James Allan

Reef notes

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In for a penny, in for half a billion bucks Okay, here’s an observation that ought to disturb you. Former…

The end of the beginning

21 August 2018 1:55 pm

So Malcolm Turnbull finally made a tactically wise move and vacated the leadership to bring on the Peter Dutton challenge…

Young or old, too many Liberal backbenchers won’t stand for principle

19 August 2018 3:51 pm

I knew things were bad with the federal Liberal Party but I didn’t know things were this bad.   You see…

Dear Jymbo

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Dear Jymbo, I am a sad and disgruntled Liberal party member of parliament in Canberra. I thought I was being…

Having a list

4 August 2018 9:00 am

For the past week I’ve been in my native Canada, aka the epicentre of TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome. In…

How’s that dissing the del-cons going?

30 July 2018 8:07 am

So we’re now well into year three of the Team Turnbull Labor Lite experiment as Malcolm Turnbull – a big…

May day for Brexit

14 July 2018 9:00 am

I confess to being incredibly naive. After the 23 June 2016 Brexit referendum when 1.7 million more Britons voted for…

Fake news and appointing judges

8 July 2018 4:59 pm

I have made a point of reading dozens and dozens of different mainstream media accounts of the recent retirement of…

Canadian notes

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The size of the dog in the fight Can you imagine running on a party platform or manifesto with the…

Our universities and more…

9 June 2018 10:11 am

I suspect a fair few readers are pretty incredulous about the whole Peter Ridd saga at James Cook University. Ridd…

West goes south

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Last November I was lucky enough to have been invited to the Sydney launch of the Ramsay Centre for Western…

Australian notes

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Want to know how low the commitment to free speech has sunk these days? About a week ago the White…

Evil vs dumb

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The great US columnist Charles Krauthammer once noted this truth about contemporary political life in America: ‘To understand the workings…

Those dastardly, discommodious Delcons

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Remember back to the time of the coup against Tony Abbott when the great and the good (I speak loosely…

Australian notes

31 March 2018 9:00 am

On tour with Jordan I got the phone call back in January. The man on the other end of the…

The fight Conservatives must have

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Hands up if you read Paul Kelly in last Saturday’s Australian? He was writing on the state of conservatism in…

Satirical notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Night of the Black Hands It was a dark mid-March weekend night in Adelaide. The fine citizens of South Australia’s…

What is the point of Cory Bernardi?

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Let me be honest. I don’t really see the point of Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives (‘AC’) party as presently configured.…

In defence of Tasmania

23 February 2018 8:03 pm

It feels a bit odd that someone like me, a native-born Canadian who has lived in Queensland for the last…

Burdens of proof and blatant bias

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The non-lawyer readers of this fine publication may not be aware of a key premise (really it is a trade-off…

Classic whodunnit

3 February 2018 9:00 am

How many readers know the answer to the question, ‘After the Bible and Shakespeare, who is the biggest selling author…

Conserve what?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

If, like me, you are a small government, strong borders and national defence, lots of free speech and as little…

New Year’s musings

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Love me do I think we all understand how ‘user pays’ works. Say you go to the local municipal swimming…

Australian notes

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Compare and contrast So it’s coming up to a year since one Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president…

Australian notes

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The Textorising of the right Let me make a confession, one that should you utter it out loud would mark…