Hal G.P. Colebatch

The metastasising of 18c

15 December 2016 5:30 pm

My first action, after the initial wave of nauseated disbelief had passed, was to check on Google to see if…

Gaza and World Vision: Where was the Australian Embassy?

8 August 2016 10:44 pm

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service claims that the major non-Governmental charity World Vision has funneled millions of dollars to…

Who’s xenophobic now?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The storm over Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s remarks on migrants, and Bill Shorten’s likening him to Pauline Hanson, show highly-selective…

Liberal values hi-jacked!

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Prime Minister Turnbull’s appointment of Craig Laundy as Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs looks like another blunder, and not merely…

Slap in the face

19 March 2016 9:00 am

In their drive to push the Liberal Party leftward, Turnbull and his supporters have betrayed one of the Party’s fundamental…

Hat trick

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Kipling once wrote a poem lamenting that the three-volume romantic novel (‘The old three-decker’) was said to be extinct. It…

Islamic extremism, Nazism and modernity

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The 9/11 suicide pilots were – obviously – trained pilots, even if they were not interested in learning how to…

Three authors and Islam

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In 1910, with Prussian militarism apparently the greatest looming threat to the British Empire and Western civilization, G. K. Chesterton…

One of the immortals

2 January 2016 9:00 am

I feel I have lost part of myself with the death of Harry Butler at the age of 85. Though…

Conservatives, maintain your rage

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Time, it is said, heals all wounds in politics, apart from those fatal to start with. The present wounds in…

Turnbull sticks with ‘offend’ and ‘insult’

31 October 2015 9:00 am

After a bad start, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears determined to keep on the same way, and to further alienate…

A whiff of WA Inc

17 October 2015 9:00 am

WA Inc. remains a noisome memory from the 1980s as the worst political scandal in WA politics and one of…

Dockside humour

18 July 2015 9:00 am

A reader of my book Australia’s Secret War: how unions sabotaged our troops in World War II has sent me…

Some boats shouldn’t be turned back

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Reports that an Australian naval ship, HMAS Choules, has secretively returned about 50 Vietnamese boat-refugees to Da Nang in Vietnam…

Ends of the earth

18 April 2015 9:00 am

This story, second in a projected series (the first was The Thief Fleet, reviewed in these pages 8 December 2012),…

The rise of the politicians

28 September 2013 9:00 am

This book expresses what is being more and more widely felt in English-speaking and other western countries: government is becoming…