Terry Barnes

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…

The Big Public Health donkeys

21 July 2018 2:24 pm

Public health Pooh-Bah bullies are at it again. With the Victorian and federal elections heaving into sight, this week a…

Victorian Liberals can’t afford to gamble

3 July 2018 9:06 am

Many litigants are like gamblers on the pokies.  Having had the satisfaction of winning a small jackpot, they punt, punt…

Never interrupt your enemy

27 June 2018 1:16 pm

Napoleon Bonaparte once observed, ‘never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake’. Politics can be defined as war…

Punish Pooh-bahs, not poor people

16 June 2018 9:00 am

An ancient dead white bloke, Aristotle, conceived a world with natural masters and servants, writing ‘That some should rule, and…

Will the Cormack-Liberal jaw-jaw lead to more war-war?

14 June 2018 7:15 pm

At the moment I’m re-reading AJP Taylor’s classic The Origins of the Second World War. In his uniquely lucid and…

Memo various Victorian Liberals: don’t offer a solution when you are the problem

31 May 2018 6:03 pm

Just as Liberal preselection wars are hotting up in NSW, David Crowe reported in Fairfax Media on Thursday that Victoria Liberal Party…

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.…

NDIS: When will the other shoe drop?

26 April 2018 5:46 pm

In announcing today that — way hey! — the Turnbull government now has a revenue windfall to fully fund the…