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Getting shirty

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Several recent events highlight the fragile faultlines between jingoism, patriotism and national security; a fissure that the Left are desperate…

Redeeming Joe

11 October 2014 9:00 am

There is a grain of truth (for once) in Julia Gillard’s assertion that for Peter Costello ‘it was easy to…

We are all Israelis now

4 October 2014 9:00 am

‘ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree,’ asserted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in a…

Silver fern leaf

27 September 2014 9:00 am

The extraordinary victory of John Key and his National party in New Zealand’s recent election came as a relief to…

Burkean activism

20 September 2014 9:00 am

‘For those who are political advocates within Palestine itself, I will never know the bravery that comes with putting your…

Death cults and dole bludgers

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Twelve months ago, it all seemed a little too easy. Fix up Labor’s mess, stop the boats, scrap the pointless…

Cloning Scott

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Ultimately, prime ministers can only ever be as good as the front bench talent they have selected permits them to…

Mathias on message

23 August 2014 9:00 am

As is now widely accepted, and was pointed out in this magazine shortly after Budget night (‘The budget isn’t the…

Back to Iraq

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s twelve years and eleven months since a single graphic image punched us in the guts with such force. Then,…

Two worlds colliding

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The imagery was faintly disturbing. A powerful whitefella sits in the middle of a group of Aboriginal elders, themselves surrounded…

Ukrainian quagmire

2 August 2014 9:00 am

‘We will not be deterred in our efforts to get on to that site and retrieve the bodies of Australians…

Qualities of a leader

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Decisiveness. Perseverance. Effectiveness. These are the three key words being bandied around by the world’s top diplomats to describe Australian…

You read it here first

19 July 2014 9:00 am

In the digital age, weekly print magazines are not supposed to break stories, especially before the actual events have taken…

Hip, hip hooray for Tony Abbott’s carbon tax repeal

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Barring any more sudden Ricky Muir-like surprises, it looks as if the Senate will repeal the carbon tax; so allow…

Our best newspaper

5 July 2014 9:00 am

In polite company, it is now well known that the Australian’s claim to be the best newspaper in Australia is…

Mugged by reality

28 June 2014 9:00 am

When American neoconservatives rose to intellectual prominence in the 1970s, they were invariably described — not least by themselves —…

Hillary and us

21 June 2014 8:00 am

So it was the quail what done ’er in. Asked to give an example of the ‘outrageous sexism’ that brought…

Tanya powder keg

14 June 2014 9:00 am

Yet again, Tanya Plibersek has shown herself ill-equipped for the critical and sensitive portfolio of foreign affairs. Launching into a…

Unrepresentative swill

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Once again a majority of Australian voters find themselves in the infuriating position of having their clearly established wishes frustrated…

Morrison and the critics

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Every Australian government since Ben Chifley’s has defined our immigration policy in terms of guaranteeing border control and an orderly…

Get serious about debt

24 May 2014 9:00 am

‘This is something we have to take seriously.’ So said Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson in his post-budget address to business…

Two cheers for Mr Fraser

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Many Liberals and conservatives have been disgusted by Malcolm Fraser’s lurch to the Left since he lost office in 1983.…

It don’t come easy

10 May 2014 9:00 am

‘Got to pay your dues, if you wanna sing the blues,’ sang Ringo Starr wistfully after the demise of the…

Two cheers for Joe

A heavyweight duel

3 May 2014 9:00 am

In the lead-up to the main event, as excitement reaches fever pitch, the contenders go through the usual pre-bout rituals.…

Seventy ain’t old

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Age, clearly, has not withered the Rolling Stones. With the average age of the remaining four members of the ‘greatest…