David Flint

Seasonal notes

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Abbott and Trump are right   It is one year since Tony Abbott, recalling the role of the Australian Light…

A Bennelong bombshell will leave Turnbull terminal

12 December 2017 6:06 pm

The Bennelong by-election is likely to lead to a change of leadership in the Liberal Party which if wisely done,…

Twilight notes

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Economic, political and diplomatic decline Australia under the Howard government was riding high, a nation almost uniquely debt-free, well governed,…

Yellow Peril, White Paper

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The great foreign secretary, Lord Palmerston, saw no need to spell  out British foreign policy in some vast official paper.…

Has the parliament been infiltrated? The Senate must act

1 December 2017 10:02 am

The Senate must decide the Dastyari question now. It’s more than about one senator. It’s about the control and influence…

Aux bien pensants

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Dat’s a nice bottom With so many stories about sexual harassment, I should reveal my experience decades ago. Looking up…

Citizenship notes

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It could have all been so much easier… Whatever the deal done by the Coalition and Labor, there always was…

The evil face of anarchy

15 November 2017 1:33 pm

A possible future Australia was on show outside Sydney’s old Eveleigh Railway Workshops on Friday night and it is not at…

Sacrificial notes

11 November 2017 9:00 am

To the Sun Goddess Wong Visiting Canada, I could not fail but note the absence of any significant campaign to…

Dystopic pregnancy

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The mathematical, reading and science skills of Australian school students are in serious decline with the average student now close…

Convention of Outsiders

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Confidence in our political system has collapsed, as the internationally respected 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer records. Politicians usually justify our…

But what about survival of the press — and the role of the ABC?

15 September 2017 1:02 pm

The Australian media have always been subject to competition law. So why should there be special laws about their structure?…

The Prime Minister’s protection racket

13 September 2017 7:37 pm

The Prime Minister is in a terrible mess. Not because of the photograph cuddling his grandchild and holding a glass…

Aux bien pensants

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Everything and anything to bring Australia down Will our elites succeed in bringing Australia down, just as Argentina and especially…

If you don’t know, vote no

6 September 2017 11:59 am

From its previous decisions, it is possible, indeed probable that the High Court will stop the same-sex marriage plebiscite on…

Burkas and broken oaths: complete the constitution

24 August 2017 7:20 am

My blood ran cold. A woman – I assume she was a woman – came towards me in a burka…

Aux bien pensants

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Say Yes to No Just as the appeasement of Nazi Germany ended with Chamberlain’s Declaration of War at 11.15am on…

Same sex notes

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Hang the Senate: let the people decide   However much he has foolishly encouraged it, the Prime Minister cannot tolerate…

Constitutional notes

5 August 2017 9:00 am

When no means no   The golden rule for constitutional change is that this should only be contemplated if it…

Politicians and political activists cannot sit in judgement

21 June 2017 8:59 pm

The resignation of Professor David  Weisbrot from the Australian Press Council was not necessary. This relates to the controversy concerning the…

Manus: a ten point plan to recover our honour, our borders and our country

15 June 2017 2:16 pm

The Turnbull government has gone to water over the claim by about 1900 Manus Island detainees. It could have and…

Malcolm Turnbull: governing for headlines and opinion polls

26 April 2017 2:17 pm

You would think that after imposing what they had promised not to impose, a new tax on superannuation, or the backpacker tax,…

Rejoice: America is back

11 April 2017 9:50 am

In the vast array of comment concerning President Trump’s intervention in Syria, recall that most commentators, whether American or not, refused to…

Our failing political class

21 March 2017 4:55 pm

Too many problems in modern Australia country have been either created by our ruling political class or made significantly worse by…

Pauline Hanson isn’t ripping off Queensland. Canberra’s ripping off the West

8 March 2017 5:30 pm

The accusation by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that Pauline Hanson is trying to rip $1.6 billion from her home state to send to…