Flat White

In-depth analysis of the day’s news, plus stories and gossip from Australian politics.

The death of ScoMo’s cash ban is welcome

22 September 2019 4:54 pm

Government legislation that would have outlawed cash payments for goods and services exceeding $10,000 AUD to or between businesses has…

Meeting Heather Henderson

22 September 2019 12:35 pm

Last week’s Sitting Week was a busy time in Parliament House; bills to be tabled, lines of visitors streaming down…

Notes from a street protest

21 September 2019 3:11 pm

Coralines Emo Coraline look-a-like protesters from expensive Toorak Girls Private with an excellent fine arts program wave protest signs and…

The feminist assault on justice — and due process

20 September 2019 5:00 pm

Sexual harassment, let alone sexual assault and rape, are tragic occurrences. However, the idea that any charge a woman brings…

Boris, Brexit, the courts – and the ghost of Gough Whitlam, laughing

20 September 2019 3:00 pm

There is an interesting debate going on in the British courts which could have lasting ramifications for the practices of…

The climate strike: slacktivism and sloppy thinking

20 September 2019 11:03 am

Would you rather be stuck in school at a maths lesson on a Friday afternoon or be outside stirring with your mates? No prizes for…

Asylum – or arrogant entitlement?

20 September 2019 5:00 am

The high-profile story of the deportation of the Sri Lankan Murugappan family has reminded us of the perennial tension between…

A corroboree of jobbery: Daniel Andrews First People’s Assembly

19 September 2019 7:25 pm

On Monday morning, voting began to elect the new ‘First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria‘. This ‘voice for Aboriginal communities’ seeks…

There’s no such thing as a “potential human”, Jane

19 September 2019 3:06 pm

Jane Caro is one of those feminist exhibitionists who seem to have been dared to say something increasingly stupid or…

The Greens – and more – owe Pauline Hanson an apology on family law

19 September 2019 11:04 am

Well, that escalated quickly… Before consideration of a family law inquiry had even reached the Senate, left-wing fury was unleashed.…

Don’t increase Newstart; first use the money to fight long term unemployment

19 September 2019 5:00 am

As the government repeatedly says, the best form of welfare is a job, but when it comes to getting people…

What’s woke this week

18 September 2019 2:51 pm

Education, or what passes for it in the world of woke, has long been the natural habitat of cultural Marxist…

Standby for next week’s UN doomfest for climate crazies

18 September 2019 11:03 am

The push is on ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Summit to be held next week in New York. Although…

Like cheap, clean energy? You’ll love nuclear

18 September 2019 5:00 am

There is no greater act of economic or environmental vandalism in Australian history than our nonsensical prohibition on nuclear power.…

Jacinta Price: why let the left lower standards for Indigenous Australians?

17 September 2019 3:35 pm

The vast majority of Australians — including many Australians of Aboriginal descent — know very little of the reality of…

Will Gladys reach full term?

17 September 2019 12:08 pm

The spill motion against the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was never going to succeed because the courageous Tanya Davies and…

Does the Human Rights Commission really believe in guilty until found innocent?

17 September 2019 5:00 am

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s recommendations for discrimination law reform — which look like they wish to reverse the onus…

Are the Greens endangering children with climate rally rabbles?

16 September 2019 3:03 pm

The cat is out of the bag. Yes, so the Children’s Crusade, the kiddies climate rally or whatever you want…

Vaping scaremongering will cost Australian lives

16 September 2019 10:46 am

An outbreak of a serious lung illness in the United States and six deaths ‘linked to vaping’ has led to…

The anti-Alan Jones rabble are fighting free speech, not just him

16 September 2019 5:00 am

Weeks after the original supposedly offensive comments, the furore around Alan Jones’ breakfast show is showing no sign of abating.…

It’s university open day season

15 September 2019 1:41 pm

It hasn’t been the same since the twins said they’ve just turned 18, and need a lift to the university.…

Heroes saved us, politicians blamed the wrong culprit

14 September 2019 4:26 pm

“HEROES SAVE US” – That’s the headline on our local Noosa paper, superimposed over a dramatic photograph of a lone…

Gladys Liu and the danger of being everything to everyone

14 September 2019 11:20 am

I don’t know Gladys Liu from a bar of soap, so I have no idea whether she has any compromising…

Psychology’s war on men

13 September 2019 5:00 am

American pharmaceutical companies aren’t allowed to advertise on Australian TV unless you’re talking over-the-counter cold tablets or pain killers. Which…

GetUp’s child slavery

12 September 2019 4:30 pm

In or around 1212, according to legend, bands of children from northern Europe led by a boy Stephen of Cloyes…