Tina Faulk

China is deliberately singling out Australia to intimidate the region

1 December 2020 11:26 am

Yesterday’s ugly, viciously confrontational Chinese tweet insulting Australia has been instructive to onlookers. Flat White asked a seasoned Asian diplomat…

Young and free – but who’s Gert?

12 November 2020 8:47 pm

The Premier of New South Wales has suggested that one word of our national anthem should now be changed to…

They’re different in Queensland

5 November 2020 2:45 pm

As the child of migrant parents, growing up in Brisbane, I learned fast that Mexicans were not, as I had…

Their ABC and ‘secret lovers’

14 October 2020 4:08 pm

This morning Their ABC ran early news bulletins that used the phrase ‘secret lover’ referencing the Premier of New South…

A development binge and budget fears cloud Canberra’s looming Legislative Assembly poll

11 October 2020 5:42 pm

With the ACT election six just days away, Canberrans, however deep their Labor loyalties, are beginning –just — to realise…

What you didn’t hear at the Press Club last week

31 August 2020 4:06 pm

Last week Wang Xining, China’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Canberra, addressed the National Press Club, a speech widely reported…

Anthony Albanese’s capital punishment?

26 July 2020 5:03 pm

Elections; not state, not federal — but territory — are in the air. The NT votes late next month, followed…

Standing for Hong Kong

12 July 2020 2:30 pm

First, they came for the Tibetans, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Tibetan. Then they…

Eden-Monaro: a bellwether seat on a knife’s edge — and a canary in a coal mine?

3 July 2020 5:43 pm

A summer evening by the river; a band playing movie themes, light classical and marches, kids, dogs, families sprawled on…

In the navy, you can do gender studies; in the navy, learn ’bout feminist theories…

28 May 2020 5:45 pm

The Australian Defence Force is calling for military personnel to go on a $12,000 Gender Peace and Security course ……

After their $60 billion blunder will our shinybums start speaking English, not bureaucratese?

24 May 2020 3:45 pm

“Look, that’s the Treasury. That’s where they keep the money.” The dad was pointing out Canberra landmarks to his small…

We are no longer alone staring down China

19 May 2020 3:46 pm

Insiders panellist and ABC host Raf Epstein observed last Sunday that it would have been better if Australia hadn’t chosen…

Those nosy neighbours are watching

13 May 2020 5:45 pm

“They’re not happy with you.” My friend Mary takes a sip of her green tea and beams. I don”t know…

Hey, Beijing. Min yi shi wei tian

30 April 2020 2:51 pm

Did we really need to get into a diplomatic spat with China while battling the restrictions placed on us by…

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…