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Christchurch

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Australians sometimes think our Kiwi cousins are two hours ahead but more than 20 years behind us. New Zealand is…

Labor goes coal turkey

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Opinion polling last week provided chilling evidence that Australians are planning to elect a Shorten Labor government – the Greenest…

Private Pyne deserts

9 March 2019 9:00 am

In 2016, the Turnbull government committed Australia to a $50 billion deal with the French to buy a dozen conventional…

Labor is beatable

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen is pretty darn sure of himself. What he wants out of May’s election: a clear mandate…

The Internationale

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The number of significant political events that have taken place over the past week or so should, when taken together,…

Power without responsibility

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Stanley Baldwin is remembered for saying ‘power without responsibility – the prerogative of the harlot through the ages’. Baldwin meant…

Kenneth’s bank job

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Bank bashing is a national pastime in Australia and the proliferation of parliamentary inquiries into financial services – there have…

A chink of Newspoll light

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Prime Minister Scott Morrison must be wondering what he did right.  This week’s first Newspoll of the year has Bill…

Silence of the Lambassador

26 January 2019 9:00 am

It’s beyond embarrassing, it’s humiliating. But more importantly, it is the perfect metaphor for how the values of mainstream Australia…

The real dangers of Labor

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Four months out from a likely election day, the Australian Labor Party is sitting pretty. The polls have Labor commandingly…

Free speech beached

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Let’s start by stating the bleeding obvious. The organisers of any ‘right-wing’ rally that allow or fail to prevent a…

ScoMo’s last chance

5 January 2019 9:00 am

As election year dawns, polls point to a looming Coalition electoral catastrophe at the hands of Bill Shorten and Labor.…

PM’s Christmas gifts

15 December 2018 9:00 am

As we settle back for the unique delights of the Aussie Christmas, placing the pressies under the Chrissy tree and…

Let there be light

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Light, or enlightenment, is a metaphor for so many optimistic, positive and critical components of our humanity, and of our…

Last Quango in Paris

1 December 2018 9:00 am

This week, the world’s climate-obsessed leaders meet in Katowice in Poland in a desperate attempt to put teeth into the…

In praise of the PM

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Don’t sign! warned our editorial on this page last week. Our readership may not match that of the the daily…

Don’t sign

17 November 2018 9:00 am

If, as seems to be reliably reported, the Morrison government has decided both to sign up next month to the…

Hail to The Chief

10 November 2018 9:00 am

The US mid-term elections are the most important in recent history and not just for Americans. Since 1788, Australia has…

Stand for something, ScoMo

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Prime Minister Scott Morrison may be bruised by Malcolm Turnbull’s bile-laden farewell present, the Wentworth by-election.  But this atypical Turnbull-loving,…

All trick, no treat

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The election to parliament of the ghoulish political figure of Dr Kerryn Phelps on the eve of Hallowe’en seems, alas,…

Bill Shorten, drunken sailor

20 October 2018 9:00 am

When Bill Shorten tried to make Question Time hay of Malcolm Turnbull’s political demise, to gales of backbench laughter Prime…

Scott, don’t go to Poland

13 October 2018 9:00 am

This week’s IPCC report, with yet another deadline for action to avert climate ‘catastrophe’, deserves push-back from Australia. Instead of…

Juvenile and clueless

6 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Juvenile and clueless’ is how the Australian’s esteemed Editor-at-Large Paul Kelly deems the suggestion by Liberals and conservatives (including many…

Aunty’s dropped her bloomers

29 September 2018 9:00 am

There’s delicious irony in sacked managing director of the ABC, Michelle Guthrie, being replaced by a man. Having pursued the…

Turnbull’s Costa Concordia

22 September 2018 9:00 am

In 2012, the liner Costa Concordia struck a rock just off the Italian coast. The huge ship capsized and sank,…