Terry Barnes

Being brusque does not justify George Pell’s trial by media

28 July 2016 5:17 am

On Wednesday night, the whole of the ABC’s 7.30 programme was given over to an expose of historic allegations against…

Marriage equality: Daniel Andrews has big ears, but doesn’t listen

25 July 2016 7:40 am

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has ears sticking out from his bonce like wide-open car doors.  But for a bloke whose…

Hardly a ministry of all the talents

18 July 2016 11:43 pm

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest ministry – his third in less than a year – was announced on Monday. True to his…

Cory’s conservative crusade is misguided

13 July 2016 4:17 am

Since the Coalition’s woeful election campaign, and Malcolm Turnbull’s less than brilliant result capped by his election night diatribe, Liberal…

Malcolm can’t blame Tony for this one

9 July 2016 9:00 am

On election night Liberals expected to be clear winners of the longest campaign in memory, with Malcolm Turnbull having vanquished…

Gay Marriage – what the plebiscite question should be

30 June 2016 12:55 am

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the 2011 census found about 33,700 same-sex couples in Australia. About 17,600 couples…

Labor can still steal this election

20 June 2016 12:00 pm

Less than a fortnight from polling day, the latest national Newspoll has the Coalition and Labor at 50:50, while Newspolls…

Abbott’s five stages

7 May 2016 9:00 am

In 1969, Austrian psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross published her landmark study, On Death and Dying. She concluded people experiencing intense grief…

What the PM should have said

16 April 2016 9:00 am

When Malcolm Turnbull addressed the Victorian Liberal state council last weekend, he accidentally left his speech notes on the lectern…

Abbott’s sliding doors

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Tony Abbott’s Quadrant essay on his government, previewed in the Weekend Australian, reveals a Tony we can greatly regret is…

Attack the 18C disease, not the symptoms

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Thanks to a petty official in a politically-correct administrative unit buried deep in the bowels of the Queensland University of…

Child’s play

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In Australia there are tens of thousands of emotionally stable, financially secure but medically infertile people. As much as they…

Tony’s Shy Tories

10 October 2015 9:00 am

In the 1992 British election, Labour under Neil Kinnock looked big winners. The Conservative party and prime minister John Major…

Can Turnbull win over Tony’s tradies?

19 September 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just moved away from the ‘cashed-up bogans’, bling and boats of Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Patterson Lakes. Goodbye to…

The Mornington after Budget night

23 May 2015 9:00 am

On the Friday evening after each federal budget senior Liberal ministers and adjoining local MPs, Bruce Billson and Greg Hunt,…

Right wing hunting pack

28 February 2015 9:00 am

It’s possible that Australia soon will have a new Prime Minister. Tony Abbott, seriously wounded by the recent spill, struggles…

No Aussie knighthood for Winston

31 January 2015 9:00 am

January marked fifty years since the passing of Winston Churchill. In commenting on the anniversary, Prime Minister Tony Abbott recalled…

Darkness descends on Patterson Lakes

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The jewel in Victoria’s Carrum electorate is the canal suburb of Patterson Lakes, a place well known to regular readers…

Clowns to the left, Jokers to the right

1 November 2014 9:00 am

In the early 1970s, Scottish pop group Stealers Wheel (featuring the late, great Gerry Rafferty) had their one international hit,…

But would you have a beer with them?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Last month, New Zealand prime minister John Key won a thumping election victory. His National party was not only returned…

It’s time to stop funding ‘elite’ sports

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Something just shook to the core Australians’ boundless confidence in their own manifest destiny: the Poms creamed Australia in the…

Tony the tradie can fix it

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The Top Tucker Takeaway near my Melbourne suburban office just changed owners, and the other day I ordered a large…

Diary

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Here in Patterson Lakes — Melbourne’s Mecca for cashed-up tradies and tattooed ladies — Tony Abbott has an image problem.…

End the Age of Entitlement

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Recently my wife ran into a spot of bother. At the motor registry to pay her overdue rego, she discovered…

The Spectator correctly predicted that Australia would regain the Ashes

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Australia have regained the Ashes, much to the dismay of the British side. But did the Spectator predict this might happen…