Michael Scammell

When woke comes to town

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The Australian leg of U2’s Joshua Tree tour is almost over and everyone can relax. Bono will slip his clothes…

Q&A and the inalienable right to be batshit crazy

9 November 2019 12:02 pm

The right to go batshit crazy is one of those inalienable rights. Like the right to bear arms and the…

Turkey, Syria and the Kurds: this is not just Donald Trump’s evil

23 October 2019 7:01 pm

While most fixate on the betrayal in Trump’s decision to withdraw troops and leave the Kurds to the mercy of…

Notes from a street protest

21 September 2019 3:11 pm

Coralines Emo Coraline look-a-like protesters from expensive Toorak Girls Private with an excellent fine arts program wave protest signs and…

It’s university open day season

15 September 2019 1:41 pm

It hasn’t been the same since the twins said they’ve just turned 18, and need a lift to the university.…

Corporate speak

12 August 2019 4:58 pm

ASIC is telling us corporates to employ psychologists to get inside the head of our CEOs and Boards and understand…

Essington Lewis: I am Woke

28 July 2019 2:11 pm

Legend has it that at the financial end of Collins Street where all the smart people go to beg there…

More quality political analysis

23 June 2019 4:04 pm

I was in Sydney during the Berejiklian landside and the tyre burning that followed and I stayed in a cheap…

I love my job

2 June 2019 11:04 am

It’s my first day at the job. I’m walking down Flinders Lane with its shadowy art deco buildings passing Degraves Street…

Nazi-hunting in Kooyong

27 April 2019 6:53 pm

Hunting Nazis is hard work so painting Hitler moustaches onto Josh Frydenberg posters does us all a big favor. We’re…

Election 19 and the Pam Ewing effect

16 April 2019 5:44 pm

In 1987 Pamela Ewing woke up to find Bobby emerging from the bathroom wearing only a towel and haircut. Presumed…

Doing it for the kids

24 March 2019 1:01 pm

There’s been a lot in the news about how cool the kids are. As Whitney Houston sang before using her…

Check your blowhardism

12 March 2019 12:08 pm

Being a blowhard means never having to say you’re sorry. When you’re not telling everyone what to think about climate…

Married at First Sight and the unkindness of strangers

16 February 2019 2:21 pm

Critics ask, ‘why MAFS’ – and it is certainly a polarising topic. This take, for example: ‘Fucking hard hitting journalism…

I’m rooting for the virgin

9 February 2019 2:06 pm

Strange things happen on Married at First Sight. A strange thing so strange that even the hair gelled, shaved skulled,…

The Wintour of our discontent

27 January 2019 7:06 pm

When it comes to fashion, one minute you’re talking about something and then next thing they’re talking about something else.…

Merry Xmas, literally Just Like Hitler

19 December 2018 4:20 pm

And so this is Christmas. That time of year when you make a list of all the people that aren’t…

Life tips for getting ahead in the modern era

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Malcolm Fraser said life wasn’t meant to be easy and then went and joined the Greens anyway. So here are…

The new Big Day Out

2 December 2018 2:11 pm

Hi mum, just got back from the Parliament House climate change protest. Protesting is just like Schoolies Week with lots…

Dismembering diplomacy’s fourth wall

13 November 2018 4:12 pm

Strange things happen at international embassies all the time. In 1984 a female British police officer was shot from the…

Writer’s notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Travelling with The Gillian Like any writer waiting on the tarmac I was trying to think of ways to monetise…

Malcolm’s suit

24 September 2018 5:02 pm

The first thing I noticed was Malcolm’s suit. Immaculately dressed at those daily pre-coup press conferences most days he seemed…

The Honey Badger, The Block — and Ronald Reagan

9 September 2018 6:02 pm

On the Other Channel, The Block contestants have what is called their ‘hero piece’. This is when you furnish your…

Writer’s notes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

On writing Every writer writes an ‘on writing’ piece. So here’s mine. Last week in Melbourne, I went to a…

The Canberra convulsions and the Honey Badger

23 August 2018 5:37 pm

I don’t follow rugby so I don’t know the Honey Badger. But I do follow politics and know that a…