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

A masterclass in how to lose an election

17 May 2022 2:00 pm

If the Coalition loses the coming election, they have nobody to blame but themselves. Labor are pathetic, making promises without…

Australia set to sign Geneva’s Global Pandemic Treaty

17 May 2022 12:10 pm

The ‘New Normal’ of medical fascism is coming regardless of how Australians vote at the federal election. Having acquired a…

The Seinfeld election: a show about nothing

17 May 2022 12:00 pm

With the virus abating, and with the confected anger over supposed government inadequacies for compensation owed to those harmed by…

Progressives prefer to keep ‘their’ women ignorant

17 May 2022 9:00 am

On extremely rare occasions, news stories about political focus groups reveal something interesting. Last Friday, Newscorp reported on a group…

Lockdowns did more harm than good

17 May 2022 4:00 am

Third World v. First World: what’s the difference? In a nutshell, the way they make public policy. For the most…

Frocky horror picture show

16 May 2022 2:00 pm

Running alongside the gladiatorial spectacle of two men locked in verbal combat across Australia [Scomo and Albo] is another, only…

Sergeant Bruno's big mistake

16 May 2022 12:00 pm

A Victorian policeman is under investigation for posting online that there are only two genders. And so he should be!…

Australia needs a Ron DeSantis

16 May 2022 9:00 am

There is a craving for the principled defence of liberty in Australia, given our experience of reverting to a penal…

Miserable Ghost: a rite of passage for former Prime Ministers

16 May 2022 4:00 am

What was the label that Malcom Turnbull gave to former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott after being ousted…

The NSW Department of Education must be held accountable

15 May 2022 12:30 pm

Here I was thinking the Covid madness was finally over, but gosh I should have known better than to imagine bureaucrats would…

The strong stink of an election on the nose

15 May 2022 9:00 am

The Liberals cannot be trusted to control Australia without adult supervision, but to replace them with an ALP/Green/ABC/Teal government would…

Will Australia vote for freedom?

15 May 2022 6:00 am

Freedom marches popped up across Australia in capital cities ahead of next week’s federal election. The messages written on their…

Nuclear: a powerful future

14 May 2022 12:00 pm

As a Merchant Navy navigator, I knew the range and durability of my ship were intrinsically limited to the fuel…

The spirit of conservative vision

14 May 2022 9:00 am

One of the principal election strategies employed by Scott Morrison is the argument that Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party…

TweedleScomo and TweedleAlbo

14 May 2022 6:00 am

As we watch our present Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and the man who seeks to replace him, Anthony Albanese, crisscross…

Fifty shades of Covid

13 May 2022 4:00 pm

[Calm down, it’s satire.] She slowly slipped her mask down and removed her gloves. Then lowered her second mask. That…

To 'crush and colonise'

13 May 2022 2:00 pm

The Russians may well love their children too, but many of their views about their war on Ukraine span a…

Will the ripples from Roe v. Wade reach Australia?

13 May 2022 1:30 pm

An American journalist, Caroline Reilly, re-tweeted a New York Times report of the firebombing of a Wisconsin anti-abortion headquarters, together with…

Courage, fantasy, and the arc of autocracy

13 May 2022 12:00 pm

Andriy Melnyk is the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin. In early May he demanded the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, respond to…

Leadership delegated is leadership lost

13 May 2022 9:00 am

Is anyone else old enough to remember when any corporate, political, or education leader, said something memorable? Something that left…

Vaccine coercion turns voters off the majors

13 May 2022 4:00 am

Australians who have felt coerced into vaccination will spurn the major parties on election day, data suggests. Instead, their vote…

The pregnant man emoji and other absurdities

12 May 2022 4:00 pm

The world was recently stunned to hear a US Supreme Court nominee tell the Senate what ‘progress’ it was to…

Rich Uncle Albo’s shared equity nightmare

12 May 2022 2:00 pm

For the worst-crafted, most ineffectual policy of this election campaign it would be hard to go past Rich Uncle Albo’s…

Inflation for dummies

12 May 2022 12:00 pm

My party, the Liberal Democrats, has far more nerdy economists among its members than any other party. It seems low…

Fiscal vandalism alive and well in ‘Danistan’

12 May 2022 9:00 am

Dodgy Labor Party politicking and fiscal vandalism are the enduring hallmarks of Daniel Andrews’ leftist government which, in just six…