Ross Fitzgerald

The Coalition has surrendered its key point of political differentiation - debt and deficit

13 May 2021 1:31 pm

There were a heap of euphoric headlines in response to the federal budget. And what’s not to like in a…

Body politics

30 March 2021 4:09 pm

It’s my observation that most women come at politics from a fundamentally different perspective than men – as they do…

We’ve got the vaccine, but what will fix our sense of nationhood?

23 February 2021 4:00 am

With Covid jabs now beginning to roll out, my sense is that we’ll soon declare victory over the pandemic and…

Born comics die laughing

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Evolutionary theory is primarily about survival but, as Jonathan Silvertown makes clear in this intriguing book,  as well as having…

Portrait of the piss artist as a young man

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Being the son of the revered John Olsen has often been intriguing, and sometimes difficult. Olsen, 92, is arguably Australia’s…

Covid notes

12 September 2020 9:00 am

I’m at risk, but I don’t want lockdowns It’s hard to credit in a democracy like Australia, but five and…

This isn’t leadership

22 August 2020 9:00 am

It’s time to get a sense of proportion about the virus

The so-called National Cabinet

1 August 2020 9:00 am

This is no way to produce sensible policy

Bedwetter’s lament

11 July 2020 9:00 am

The trouble with political memoirs is that it’s very hard to get the balance right between the book-length version of…

A smaller man

1 May 2020 11:00 pm

Never trust a person who keeps a diary. After all, who keeps a diary other than someone who wants subsequently…

Recognising China (for what it is)

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Scott Morrison’s recent speech to the Lowy Institute was the most important prime ministerial foreign policy announcement in some years.…

Vengeful pygmies

13 July 2019 9:00 am

It says almost everything that needs to be said about Niki Savva’s latest book that its original title was Highway…

Libs must now lead

15 June 2019 9:00 am

The euphoria is understandable. After trailing Labor in the polls throughout the last parliament, the Liberals can be forgiven a…

Gladys throws the Libs a lifeline

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The return of the Berejiklian government demonstrates that good governments can win a third term, despite self-inflicted wounds. That will…

Abbott – the next Liberal leader?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

It might be a little unfair to describe the announced departures of very senior Liberals Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne…

The man the Left fears most

16 February 2019 9:00 am

The seat of Warringah, on Sydney’s northern beaches, has never been marginal and has always been held for the conservative…

Clive spends big on Clive

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Is it possible to buy your way into the federal parliament? It seems that we are about to find out…

If the Libs don’t represent the right, someone else will

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Among political insiders, I detect some relief that the two-party-preferred Newspoll gap between the Turnbull government and the Shorten opposition…

Turnbull, winner?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

It may be far too early to declare Malcolm Turnbull a potential winner of the next federal election but it’s…

Opposition to e-cigs is running out of puff

7 April 2018 9:00 am

In 2003 Hon Lik, a Beijing pharmacist, developed an electronic cigarette which attracted interest from industry. Decades before, Hon Lik…

Three billboards outside Canberra, ACT

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Back in 2009, when Malcolm Turnbull lost the federal Liberal leadership, the feisty Bronwyn Bishop said that the members had…

Re-discovering Cook

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Despite an unpleasant resurgence of anti-British, anti-European political correctness, Captain James Cook (1728-1779) remains one of the world’s greatest explorers.…

Australian notes

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Shorten must be stopped For once, Malcolm Turnbull’s current travails are not all his own fault. The Prime Minister could…