Guest Notes

Evacuee notes

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Along with thousands of others my wife and I are currently bushfire evacuees. In my case at least this is…

Sic note

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Google’s language skills (sic) We all make mistakes. To quote the Augustan satirist Alexander Pope, ‘to err is humanistic’. But…

Australian notes

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Walking above the waters If you dawdle in the interior of Australia there is a fair chance that you will…

Brexit notes

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The man we must all thank Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has, like…

Climate notes

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Amid the current crop of climatic horrors being visited on various inhabitants of Queensland and NSW I reflect, having just…

US notes

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Fake news outs itself Credibility used to matter to the media, but in these days of fake news and media…

Euthanasia notes

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Dignity in death ‘Serendipity’ brings to mind instances of happy and mutually-beneficial coincidence. Sadly, a few experiences I’ve had over…

Kiwi notes

7 December 2019 9:00 am

For much of my juvenile life in England, New Zealand existed only as a kind of mysterious dual oceanic blob…

Indigenous notes

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Beware labeling deaths in custody as racially motivated From time to time we hear about tragic events where a person…

Energy notes

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The world needs more Australian coal, not less Most fairy tales contain important life lessons and as the father of…

North American notes

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Al Jolson vs the vulgarian pugilist First to Canada. The election produced a minority government win for the incumbent Al…

Conservative notes

2 November 2019 9:00 am

James Allan and Chris Kenny are wrong Conservatives have long, and rightly, been wary of legislating for human rights—seeing all…

All Hallow’s notes

2 November 2019 9:00 am

The spooky science of transgenderism Halloween, witches and bearded women. The witches’ scene in Macbeth invites a transgender reading, where…

Cultural notes

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Swimming in the Twitterverse What even is Twitter? Speaking as a creature who evolved in its depths, I feel a…

Democratic Notes

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Let’s start with the usual disclaimers. Neither Donald Trump nor Boris Johnson are ideal leaders or paragons of virtue. And…

China notes

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Age of appeasement We can be thankful to the Hong Kong protesters for highlighting the moral conflict at the heart…

Brexit notes

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Sent naked to the negotiating table The British public are absolutely fed up with Brexit. But not for the reasons…

Unneighbourly notes

5 October 2019 9:00 am

More than 20 years of living in Australia has caused me to think that most Australians may now never really…

University notes

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Campus meltdown? Blame les marxistes! Australians have a utilitarian political culture and a talent for bureaucracy. Politicians rarely engage in…

Intolerant notes

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Forcing people to fake respect for your choices is dangerous Pretty much everyone these days sees himself or herself as…

Euro notes

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Hungary rhapsody for Tony Abbott If only the voters of Warringah had been Hungarian. The land of goulash and paprika,…

India notes

14 September 2019 9:00 am

A new golden age built with Australian coal Thanks to the British Raj, English has many words of Indian heritage.…

Energy notes

7 September 2019 9:00 am

LNG is the new coal With the media spotlight focussed on activists, the Greens and even Pacific nations complaining about…

Gender notes

7 September 2019 9:00 am

A new form of child abuse? In early May I wrote on the work of Professor John Whitehall, Chair of…

Gender notes

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The trouble with a double-X rating Having worked across several professions, started and run four successful businesses and having a…