Terry Barnes

Tony Abbott: with thanks to the fallen warrior

22 May 2019 5:26 pm

Last night former prime minister Tony Abbott succumbed to a perfect political storm: a climate zealot candidate dressed up as…

Mr Shorten, we knew Bob Hawke…

17 May 2019 2:27 pm

It didn’t take long, did it? After yesterday likening himself to Gough Whitlam, this morning Bill Shorten used Labor’s greatest…

Israel Folau is a bloody footballer, not St Thomas More

15 May 2019 12:49 pm

When I was on Sky’s The Front Page programme the other night the topic of Israel Folau and his religious…

We don’t want Shorten to succeed, but Liberals to act like Liberals

13 May 2019 1:13 pm

The week in politics, the week to come: The final week of this meandering election campaign is upon us. The…

Three debate tips for ScoMo for tonight’s debate

8 May 2019 12:57 pm

Tonight’s National Press Club debate is crucial in that it’s actually going to be watched and not just reported.  Not…

ScoMo’s enthusiasm just isn’t enough

6 May 2019 12:21 pm

The week in politics, the week to come. My five-month-old daughter Elizabeth loves music. Any music. Even my cack-handed piano…

Backwards & Forwards: watch out Bill. This is all very Magpies and Blues, grand final 1970

29 April 2019 3:14 pm

The week in politics, the week to come. Looking back The Coalition shaded Labor last week, but this time by…

Backwards & Forwards: Billy boy’s electric cars and a Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow budget

8 April 2019 3:18 pm

Looking back Josh Frydenberg and Bill Shorten had their budgetary pissing contest. My surpluses will be bigger than yours, my…

The Coalition needs a bazooka to stop Shorten. Try this one…

5 April 2019 12:19 pm

In my Backwards and Forwards column on Monday, I said that if Bill Shorten gave a barnstorming, grievance-pandering, promise-laden speech…

More an epitaph than a budget

3 April 2019 5:29 pm

Looking at the reaction to Josh Frydenberg’s first budget, its beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It has…

Backwards & forwards: the NRA blows budget week to pieces

1 April 2019 7:27 am

The week in politics, the week to come. Looking back Were you looking for pre-Budget leaks last week? For big…

Shorten’s secret friend and helper: Pauline Hanson

28 March 2019 6:06 pm

Thursday 28 March was the day that the Coalition guaranteed it lost May’s election.  It had its good, bad and…

Backwards & Forwards: Glad’s back as Scott sees salvation

25 March 2019 8:54 am

Looking back: Berejiklian’s Glad to be back On Saturday the Coalition government of New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was…

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…