Terry Barnes

Doug Anthony: the original All Star goes out

21 December 2020 1:48 pm

The death over the weekend of former Country/National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Doug Anthony, breaks the last link but…

There was nothing like this Dame

20 November 2020 2:45 pm

It’s barely raised a ripple in the media, but senior Fraser government minister Dame Margaret Guilfoyle died on Remembrance Day,…

If that’s how you clean up your messes, Mr Premier, we pity your poor family

6 September 2020 3:44 pm

Today was supposed to be the day that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was going to shine a light on how…

Appointing Tony Abbott to the Board of Trade is an inspired move by Boris

28 August 2020 3:51 pm

Whatever one thinks of the reported appointment by Boris Johnson of Tony Abbott as a Co-President of the Board of…

Barra Mundi is toxic for the Coalition

6 July 2020 1:17 pm

If the counting trend continues, Labor’s Kristy McBain will win the Eden-Monaro by-election by a mere handful of votes. Just…

Eden-Monaro: why so little focus on a seat so significant for both leaders?

1 July 2020 11:40 am

For all its reputation as a “bellwether seat” usually going with the government of the day, Eden-Monaro has not been…

Liberals must be careful wading into Somyurek’s derin bok

18 June 2020 2:13 pm

As the lurid text messages of the Adem Somyurek sting federal MP, Anthony Byrne, dominate today’s news cycle, it’s clear…

St Jacinda walks among us – virtually. So what?

5 May 2020 1:05 pm

Social media, The Grauniad and the ABC’s fanbois and girls have worked themselves to a state of near orgasm knowing…

Annaliese Van Diemen shows covidiocy is contagious

1 May 2020 4:00 pm

If you saw my reflection yesterday on the “shame industry’s” degrading of the James Cook 250th anniversary from a celebration…

Cook 250 has been destroyed by the shame industry – and that’s something we should be ashamed of

30 April 2020 5:00 am

The 250th anniversary of the landing of James Cook on the rocky shore of Kurnell 250 years ago yesterday passed…

Miserable ghost Malcolm Turnbull’s ill-timed bigger picture

21 April 2020 11:00 am

Australia is well ahead of most of the West in suppressing coronavirus. Out of a population of 25 million Australia…

Tim Brooke-Taylor: not just a Goodie

13 April 2020 1:30 pm

When I heard this morning that Tim-Brooke Taylor had been taken by the despicable coronavirus, I could have been knocked…

George Pell remains a guilty man

7 April 2020 2:42 pm

Today, legal justice has been thankfully, belatedly, served. Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on all counts was quashed unanimously by the…

Dodgy Dan’s short sainthoood

3 April 2020 2:34 pm

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has been getting a lot of brownie points, first for his role in coordinating responses to…

Send Xi the reparations bill

28 March 2020 9:00 am

China must be made to cough up for the coronavirus

Will Mr Invisible destroy the Morrison government?

11 February 2020 3:30 pm

What a shemozzle. A week after the mad uncle, Barnaby Joyce, tilted unsuccessfully to snatch the National party leadership back…

Mad Uncle Barnaby stays in the attic

4 February 2020 12:03 pm

Politics is the natural stage for egotists, narcissists and attention-seekers. So it was no surprise today to see Barnaby Joyce,…

Scott Morrison stopped the boats. If he wants to seize back the political agenda, he can stop the rorts

3 February 2020 5:00 am

So Bridget McKenzie has bitten the dust. Finally, and not because of the flagrant pork-barrelling she and her office were…

Why I’m over Australia Day

28 January 2020 2:00 pm

So Australia Day has come and gone for another year.  Yet again we had the Lay On the Guilt With…

Blunderbuss Bridget’s boondoggle blasts back

23 January 2020 5:00 am

Once the Bridget McKenzie grant approval story broke a week ago, it was never going to go away.  The revelation…

Sports Rorts revisited: Bridget’s big boo-boo

17 January 2020 11:13 am

In 1996, I was interim chief of staff to new health minister, Michael Wooldridge. I occupied a small room next…

We need a natural disaster supremo – and Tony Abbott’s the man for the job

8 January 2020 5:00 am

As catastrophic bushfires continue to rage across south-eastern Australia, as property continues to burn, human and animal lives continue to…

Stuff the diversity warriors and say it loud, say it proud: Merry Christmas!

22 December 2019 6:53 pm

An outfit called the Diversity Council claims to be the place to go for advice on diversity and inclusion in…

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…