Rocco Loiacono

Lockdown might be loosening but who’s in charge?

17 October 2021 4:00 pm

In his two weeks or so in office New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has done more to lift the…

The Catholic Church’s Plenary Council: another case of ‘reform, reform’ – aren’t things bad enough already? 

4 October 2021 4:30 pm

This week, 280 bishops, clergy and laypeople will convene in a Plenary Council to consider issues that will have a…

Britain rediscovers liberal democracy over vaccine passports – while Australia trashes it

15 September 2021 4:00 am

As noted in yesterday’s Morning Double Shot newsletter, in Britain and Australia we have two countries, two contrasting approaches to…

Dante Alighieri: a giant of the West and a man for our times

12 September 2021 10:00 am

Tuesday marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, the Florentine poet, politician and philosopher. Dante, or as…

Why this social conservative might just vote for the Liberal Democrats

8 September 2021 1:13 pm

Being the discerning lot that they are, Spectator Australia readers would have by now worked out that I am a social…

Police speak out on Covid regs: ‘The directions we are ordered to comply with are highly politicised’

26 August 2021 4:00 am

Two weeks ago the Western Australian Police Commissioner, Chris Dawson, issued an edict. As of Monday, 9 August, any officer…

Most Covid patients at Israeli hospital fully vaccinated? What does this mean for Australia?

11 August 2021 6:57 pm

Israel has been held up as the “gold standard” of how to conduct the coronavirus vaccine rollout. It has seen approximately 70% of its…

The People’s Republic of Westralia: where nut jobs rule

25 July 2021 4:00 am

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Curtin…

Is the Kids Helpline helpful – or just a sign of our malaise?

23 July 2021 4:21 pm

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Curtin…

Why should we rely on mRNA vaccines?

9 July 2021 4:00 am

Last month the federal government announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine would be phased out, with it being available only ‘on…

Do we have a constitutional right to free speech?

2 July 2021 4:00 am

“Freedom of speech may not be protected by Australia’s constitution, high court judge says,” screamed a recent headline in The…

Vaccine segregation is an affront to liberty

29 June 2021 6:00 pm

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, supported by state premiers and territory chief ministers, is set to make the coronavirus vaccination mandatory…

When can conservatives disobey the law?

25 June 2021 4:00 am

The great English novelist Charles Dickens, based on his experiences, had a very dark view of lawyers and the legal…

High noon for academic freedom at the High Court

17 June 2021 4:00 am

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Curtin…

ScoMo goes troppo

27 May 2021 6:07 pm

Many Spectator Australia readers will recall the way Paul Keating taunted John Hewson in the lead up to the 1993…

What does the future hold for Malcolm Turnbull?

24 May 2021 3:30 pm

The Spectator Australia has been spelling out a simple truth for many years now: Malcolm Turnbull simply isn’t very good…

How accurate are PCR tests?

16 May 2021 5:17 pm

With the revelation that passengers were barred from boarding the first repatriation flight to Australia from India on the basis of…

Budget 2021: a spendathon sugar hit to keep the punters high till polling day

11 May 2021 5:00 am

Despite Josh Frydenberg’s denials, we appear set for a spendathon budget tonight, a budget where an unexpected surge in revenue…

Scott Morrison: a show about nothing 

6 May 2021 1:18 pm

Speculation that the government would like to go to the polls by the end of this year has been swirling…

The facts on compulsory coronavirus vaccination in the workplace 

27 April 2021 4:00 am

Last week the Nine newspapers reported a Fair Work Commission decision to uphold the right of an employer, in this case major…

Mark McGowan, WA’s lazy lord of the lockdown

25 April 2021 2:07 pm

For the second time in less than three months, the Wester Australian Premier Mark McGowan has locked up two million…

Vaccine ‘passports’: a legal and ethical minefield

9 April 2021 4:00 am

On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. An important aspect of this plan is…

Where are our conservative heroes?

5 April 2021 4:00 am

The federal parliament’s pre-Budget recess carries with it crucial significance this year. It comes at a time when the Morrison…

Nero walks in Western Australia

24 March 2021 4:00 am

In 64 AD a great fire swept through Rome, destroying much of the city. The Emperor of the time, Nero,…

The WA Liberals have only themselves to blame

14 March 2021 3:38 pm

Tomorrow, 15 March, in 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated. In Shakespeare’s homonymous play a fortune teller warns Caesar of…