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Censorship guide

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Here is a wee little guide for all of you people who work for the ABC, or Get-Up!, or the…

Jarryd Hayne, meet Adam Smith

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Imagine that a Visiting Martian has just landed on earth. The first thing he or she does is to read…

Zut alors – who am I?

24 January 2015 9:00 am

So, I ordered my‘Je suis Charlie’ tee-shirt. Whether I agreed with the crassness and crudities of Charlie Hebdo or not,…

Could an ‘Aussie Hebdo’ survive?

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Imagine a government introducing legislation to declare unlawful anything done in public, including the media, which is offensive to Muslims,…

Demonstrators wave posters reading ‘Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie)’, during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo killing spreeby three Islamist terrorists.

Responding to murderous bullies

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The Paris terrorists who murdered in the name of their religion opted to attack people who draw cartoons. They didn’t…

Charlie, the Prophet and the Pope

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Much has been made in the last few days about the supposed ‘equal opportunity satire’ of the left wing French…

Butcher’s knives, bombs and airplanes

17 January 2015 9:00 am

When two dozen militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba wrought havoc across Mumbai in 2008, it was the first example of a strategic…

Crowe’s water diviner is out of his depth

10 January 2015 9:00 am

To much fanfare, Russell Crowe’s first film as a director, The Water Diviner, was released on Boxing Day. It appears…

The telegram that saved us from technocracy

10 January 2015 9:00 am

2014 Thawley Essay winner Just as the seasoned roué can but guess at the number of his bastard offspring, the…

Lock up yer dole-bludgin’ daughters

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Just picture it. Joe Hockey is delivering his second Budget. Everyone is crying for his blood and if it goes…

A Muslim’s ambush: how I was stitched up by Australian breakfast TV

10 January 2015 9:00 am

On a recent trip to Australia I was booked by Ch7’s Weekend Sunrise to discuss Project Rozana, an Israeli-Palestinian initiative to train West…

The sordid state of voting for the Senate

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Australia is one of the oldest continuing democracies in the world. As our constitution says, the politicians are ‘directly chosen…

The ABC deprives us of quality content

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Most Australians like at least one branch of the ABC: retirees can’t live without Radio National, the quasi-educated adore Dr…

Wicked versus Stupid

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Why is it so hard for those with ‘lefty’ political sensibilities to be funny when they write about politics? And…

The real War on Christmas

13 December 2014 9:00 am

One of the long, drawn-out religio-cultural battles in the United States is over Christmas. In fact, it’s a War on…

King hit by the moral crusaders

13 December 2014 9:00 am

At the Milton Hotel in Newtown in inner-Sydney, near the corner of King Street and Missenden Road, a young man,…

Abbott’s vow of silence

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Without even a John McTernan to guide them, the Liberal Party of Australia has generated a communications debacle which would…

The shallow art of an insipid weirdo

13 December 2014 9:00 am

In 1964, Andy Warhol staged a major exhibition at the Stable Gallery, New York. Among the objects on display were…

Darkness descends on Patterson Lakes

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The jewel in Victoria’s Carrum electorate is the canal suburb of Patterson Lakes, a place well known to regular readers…

Gay marriage and the death of freedom

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Has there ever been a sweeter-sounding, more goosebump-inducing phrase than ‘Freedom to marry’? Everyone likes freedom (even illiberal politicians pay…

The Cashmere Steamroller

6 December 2014 9:00 am

In 1939 a Russian Jewish immigrant opened a small lingerie shop in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Spanning just 35 metres…

Kangaroos and Fertility

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Australia has a serious aging problem: our fertility rate is below the level needed just to keep the population steady…

The Silence of the Barnes

29 November 2014 9:00 am

I had the great good fortune to play varsity basketball at university in Canada back in my youth. I was…

Of myths and messiahs

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Recent praise and criticism of Gough Whitlam evoke two American leaders who, like Whitlam, won office as messiahs of hope…

Abbott’s ‘Goldilocks’ balancing act

22 November 2014 9:00 am

As the G20 concludes, Australia is in a Goldilocks position when it comes to the Asia Pacific. It has good…