Terry Barnes

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…

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…

Time to scrap the rebates

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull almost lost an election because he had no health policy. Bill Shorten and Labor’s blatant, fabricated ‘Mediscare’, claiming…

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…

Election notes

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm, take note… As the dust settles on the Western Australian election result, and Labor’s Mark McGowan sweeping to office…

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…