James Allan

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…

GSTea Party

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Je suis Western Australian. I stand with them and against my own Queensland and all the other States. I refer…

Hounds or poodles?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Terry Barnes recently claimed (Hounding Abbott, 28 February) that a pack of ‘Jokers to the Right’ commentators think ‘it’s more…

Our Constitution and the Senate

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Most of the journalists in this country, and pretty much all of the ones who work for the ABC, basically…

Even the states dislike federalism

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Did any of you notice that the State of Victoria is now lobbying for national anti-bikie laws? Why, you might…

Let him who is without sin…

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Let me lay down two propositions. The first is that labour relations in this country are in a bad way,…

The Y.U.U.Y. disease

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Let me put my money where my mouth is and make this bold prediction. Tony Abbott can save his leadership…

Censorship guide

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Here is a wee little guide for all of you people who work for the ABC, or Get-Up!, or the…

Jarryd Hayne, meet Adam Smith

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Imagine that a Visiting Martian has just landed on earth. The first thing he or she does is to read…

Demonstrators wave posters reading ‘Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie)’, during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo killing spreeby three Islamist terrorists.

Responding to murderous bullies

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The Paris terrorists who murdered in the name of their religion opted to attack people who draw cartoons. They didn’t…

Wicked versus Stupid

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Why is it so hard for those with ‘lefty’ political sensibilities to be funny when they write about politics? And…