Tina Faulk

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…

Election 2019: A song of Lies and Ire

15 April 2019 5:03 pm

The dragons are back – as is Cercei, Jon Snow, Danerys Targeryn, Sansa and Arya Stark and the rest of…

Quit ya whinging, Turnbull

8 March 2019 1:22 pm

There is a long-held tradition that Australian notables do not criticise their country, its leaders, government or policies when overseas.…

She’s tackled everything, but can Ita tame the ABC?

27 February 2019 10:47 am

In the halcyon days of magazines in Sydney in the seventies, one name was spoken with admiration tinged with –admit…

The media won’t tell you, but it’s the middle-class rioting in France

9 January 2019 6:51 pm

One less-reported fact about the Paris ‘yellow vest’ riots is that they have sparked by small business traders, petit bourgeois,…

Truth tellers, beware

2 January 2019 2:57 pm

“Tell the truth and shame the devil,” the Inquisitors would  say But for some truth tellers, misery – even death…

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…