Terry Barnes

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…

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…

Australian notes

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The feminist revolution is already over. Men lost. International Women’s Day is a day when women of the chattering classes…

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,…

Australian notes

3 February 2018 9:00 am

18C for Tarneen? Last Friday marked the 230th anniversary of a penal colony being founded on the shores of Sydney…

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…

Far East diary

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Ever willing to challenge nanny staters, just before Christmas I travelled to Bangkok to advise regional consumer organisations on coordinating…

Puffed-up public health poohbahs pan our happy heroes

11 January 2018 2:32 pm

So the public health poohbahs are off and running in 2018.  The prurient puritans, the humourless harridans, the admonishing androids…

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…

Survival or expediency?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The federal parliamentary party is divided, disordered, dystopian. The Prime Minister’s leadership lacks clear purpose and vision. Budget repair isn’t…

Simon Chapman defends disruptive new technology

30 November 2017 7:23 am

In Wednesday’s Australian Financial Review, public health academic and media commentator Simon Chapman came out in strong support of a…

Pestminister diary

18 November 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago I arrived in Britain, to speak at the annual Battle of Ideas festival. Think Festival of Dangerous…

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…

Yes/No notes

7 October 2017 9:00 am

At least it shows we don’t need compulsory voting Australians are having their two bob’s worth on same-sex marriage.The first…

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),…