Terry Barnes

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…

Peta Credlin: better on the outside

14 January 2019 12:21 pm

Nine’s dead tree division published a long comment piece by Speccie contributor John Ruddick that amounted to a political love…

Dutton’s on the button, but…

30 December 2018 5:30 pm

In a wide-ranging interview with the Brisbane Sunday Mail , Peter Dutton unleashed on Malcolm Turnbull.  His comments were calculated…

Victorian Liberals must choose a new party president who knows the score

14 December 2018 1:32 pm

On Friday evening, the Liberal state assembly in Victoria is meeting to select an acting president to replace resigned Svengali,…

The Victorian Liberals caused their own catastrophe

26 November 2018 6:18 pm

Now the dust of last Saturday’s electoral bloodbath in Victoria is starting to settle, it’s time for some sober reflection. …

Victoria votes: Daniel Andrews re-election looms

23 November 2018 3:54 pm

With one day ago, published opinion polls indicate joy for Labor premier Daniel Andrews and despair for Liberal leader Matthew…

Victoria votes: short termism rules, OK?

9 November 2018 8:01 am

Now a fortnight in, and the Victorian election campaign was all but cancelled for lack of interest this week.  The…

Victoria votes: Tammany Hall v Keystone Kops

2 November 2018 7:52 am

One week into the formal Victorian election campaign, and it’s becoming clear we have a contest between Labor’s Tammany Hall…

The Wentworth defeat has many fathers, not just Malcolm Turnbull

21 October 2018 10:37 am

So it has come to pass. Wentworth has been lost by the Liberals with the biggest by-election swing against a…

The Opera House is not a billboard – for anyone or any cause

9 October 2018 1:04 pm

I have a reluctant confession to make. I sort of agree with Bill Shorten. Sort of. The Sydney Opera House…

The ‘tampon tax’ is not sexist. Removing it is

3 October 2018 12:21 pm

The price of a name-brand pack of ladies’ sanitary pads with wings is around $5.00. A packet of name-brand extra-absorbent…

MBT: Malcolm Boycott Turnbull?

1 October 2018 3:19 pm

In the annals of Test cricket, there’s never been a cricketer as self-centred, single-minded and selfish as English batsman Geoffrey…

Will we hear of political bullying that doesn’t fit the Fairfax/ABC agenda?

21 September 2018 12:17 pm

While Australian federal politics remains discombobulated about alleged bullying in the parliamentary Liberal party, across the Ditch there’s been an…

Hunt finally sees sense on vaping

19 September 2018 11:01 am

It took a while, but yesterday there was a strange burst of rationality from the ship of fools also known…

Be an advocate, Prime Minister – not an evangelist

11 September 2018 1:38 pm

Scott Morrison has made a good start to his prime ministership. He has gone some way to rallying his divided…

Why make a traitor a martyr, Mr Morrison?

3 September 2018 2:36 pm

Chelsea Manning is a no freedom fighter. ‘She’ is a traitor who betrayed her country and the cause of freedom…

Honouring Abbott

1 September 2018 9:00 am

If Malcolm Turnbull’s mainstream and social media defenders have their way, the parliamentary Liberal party’s mayhem last week will be…

Abbott’s a better option than Dutton, but…

20 August 2018 7:42 am

As Malcolm Turnbull limps into the second week of a tumultuous parliamentary sitting, his leadership is under threat whether he…

The Victorian Liberal Punch and Judy preselection show

9 August 2018 7:35 am

Last week, the Financial Review highlighted how utterly underprepared the Liberal party is compared to Labor in contesting marginal seats.…

Tampon tax cut won’t stop votes flowing from Coalition

4 August 2018 10:38 am

Treasurer Scott Morrison has bowed to the agitation of vocal feminists and the likes of GetUp! and is dropping GST…

There’s still time to avoid Coalition carnage

30 July 2018 4:44 pm

If you want to know why the government is in deep trouble after Super Saturday, go no further than the…

Super Saturday: a tossers’ picnic

27 July 2018 10:28 am

When it comes to elections, bookies are perhaps an even better form guide than the plethora of public and private…