Terry Barnes

Liberals note: only the impotent are pure

8 May 2018 4:07 pm

I read with great interest David Pellowe’s response to my Flat White article on factionalism in the Victorian division of…

What’s going on in the Victorian Liberals?

4 May 2018 3:53 pm

It seems that some in the Victorian division of the Liberal party want to lose elections more than win them.…

Boundary re-draws have a silver lining for the Coalition, if not the poor PM

16 April 2018 7:56 am

In the world of political nerdery, nothing beats electoral redistributions. Who wins, who loses, new primary and two party-preferred margins,…

“Life is short but smokers’ lives are shorter. Legalise vaping now.”

29 March 2018 5:49 pm

The much-anticipated House of Representatives committee report on e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers – in other words, vaping – was tabled…

The Victorian Liberals wake-up call

9 March 2018 6:55 am

Yesterday’s Newspoll, showing the Victoria’s Labor government of left-winger Daniel Andrews has an election-winning lead of 52-48 two-party preferred, was…

Michaelia Cash: no credit

2 March 2018 5:51 pm

Last year I was invited to a private fundraising dinner for a backbench Liberal senator featuring then minister for employment,…

The AMA’s double standard on standards

2 February 2018 12:30 pm

The Australian Medical Association is a very curious beastie. It is like a three-year-old child.  It only hears what it…

Bennelong win doesn’t cure dying Liberal culture

18 December 2017 3:03 pm

While voters went to the polls in the Bennelong by-election, in Melbourne I attended the memorial service of a local…

Milo Yiannopoulos insults conservatives along with everyone else

5 December 2017 5:50 pm

Watching Fairfax’s and the ABC’s outraged and breathless coverage of the violent Left protesters outside the Melbourne venue for the…

Time for the Terminator

13 November 2017 1:06 pm

Returning this morning after three weeks in the Old Dart and the USA, I was greeted by yet another lousy…

Winston Oakeshott

19 October 2017 7:43 pm

Today, the last effective centre-right government of the Anglosphere has fallen. The New Zealand National government led by Bill English…

Bill English shows Malcolm Turnbull how to win

25 September 2017 12:01 pm

As counting closed on New Zealand’s election night, the main focus of Kiwi commentators was on the performance of Labour…

Sorry ladies, but there’s only one Ashes

21 September 2017 1:08 pm

Popping up in my Facebook feed are the latest Cricket Australia ads promoting something called the ‘Magellan Men’s Ashes’. It…

Turnbull should watch New Zealand and tremble

8 September 2017 7:46 am

It may not mean a lot to people on this side of the Tasman (besides Barnaby Joyce and Scott Ludlum),…

I’m a baby boomer, and I like a drink. So there

24 August 2017 11:42 am

Oh dear, nanny state researchers are out and about again, finding fresh angles to demonise those of us who enjoy…

Section 44 solved in six easy steps

21 August 2017 2:49 pm

Malcolm Turnbull has a heck of a political problem on his hands. For once, it’s not entirely of his own…

It ain’t choice, Joyce

15 August 2017 5:01 pm

In 1995, I was there when, one question time, John Howard’s reinvigorated opposition so niggled prime minister Paul Keating that…

The Dean Smith Five

7 August 2017 7:21 am

Watching Liberal senator Dean Smith on the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday morning, I was impressed by the quiet and dignified…

Tax addict

5 August 2017 9:00 am

At Australian Labor party conferences in New South Wales and Queensland last weekend, Bill Shorten proclaimed himself the Robin Hood…

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…

Is Turnbull planning a lightning strike against Abbott?

7 July 2017 10:51 am

The Tony Abbott insurrection against the moderate overlords of the parliamentary Liberal party continues. ‘I am a member of the…

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…

Warsaw Diary

24 June 2017 9:00 am

When one first lands in Warsaw, it’s easy to dismiss the prevailing Soviet realist architecture. The endless blocks of flats…