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A wartime crisis requires wartime speeches: Scott Morrison and the battle for hearts and minds

The government’s battle against coronavirus is also a battle for the hearts and minds of Australians. If the Prime Minister…

29 Mar 2020

Why the left just love a crisis

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”. This short and catchy dictum was articulated by Rahm Emanuel, former Obama…

29 Mar 2020

Mental health in the corona crisis: we’re all in this together

While many are talking about the physical health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, few have been highlighting the…

29 Mar 2020

Thank you, Earth Hour fans

A big thank you to all the people who are about to turn their lights off for Earth Hour. So…

28 Mar 2020

You wouldn’t bloody believe it, but guess who’s asking for money – again

What do Fonzie and Adam Bandt have in common? They both jumped the shark. We were laughing earlier this afternoon…

The getting real we had to have

Something had to happen, it couldn’t go on forever. Coronavirus was unplanned but it will turn our world upside down.…

28 Mar 2020

What doesn’t Adam Bandt get about social distancing?

Adam Bandt wants the Morrison government to emulate the Tories and pay workers who have lost their jobs because of…

Twit of the Day

It’s our third outing, so by now you should know the game. But as we missed yesterdays, here’s an update.…

27 Mar 2020

Coronavirus has exposed Europe’s stark differences

The coronavirus crisis has exposed Europe’s varying attitudes to state intervention and individual liberties. In doing so, it has revealed just how…

29 Mar 2020

Why was early coronavirus coverage so lazy? The media’s insatiable thirst for political correctness

When the media views its entire mission through a lens of meting out social justice while presenting itself as the…

29 Mar 2020

Why the coronavirus crisis could peak sooner than expected

The government is adjusting to the reality of dealing with the coronavirus crisis, while three of its most important figures…

28 Mar 2020

Putin's plan to exploit coronavirus

Vladimir Putin knows a thing or two about a crisis, having caused a number of them over recent years. And…

28 Mar 2020

Send Xi the reparations bill

What do the pandemic outbreaks of avian flu in the 1990s, Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003 and now coronavirus…

28 Mar 2020

How the ABC hoaxes taxpayers

ABC-TV 7pm news provides a nightly drip-drip of Democrat propaganda in its US coverage. The ABC’s US correspondents cut, clip…

28 Mar 2020

Getafix’s Covid potion

Man Dies After Taking Chemical in Coronavirus Treatment Touted by Trump, blared the headline in Time magazine, as if it…

28 Mar 2020

Battlefields are also minefields of uncertainty

Given the long-running debate on battlefield behaviour in our combat troops, it is worthwhile pointing out there is considerable opportunity…

28 Mar 2020

China has stripped us bare

No one should have been surprised by the the Wuhan virus, according to the respected research group, EcoHealth Alliance. As…

28 Mar 2020

The long march to kindy

To understand the success of the cultural-left’s long march through the institutions one needs to go no further that how…

21 Mar 2020

Marble Bar loses on a count back

Last year, the cricket world went into a state of shock when the international 50-over World Cup was decided by…

21 Mar 2020

Xi who must be obeyed

President Xi Jinping is waging a war on a virus more deadly to the Chinese Communist party than SARS-CoV-2 —…

21 Mar 2020

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Christos Tsiolkas

This was not the ideal beach book for the Christmas holidays but now we are in different times, it has…

28 Mar 2020

Mozart’s Clarinet

A couple of friends have nominated it as music they would like played at their funerals. I’m not into programming…

21 Mar 2020

David Hallberg

The artistic leadership of a major performing company is, by definition, important. The Australian Ballet has a forthcoming vacancy of…

14 Mar 2020

David Williamson

‘That sinkhole of ambition and superficiality we call Sydney.’ That’s a direct quotation from the Melbourne Theatre Company’s promotion of…

7 Mar 2020

I am socially isolating in a cave in France

This Provençal village clusters around the base of a cliff 300 feet high and a kilometre wide surmounted by two…

28 Mar 2020

The trick that will let you have a conference call from your home phone

For the past 12 years, Roger Alton and I have shared this half page like Box and Cox: he writes…

28 Mar 2020

Dear Mary: Can my marriage survive my husband working from home?

Q. Our son and his girlfriend have announced their engagement and we are delighted with his choice. Our problem is…

28 Mar 2020

How I fought the urge to panic-buy – and won

‘Get me Heygates on the phone! I need that order of pony nuts now, damn it!’ It was like a…

28 Mar 2020

Greg Jenner’s survey of celebrities through the ages has a distinctly Horrible Histories feel

Good writing about celebrity is scant. It has few poets, because it takes depth to go truly shallow (I’d nominate…

28 Mar 2020

King Solomon’s lost city will remain lost forever

Armageddon began as Har Megiddo, the Hill of Megiddo in northern Israel. The theological aspect is Christian. For Jews, ancient…

28 Mar 2020

Male violence pulses through Evie Wyld’s The Bass Rock

‘It’s a woman’s thing, creation,’ says Sarah,a girl accused of witchcraft in 18th-century Scotland, in one of the three storylines…

28 Mar 2020

Nature fights back with tooth and claw as we persist in destroying it

Where to turn in anxious and febrile times? One answer is to nature, or the ‘non-human living world’, which, despite…

28 Mar 2020

From Liverpool’s Cavern to the world stage: how the Beatles became a global phenomenon

When the Beatles’ first authorised biographer, Hunter Davies, clinched the deal in 1967, his publisher remarked that ‘we know everything…

28 Mar 2020

A love letter to San Francisco’s mean streets

Recollections of My Non-Existence is the Rebecca Solnit book I have been waiting for. I was born four years after…

28 Mar 2020

Even in the Swinging Sixties, Ray Davies was feeling nostalgic

At first glance, nostalgia does not seem like a subject much suited to exploration via the medium of the pop…

28 Mar 2020

What makes Thomas Piketty so sure he can save the world?

The French economist, statistician and polymath Thomas Piketty sprang to fame in 2013 with a daunting tome, Capital in the…

28 Mar 2020