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Selfies are the new form of radical protest

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps we could have won WWII,’ a friend of mine mused, ‘by having Winston Churchill tweet photos of himself holding…

Whitlam’s dismissal – it’s not like it was all that unusual

1 November 2014 9:00 am

How many Australian governments have been dismissed by a representative of the Crown? Two, you might think – Lang’s in…

Heard the one about me…?

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Gough Whitlam is the greatest Australian I ever knew. I followed his career avidly, joining Labor at the same time…

Freedom’s just another word

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Do you tend to judge people by what they say or by what they do? Imagine you and your spouse…

Polishing Gough

25 October 2014 9:00 am

The last great, failed moderniser has gone. More of that in a moment. For now, let’s talk about me. I…

Whitlam – my part in his downfall

25 October 2014 9:00 am

My mother used to say ‘If you can’t say something nice about the dead, don’t say anything at all.’ Of…

The difference a day or a few foetal grams can make

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Whenever I hear of a piece of legislation as a possessive proper noun, I wonder as to the tragedy that…

Now it’s the tranny-state

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Why are trannies so touchy? So touchy that even that use of the word ‘tranny’ – which, yes, is designed…

It’s Our Inquisition

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Is there a growing divergence between television news programs and the profession of journalism? Are the hosts of radio and…

Khorasan – now even scarier than ISIS!

18 October 2014 9:00 am

As Islamic State jihadists slaughter and maim their way across two countries with sadistic efficiency, a new US-led Coalition of…

It aint over till the diabetically-challenged lady sings

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Seduction, sacrifice and side-splitting satire. 2015 has it all, buy your subscription now…’ says the promotional email for Opera Australia…

Cheques and balances

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Have you heard the news? The Upper House of the Commonwealth Parliament, our Senate, has decided to launch an inquiry…

Deconstructing Unis

11 October 2014 9:00 am

So what has happened to our universities? There seems little doubt that the way they are governed has radically changed.…

Libs turn 70

11 October 2014 9:00 am

The Liberal party, celebrating its 70th anniversary this week, was a product of passion; particularly that of Robert Menzies. The…

Childcare – the new frontier in the culture wars

4 October 2014 9:00 am

In ancient times (any time before the last decade) the only battles being fought over childcare were whether it was…

But would you have a beer with them?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Last month, New Zealand prime minister John Key won a thumping election victory. His National party was not only returned…

Sheikh Google

4 October 2014 9:00 am

It was a shocking sight. Newspaper front pages plastered with the face of a boy, fresh from Year 12. Next…

A funny thing happened on the way to the Senate

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Australia’s Constitution copied much from the United States. We explicitly opted for an American-style federalist arrangement whereby only the centre’s…

You can’t judge a book by its author’s genitalia

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Imagine that Kevin Andrews and Gerard Henderson, aggrieved at the lack of representation of Catholic authors on the high school…

Who or what is a fair dinkum First Australian?

27 September 2014 9:00 am

The last thing that Aboriginal people need is affirmation in the Australian Constitution that we are in some way ‘special’…

…and who is a fair dinkum Muslim?

27 September 2014 9:00 am

First, just let me just say that I neither represent, nor speak for, Islam. It’s true, I don’t. I never…

Islamist barbarity can have widespread appeal

20 September 2014 9:00 am

In the wake of Islamic State’s murderous blitzkrieg, Barack Obama has vowed the United States will fight to destroy the…

Time to cull this plague of dunces

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Labor is probably right in saying that fee deregulation will reduce the number of students attending university. One certainly hopes…

Just wait ‘til they get their hands on ebola

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Here we go again. Remember the global concern in the years after 11 September 2001 about the possibility of terrorists…

Not so terrible after all, Muriel

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Quickly: what’s your favourite Australian film so far this year? Trick question, of course. You probably haven’t seen any. As…