John Slater

Royally irresponsible

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Over the past year, a belief has taken hold that the main driver of wrongdoing in our banking and financial…

Making a hash of the climate debate

8 December 2018 9:00 am

According much of the media, last Friday’s climate change ‘strike’ staged by school students across Australia was an epoch-making moment…

Australian schools: reading, writing and revolution

23 November 2018 1:47 pm

Revelations this week that schoolteacher Regina Wilson had vowed to “ensure that the next generation of voters in my classroom…

Julia Gillard’s dropouts

29 September 2018 9:00 am

In 2008, Julia Gillard announced that the Rudd government’s policy of uncapping university places marked the start of ‘a higher…

Tin foil hats and the top end of town

14 July 2018 9:00 am

You have to wonder what Paul Keating will be thinking as the invitations to attend Labor fundraisers and campaign events…

Manipulating Facebook

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Judging by the way Mark Zuckerberg was cross-examined before Congress last week, you’d think Facebook was on the brink of…

Unlearning truth

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Nearly ten months on, the University of Sydney appears to be coming to grips with the fact that Donald Trump…

Sex, stats and scrutiny

11 August 2017 7:38 am

Last week’s release of the Human Rights Commission’s report on sexual assault in universities last week saw the media and…

Up the pointy end

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Bill Shorten has ramped up Labor’s efforts to stoke envy among the many by maligning the success of the few,…

Yassmin’s Aussie values

28 April 2017 9:15 am

Last week, Malcolm Turnbull’s announced move to put Australian values front and centre in our citizenship process was lampooned by…

What’s so bad about 457 visas?

21 April 2017 12:04 pm

Malcolm Turnbull claims the Government’s abolition of the 457 visa in favour of more stringent entry requirements for skilled migrants…

Clementine Ford’s guilt by association

9 April 2017 10:04 am

Clementine Ford – bedlamite, feminist provocateur and keyboard warrior extraordinaire – penned a column the other day calling for the…

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the death of free speech in Australia

4 April 2017 1:07 pm

Jesus Christ was hung on a cross for saying things people didn’t like. More than 2,000 years later, what’s changed?…

The dangerous narcissism of Earth Hour

25 March 2017 2:50 pm

Around this time in March each year, millions of people in developed countries spend 60 minutes of their lives reeling…

Time to get tough on business-union sleaze

24 March 2017 6:25 pm

Nearly sixteen months after Dyson Heydon handed down his final report following the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption, Malcolm…

Illiberal, censorious and ugly: the modern left will drive you to drink

15 March 2017 9:07 pm

Once upon a time, the causes of tolerance and diversity meant throwing off the yoke of old prejudices and being…

Will the government miss another free kick from the union movement?

9 March 2017 6:54 pm

Today thousands of CFMEU members across Australia took the day off work to march in solidarity with retail and hospitality…

Bill borrows from Trump’s protectionist playbook

21 February 2017 7:34 am

Donald Trump’s ascendancy has provided ample fodder for left-leaning politicians, GetUp! and other aggrieved members of the activist class seeking…

We need to talk (sensibly) about Islam

17 February 2017 1:35 pm

The unedifying spectacle between self-styled Muslim feminist Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Jacqui Lambie on Monday night’s Q&A was a master class…

A lecture from UQ on diversity and tolerance – not

6 February 2017 7:27 am

Lofty notions of free enquiry, open debate and tolerance are paid no shortage of lip service in Australian universities. In…

Bleeding hearts a roadblock to reconciliation – and more

26 January 2017 5:56 pm

In recent years it has become increasingly fashionable to lament Australia Day instead of celebrating it. Indeed, a day founded…

Derryn Hinch and the ABCC: Shame, shame, shame!

1 December 2016 5:20 pm

Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash have boasted that the long-awaited passage of the Government’s ABCC bills is a ‘fundamental economic…

Do words Trump facts?

29 October 2016 8:11 am

To dispense with the obvious, Donald Trump’s recently aired commentary about his extra-marital escapades are ill befitting of any serious…

Time to Ged real about the CFMEU

20 October 2016 5:27 pm

On Monday’s Q&A, ACTU leader Ged Kearney claimed that the Government’s proposed reinstatement of the ABCC was about ‘union breaking’…

The Shoppies’ sellout

2 September 2016 9:28 pm

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association  — affectionately known as the ‘Shoppies’ – is under fire from employer groups…