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A corroboree of jobbery: Daniel Andrews First People’s Assembly

On Monday morning, voting began to elect the new ‘First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria‘. This ‘voice for Aboriginal communities’ seeks…

19 Sep 2019

There’s no such thing as a “potential human”, Jane

Jane Caro is one of those feminist exhibitionists who seem to have been dared to say something increasingly stupid or…

19 Sep 2019

The Greens – and more – owe Pauline Hanson an apology on family law

Well, that escalated quickly… Before consideration of a family law inquiry had even reached the Senate, left-wing fury was unleashed.…

19 Sep 2019

Don’t increase Newstart; first use the money to fight long term unemployment

As the government repeatedly says, the best form of welfare is a job, but when it comes to getting people…

19 Sep 2019

What’s woke this week

Education, or what passes for it in the world of woke, has long been the natural habitat of cultural Marxist…

18 Sep 2019

Standby for next week’s UN doomfest for climate crazies

The push is on ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Summit to be held next week in New York. Although…

18 Sep 2019

Like cheap, clean energy? You’ll love nuclear

There is no greater act of economic or environmental vandalism in Australian history than our nonsensical prohibition on nuclear power.…

18 Sep 2019

Jacinta Price: why let the left lower standards for Indigenous Australians?

The vast majority of Australians — including many Australians of Aboriginal descent — know very little of the reality of…

Robert C. O’Brien, Trump’s good soldier

With the appointment of Robert C. O’Brien to serve as national security adviser, Donald Trump will once more disappoint his…

19 Sep 2019

What Corbyn’s Brexit policy means for a general election

Jeremy Corbyn has dashed the hopes of certain members of his shadow cabinet this morning with a Guardian op-ed in…

18 Sep 2019

Tulsi Gabbard, conservative crush

Conservative sadbois like two things: hot moms and Middle Eastern despots. Enter Tulsi Gabbard, the comely representative for Hawaii’s second…

18 Sep 2019

Inside the eco-socialist paradise of the Green party primary

The Green party’s 2016 presidential ticket, headed by Jill Stein, captured just about 1 percent of the national popular vote,…

18 Sep 2019

Deserter dads

Nearly everyone in New Zealand has been made to feel they could play a part in the forthcoming Royal Commission…

21 Sep 2019

Worse than 18C

The federal government’s draft religious discrimination bill highlights – no doubt unconsciously – some of the limitations on freedom of…

21 Sep 2019

Iran’s hostage chess

The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad,’ wrote Mark…

21 Sep 2019

Campus of dunces

Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind (1987) showed higher education failing democracy and impoverishing students. Forty years later,…

21 Sep 2019

Our unique opportunity

Australia, more than any other, is a child of the two great English-speaking nations. They have for two centuries successively…

21 Sep 2019

Deal or no deal

No longer can Brexit be considered inevitable: British democracy is on life support, and there are many who want to…

14 Sep 2019

Business/Robbery etc

‘It was just a good title for a book’, Graham Richardson protested last week, after a federal Labor front-bencher blamed…

14 Sep 2019

Not the Right appointment

From President Eisenhower’s time in office to the end of President Obama’s, there were 27 vacancies on the Supreme Court…

14 Sep 2019

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In Vogue

A kangaroo on the beach with a model was the unsubtle cover of Vogue in December 1965. It will be…

21 Sep 2019

David McVicar’s production of The Marriage of Figaro

It was hailed as a masterpiece at its premiere in Vienna in 1786; it still is a masterpiece. The Marriage…

14 Sep 2019

Cast members Jonny Carr and Geraldine Hakewell

John Howard and Tom Stoppard have something quite wonderful and rare in common: they are both members of the Order…

7 Sep 2019

Jeffrey Smart exhibition Constructed World

There are just a few weeks left to catch the Jeffrey Smart exhibition Constructed World at the Art Gallery of…

31 Aug 2019

Why I prefer cows to humans

Gstaad   The cows are coming down, the cows are coming down, and I’m off to the Bagel. My Swiss…

21 Sep 2019

Semi-recluse (me) seeks dilapidated cottage on Dartmoor to rent

So now I must find somewhere else to put my books and live sometimes. Dartmoor, I thought: one of the…

21 Sep 2019

What Brexiteers can teach Remoaners about good manners

‘If we are going to Westminster to riot,’ I told my Brexit-voting friends over dinner at the Thai restaurant at…

21 Sep 2019

Farewell, Garry Richardson. We’ll miss you

A day of sporting shocks this Sunday past. As if the news of Tracey Horrobin’s bewitching performance with the ball…

21 Sep 2019

The best of journeys: Justin Marozzi’s monumental trek through the history of the Muslim world

This impressively clever, careful, and often beautiful book is the best sort of journey. It takes us through 15 cities…

21 Sep 2019

Rushdie at his best – Quichotte reviewed

It’s hard to get your head around Salman Rushdie’s latest novel Quichotte, which has been shortlisted for the Booker. It’s…

21 Sep 2019

Welcome back to Gilead: Margaret Atwood’s triumphant reclaiming of her work

‘Penises,’ Aunt Lydia muses, ‘them again.’ Penises are always causing trouble, even in the God-fearing dystopian state of Gilead. The…

21 Sep 2019

The great American trauma in minute detail

Why, I asked some months back in these pages, do the protagonists in American fiction these days seem so lost?…

21 Sep 2019

Rod Liddle on Brexit: The Great Betrayal reviewed

Rod Liddle has taken a huge gamble with this book. It could be out of date very soon. The book’s…

21 Sep 2019

Two faces of a single calamity: how the war against inequality backfired dramatically

In 2015, Daniel Markovits, a professor at Yale Law School, delivered a commencement address to that year’s graduating class in…

21 Sep 2019

The tsunami of stuff we have and want is based on culture and economics

In 1993, the photographer Peter Menzel travelled across the globe to capture our material world. In each country, he asked…

21 Sep 2019

Hitler’s legacy: two books examine different aspects of the horror that was Germany, 1945

Two new books offer very different takes on the utter ruination of Germany in 1945. Each in its own way…

21 Sep 2019