James Allan

Australian notes

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Some readers may be wondering what it’s like to vote Labor for the first time. Okay, by ‘vote Labor’ I…

Groupthink in the media and political classes

7 July 2016 7:22 am

Never have so few done so little for so many. That more or less sums up our political class in…

How many like me?

5 July 2016 9:53 am

So to all those Liberal MPs, and perhaps to Barnaby Joyce and the Nats, here’s something you need to consider,…

Australian notes

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Brexit, 1381 ad, and Turnbull’s election Well, the Brits did it. They defied the warnings and threats from ‘I got…

Australian notes

25 June 2016 4:00 am

Brexit, Del-cons and Trumpkins Later this week it begins. The voters will have their say. First it will happen in…

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…