Terry Barnes

Vaping, Big Public Health and the new McCarthyism

13 July 2017 5:54 pm

One of the more emotive arguments thrown up against e-cigarettes and vaping is that multinational tobacco companies, including Philip Morris…

Turnbull’s just Dizzy

11 July 2017 3:34 pm

Well, Malcolm Turnbull did it on Monday in London.  He took Tony Abbott’s bait and weighed into the moderate v…

Abbott’s right about being more right

28 June 2017 10:19 am

I wrote recently that the sensible centre in Australian politics is dead. Labor is off with the populist pixies and…

The curse of the Black Hand

26 June 2017 10:59 am

How appropriate Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne was speaking to a Liberal left faction group called the Black Hand when…

An attack on Andrew Bolt — and all believers in free speech

8 June 2017 4:24 pm

I know Andrew Bolt moderately.  For a time I appeared on The Bolt Report.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting…

The health department head compounds his sins

4 June 2017 5:12 pm

Embattled Health Department head, Martin Bowles’s, Senate estimates performance last week is a gift that keeps on giving. As we…

The Health Department boss should pack his bags

30 May 2017 4:25 pm

If I was Health Department secretary, Martin Bowles, I’d be checking my superannuation paperwork is in order. Over three hours…

Where’s a drug test for hypocrisy when you need one?

16 May 2017 5:00 pm

I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning, and Twitter always is pungent with its bitter almond aroma. Today…

Budget 2017: politically clever, but…

10 May 2017 7:38 am

I’ve been lamenting that for too long we’ve had no sensible centre in Australian politics, effectively ceding the political debate…

Tony Nutt: Turnbull’s fall guy

6 April 2017 9:26 am

On Wednesday, Liberal federal director Tony Nutt announced his resignation after a year and a half in the job. The…

Thank you, Colin Barnett

12 March 2017 12:27 pm

As the dust settles on the Western Australian election result, let’s not forget that for 8 ½ years Colin Barnett…

Let’s have a day for middle-aged white men

8 March 2017 6:17 pm

So International Women’s Day (aka the ABC’s male presenters’ RDO) has come and gone.  Feminists and social media mavens have…

Our pols can learn a thing or two from the Kiwi cousins

17 February 2017 10:00 am

Today, Malcolm Turnbull visits New Zealand for his first leaders’ meeting with Kiwi Prime Minister Bill English. Trans-Tasman trade and whether there’s a future for the…

Cory finally gets off the pot

7 February 2017 11:21 am

So Cory Bernardi has finally done it.  Today he leaves the Liberal party for his own vanity project, taking the six-year…

Don’t begrudge Gillard her gong

26 January 2017 2:20 pm

In her Australia Day column for the Herald-Sun, Rita Panahi decried the giving of Order of Australia honours to former…

Time to expose the public health boot boys and their media droogs

25 January 2017 7:18 am

This week the public health Pooh-Bahs opened self-righteous fire on yet another front. A public health Pooh-Bah is a self-appointed…

Bernardi must s— or get off the pot

22 December 2016 10:46 am

Last weekend I encountered Cory Bernardi at the Bolt Report Christmas party.  He’s a nice bloke: affable, serious, patriotic: a…

We need a Strictly political Balls-up

21 November 2016 7:43 am

In the UK, what gets people talking passionately isn’t Brexit. It’s not Trump. It’s not even the May government’s looming Autumn Statement mini-budget…

Abbott needs better advice, Turnbull needs to bury his pride

2 November 2016 7:31 am

Yes, it is true that the buck stops with him, and that he is responsible for his decisions and actions,…

At least Abbott stands for something

20 October 2016 7:10 am

If Malcolm Turnbull eventually loses his leadership for a second time, his pathetic arse-over-tit performance on gun control this week…

The trumpet blasts of the monstrous regiment

26 September 2016 1:59 pm

On the weekend I was on an ABC Radio National panel discussion about major topical events of the week.  The return…

If James Ashby knocks, will Coalition ministers answer?

8 August 2016 10:34 pm

One of the most intriguing aspects of Pauline Hanson’s astonishing return to Canberra is how she and her three One…

The nannying NGOs make boobs of themselves

7 August 2016 5:34 am

The World Health Organisation and Unicef currently are pushing the breastfeeding barrow on Twitter.  As part of a WHO initiative…

The NT royal commission decision-making: not a good look

1 August 2016 7:52 am

Monday’s announcement by the royal commissioner into youth detention in the Northern Territory, retired Northern Territory chief justice Brian Martin,…

Being brusque does not justify George Pell’s trial by media

28 July 2016 5:17 am

On Wednesday night, the whole of the ABC’s 7.30 programme was given over to an expose of historic allegations against…