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Climate change jokers

11 January 2014 9:00 am

They call it the silly season, when not much is happening in politics, so far-fetched yarns and preposterous anecdotes get…

Abbott’s Christmas renewal

14 December 2013 9:00 am

It’s been only three months since Tony Abbott’s decisive victory on 7 September, and already the critics are baying for…

Say it ain’t so, Joe

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Under which particular pillow does Joe Hockey hope to find a lazy trillion dollars lurking? That’s the estimated investment Australian…

Stop attacking Aunty

30 November 2013 9:00 am

This magazine rarely misses an opportunity to criticise the ABC. So readers may be surprised to find us defending Aunty…

A delicate diplomatic dance

23 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Few international problems in the postwar period have proved as difficult for Australia as the development of a friendly and…

Professor Strange-palm

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Dinosaurs, disgruntled employees, Chinese spies, Titanic enterprises, JFK rip-offs, unpaid taxes, smacking Senate bottoms, strange circular self-generating taxation schemes and…

Slaying the beast

9 November 2013 9:00 am

They stabbed it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast,’ sang the Eagles in ‘Hotel California’.…

Labor’s penance

2 November 2013 9:00 am

And so the sins of the forefathers shall be visited upon the sons, or so it must feel like to…

Grim reading

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Left-wing dogma is destroying the literary skills of an entire generation. Such is the depressing conclusion of a recent report…

Do you feel lucky, Bill?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘Will he really go to a double dissolution?’ Now to tell you the…

Don’t silence Mr Brave

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Almost exactly a year ago in these pages we wrote about John Ruddick’s worthwhile efforts to draw attention to the…

Triumph in Jakarta

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Walking into the gilt opulence of the ‘Credentials Room’ of the Istana Merdeka palace in Jakarta, our new Prime Minister…

A changing climate

28 September 2013 9:00 am

When we say the climate is changing, we do not mean that man-made global warming is destroying planet Earth. We…

Global warming pause

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Given that the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change now apparently acknowledges that an unexpected and unexplainable ‘pause’ in…

Calling Jon Faine

14 September 2013 9:00 am

With Tony Abbott’s stunning election victory, it is time that the Australian media had a comprehensive purging of those within…

A foreign policy realist

7 September 2013 9:00 am

‘The United States does not want either side to win this war. Victory for either side would mean dreadful massacres…

Welcome to our app

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Some take ‘selfies’ of their shaving cuts. Others set up fatuous Facebook pages pleading to be ‘liked’. Many more propel…

Tony’s time

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Should he fail to win the forthcoming election, Tony Abbott would be forgiven for expressing his frustration by punching a…

Tongue-tied election

17 August 2013 9:00 am

One of the more enduring images of this election campaign will be the toe-curling performance of Liberal candidate Jayme Diaz…

The old ways

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Perhaps if Labor had offered up Bill Shorten, Bob Carr, Greg Combet or any candidate other than Kevin Rudd for…

Malcolm, messiah

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Justinian II, Charles II, Napoleon, Gladstone, Churchill, Menzies, de Gaulle, Nixon, Wilson, Howard, Clinton, Rudd — what do these figures…

Lurching to the right

27 July 2013 9:00 am

It’s the great irony of our times: Tony Abbott, derided as being an unpopular opposition leader, is in fact the…

Carbon copy

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The Coalition has been right to oppose both Julia Gillard’s carbon tax and Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading scheme. But Tony…

In praise of Kevin Rudd

13 July 2013 9:00 am

No, we’re not talking about Labor’s improvement in the opinion polls. We’re referring to Kevin Rudd’s proposals to wind down…

A complete and utter fraud

6 July 2013 9:00 am

In a perfect world, Kevin Rudd would not be campaigning for election but visiting an analyst. Therapy is the treatment…