Derek Parker

Under the bed

11 December 2014 2:00 pm

The bogeyman of the ASIO agent under the bed has long been an obsession of the Left, and judging from…

Genocidal thoughts

13 November 2014 3:00 pm

It takes a certain type of courage for a writer to complete a book and then admit that he does…

In the big chair

9 October 2014 2:00 pm

Even those of us of a conservative bent hoped that the election of the Rudd government in 2007 would constitute…

Racy reading

2 October 2014 1:00 pm

In a field which is often characterised by polemics and hand-wringing, Noel Pearson has emerged as both a considered thinker…

Head Beaters

25 September 2014 1:00 pm

Ah, democracy. The informed will of the majority. If only the practice was as simple as the theory. When it…

Thought bubbles

28 August 2014 1:00 pm

It is not really a surprise that political parties produce a certain number of oddballs; the scary thing is that…

Oz Islam: Eid 2014, Lakemba Mosque, Sydney

Muslim integration

31 July 2014 1:00 pm

Growing up is hard enough at any time; coping with additional cross-currents of race and religion is a whole new…

Bronwyn Bishop: personal attack

Unfair and unbalanced

17 July 2014 1:00 pm

The thesis of this book is that there is something wrong with politics in Australia. Bryant is right, but not…

Labor partisan’s economic tale

10 July 2014 1:00 pm

The old saw about economics being a dismal science turns out, on the evidence of this short but interesting piece…

Labor renewal?

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

Ben Chifley once spoke about a shining light on the hill. By the time that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard…

Out of his depth

12 June 2014 1:00 pm

There are individuals who, when fate hands them the opportunity for greatness, have risen to the challenge. Rob Oakeshott was…

‘Qui, moi?’

24 April 2014 1:00 pm

In 2008, Bob Carr was on an ABC panel show, pontificating about the wisdom of decisions of the US Supreme…

Letting go

16 April 2014 1:00 pm

We are not, by our nature, a militaristic people, and it is significant that our most well-known military venture was…

A sober critic

10 April 2014 1:00 pm

Let’s get one thing straight: gullibility is not a virtue. This simple principle appears to be difficult to grasp for…

The new Garnaut Report

6 February 2014 3:00 pm

Yes, economics really is a dismal science, if this book is to be believed. Even when things are going right,…

Our colourful stories

3 January 2014 3:00 pm

That’s girt by sea, as in the national anthem. As a title, it fits the overall tone of the book,…

Mining magnate paradox

14 November 2013 3:00 pm

In many ways, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has become the likeable face of the Australian mining boom, a self-made billionaire without…

The world according to Bob

17 October 2013 2:00 pm

Apparently, Ellis believes that the year 2011 was as important as 1848. He never explains why, exactly. He seems to…

Sour mixture

10 October 2013 2:00 pm

This book purports to be the story of the 2013 election. It is not clear why it makes that claim,…

Born to rule

15 August 2013 1:00 pm

Depending on how you look at it, the Chinese Communist Party is either the last non-ridiculous bastion of Marxism, an…

In the bunker

1 August 2013 1:00 pm

The rusted-on supporters of the ALP must wonder how it came to this. Six years ago, the ALP was on…

Hunting for bogeymen

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

Here is how you make a conspiracy theory: take a couple of facts, stir in a few assumptions, then add…

Tony Abbott

One-sided story

25 May 2013 6:00 pm

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott By David Marr Black Inc, $19.95, pp 208 ISBN 978186355980 If there is…

Terra nullius

11 May 2013 6:00 pm

For many people these days, exploration means peeking into some of the more unusual corners of the internet. This massive…

Hunting for bogeymen

20 April 2013 6:00 pm

Somewhere along the line, belief in climate change became something like a religion, complete with high priests and searches for…