Terry Barnes

Australia doesn’t need a Ministry of Truth

23 April 2024 11:32 pm

Two unrelated acts of stabbing violence, first the random murderous rampage of a knife-wielding man in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, followed…

Australia is in danger of tearing itself apart

21 April 2024 3:45 pm

In her new book, Liz Truss says she likes Australia and Australians. The country is, she says, ‘like Britain without…

The Sydney church terror attack is a wake-up call for Australians

16 April 2024 7:31 pm

Sydney has been rocked by another stabbing rampage – just days after six people were murdered in a knife attack…

The unimaginable tragedy of the Sydney stabbing attack

14 April 2024 12:30 am

Bondi Junction, in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs, is well known to many British backpackers and tourists. Close to the city’s…

The concerning appointment of Australia’s new governor-general

4 April 2024 8:29 pm

While the King and the Princess of Wales both battle cancer, the business of monarchy goes on. In the realms…

Is corporate Australia ashamed of Easter?

28 March 2024 2:00 am

This week, Holy Week for Christians, I went to a Westfield shopping mall in Melbourne. Being the week before Easter,…

Hobson’s leadership choice for Vic Libs

19 March 2024 1:00 am

Over the weekend, the Melbourne media were full of fevered speculation that a challenge to struggling Victorian Liberal and Coalition…

The great shame of Australia Day

26 January 2024 4:30 pm

Captain James Cook has fallen. Not on the shore of Hawaii’s Kealakekua Bay on Valentine’s Day 1779, but in the…

How Australia became obsessed with land acknowledgments

20 January 2024 5:30 pm

If you attend almost any public meeting or event in Australia these days, you’ll be greeted – some would say…

Why is Australia burying helicopters that Ukraine wants?

17 January 2024 5:53 pm

What do you do if you have dozens of combat helicopters you don’t want? If you’re the Australian government, you…

Australia sees sense on its plan to ditch the monarchy

9 January 2024 6:30 pm

Australia’s government has been determined to ‘do a Barbados’ and ditch the British monarchy for an Australian republic with an…

Life’s too short to battle public health puritans – I’m over it

3 January 2024 4:00 am

When I’m not compiling the Morning Double Shot email, or talking on the radio, my professional role is as a…

Aussie republicans are fawning over Denmark’s new queen

1 January 2024 9:55 pm

According to opinion polls, more Australians want to ditch the country’s ties with the British monarchy than retain it. The…

Why is Australia turning its back on Israel?

14 December 2023 12:45 am

In the days after the 7 October attack on Israel, Australia vowed to stand with Israel. It appears to have…

Your handy guide to unreliable activist journalists – published by them

27 November 2023 3:30 pm

We owe a debt of thanks to hundreds of journalists, and the media union house committees in the ABC and…

The crushing defeat of Australia’s divisive Voice referendum

15 October 2023 1:37 am

Australia’s Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, urged his fellow Australians to take ‘the opportunity to make history’ today. And they did,…

Australia’s Voice referendum is tearing the country apart

14 October 2023 5:45 pm

Almost 250 years after European settlement, many of Australia’s Aborigines still face appalling socio-economic disadvantages compared to fellow Australians: lower…

Winston Peters is no Kiwi Messiah 

30 August 2023 5:00 am

Our New Zealand regular contributor, Amy Brooke, usually talks sense, and her article in this week’s magazine, about identity and…

Sydney’s cocaine wars are spiralling out of control

1 August 2023 11:12 pm

The illicit moment of surreal euphoria from snorting a line of cocaine comes at a heavy price of misery and…

John Howard is right about British colonialism in Australia

27 July 2023 9:23 pm

Almost sixteen years after he lost office and his own parliamentary seat, former Australian Liberal prime minister John Howard is…

Daniel Andrews and ‘trust’ live on different planets

19 July 2023 4:00 am

I don’t give the proverbial rat’s arse about the Commonwealth Games. It is a second-rate sportsfest, whose only value is…

Australia’s Commonwealth games disgrace

18 July 2023 9:22 pm

In world sport, the Commonwealth games are a bit of a sideshow. In swimming and athletics, at least, they are…

Prime Ministers queer the pitch with politics

7 July 2023 6:00 am

It may not have been the best play but it wasn't Bodyline

Ben Roberts-Smith and the murky debate over accountability in war

2 June 2023 1:15 am

Today in Sydney, Australia’s most decorated soldier, former Special Air Services corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, was found by a civil…

Trudeau’s ‘coronation gift’ is just lip service to the monarchy

13 May 2023 4:30 pm

Cynically dressed up as a coronation-related gift to the Canadian nation, just days after the coronation, the country’s leader Justin Trudeau has…