Tina Faulk

What can we learn from the journals of the plague years?

15 March 2020 3:37 pm

Two of Britain’s most famous writers have left us accounts of the plague years.  They were Daniel Defoe, journalist, pamphleteer,…

How to save the surplus

28 February 2020 5:00 am

The Australian Embassy Recreational Club is a handsome, French colonial-era building with a swimming pool, manicured garden and extensive space…

The Minister, Sir Humphrey and Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s grant

17 February 2020 5:00 am

The Australia Council was the creation of the Whitlam government and, in the last round of grant recipients, to the…

Their ABC, biased? Nepotistic? Nah!

6 February 2020 12:00 pm

Richard Alston was minister for communications for around half the life of the Howard government. In that portfolio, he made…

Gillian Triggs is now at the United Nations – UN for unreliable on human rights?

24 January 2020 3:00 pm

How would you feel discovering that your local or state government had entered into an agreement with, say, McDonald’s to…

Malcolm Turnbull: The Ghost Who Talks

10 December 2019 1:01 pm

I believe in ghosts.    Most Sri Lankan-born men, women or children generally believe in the misty world of ghosts, spirits…

Cancel culture’s double fault against Margaret Court

2 December 2019 3:03 pm

There’s a new phrase du jour to describe methods in current use by the aggrieved and disaffected, those that feel called…

Will two tigers clash over Sri Lanka – India and China?

24 November 2019 5:23 pm

Elections in the subcontinent often have a ‘nothing to see here’ feeling, mainly because, through a heritage of colonial rule,…

Andrew Hastie and James Paterson are safe on our soil, but where are Liu Hu and Dong Rubin?

20 November 2019 1:21 pm

Senator James Paterson and West Australian Liberal Andrew Hastie have stoutly and correctly refused to ‘repent’ as requested by the…

Labor learns the limits of identity politics

11 November 2019 4:05 pm

As usual, Shakespeare said it best: The weight of this sad time we must obey Speak what we feel, not…

What now for Hong Kong – and our China appeasers?

4 November 2019 1:30 pm

Working at Radio Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution was my first introduction to politics in China. It was a…

We need to talk about the United Nations – and the drought

26 October 2019 4:01 pm

You have a nice place on the beach. You’re a generous host.  You’ve been gracious to numerous people in the…

Love in a Cold War climate

16 October 2019 11:29 am

Much indignation and acres of news space has been given over to excoriating the American decision – President Trump’s decision,…

Meeting Heather Henderson

22 September 2019 12:35 pm

Last week’s Sitting Week was a busy time in Parliament House; bills to be tabled, lines of visitors streaming down…

GetUp’s child slavery

12 September 2019 4:30 pm

In or around 1212, according to legend, bands of children from northern Europe led by a boy Stephen of Cloyes…

Gambling — and losing — on bleeding hearts

9 September 2019 4:46 pm

Priya and Nades Murugappan, the Tamil couple from Biloela in Queensland, and their unfortunate children must wish they had not…

Press freedom – is the ABC self-censoring to advance its own agendas?

30 August 2019 1:39 pm

Much has been said about the freedom of the press in recent weeks. There have been several important confabs about…

Kashmir in happier times

24 August 2019 4:56 pm

In the nineteen-thirties, my parents, middle class, mixed-race Burghers from then-Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, honeymooned in Kashmir. It was a…

Public servants who serve? Ministers who lead? Very courageous, Prime Minister

19 August 2019 1:06 pm

In 1980 when Laurie Oakes, was leaked the Budget papers in the Treasury car park and revealed his trove on…

A soirée with the Steggalls

31 July 2019 3:20 pm

Australia is the Big Country. Yet, in some ways, in some Sydney circles, it’s very small. Members of the Australian…

The public service are about to be told: pull your weight

26 July 2019 2:41 pm

The unexpected May 18 election results sent a chill through the ranks of Canberra’s public service class. Now, the Secretary…

Goodbye, Hong Kong?

17 June 2019 1:00 pm

I worked as a journalist, both in print and radio, in what used to be the British Crown Colony of…

KBO, ScoMo. KBO

13 June 2019 5:00 am

“He’s his own man now, not beholden to anyone or any faction.” The words, spoken mournfully, came from a rusted-on…

With media mates like this it’s no wonder Labor lost

20 May 2019 2:32 pm

It’s ironic that Labour’s defeat may be sheeted home to some of its strongest, most vocal allies; the supposed national…

Bob Brown’s Adani convoy: an invasive species on the move

17 April 2019 3:00 pm

Australia has, throughout our history, been subjected to invasive species. Rabbits, cane toads, prickly pear and Indian mynah birds are…