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

Is this (rough) democratic justice?

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

In December 1989, the Queensland National Party government lost power after 32 years in office. As David Barnett recounts in…

Keneally is Labor's Kryptonite

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

Of the many federal election strands still being forensically examined – one at least is resolved. Former Labor high-flyer, Kristina…

Climate Change: the wolf that isn’t there

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by human activity into the Earth’s atmosphere is about the equivalent of a grain…

Kooyong and Wentworth: the nowhere lands

22 May 2022 8:20 pm

There’s no doubt that Scott Morrison’s perceived arrogance, the small target strategy employed by the ALP, and the success of…

When appearing virtuous kills virtue

22 May 2022 1:10 pm

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ As overused, meaningless phrases go, that’s one for the ages. It’s also blatantly…

Rowan Dean's election comment

21 May 2022 10:10 pm

Scott Morrison and the Coalition did not lose government last night. They lost it on November 1 last year, when…

Labor’s boats are back

21 May 2022 4:30 pm

The votes haven’t been counted for Saturday’s federal election, but the boats are already on their way. Illegal immigration used…

Albanese should support Scomo’s super access

21 May 2022 2:10 pm

Labor politicians and union representatives need a failsafe check on their emotional outbursts whenever the Liberal Party proposes changes to…

Compulsory voting keeps Australia conservative

21 May 2022 11:40 am

Election time brings with it the old complaints of libertarians and the lazy who mumble about having to make their…

Hydrogen – the magic rainbow gas

21 May 2022 9:30 am

If you believe in the tooth fairy, or vote Green, you probably believe that hydrogen is the magic rainbow gas…

Over easy Albanese fried on both sides

21 May 2022 4:00 am

Anthony Albanese has claimed the Liberal advertising campaign slogan – ‘Life won’t be easy under Albanese’ – is racist bullying that…

#Monkeypox: apocalypse 2.0

20 May 2022 7:52 pm

Alright, hands up – who had #Monkeypox on their 2022 apocalypse ‘bingo!’ card? In response to widespread hysteria sweeping social…

We need passion in our politics

20 May 2022 1:00 pm

With only one sleep until polling day, I am firmly convinced that neither the Liberals nor Labor should be allowed…

Sovereignty to sizzle out on Saturday?

20 May 2022 12:00 pm

On Saturday we are compelled to vote – by law. In Australia, three things demonstrate that we are no longer…

The Senate gold mine

20 May 2022 9:00 am

Is there such a thing as right and wrong? Well of course there is, and the fact that many university…

Howard’s masterclass: standing up to Woke

20 May 2022 4:00 am

John Howard, a master in the art of persuasion, gave a masterclass yesterday. Campaigning with Warringah candidate Katherine Deves, who…

Safety and efficacy

19 May 2022 2:00 pm

Since the beginning of 2021, the official narrative with regards to the Covid vaccines has maintained that the vaccines are…

Is it time to put 'freedom' first?

19 May 2022 1:20 pm

Polling is concerned with the House of Reps so forecasting the composition of the 40 senators to be elected this…

Erasing mothers is not ‘progress’

19 May 2022 12:00 pm

Everywhere you look, mothers are being erased. In the name of inclusion and diversity: Barnardos has cancelled its ‘Mother of…

Coles: sacks unvaccinated staff, creates paid gender affirmation leave

19 May 2022 11:50 am

Coles sacked the last of its unvaccinated staff at the beginning of this year, long after state mandates fell and…

Tezza’s how-to-vote card

19 May 2022 9:00 am

Regular readers will know that James Allan and I agree to disagree on the direction of centre-right politics. There is…

History stands against Albanese

19 May 2022 4:00 am

If the polls are to be believed, a thumping Labor victory is to be expected at this week’s election.  This…

'Commie' Twitter employees vent about Musk

18 May 2022 4:30 pm

Everyone guessed that the poorly-adjusted, short-tempered, activist-Millennial employees of Twitter would have trouble adjusting to the ‘New Normal’ of Muskdom…

Fishnets and Lego: Australian Museum gets a wake up call

18 May 2022 1:55 pm

It’s hard to know what’s worse – that Australian Museum staff allowed a man wearing women’s lingerie to play with…

MoodSnap! Technology for mental health

18 May 2022 1:00 pm

We’ve all become familiar with integrated app-based health platforms like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit allowing us to track…