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

Our bureaucrats now want to decide “what freedoms society ought to tolerate”?

25 March 2019 5:19 pm

One perhaps should not make too much out of remarks of one public official, no matter how senior – and…

Should ScoMo put One Nation last?

25 March 2019 12:56 pm

We need to have a sober conversation about the Coalition’s recommendations for their supporters on how to vote. Labor, The…

Backwards & Forwards: Glad’s back as Scott sees salvation

25 March 2019 8:54 am

Looking back: Berejiklian’s Glad to be back On Saturday the Coalition government of New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was…

Doing it for the kids

24 March 2019 1:01 pm

There’s been a lot in the news about how cool the kids are. As Whitney Houston sang before using her…

NSW: a reality check

24 March 2019 8:37 am

Congratulations to Gladys and the hair gel lads for their result yesterday. And for Scot, here’s a history lesson. On…

The Tasmanian yacht murder: a groundbreaking new appeal

23 March 2019 6:01 pm

In a historic decision to grant Sue Neill-Fraser leave to appeal against her 2010 murder conviction, Justice Brett of Tasmania’s…

What’s a girl got to do to get elected nowadays?

22 March 2019 1:06 pm

I’m wondering what a girl named Gladys has got to do to get elected nowadays. Winning Sky News debates is…

The Christchurch chaos exercise

22 March 2019 10:16 am

Scissor statements are weird. They’re something that most people can’t instantly define, yet they are an inextricable element of today’s…

Gladys Berejiklian: Liberal legend?

22 March 2019 5:30 am

If Gladys Berejiklian wins the state election she will be a certified New South Wales Liberal legend. There have been…

Recep Erdoğan’s war on history

21 March 2019 5:28 pm

The most touching, if not confronting, memorial at Anzac Cove is the sandstone plinth inscribed with words attributed to Kemal…

Women in parliament problem? Your answer’s Rwanda

21 March 2019 12:25 pm

The Coalition has received sustained media and ALP criticism regarding their percentage of women in parliament – so much so…

Hire two new pen-pushers: that’s economic reform, NSW Liberal style

21 March 2019 7:38 am

Last May at the New South Wales Business Chamber, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced with great fanfare the state would establish…

Eighty-nine billion new reasons to quit the Paris Agreement

20 March 2019 4:19 pm

Momentum continues to build for Australia to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. New economic modelling prepared by Managing Director of…

Why this Conservative believes Fraser Anning couldn’t be more wrong

20 March 2019 11:51 am

I was working out of a coffee shop in Cairns overlooking Trinity Inlet when my Twitter feed went nuts with…

Is virtue signalling our new social currency?

20 March 2019 7:36 am

The internet was imagined by its pioneers to be the arbiter of a new information renaissance, believing that it would…

Ten reasons why Donald Trump will win a second term

19 March 2019 4:37 pm

In one of those classic, “the truth is stranger than fiction” scenarios, it’s been revealed that former First Lady Hillary…

The scare is settled? Have the climate catastrophists won?

19 March 2019 12:17 pm

Evidence does not seem to matter in the debate on human-induced climate change. Hardly anyone is listening to reason. Minds…

Memo, Josh: only fiscal discipline works long term

19 March 2019 7:22 am

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan’s valedictory speech hailed the legacy of his stimulus package (but not the subsequent — and growing…

Christchurch: a time for tears

18 March 2019 6:09 pm

I attended the funeral service of a Christian minister last year. In the eulogy, his son told us how gentle…

Why Labor’s changes to capital gains fail the fairness test

18 March 2019 1:38 pm

In the run-up to the next election, the Labor party continues to press the narrative that its proposed policies are…

Backwards & Forwards: the week in politics gone, the week to come

18 March 2019 10:07 am

Looking back Last Thursday, with millennials convulsed by the unprecedented crash of Facebook and Instagram, New Zealand’s Canterbury Police tweeted…

The identity politics of the lunar right

18 March 2019 7:32 am

On Friday 50 people were massacred in New Zealand; murdered by a terrorist who looked at women and children and…

It’s all wishful thinking, but boy does it drive clicks

17 March 2019 6:33 pm

Independent. Always. Ah, yes. That pledge below the mastheads of Nine Entertainment’s left-wing tabloids to give you the sort of…

The Christchurch killer behind the headlines

16 March 2019 8:18 pm

What makes a man apparently plan in cold blood for two years the mass murder of his fellow human beings,…

Is Jordan Peterson a ‘gateway’ drug to Nazism?

16 March 2019 4:15 pm

At the recent Lesbians Who Tech summit in San Francisco—no, seriously, it’s a thing— Susan Wojicicki, the CEO of YouTube,…