James Allan

The Super Debate (cont’d)

18 June 2016 9:00 am

One of the joys of writing for this publication is that it is such a broad church. And that’s the…

Diary

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Around the world in 280 hours for work. Jules Verne would have been proud of me. In Britain, I arrived…

Elementary, my dear Henry

21 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the main reasons to buy the Australian these days is to read Judith Sloan and Henry Ergas.   Both…

Super bad

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Remember a short while back when all of us had a bit of a laugh over the then latest Turnbull…

Leaving the dance with the one who brought you

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, a Tory, got some things right during his tenure in office. He fought an…

Del-Conmania

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There’s a new phrase doing the rounds in the corridors of pro-Turnbull supporters. When you say it you have to…

Flagging interest

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand wants a new flag. What to do? What to do? What to do?…

Fool’s gold

12 March 2016 9:00 am

On March 3rd the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), Professor Rosalind Croucher, wrote an opinion piece in…

Chasing the latte vote

27 February 2016 9:00 am

As I write this column Newspoll is showing that the Coalition and Labor are in a 50-50 tie in terms…

Betting on, er, Trump

6 February 2016 9:00 am

This year’s biggest and most consequential election is not the one that will be held here in Australia. In fact,…

The road to bigger government spending

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Close your eyes and pretend for a moment that you are a top policy-maker in Canberra. On top of that,…

Triggs-er warning

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Why is it that right of centre political parties, when in government, spend so much money funding those who fundamentally…

Motherhood, apple pie and reform

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The recent election in Canada has got me thinking about reform here in Australia. That’s the six letter word that…

Pierre’s progeny

31 October 2015 9:00 am

Greg Sheridan, writing in the Australian, thinks last week’s Canadian election result signals a wider move to the left, and…

Cost benefit analysis of a coup

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Now I know that there are people out there (think of just about everyone who votes for the Greens) who…

Turnbull vs evolution

26 September 2015 9:00 am

Economists offer one way to understand the world. Evolutionary psychologists offer another. Sometimes they overlap. Sometimes they don’t. Let’s consider…

I come to praise Tony, not to bury him

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Senator George Brandis did a nice impression before the last election of wanting to be a latter day incarnation of…

Raving right-wingery?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

If we are to believe the ABC then this Abbott government is somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun.…

It’s the swill, stupid

15 August 2015 9:00 am

It is easy to blame the lack of reformist zeal in Australia on the politicians, the politicians on both sides…

Wrong diagnosis, again

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Repeat after me. ‘Finding ways to raise more money for government is not the same thing as undertaking much needed…

Steyin’ alive

18 July 2015 9:00 am

What are the odds that one of the world’s best political commentators happens to be an expert on the songs…

Mission impossible

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Tom Cruise has made an awful lot of commercially successful movies.There’s the one in which he cross-examines Jack Nicholson who…

Big Easy notes

13 June 2015 9:00 am

I’m hoping that at least a few readers will be happy to hear that I survived my first ever trip…

Closing young minds

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Aren’t you wonderfully proud of this nation’s universities? Over there in Western Australia we see a Vice Chancellor on a…

May day! May day!

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Readers will know there’s a big election pending in the UK, one in which a Conservative (albeit coalition) government is…