Features Australia

CNN sucks, Trump triumphs

30 June 2018 9:00 am

‘CNN sucks…CNN sucks,’ the capacity crowd of rank-and-file Americans in Minnesota’s giant Amsoil Arena chanted. This was their down-to-earth message…

Xena madness

23 June 2018 9:00 am

For sheer grotesquerie, a recent push for the feminisation of the Australian Army would be hard to beat. Former General…

Heart of darkness

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Sometimes African rulers get so corrupt that Western aid donors go on strike. Take what Trump would call the shit-hole…

Pride stripped bare

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Every now and again the clouds part, a shaft of light breaks through and something up ahead is illuminated. In…

Trump towers

23 June 2018 9:00 am

In his 1977 book The Age of Uncertainty, the American economist John Kenneth Galbraith depicted the great leaders of history…

Theatre of the absurd

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The controversial University of Melbourne dance performance, Where We Stand, is an insight into the kind of divided society we…

Nobel laureates manqués

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Calls for a Nobel Peace Prize for Donald Trump reminded me that if anyone should be a Nobel Laureate, it…

Closing down sale

23 June 2018 9:00 am

When an historic Melbourne church went up in flames three years ago, the actress Rachel Griffiths, who’d made her First…

Not our ABC

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is a $1.04 billion piece of public policy and we treat it as exactly that: a…

Letter from Penge

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Australia is now unwittingly linked even more closely with the dreary outer-London suburb of Penge. Not only was it the…

Planetary perspectives

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Here I am, back in Ecuador. Ecuadorians boast that the 6,310-metre high Mt Chimaborazo volcano protrudes 2,073 metres higher into…

Australia, defenceless

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The ability of our armed forces to defend the nation is being crippled, not through any fault of theirs, but…

Punish Pooh-bahs, not poor people

16 June 2018 9:00 am

An ancient dead white bloke, Aristotle, conceived a world with natural masters and servants, writing ‘That some should rule, and…

Canadian notes

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The size of the dog in the fight Can you imagine running on a party platform or manifesto with the…

Blind to their own racism

16 June 2018 9:00 am

As human beings, we often act in ways that are contradictory. Little inconsistencies are fine, but when they become major…

Decline and fall

9 June 2018 9:00 am

It’s official. Our decline into Third World status is accelerating. Our students languish behind those of Kazakhstan and Bulgaria in…

At uni with Mrs Potato Head

9 June 2018 9:00 am

These days, whenever a local council comes up with a lunatic idea that bewilders ordinary Australians, you can be guaranteed…

To Jerusalem and back

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I land at Ben-Gurion Airport just before midnight and begin the long ascent to Jerusalem. The headiness hits me immediately…

Clash of teaching civilisations

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In 1942 Dr Joseph Needham was sent by the British government to China to study China’s universities and see what…

West goes south

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Last November I was lucky enough to have been invited to the Sydney launch of the Ramsay Centre for Western…

White fright

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In the freakish universe of identity politics, there’s no creature sadder than the self-hating white person. All it takes for…

It’s time for primaries

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Political class failure undermines the standing of our governments. Every ignored voter concern, project failure and moment of spin leaves…

Eyes on Gaza

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Israel’s government is often accused of preventing a two-state solution by its actions but rarely are the decisions of Hamas…

What Rotherham means

2 June 2018 9:00 am

The revelations of unhindered Muslim sex-trafficking of thousands of young girls in British towns, including Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford, are…

Educating China

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Imagine you are responsible for educating the children of China’s current leaders, many of whom may well go on to…