Flat White

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

Ten more reasons Labor lost the unlosable election

23 May 2019 8:11 am

Most people I speak to think that as a nation, we just dodged a bullet. And even those who voted…

The app that could see GetUp downed

22 May 2019 6:49 pm

In an era where political parties and policy advocates on the right are struggling to find new ways to engage…

A progressive ALP is unelectable

22 May 2019 1:37 pm

There used to be a line in the Lord’s Prayer which went: “But lead us not into temptation; and deliver…

Will Labor listen?

22 May 2019 8:44 am

When Labor’s Chris Bowen told voters, “If you don’t like our policies, don’t vote for us,” it was an applaudable…

The Israel Folau affair: Kafka – or John le Carré?

21 May 2019 8:04 pm

In the midst of the coalition’s ‘miraculous’ come from behind win at the federal election was the news that Israel…

Tony Abbott: with thanks to the fallen warrior

21 May 2019 5:26 pm

Last night former prime minister Tony Abbott succumbed to a perfect political storm: a climate zealot candidate dressed up as…

Only a dragon and a bottle of bleach separates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Daenerys Targaryen

21 May 2019 5:25 pm

Judging by the social media response, the only people to appreciate the “Game of Thrones” series finale might be politics and…

Let me feel your pain (so I can claim it as mine)

21 May 2019 1:44 pm

Since Scott Morrison’s election victory on Saturday night, TV personality Lisa Wilkinson, has penned a virtue-signalling column for 10Daily, titled…

Where the division of identity politics gets you

21 May 2019 7:53 am

It was Labor’s political owl Graham Richardson, who, just a couple of weeks before the event, was promoting his presence…

CBD: the people – ugh – have spoken

20 May 2019 5:16 pm

Our perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: CBD never understood how many nerve endings are ensconced in one’s sconce. CBD’s election…

With media mates like this it’s no wonder Labor lost

20 May 2019 2:32 pm

It’s ironic that Labour’s defeat may be sheeted home to some of its strongest, most vocal allies; the supposed national…

A welcome – but predictable – victory

20 May 2019 10:56 am

The election result surprised pollsters, punters and most commentators. But as I argued early last Wednesday on the Spectator Australia…

Rowan Dean: I predicted all along that Morrison would win

20 May 2019 7:41 am

The Coalition has been returned to government. Bill Shorten lost the “unlosable” election and Scott Morrison won – funnily enough,…

Unlike the big boys the Spectator Australia called it way before

20 May 2019 12:27 am

About that Labor landslide… Remember how the Berejiklian government would just hang on or be swept away in a tidal…

Ten reasons Labor lost the unlosable election

19 May 2019 9:09 pm

Well, he did it. Bill Shorten snatched defeat right out of the jaws of victory. Which is all the more…

Yassmin: democracy is always a risk for those of us who know better

19 May 2019 3:22 pm

You don’t really think a night like last night would have gone by without a pithy and pertinent observation from…

The biggest dill on Capital Hill

19 May 2019 1:53 pm

I’m pleased to meet you, my name’s Bill I’m the biggest dill on Capital Hill. Born in Melbourne where I…

It’s the coal wot won it

19 May 2019 3:52 am

That and other post-election news and analysis appearing in your Flat White from later Sunday. Got something to add? Join…

Election party 2022: chuck another possum on the barbie?

18 May 2019 8:46 am

The Greens want to replace ancient grasslands and modern croplands with trees. They worship eucalypt weeds while chipping away at…

Mr Shorten, we knew Bob Hawke…

17 May 2019 2:27 pm

It didn’t take long, did it? After yesterday likening himself to Gough Whitlam, this morning Bill Shorten used Labor’s greatest…

The making of a millennial conservative

17 May 2019 12:55 pm

I pre-polled early this year, as I will be out of the country on election day. Usually I can’t be…

CBD: it’s GULAG for government with SM stalled

17 May 2019 11:06 am

Our perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: After today it’s virtually over. CBD is emotionally exhausted. The worry, the panic of…

Do it for Bob

17 May 2019 9:08 am

The hashtag bobbed up as the news spread last night: #DoItForBob. Yes. Let’s. Spectator types in particular. Let’s have a…

Election eve thoughts on the least worst of the least worst

17 May 2019 2:00 am

High Commissioner to London George Brandis brings the election day charity sausage sizzle to the largest polling booth of them…

Why the special social media sensitivity come election time?

16 May 2019 6:56 pm

Destroying the careers of political aspirants has become a national sport and is a far cry from the role media…