Charles Pier

Tony, Malcolm and Wentworth: the terrible truth

21 October 2018 2:21 pm

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have both got what they wanted. Abbott wanted to damage the party he was angry…

How soon our media forgot last week’s outrage

23 August 2018 7:52 am

While we wait to see just who will be prime minister at the end of today (or if we’re heading…

Will we vote now before the party room?

21 August 2018 9:44 am

Malcolm Turnbull rolled the dice. He won — but only just. The ambush worked — but only just. Paul Keating, of course,…

It worked so well yesterday, so…

16 August 2018 5:04 pm

Well, whaddya know! It worked so well yesterday that the Greens have come back for an encore performance. Forget about…

Never miss an opportunity

15 August 2018 4:42 pm

“We, like, hate racism, right, so, like give us money?.” You guessed it. It’s the Greens: But wait. There’s more:…

The only poll that matters stinks for the Turnbull Libs

29 July 2018 8:50 am

The only poll that matters, we’re always told, is the one on election day. So we must regard yesterday’s ballots…

Everything wrong with Australian politics in just one paragraph

25 June 2018 9:36 pm

From today’s Australian, everything that is wrong with our politics in just one paragraph: There’s no need to add anything…

Senator Sea Patrol’s spectacular

23 May 2018 2:12 pm

God bless her. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young must still be feeling the effects of the celebrations after she (just) retained the…

Malcolm Turnbull is right on one thing

5 April 2018 6:09 pm

A stopped clock is right twice a day. Malcolm Turnbull? Well, he had some very good things to say about…

But it’s not terrorism

22 December 2017 9:30 am

From The Age this morning: The horrific attack on pedestrians at a busy intersection in Melbourne’s CBD is not believed to be…

Wild rumour department: it will all be over by Christmas

25 November 2017 11:37 am

More may be riding on today’s Queensland election than the premier’s job. A far more important role, in Canberra, appears…

Don’t panic, don’t panic!

20 November 2017 4:31 pm

If Malcolm Turnbull was a character from Dad’s Army he’d surely be that old smoothie, Sergeant Wilson. He’d consider proceedings…

Wild rumour department: dual citizenship special

31 October 2017 6:44 pm

Spreading wild rumours isn’t responsible. It is, however, one of the simpler pleasures of life. In that spirit — and…

Why stop at New England?

27 October 2017 5:45 pm

Why just stop at New England? Why not the whole country? Why not go to the people? The logic is…

The Greens for sale

3 October 2017 12:00 pm

EXCLUSIVE You’re a political party who appears to have reached – gratuitous Club of Rome reference – the limits of…

Do they just want it all to be over?

15 August 2017 7:30 pm

Late this afternoon, the Turnbull government lost a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives, 61 to 69.…

Canavan will be missed

25 July 2017 7:08 pm

LNP Senator Matt Canavan stood down from his position as resources minister this evening while issues over his citizenship are…

Budget 2017: an invitation to vote Labor

9 May 2017 8:43 pm

Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull have been far too clever by half with year’s budget. Yes, they’ve moved to blunt…

There’s still an elephant in the room, Prime Minister

18 January 2017 11:27 am

So we have a new ministry. Or an amended ministry, anyway. But there’s still an elephant in the room. Or…

Serious-ley, Prime Minister?

9 January 2017 11:41 am

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blundered today by referring his embattled Health Minister Sussan Ley’s travel claims off to the…

Has our right missed the story of the week?

14 November 2016 1:00 pm

All Trumped out? No excuse. The Australian right has not only failed to capitalise on the story of the week.…

Policy consistency: The Conversation last year, the ABC today?

26 October 2016 3:13 pm

Last year the government withdrew its funding from the pseudo-academic website The Conversation, saying its aggressive expansion appeared to indicate it…

Aren’t you glad you’ve got quality media like the ABC?

18 October 2016 3:17 pm

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie is in Canberra for Senate estimates today, no doubt being subjected to indignities by hard-right culture…

Good luck manning the polling booths, Mr Baird

6 October 2016 7:11 am

You all know the lines from Brecht: After the uprising of the 17th June The Secretary of the Writers Union…

On the upside, Prime Minister…

28 September 2016 7:27 am

Yesterday’s Newspoll wasn’t exactly the best of news for the Prime Minister, but it shouldn’t have come as any surprise.…