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Birth of the sophisticates

8 November 2014 9:00 am

When Bob Dylan released The Times they are A-Changin’ in 1964, Donald Horne was putting the finishing touches to his…

Oh lucky man?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Nick Horne When Donald wrote his famous book he didn’t have the title in mind. Yes, he wanted to give…

Don’s Party Tricks

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Back in the days when Young Donald was the life of the party, well before he became a National Sage…

Women, Booze & Bedspreads

8 November 2014 9:00 am

It’s a pity Donald Horne didn’t call The Lucky Country ‘Women, Booze and Bedspreads’ instead.  Better still, that could have…

Clowns to the left, Jokers to the right

1 November 2014 9:00 am

In the early 1970s, Scottish pop group Stealers Wheel (featuring the late, great Gerry Rafferty) had their one international hit,…

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’…