Terry Barnes

Why did the new Australian PM insult the Queen?

5 June 2022 4:00 pm

Timing is everything in politics. This week in Canberra a new junior minister, an obscure Australian Labor Party MP named…

Jim Allan, you’re dreamin’

24 May 2022 12:15 pm

James Allan’s take on the worst night on the Liberal Party’s history is, by and large, right.  The leafy suburbs…

How Scott Morrison was defeated in Australia

22 May 2022 6:00 pm

‘Scott Morrison is empathetic – without the “em”.’ Those words, spoken on Friday by the Labor party frontbencher Jason Clare,…

Tezza’s how-to-vote card

19 May 2022 9:00 am

Regular readers will know that James Allan and I agree to disagree on the direction of centre-right politics. There is…

Saving Private Josh

6 May 2022 4:00 am

Josh Frydenberg has always been openly ambitious. Ambitious to be Member for Kooyong. Ambitious to be a minister. And ambitious…

Could Australia’s answer to Corbyn become PM?

16 April 2022 4:00 pm

While the main electoral attraction of the moment is the French presidential showdown between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen,…

Angry vapers want electoral revenge

13 April 2022 9:00 am

The media hype over the just-released report on vaping by the Australian National University’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Public…

The bullying of Kimberley Kitching

17 March 2022 5:20 am

In-depth reports from ideologically-opposite sources – Shaun Carney of The Age and Sharri Markson of The Australian – appear to…

Elegy for Warnie

6 March 2022 4:00 am

Shane Warne is gone. An Australian is gone. An Australia is gone. That he was taken far too soon goes…

Novak Djokovic’s arrogance was his downfall

15 January 2022 9:26 pm

The Australian government’s decision to cancel the world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic’s visa was inevitable in the end.…

Novak Djokovic is treating Australians like mugs

7 January 2022 12:27 am

Just minutes from the heart of Victoria’s capital, Melbourne Park is one of the great tennis complexes. For a fortnight…

Woke Cricket Australia trashes Australia Day by pandering to activists

3 January 2022 1:48 pm

Cricket Australia racked up a first this week, away from the MCG and the embarrassment that was the MCC cricket…

Activists cheer while Old Parliament House burns

31 December 2021 1:23 pm

Thursday’s ‘protest’ outside Canberra’s Old Parliament House, with Aboriginal activists – whether they were themselves Aboriginal or others claiming to…

Are companies sack-happy over vaccination status?

11 December 2021 12:00 pm

The Australian HR Institute is not an organisation we hear much from, and it certainly isn’t offering any competition to…

Christian Kerr

3 December 2021 12:47 pm

As you’ll have seen from Rowan Dean’s announcement yesterday, our hitherto anonymous online editor, Christian Kerr, custodian of Flat White,…

Tim Smith did the right thing – eventually 

7 November 2021 4:14 pm

It’s rare for a state politician to get a national profile when most Australians don’t have a clue who their…

Don’t pity those cheese-eating surrender monkeys, the French

21 September 2021 11:28 am

Witnessing the melodramatic outpouring of Gallic histrionics at Australia’s surprise but masterstroke decision to ditch the overblown, over-budget and already…

We are all losers from the Christian Porter affair

20 September 2021 11:00 am

Yesterday, embattled Christian Porter resigned from the Morrison cabinet, as he could not prove there is no conflict of interest…

Does AUKUS show there’s still life in the Morrison government?

17 September 2021 11:26 am

Yesterday’s surprise announcement of AUKUS – the new Australia-United Kingdom-United States security partnership – is huge news. Not only is…

Kiwis want elimination, and nothing but elimination

3 September 2021 3:43 pm

Yesterday, the New Zealand Herald published the findings of an opinion poll it commissioned as a wave of the Delta…

Daniel Andrews, democracy is an essential service

31 August 2021 11:31 am

The Commonwealth parliament is sitting this week. The Victorian parliament is supposed to be. Except it isn’t. On the advice…

Zero-Covid is wishful thinking if Australia wants to rejoin the world

31 August 2021 7:47 am

As former Australian foreign minister and High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer wrote in last week’s magazine, almost all…

The PM and the Coalition's polling paradox

30 August 2021 3:38 pm

Today’s Newspoll is ugly for the Coalition, throwing their primary vote and two-party preferred deficit back into late Malcolm Turnbull…

Let’s be more up-front and honest with the daily Covid numbers

23 August 2021 11:30 am

According to the federal Department of Health website, yesterday there were 10,956 active cases of Covid-19 across Australia. Of these,…

Afghanistan’s fall — and our disgrace

18 August 2021 3:12 pm

If you go into someone else’s house and trash it, you have a moral as well as a legal obligation…