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Ten reasons why climate catastrophists need to cool down

If we are to believe the hype, then human civilisation as we know it is on the brink of extinction.…

16 Oct 2019

Scrap the family law inquiry, Greens? Hell no!

On Monday, Larissa Waters moved a motion calling for the abandonment of the Family Law Inquiry. She posted on her…

15 Oct 2019

Let sport be sport — and sod the Chinese cash

Sport used to be one of the last institutions that could transcend all the divisions in society – at least…

15 Oct 2019

It’s not just Ellen. The left will now decide your friends

According to Age columnist, Robert Moran, progressives will now choose our friends. We don’t have to worry about making friends…

15 Oct 2019

Menzies to Morrison: the master to the miracle-worker

This week the Liberal Party of Australia turns 75. And like most milestones, it encourages a bit of reflection. In…

15 Oct 2019

Forget Extinction Rebellion, how about an earth history education revolution?

We don’t need rowdy Extinction Rebellions on our streets. We need education on extinctions in our science academies, classrooms and…

14 Oct 2019

What confidential talking points?

As everyone and their dog knows, the Prime Minister’s media office mistakenly sent today’s official confidential Coalition talking points to,…

14 Oct 2019

Ita fails the ABC of race relations

ABC chair Ita Buttrose laments that the Australian media landscape is “too white” and not representative of our multicultural society.…

14 Oct 2019

Did anyone take today’s Queen’s Speech seriously?

If today’s Queen’s Speech was meant to offer a preview of what the next general election and life after it…

15 Oct 2019

Andrew Yang is 2020’s ad blocker candidate

Every so often, a political candidate rises to the fore fueled by the grievances of people who are seriously annoyed.…

15 Oct 2019

The biggest risk with Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech

This is more an election manifesto launch than a conventional Queen’s Speech, because Boris Johnson simply does not have the numbers in…

14 Oct 2019

Could Boris Johnson win an election but lose his seat?

Is Boris safe in Uxbridge? The Lib Dems have an eye on the Prime Minister’s 5000 vote majority and their…

14 Oct 2019

2018 Thawley Essay prize runner-up

At the time of writing, December 2020, the #newedition movement can be considered a truly global phenomenon. As it sets…

12 Oct 2019

Eat the activists

I have a modest proposal. Lately, there have been some commendable if flawed solutions put forward to deal with the…

12 Oct 2019

Letter to Greta

Dear Greta, You should feel very proud of yourself. Your crusade against Climate Warming has taken you into the homes…

12 Oct 2019

Off with his head!

The President of the United States is a sort of elected monarch, which is why the office itself is imbued…

12 Oct 2019

All the dumb things

‘Gee our schools are good!’ a friend once said. ‘By the time our kids are 12, they know everything!’ No…

12 Oct 2019

Recognising China (for what it is)

Scott Morrison’s recent speech to the Lowy Institute was the most important prime ministerial foreign policy announcement in some years.…

12 Oct 2019

Coyote and Road Runner

The biggest news story for years has been a real-life depiction of those classic cartoons, Coyote and Road Runner. In…

12 Oct 2019

Turmoil in the Anglosphere

Well, there’s certainly a fair bit of action coming out of Canada, Britain and the US these days.  In my…

12 Oct 2019

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Anna Karenina

Tolstoy’s most fascinating character, Anna Karenina clearly fascinates David McAllister who has recently announced his 20th and final season as…

12 Oct 2019

Violins of the ACO with Richard Tognetti

Every year is a year of anniversaries, not least 2020 with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage along the…

5 Oct 2019

See You at the Toxteth

The Toxteth is a hotel on Glebe Point Road in Sydney. Cliff Hardy probably called it a pub. Hardy was…

28 Sep 2019

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

Why Roy Cohn is not one of the world’s most evil men

New York   The Roy Cohn documentary Bully. Coward. Victim: the Story of Roy Cohn was successfully screened at the…

12 Oct 2019

What had the chambermaid made of my penis vacuum pump?

Fumbling outside my door in dripping swimming trunks for my room key, I was hailed cheerily by the maid from…

12 Oct 2019

My bid to boost my carbon footprint

Inspired by Harry and Meghan I decided to get on a plane. I hadn’t been anywhere for so long it…

12 Oct 2019

The dark world of Victorian horse racing

Two hours after showing her father, the Marquess of Anglesey, the wedding dress in which she was to marry the…

12 Oct 2019

Three remarkable sisters at the heart of 20th-century Chinese politics

In their lifetime, and afterwards, the Soong sisters from Shanghai seemed like figures from a Chinese fairy tale. There were…

12 Oct 2019

David Cameron’s For the Record ends where the sorriest three years in modern British history begins

It’s fun to look for what’s missing in a memoir; the forgotten egos, the policy howlers buried for posterity. Some…

12 Oct 2019

A work of art in more ways than one

Neil Hegarty’s new novel, The Jewel, is a mass of contradictions. It’s about an art heist, but it’s not fun.…

12 Oct 2019

Living on a nuclear submarine does your head in

Richard Humphreys spent a good part of five years, between the ages of 18 and 23, living inside a nuclear…

12 Oct 2019

Oswald of Northumbria – an Anglo-Saxon saint-king of the north for our time

In Hamlet a gravedigger asks the riddle: ‘What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or…

12 Oct 2019

Gilgamesh, Michael Schmidt’s ‘life’ of a poem

In the mid-19th century, around lunchtime, a pale young man with an enormous beard could be seen in the British…

12 Oct 2019

A thought-provoking work of ‘moral atonement’ and ‘comparative redemption’

No nation’s defeat is ever quite straight-forward, and sometimes downfall can bring its own kind of posthumous victory. By the…

12 Oct 2019

Betrayal in Berlin – a small but important part of the Cold War story

The Berlin Tunnel was an Anglo-American eavesdropping operation mounted against Russian-controlled East Berlin in 1955–56.  It was a technical and…

12 Oct 2019