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EXCLUSIVE: Danandrewstan, when Extinction Rebellion can march on March 22, but diggers can’t on April 25

Earlier this month, to the fury of veterans, Melbourne’s Anzac Day March was cancelled for the second year running, with…

27 Feb 2021

Victimhood feminism: whatever happened to empowering women?

As a teenage boy who saw his mother beaten and assaulted as a result of domestic violence I’m the first…

26 Feb 2021

Dear Prime Minister, Australia is not a racist country

Although I was born overseas I consider myself a very proud citizen of this country. Australia is widely recognised as one of…

26 Feb 2021

Covid-19 jabs: mandatory or voluntary?

The Covid vaccine rollout has boosted the optimism of many who pin hope of a rapid recovery from the pandemic on the medication’s efficacy. But it is raising important questions around whether it should…

26 Feb 2021

You don’t protect people by destroying their livelihoods

You may have seen reports that the UK’s top court has decided that Uber drivers are not independent contractors.  Australian unions are excited…

25 Feb 2021

No Mickey Mouse business. Here’s the Celebrity Climate Change Club

Trigger warning: the following article may contain satire.  Before he boarded a private jet to make the journey from Sydney to Byron Bay last…

25 Feb 2021

Victory? We’ve been outmanoeuvred by Facebook and Google

The federal parliament has passed the so-called ‘News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code’. Despite the name, and the…

25 Feb 2021

#ScottyFromMarketing – and Ant from Ant’s Used Cars?

For what ever reason, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been colloquially named “Scotty from Marketing”. No doubt it is a…

25 Feb 2021

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What the Khashoggi murder report means for US-Saudi relations

Today, after pressure from senior US lawmakers and staring at an impending statutory deadline, the Biden administration authorised the release…

27 Feb 2021

A defeated Armenia descends into turmoil

Ever since its disastrous military defeat at the hands of Azerbaijan last year, Armenia has suffered from a wave of…

27 Feb 2021

Mr Potato Head and the cult of gender neutrality

Another pillar of the patriarchy has fallen. His name is Mr Potato Head – or rather, it was Mr Potato…

27 Feb 2021

America is back — and still bombing Syria

Presidents come, presidents go — but they all end up launching military airstrikes on the Middle East. Last night Joe…

27 Feb 2021

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Xivinity

Imagine the outcry in Australia, America or elsewhere in the West if the state mandated the licensing of religions and…

27 Feb 2021

Prisoner diary

After the long flights from London, via Doha, on Qatar Airways we landed in Brisbane on our way to two…

27 Feb 2021

Lies, damn lies and coronavirus

Australians are an adaptable mob, but we have an intolerance of being treated like the proverbial mushroom, kept in the…

27 Feb 2021

WA Liberals go nuts

I’d never heard of Zak Kirkup until recently. He is the teenage-like leader of the Liberals in Western Australia, soon…

27 Feb 2021

Facebook and friends threaten our freedom

Just two weeks after receiving a request from the shadow minister for health and ageing, Mark Butler, to take ‘appropriate…

27 Feb 2021

Women must lead the fight for equality in sports

What does gender equality as a universal value mean in practice? Where’s the boundary between equality of opportunity and outcome?…

27 Feb 2021

Affairs of staff and state

It’s lucky China didn’t invade Taiwan this week as the government focussed its attention on what it considered to be…

27 Feb 2021

Wuhan: best practice rejected

There used to be a statutory office whose very name struck terror into the hearts of those who feared for…

27 Feb 2021

Anne-Marie Duff

Melbourne was just stirring into public cultural life when the hotel quarantine mishap led to that last alarming lockdown that…

27 Feb 2021

Australian Love Stories: Celebrating love in all its guises at the NPG

The National Portrait Gallery seems to be floundering. That may be unfair but the announcement of the next exhibition left…

27 Feb 2021

The Dig

It was gratifying to see such a quiet and impeccably made film as The Dig make it to independent cinemas…

20 Feb 2021

Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo

Second thoughts are sometimes better thoughts. The NSW government had second thoughts about closing down the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo…

20 Feb 2021

Kiwi Life

For New Zealanders to be losing our democracy may be due to sheer carelessness, ignorance, or even stupidity, not to…

27 Feb 2021

Kiwi Language

Nancy Pelosi succeeded in banning ‘mother’ from appearing in the paperwork of Congress. Now the ANU’s Gender Institute Handbook wants…

27 Feb 2021

Is it time to cancel Sophocles?

Gstaad The sun has returned, the snow is so-so, and exercise has replaced everything, including romance. What a way to…

27 Feb 2021

Dear Mary: How do we stop our friend letting herself in to our house?

Q. Our friend lives far away, but comes to stay at her country place nearby several times a year. Some…

27 Feb 2021

In the land of the blind

Somehow, American culture has got itself into a terrible mess of division and acrimony: elites against mainstream, progressives against conservatives,…

27 Feb 2021

Savage aperçus: Fake Accounts, by Lauren Oyler, reviewed

Lauren Oyler is viral and vicious. A critic with a reputation for pulling no punches, she is known for delivering…

27 Feb 2021

Algeria’s War of Independence still leaves festering wounds, two new novels reveal

In France, even the car horns yelled about Algeria. A five-beat klaxon blast — three short, two long — signalled…

27 Feb 2021

All good friends and jolly good company: life with the Crichel Boys

In the spring of 1945 three men pooled their resources in order to buy Long Crichel House, a former rectory…

27 Feb 2021

Labour of love: producing the perfect loaf

Wheat flour, and the bread made from it, has been a recurring cause of concern for the British for centuries,…

27 Feb 2021

Hellcat on the loose: Samantha Markle rants about Meghan

A while ago, Samantha Markle declared that her forthcoming book would be about ‘the beautiful nuances of our lives’. Was…

27 Feb 2021

Joan Didion’s needle-sharp eye never fails

Most collections of journalism are bad. There are two reasons for this: one is that they are usually incoherent and…

27 Feb 2021

Up close and personal: voices from the Great War, week by week

In the summer of 2014, David Hargreaves was invited by Robert Cottrell, the editor of The Browser, to write a…

27 Feb 2021