Tina Faulk

Paris is burning

12 December 2018 12:38 pm

Paris burned. The ‘jaune gilet’ (‘yellow vest’) mobs tore through the heart of Paris, trashed the Champs Elysee and graffitied…

Journos are only human, so forgive us our press passes

20 November 2018 7:48 pm

Journalists are human. That is an undisputed fact, though many in Canberra – not necessarily politicians- regard them as the…

The Mark & Malcolm show

12 November 2018 8:50 pm

Harold Macmillan, British Tory prime minister, asked by a journalist what had caused the downfall of his government reputedly responded,…

Kristallnacht in Canberra

8 November 2018 2:42 pm

Peter Witting of Yarralumla, Canberra, 10 years old in 1938, remembered leading his nine-year-old sister to school, past destroyed shops…

Victoria’s secret

7 November 2018 5:52 pm

Our federal parliamentarians – even Labor, since this is new territory – have been caught off-guard by reports that Victorian…

The Bosphorus option

29 October 2018 12:09 pm

Failed leaders or pretenders to the throne in the old Ottoman Empire received no mercy. Having failed the test to…

Hell hath no fury like…

26 September 2018 11:39 am

‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Or so Lord Byron said – and if anyone would know, it’s…

Bring back those dark, satanic mills

21 September 2018 5:54 pm

Once upon a time – actually, not that long ago, think the seventies — we actually had reasonably good, working…

At least the au pairs don’t want subsidised housing

10 September 2018 10:52 am

A pretty young woman asking a favour, a deputy prime minister pleased to grant it – we’re looking back in…

Sorry, Cory, but I’m giving ScoMo a go

30 August 2018 2:02 pm

Politics takes unexpected turns.  Last week saw a female NewsCorp journalist publicly regret that she had backed Malcolm Turnbull and…

Mandarin jammed?

27 August 2018 2:23 pm

One of the most passed-over media stories was the Malcolm Turnbull payback on the 13 ministers who challenged the then-prime…

Only certain outrage makes the Letters to the Editor

19 August 2018 8:18 am

There are some words and phrases that are better left unsaid and newbie Senator Fraser Anning has now probably realised…

Their really unbiased ABC

24 July 2018 7:58 pm

Paul Bongiorno writes for Saturday as well as being an ABC Radio National commentator on politics and cultural affairs. Very…

What’s Paris still worth?

8 July 2018 12:18 pm

In 1593 Henry of Navarre, a Protestant prince turned Catholic to win the French crown, supposedly remarked, “Paris is well…

Spring is coming?

29 June 2018 7:04 pm

A recurrent theme in the avidly-watched Games of Thrones is ‘winter is coming’. This has been interpreted to mean various…

Don’t forget the hosts

16 June 2018 6:16 pm

There was one not-terribly-well-acknowledged behind-the-scenes heroic figure during the Kim-Trump Singapore Summit. That was Singapore’s leader, the distinguished former Brigadier,…

Maybe it’s not academic freedom, but the wrong name

10 June 2018 1:26 pm

The debate grinds on. Last week Australian National University Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt, an astrophysicist who probably never imagined things could…

The ANU fails western civilisation

2 June 2018 4:04 pm

Manning Clark must be mightily vexed from wherever he now exists (as an admirer of Soviet Man, Manning did not,…

Hastie wasn’t hasty but right on time

28 May 2018 7:54 am

When the Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, rose last week to warn, under parliamentary privilege, of the encroachment on Australian…

Love in the time of austerity

22 May 2018 7:34 pm

It’s usually the stranger, the foreigner, who see a nation’s flaws, fears and foibles more clearly than the natives. Think…

Beer can craft and other symbols of war

12 May 2018 7:26 pm

The beer can plane was perched high on a seldom-dusted shelf in the local op-shop. The last time I had…

Tree huggers – and haters

6 May 2018 1:35 pm

Dame Judi Dench, that most British of thesps, appeared on SBS TV last week speaking of her love and admiration…

A Corbyn in the capital’s ALP?

29 April 2018 5:32 pm

Last week in affluent, well-educated, politely spoken, avowedly Labor and impeccably PC Canberra, someone wrote something in a small throwaway…

Buy Australian

13 April 2018 3:38 pm

It’s reported the NT government is to look at breeding donkeys for meat export to China. So we may soon…

China, red in tooth and claw

5 April 2018 8:48 pm

One of the photographs in Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking expose ‘Silent Invasion China’s influence in Australia is of ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian…