Terry Barnes

Beijing Bob bangs the wrong drum?

19 November 2019 6:03 pm

On Monday, ABC’s panel programme The Drum discussed Australia’s complicated relationship with China, and the Chinese Communist Party’s government decision…

Winnie, you and your Peking party panjandrums can’t purge our pols

18 November 2019 7:51 am

It seems that two prominent Liberal MPs, James Paterson and Andrew Hastie, have blotted their copybooks with the panda panjandrums…

John Howard’s one big blunder: persuading Malcolm Turnbull to stay

7 October 2019 4:16 pm

John Howard is a great Australian and a great Liberal.  Over the 75 years if its existence, only two figures…

What the world needs now is love, sweet love: ScoMo

11 July 2019 1:23 pm

In a speech to the Hillsong church in Sydney on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison riffed intriguingly on the power…

G’day Albo, mate. Welcome to Hell

1 July 2019 5:00 am

When a loved one dies, the real grieving is often postponed. The senses numb the immediate shock, helping the bereaved…

Cassidy’s cheerio reveals the groupthink luvvieland that is the ABC’s Insiders

10 June 2019 2:21 pm

For political groupies, Barrie Cassidy’s last episode of Insiders on the ABC was reason to look both backwards and forwards.…

Kristina Keneally: Albo’s golden girl – or a golden goose?

3 June 2019 4:38 pm

The week just past in politics, the week to come: Rarely in federal politics has there been as meteoric rise…

The election is over; the future beckons

27 May 2019 3:52 pm

The week in politics, the week to come. The theme for this election-period weekly column has been Backwards and Forwards.…

Tony Abbott: with thanks to the fallen warrior

22 May 2019 5:26 pm

Last night former prime minister Tony Abbott succumbed to a perfect political storm: a climate zealot candidate dressed up as…

Mr Shorten, we knew Bob Hawke…

17 May 2019 2:27 pm

It didn’t take long, did it? After yesterday likening himself to Gough Whitlam, this morning Bill Shorten used Labor’s greatest…

Israel Folau is a bloody footballer, not St Thomas More

15 May 2019 12:49 pm

When I was on Sky’s The Front Page programme the other night the topic of Israel Folau and his religious…

We don’t want Shorten to succeed, but Liberals to act like Liberals

13 May 2019 1:13 pm

The week in politics, the week to come: The final week of this meandering election campaign is upon us. The…

Three debate tips for ScoMo for tonight’s debate

8 May 2019 12:57 pm

Tonight’s National Press Club debate is crucial in that it’s actually going to be watched and not just reported.  Not…

ScoMo’s enthusiasm just isn’t enough

6 May 2019 12:21 pm

The week in politics, the week to come. My five-month-old daughter Elizabeth loves music. Any music. Even my cack-handed piano…

Backwards & Forwards: watch out Bill. This is all very Magpies and Blues, grand final 1970

29 April 2019 3:14 pm

The week in politics, the week to come. Looking back The Coalition shaded Labor last week, but this time by…

Backwards & Forwards: Billy boy’s electric cars and a Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow budget

8 April 2019 3:18 pm

Looking back Josh Frydenberg and Bill Shorten had their budgetary pissing contest. My surpluses will be bigger than yours, my…

The Coalition needs a bazooka to stop Shorten. Try this one…

5 April 2019 12:19 pm

In my Backwards and Forwards column on Monday, I said that if Bill Shorten gave a barnstorming, grievance-pandering, promise-laden speech…

More an epitaph than a budget

3 April 2019 5:29 pm

Looking at the reaction to Josh Frydenberg’s first budget, its beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It has…

Backwards & forwards: the NRA blows budget week to pieces

1 April 2019 7:27 am

The week in politics, the week to come. Looking back Were you looking for pre-Budget leaks last week? For big…

Shorten’s secret friend and helper: Pauline Hanson

28 March 2019 6:06 pm

Thursday 28 March was the day that the Coalition guaranteed it lost May’s election.  It had its good, bad and…

Backwards & Forwards: Glad’s back as Scott sees salvation

25 March 2019 8:54 am

Looking back: Berejiklian’s Glad to be back On Saturday the Coalition government of New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was…

Backwards & Forwards: the week in politics gone, the week to come

18 March 2019 10:07 am

Looking back Last Thursday, with millennials convulsed by the unprecedented crash of Facebook and Instagram, New Zealand’s Canterbury Police tweeted…

Did the wrong woman get Higgins?

25 February 2019 12:01 pm

The Prime Minister’s wish has been granted. Outgoing member for Higgins and Cabinet minister, Kelly O’Dwyer will be succeeded by…

Pawns take Bishop

21 February 2019 7:45 pm

Julie Bishop has pulled the plug on her political career. The effusion of love in the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon,…

Can you bank on Banks?

5 February 2019 1:25 pm

Renegade Liberal MP turned independent, Julia Banks, continues to tease. Having spat the Liberal dummy over the self-immolation of Malcolm…