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

Why has Victoria become a danger zone for journalists?

29 September 2020 5:30 pm

Asking meticulous questions of Premier Daniel Andrews is the fastest way to get yourself sent to the gulag.  China hasn’t…

A letter from COVID jail

29 September 2020 11:12 am

I’ve been a very bad girl. I have come home to Australia to be with my husband. I travelled by…

Budget 2020: we need a strict supply side focus to fix this government induced recession

29 September 2020 5:00 am

The dictum that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” rings very true in the run-up to the federal budget.…

Danandrewstan’s new health minister is off to a flying start

29 September 2020 4:45 am

Lessons have been learnt — or, as the modern bureaucrat might ask — learnings have been made? Not quite. The…

Clever virus, stupid Premier

28 September 2020 7:19 pm

For something made in China, Coronavirus is surprisingly good. How else to make sense of the latest non-sensical restrictions aimed…

The hotel quarantine fiasco must damn Dan’s indefinite detention bill

28 September 2020 4:03 pm

Evidence given at the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry gives no confidence that the government would be able to manage the implementation…

Vale, Giles Auty

28 September 2020 3:01 pm

It is with great sadness that we must inform SpecOz readers that the wonderful Giles Auty passed away last week…

Proved again: the(ir) ABC couldn’t be more out of touch

28 September 2020 2:27 pm

Ask anyone sane: there is absolutely no doubt that that episode of ABC’s Q&A was outrageous and unacceptable. You know,…

Our decision making ghosts

28 September 2020 12:00 pm

When it comes to making decisions, the Victorian hotel quarantine disaster shows neither politicians nor public servants seem to know…

EXCLUSIVE: Coate inquiry asked to investigate union links to hotel quarantine disaster

28 September 2020 5:00 am

“I saw nothing. I heard nothing. I know nothing.” This is the recurring theme that has been the hallmark of…

Netball Australia held its Indigenous Round last week. That’s where things started to get interesting…

27 September 2020 6:31 pm

Netball Australia decided to hold an Indigenous Round last weekend to celebrate diversity and inclusion. What could possibly go wrong?…

Democracy is dead in Danandrewstan

27 September 2020 4:00 pm

The great wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is attributed with the expression “Indeed it has been said that democracy…

The 2020 Archibald winner and systemic racism

27 September 2020 2:00 pm

In a year of ongoing global protests involving Black Lives Matter ™, any artwork addressing racial inequality was always going…

Taking out the trash in Victoria: bureaucrats, not just ministers, need to go

27 September 2020 11:10 am

Other Victorian Ministers will inevitably soon join Jenny Mikakos on the political scrapheap, but the spotlight should be turned to…

Why we have so much at stake this presidential poll

27 September 2020 5:00 am

Outside the United States, few people are as interested in American politics as Australians.  Understandably so given our peace and prosperity remain closely tied to America.    The…

Brute force cannot defeat COVID-19

26 September 2020 6:05 pm

Whether it is Daniel Andrews in Victoria, Gladys Berejyklian in New South Wales, Annastacia Palaszczuck in Queensland or the Novocastrian…

When irrelevant is relevant

26 September 2020 3:14 pm

‘Annus Horribilis’ was how Queen Elizabeth II described 1992, a tough year at the palace.  The Latin term means ‘horrible…

‘I realise Everybody wants to point the finger at Somebody but it was Anybody’s guess how these decisions were made and the fact is that Nobody knew’

26 September 2020 12:26 pm

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has insisted that Nobody made the decision to hire private security guards used in the state’s…

Crime’s up, but what about VicPol’s success against recalcitrant grannies and outspoken pregnant women?

25 September 2020 5:12 pm

Criminals have been busy committing crimes while Victorian Police have been busy keeping people who have committed no crime locked…

Australia is fed up watching premiers engage in bondage-play with the free market

25 September 2020 3:03 pm

When a nation has as many public servants as there are genders, you’d bank on a few geniuses being mixed…

Inside the federal by-election you may not have heard about

25 September 2020 1:02 pm

Due to the impending Queensland state election, there has been little discussion about the federal seat of Groom, which is…

LISTEN: They’re now talking about Daniel Andrews’ Omnibus Bill in Sydney too

25 September 2020 11:21 am

Ian Hanke spoke with Michael McLaren on Sydney’s 2GB last night about his Spectator Australia exclusives on Daniel Andrews egregious…

Priorities, priorities. Please welcome Victoria’s first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner

25 September 2020 5:00 am

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Victorian Government last week decided to announce the appointment of the first…

Politicians are chipping away at our democracy. What will be left for the next generation?

24 September 2020 6:01 pm

It is reasonable to say that young people, in this country, are entitled to feel apprehensive over how Australia is…

No news, but the ABC is still serving up the soft and gooey guff

24 September 2020 4:05 pm

The ABC ended its 7.45 am main morning radio news broadcasts this week, a punishment for the public for not…