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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…

Abbott’s Asia accolades

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Abbott-watchers amateur and professional are still having trouble coming to grips with the Prime Minister’s foreign policy. The latest intellectual…

A royal welcome

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Australia prides itself on being a young country. For generations after independence in 1901, we still saw ourselves as essentially…

Joe’s Thatcherite message

5 April 2014 9:00 am

The greatest accolade that can be granted to a public figure is not a knighthood, an OA or any such…

Our Watergate?

29 March 2014 9:00 am

When we say the drama surrounding Arthur Sinodinos’s dealings at Australian Water Holdings brings back memories of Watergate, we do…

The Bolt crucible

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Yes to free speech, no to racism. It should be a pretty simple formula but, of course, the devil is…

Consumer vs taxpayer

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Remember Kim Carr’s dire warning: ‘The government has effectively signed the death warrant on Australia’s last fresh-fruit cannery, ensuring the…

Is Tony Abbott a dry?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

At six minutes past eight on the evening of Monday 3 March, the camera panned unexpectedly off the face of…

Politics is not a blood sport

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Mocking, abusing or vilifying Labor leaders is morally repugnant. Mocking, abusing or vilifying Liberal leaders is cool. Such is the…

Breaking windows

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Smash! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. As one energy-reliant manufacturer after another shuts up shop; as our energy prices…

Creative destruction

15 February 2014 9:00 am

In Labor’s telling, the decision by Japanese Toyota executives to pull the plug on their Australian operation is Tony Abbott’s…

The trouble with Aunty

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The image of the benign, slightly fuddy-duddy old eccentric has been wrong for some time. But in recent weeks, the…

Rogues gallery

1 February 2014 9:00 am

There seem to be an awful lot of rogues out there. When it became clear that corruption allegations against former…

Broken society

25 January 2014 9:00 am

The deaths of NSW teenagers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie were beyond tragic. The senseless, random nature of the violence…

Very, very effective

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The border protection debate is roaring again, and we’re happy to join the fun. One place to start is to…

Climate change jokers

11 January 2014 9:00 am

They call it the silly season, when not much is happening in politics, so far-fetched yarns and preposterous anecdotes get…

What lies ahead

4 January 2014 9:00 am

As the American baseball star Yogi Berra once remarked: ‘The future ain’t what it used to be.’ It’s a neat…

Abbott’s Christmas renewal

14 December 2013 9:00 am

It’s been only three months since Tony Abbott’s decisive victory on 7 September, and already the critics are baying for…

Say it ain’t so, Joe

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Under which particular pillow does Joe Hockey hope to find a lazy trillion dollars lurking? That’s the estimated investment Australian…

Stop attacking Aunty

30 November 2013 9:00 am

This magazine rarely misses an opportunity to criticise the ABC. So readers may be surprised to find us defending Aunty…

A delicate diplomatic dance

23 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Few international problems in the postwar period have proved as difficult for Australia as the development of a friendly and…

Professor Strange-palm

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Dinosaurs, disgruntled employees, Chinese spies, Titanic enterprises, JFK rip-offs, unpaid taxes, smacking Senate bottoms, strange circular self-generating taxation schemes and…

Slaying the beast

9 November 2013 9:00 am

They stabbed it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast,’ sang the Eagles in ‘Hotel California’.…

Labor’s penance

2 November 2013 9:00 am

And so the sins of the forefathers shall be visited upon the sons, or so it must feel like to…

Grim reading

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Left-wing dogma is destroying the literary skills of an entire generation. Such is the depressing conclusion of a recent report…