaissance, believing that it would…

20 Mar 2019

Ten reasons why Donald Trump will win a second term

In one of those classic, “the truth is stranger than fiction” scenarios, it’s been revealed that former First Lady Hillary…

The scare is settled? Have the climate catastrophists won?

Evidence does not seem to matter in the debate on human-induced climate change. Hardly anyone is listening to reason. Minds…

19 Mar 2019

Memo, Josh: only fiscal discipline works long term

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan’s valedictory speech hailed the legacy of his stimulus package (but not the subsequent — and growing…

19 Mar 2019

May tries to avoid Tory meltdown by only requesting short Brexit delay

After much speculation, a furious Cabinet and the threat of another backbench rebellion, No. 10 has finally confirmed what type…

20 Mar 2019

Andrew Yang is the Democrat Ron Paul…except he might actually win

Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang isn’t afraid to take a position on, well, anything. Browse through his campaign website,…

20 Mar 2019

Has Bercow just destroyed May’s last chance to pass her deal?

No. 10’s strategy to win over the DUP and the Brexiteers to Theresa May’s deal in time for a third…

19 Mar 2019

How Biden loses

Presidential politics is all about excitement. So maybe it should worry the Democrats that their most exciting 2020 presidential prospects,…

19 Mar 2019

Business/Robbery etc

Is it $8.5 million of BHP’s shareholders’ money wasted on a directors’ virtue-signalling frolic to further their climate change credentials…

16 Mar 2019

In praise of Justice Fagan

One sombre fact of life in contemporary Australia is the steady flow of terrorism prosecutions in which individuals have been…

16 Mar 2019

Germany’s schizoid approach to Israel

One would have thought that, for certain historical reasons, Germany today would show extra-sensitivity in avoiding appearances of anti-Semitism. However,…

16 Mar 2019

My pencil knows best

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial ‘Who’s Afraid of Socialism?’ laid out the case that much of the US Democratic…

16 Mar 2019

Super Justice Warriors

Captain Marvel, released to cinemas this month, is more than just another addition to the already saturated superhero film market.…

16 Mar 2019

Judge dread

Let me talk about an example of an undemocratic trend from my home state of Queensland. A fortnight ago the…

16 Mar 2019

Newspeak, translated

‘There’s not a good enough reason for Adelaide to be there,’ quipped ALP  grandee Graham Richardson on Sky TV, inadvertently…

16 Mar 2019

Education and the modern declaration

The 2008 Melbourne Declaration, endorsed by state, territory and commonwealth education ministers, is the strategic ‘road map’ that has directed…

9 Mar 2019

Aurum by Alice Topp

Such a wonderful word: ‘verve’. Not used much now, it’s one of the words we owe to the French. We…

16 Mar 2019

Kathryn Stott – Artistic Director

Townsville is bouncing back; it is also tuning up for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Battered by the recent…

9 Mar 2019

Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard

A rarely performed sacred work by J. S. Bach and a masterpiece by Telemann that has never been performed in…

2 Mar 2019

Bangarra 30th Anniversary

A year of 30th anniversaries; the latest is Bangarra Dance Theatre founded in 1989 by a South African Cheryl Stone…

23 Feb 2019

The four times I have lied in 42 years writing this column

Gstaad   As Emperor Maximilian told his convulsed-by-tears servants as he was about to be executed by the Mexicans: ‘Who…

16 Mar 2019

The travesties competing in the Terrier category at Crufts

Does the BBC suppose that it will convert the public to a belief in equality if it does not, in…

16 Mar 2019

From a solar-powered bin to HS2: the destruction of my childhood home

My mother is a classy lady. I have always known this, but it still affected me in a way I…

16 Mar 2019

While some bookies behave admirably, the BetBright debacle is a disgrace

Encountering a generous-hearted bookmaker is normally as rare an occurrence as finding a picture of the Duchess of Sussex without…

16 Mar 2019

Richard Sorge: the Soviet Union’s master spy

Interviewed on the Today programme on 7 March, a former executive of the gigantic Chinese tech firm Huawei admitted: ‘It…

16 Mar 2019

Who was the real St Patrick: an evangelist or a tax dodger?

St Patrick’s Day, on 17 March, is now regarded as a prime opportunity for Irish politicians to travel abroad on…

16 Mar 2019

The subversive, Austenesque wit of ‘Late in the Day’, by Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is not the sort of writer to land the Booker Prize, which tends to reward writers from ‘anywhere’…

16 Mar 2019

The uphill task of judging whether Tony Blair was a villain or hero

On the day that Tony Blair left the Commons chamber for the last time (to a standing ovation led by…

16 Mar 2019

Has Dave Eggers finally found his voice?

The Parade, Dave Eggers’s eighth novel, is a slim, strange book, another unpredictable chapter in the career of this hard-to-pin-down…

16 Mar 2019

The cheerful manifesto of anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite is a leading American ‘inspirer’ on how to make the most of being over the hill. She has…

16 Mar 2019

Two big books on motherhood and childlessness: Catherine Mayer got emotional

A single survey, elevated by news organisations to scientific certainty, suggests that air travellers may be more susceptible to tears…

9 Mar 2019

One of the world’s great love stories

‘I still think he was a bastard.’ This is the opinion that Julia, daughter of the novelist Arthur, has about…

9 Mar 2019

America’s empire – a story of the secret and the convenient

Where other nations disbanded their empires following the second world war, America’s underwent transubstantiation, from something solid to something more…

9 Mar 2019

Making the case for multilingualism – a timely reminder

English as the world’s lingua franca isn’t going anywhere. Why, then, should we Anglophones bother to learn another language? What’s…

9 Mar 2019

Sadie Jones’s modern morality tale

The love of money, says St Paul, is the root of all evil. The Snakes makes much the same point.…

9 Mar 2019

In (vain) search of the snow leopard

Alex Dehgan is clearly someone with a penchant for hazardous jobs. Even in the first few pages we find him…

9 Mar 2019