John Stone

Dear Paul

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Three major articles by the Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly, and Tony Abbott’s even more major Heritage Foundation speech in Washington,…

Dis-con notes

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Are they blind? It is seven months since my last Dis-Con Notes (‘No More Shilly-Shallying’, 2/12/17). Meanwhile the Liberal party…

Populate or perish: destroying the village to save it from perishing?

29 March 2018 3:05 pm

Greg Sheridan’s article “Great leaders knew immigration truth: populate or perish” from Saturday’s Weekend Australian assails “the decisive turn by…

Since when was common sense discrimination?

23 March 2018 7:33 am

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s remarks about white South African farmers, including possibly granting them special immigration consideration, evoked charges…

If you don’t fight, you lose

14 March 2018 12:23 pm

A concatenation of events can sometimes resolve a conundrum, and that happened when, on Sunday, I was watching Sky News’s…

Dis-con notes

2 December 2017 9:00 am

No more shilly-shallying When Parliament sits on Monday, it will (I assume) be greeted by another Newspoll. The last one…

Enough is enough: we are all Australians

31 October 2017 8:19 pm

After 50 years of unremitting failure in Aboriginal affairs, it’s time to say, “Enough is enough”! Our once boundless goodwill…

Dis-con notes

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Toughen up, snowflakes Another parliamentary sitting week has passed, with nothing done to confront the fate that has been staring…

The recognition racket

1 June 2017 7:13 am

Given the outcome of last week’s grand talk-fest at the lavish Sails in the Desert resort at Yulara, near Ayers…

Constitutional recognition? Tell ’em they’re dreamin’

19 October 2016 7:03 am

In Canberra today the Constitutional Education Foundation of Australia will hold a Forum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Australians…

Time to talk frankly on immigration

29 September 2016 1:46 pm

Last week The Australian editorialised on Australia’s immigration policies, noting that the Prime Minister’s “reception this week at an invitation-only UN summit on…

Malcolm Turnbull: supreme narcissist

28 July 2016 1:45 am

Over lunch with friends on June 30, we all guessed the election outcome. I thought the Coalition would lose 11…

Budget notes

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Rabbits, hats and a poke in the eye It is bad enough that the 2016-17 Budget contained so little of…

Del-con notes

14 May 2016 9:00 am

With the Labor-lite Budget behind us and 49 days to the election, conservative Liberal voters – who Liberal Party pollster…

The mark of Cain

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Six months ago 54 Liberal Party members and senators stamped the mark of Cain upon their foreheads, deposing as Prime…

The Liberals’ Rudd

5 December 2015 9:00 am

On14 September last, 54 Liberal parliamentary members voted to sack the man who had first led them from a hopeless…