Caroline Di Russo

We might have a pandemic on our hands, but we still also have the rule of law

4 August 2020 12:00 pm

I happened to switch on the telly at the start of the week just in time for Annelise Nielsen’s interview…

We’re only just entering the corona economic rapids. Wait to we go over the waterfall

7 July 2020 5:00 am

On October 3, 2008, I sat on the end of a bed in a Dubai hotel watching the once credible…

Labor, Liberal, whatever: if you really want to stop the stacks, it’s time for party democratisation

17 June 2020 1:15 pm

As a general rule, I try to steer clear of commercial television. People crying over flopped souffle grates on my…

We need a new approach to saving and investment, not ScoMo’s Reno Rorts

10 June 2020 5:00 am

Y’all remember back in the good old days when the Prime Minister said the government wasn’t going to pick winners.…

Welcome to recession – with a ticking personal debt bomb

4 June 2020 5:00 am

My family migrated to Australia in the 1950s with barely enough cash to bless themselves. Such is the story of…

Virgin no more

22 April 2020 1:13 pm

Yesterday, Virgin Australia announced to the ASX that it had entered into voluntary administration and that it intended to recapitalize…

The Pell ruling: imperfect, but if you want moral police and moral courts try Iran

9 April 2020 2:55 pm

On Tuesday, the High Court of Australia unanimously granted Cardinal George Pell leave to appeal to the High Court and…

If we’re really all in this together, here are some suggestions

7 April 2020 6:00 pm

It’s been quite the fortnight for Australia. The economy has been all but shut down, thousands have lost their jobs,…

Won’t somebody please think of the Instagram influencers?

25 March 2020 1:37 pm

We are reliably informed by News.com.au that travel influencers — sorry, glamourous travel influencers — say that coronavirus is ‘impacting…

The recession we have to have

19 March 2020 12:02 am

Mark Twain said history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes. That goes for a great many of history’s seeming reoccurrences, many…

Five tips for modern women, courtesy of Nonna

8 March 2020 3:30 pm

I find it immensely dull that International Women’s Day is primarily used as a platform for the sisterhood to whinge…

It’s called legal tender for a reason

3 March 2020 12:15 pm

The Australian economy has had a rough trot the last twelve months or so: economic growth is slow, unemployment is…

The lowest public service wage increase on record? This calls for a celebration

21 February 2020 11:02 am

Yesterday, the Australian bemoaned weak public sector wage growth, suggesting public sector wages are in the ‘doldrums’ and public servants…

Love and Thoms: this isn’t closing the gap, but entrenching our differences

14 February 2020 1:11 pm

Friends, Romans, Countrymen – Lend me your ears and hear my words.  This week the High Court of Australia handed…

Memo Canberra: stop your party games and get on with governing

10 February 2020 11:03 am

A week is a long time in politics.   Last week started with Bridget McKenzie becoming the Blockbuster Video of politics:…

Economics: throw out the male, pale and stale and we’ll have utopia. Apparently…

21 January 2020 5:00 am

The latest stroke of identity politics disingenuity is directed at the study of economics. In a self-flagellating piece written for the…

Bushfire brilliance: let’s sue ourselves out of harm’s way

14 January 2020 12:31 pm

While most of us took a break over Christmas and New Year, the hysteria around climate change didn’t so much…

So, ‘is fragile masculinity the biggest obstacle to climate action’, just like the ABC tells us?

19 December 2019 5:00 am

Dear Taxpayer, I weep for thee.  The ABC started this week with an article titled ‘Is fragile masculinity the biggest…

Dear XYs, we love you

22 November 2019 4:00 pm

I bloody love men. I love almost everything about them: the banter, the directness, the chivalry and the everyday interactions…

Forget racehorses. What about drunk colts and silly fillies?

6 November 2019 10:59 am

Yet again, we’re in the middle of the spring racing carnival. And, like every other year, there is so much…

Tackle the drought or a hard rain’s gonna fall

17 October 2019 5:00 am

I’m a country kid. I grew up on a broadacre farm 360 kilometres south-east of Perth, in a little town…

Menzies to Morrison: the master to the miracle-worker

15 October 2019 5:00 am

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

Are you being served?

24 September 2019 5:00 am

Whether it’s federal or state, health or education, the ATO or ASIC – dealing with bureaucracy is a notorious source…

Italy: la dolce vita, le sistema disordinato

10 September 2019 3:48 pm

Holidaying in Italy is like wearing a mini skirt without knickers: the rules of the Australian nanny-state are cast aside…

The Pell appeal: why good process makes us a better society

21 August 2019 5:35 pm

In the interests of disclosure, I am Catholic. That said, you only need a two-minute conversation with my mum to…