Peter O'Brien

Is constitutional recognition a good idea for democracy?

27 January 2022 4:00 am

Janet Albrechtsen has a piece in Wednesday’s Australian concerning the proposed Voice to Parliament and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.…

Vaccine mandates? Get knotted

26 November 2021 4:00 am

I have a friend who has not been vaccinated.  He was advised by his doctor not to have the jab. …

Bravo to the Rittenhouse jury

20 November 2021 10:39 am

How disingenuous can one 79-year-old mentally enfeebled President be? Here is Biden’s reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict:  While the…

The logic behind net zero

3 November 2021 4:00 am

Tony Abbott once said, ‘climate change is crap’. What he should have said was ‘catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is crap’,…

What price the truth of the story of white settlement?

17 October 2021 11:50 am

If truth were a commodity, you’d short sell it.  Think the Coates enquiry into hotel quarantine, cheap renewables and so…

Why conservatives shouldn’t support an Indigenous Voice to Parliament

10 August 2021 6:04 pm

Yesterday, Flat White ran a piece by Senator Andrew Bragg explaining why conservatives should support the proposed Indigenous Voice to…

The Oldest Culture: Epilogue

29 July 2021 4:00 am

The final in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. This is the last of a series of articles…

The Oldest Culture: Engineering

22 July 2021 5:08 pm

The fourth in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. These days we hear a lot about what a…

The Oldest Culture: Science

19 July 2021 6:09 pm

The third in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. These days we hear a lot about what a…

The Oldest Culture: Mathematics

15 July 2021 5:32 pm

A series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. The study of mathematics has been in the news lately, with great…

The Oldest Culture? Aboriginal astronomy

12 July 2021 4:00 am

The first in a series of articles examining Dark Emu-style claims. Just a few days ago, Bella d’Abrera from the…

REVEALED: Inside the Dark Emu Wiki Wars

28 June 2021 3:00 pm

Readers may remember my abortive undercover mission in the People’s Republic of Wikipedia, specifically in the Protectorate of Dark Emu. …

Pugnacious polemic and Dark Emu

23 June 2021 4:00 am

At the risk of seeming a little obsessed, and possibly boring readers, I wonder if I might be indulged in…

Dark Emu: the turkeys fight back

18 June 2021 4:00 am

Well, Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe certainly threw the Tasmanian devil among the scrub turkeys supporting Bruce Pascoe, with the…

Shining a light on Dark Emu

15 June 2021 4:00 am

Finally, the spurious claims of Bruce Pascoe are coming under serious scrutiny from a source more credible than those alleged hotbeds of racism, Quadrant or the Dark…

Thanks, Joe Biden

17 May 2021 4:00 am

Is there no end to the litany of cock-ups that can be laid at the feet of the 46th President of the United States of…

Dutton earns his stripes over unit citations

20 April 2021 5:19 pm

Peter Dutton has stamped his authority on his new portfolio in a way that demonstrates that he is a leader who is prepared to…

Dan's days may be numbered, but beware his legacy

12 April 2021 4:00 am

Speculation has now commenced as to the future leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews given his slow progress in recovering from…

Trapped in the People’s Republic of Wikipedia

30 March 2021 4:00 am

I’m starting to learn what it might be like to live in China but fortunately my experience is actually pretty benign.  I’m in a sort…

Pirate Pete and the republican bin-feeders

18 March 2021 4:00 am

I have a certain affinity with the idea of an Australian head of state, although I must admit that it…

Putting the Voice in the Constitution: a dangerous move

10 February 2021 4:00 am

Recently, The Australian has run a series of articles, six at least, pushing the idea of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. …

How a conservative Supreme Court nobly upheld conservatism

14 December 2020 6:11 pm

It appears the United States Supreme Court has snuffed out Donald Trump’s last chance to save his Presidency. This is…

What second wave?

22 October 2020 5:00 am

I have a bee in my bonnet about the universal description of Victoria’s Wuhan virus travails as a ‘second wave’. …