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

2018 Thawley Essay Prize winners

23 July 2019 7:02 pm

It is with great delight that we announce the winner and the runner-up of the 2018 Spectator Australia Thawley Essay…

A great crime, Their ABC-style

23 July 2019 10:53 am

No. An old-age pension couple who can no longer afford electricity didn’t burn coal in an attempt to stay warm.…

Do Facebook, Google and Twitter censor conservatives?

23 July 2019 5:00 am

‘Big tech’ plays a huge and ever-expanding role in our lives. Without a thought, we now trust platforms like Facebook,…

With woke corporates we soon won’t need elections

22 July 2019 4:18 pm

Non Cis-Gendered Individual Number One of the Canberra Cadre writes: Talk about ‘useful idiots’! CBD and his/her/zi GULAG fellow travellers…

About those person holes…

22 July 2019 12:29 pm

You would have read of another triumph of human progress from the city that has been a pioneer for so…

It’s not just Huawei…

22 July 2019 5:00 am

Australian politicians have recently started pandering to their Chinese constituents by embracing one of the largest social media platforms in…

Is there a Trump smear the left won’t stoop to?

21 July 2019 7:25 pm

Last week, the Channel Nine tabloids ran a column: Trump and Epstein partied and commented on women in 1992 video.…

Scripture sniping as The SMAge spouts the Good Book to foul Folau

21 July 2019 3:59 pm

John Tait has written an article for the Channel Nine tabloids, designed to bring clarity to the question Israel Folau…

It mightn’t be sexy, but manufacturing got us to the moon

21 July 2019 11:47 am

Almost forty years ago, in fact, during the time of the Hawke Labor government, Australia fell for a pea and…

Meet 007’s most fearsome enemy: a politically correct lack of imagination

19 July 2019 1:07 pm

The meh news of the week: Since Daniel Craig announced he was standing down as James Bond, debate has raged…

A religious freedom commissioner: not just worse than doing nothing, but the wrong thing

19 July 2019 5:00 am

Attorney-General Christian Porter intends to put the proposed religious discrimination bill to Parliament in the near future. Unveiling the government’s…

To save Western Civilisation, turn right

18 July 2019 1:54 pm

C S Lewis once observed that when you are going in the wrong direction, the thing to do is go…

How is it fair that unions pay no income tax?

18 July 2019 5:00 am

The ACTU continually complain that business, including small business, don’t pay their fair share of income tax. The complaints often…

Forget when Belle Gibson will get jail. When will her victims get justice?

17 July 2019 8:29 pm

When the Belle Gibson trial hit the news again recently all I was able to do was ‘watch on’ as…

Have Their ABC declared Bob Brown an unperson for heresy against the great green goddess Gaia?

17 July 2019 5:11 pm

‘Unperson’. You know the word. George Orwell coined it for Nineteen Eighty-Four, as being someone erased from society, the past,…

An end to parliamentary rorts in one easy step

17 July 2019 1:57 pm

This week, Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon passionately defended the $46,000 electoral allowance which he, like other MPs, receives from taxpayers…

How will more pen-pushers help the Great Barrier Reef?

17 July 2019 5:00 am

The idea that the Great Barrier Reef is in need of saving from catastrophe is popular, especially among academics and…

Advice from a happy migrant: love it or leave

16 July 2019 5:15 pm

Donald Trump and his typing fingers are in trouble again (as they are pretty much every day) for telling “the Squad”…

Is Black Widow leading a fightback against wokeness in the arts?

16 July 2019 12:22 pm

Scarlett Johansson is in deep-shit again for raging against identity politics.  In 2018, Johansson abandoned her starring role as a…

Why is NSW fining farmers under laws that no longer exist?

16 July 2019 5:00 am

The New South Wales government must grant an amnesty to all farmers who are being prosecuted under laws which no…

Taxpayers always deserve a break

15 July 2019 5:17 pm

The passing of the government’s major tax package is good news in a number of different ways. Stage 3 of…

About that climate change election…

15 July 2019 1:04 pm

The 2019 federal poll was meant to be the ‘Climate Change Election’ according to Greens leader Richard Di Natale and…

An alphabet for ‘progressives’

15 July 2019 5:00 am

Progressivism has become so pervasive that it’s about time that a children’s book was written for the political left. We’ve…

Transgender: born this way?

14 July 2019 6:10 pm

In April, Tasmania legislated birth certificate reforms, making gender on birth certificates optional, and removes the requirement for transgender people…

Labor’s embarrassing, unwanted party guest, John Setka

14 July 2019 3:25 pm

Some of you may recall the 2019 federal election. You may recall that the Australian Labor Party lost “the unlosable…