Flat White

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

Inside Canberra they’re riding the Greens Machine

8 December 2021 9:00 am

It was Labor’s Shadow Defence Minister, Kimberley Kitching, who spilled the beans by forcefully declaring that Labor should not do…

Canberra's cultural change and the Jenkins looking glass

8 December 2021 4:00 am

The 2021 federal parliamentary sitting year has been plagued and book-ended by allegations of poor behaviour. It started with Brittney…

Defending Australia from itself

7 December 2021 3:51 pm

World War I saw a significant tactical blunder by the Commonwealth countries in regards to Gallipoli where 480,000 allied forces…

Religious Discrimination Bill unleashes hell in the ABC

7 December 2021 10:13 am

It’s only a matter of time before journalists at the ABC claim religious freedom is a threat to koalas. The…

Is the ALP ‘powering the future’?

7 December 2021 4:00 am

With the collapse of the Soviet bloc came a disenchantment with socialist planning as an alternative to market capitalism. Environmentalism,…

How do you make a submarine?

6 December 2021 12:00 pm

How do you make a submarine? You are going to need a lot of toolmakers… The difficulty Australia has is…

Senior Constable seeks urgent injunction on vaccine mandate

6 December 2021 9:00 am

In Western Australia, like other jurisdictions, police officers were required to have their first Covid vaccine dose by December 1…

The great purge rolls on

6 December 2021 5:23 am

‘Like Fresh Meat: Detailing Rampant Sex Harassment in Australia’s Parliament.’ This was the lurid headline in the New York Times…

Last drinks for the Canberra bubble

5 December 2021 4:00 am

It’s ironic that a federal minister should again promote alcoholic abstinence as a cure for whatever allegedly ails (or should…

Norway wishes you a Merry Wokemas

4 December 2021 6:00 pm

Not even Father Christmas is off limits to the unoriginal, hypocritical Woke mob. Last week the virtue signalling Norwegian postal…

Morrison wades blindly into the Solomon Islands

4 December 2021 2:00 pm

Civil chaos in the Solomon Islands has created an intricate geopolitical problem for Scott Morrison. Anti-government protests turned violent last…

Did we learn anything from 2021?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The last two years have been packed with chaos. Politicians have gone mad with power. Division has run rife throughout…

Vale Christian Kerr

4 December 2021 9:00 am

It is with profound sadness that I must inform the family of Spectator Australia writers, readers and fans of the…

I won't take the vaccine, here's why

4 December 2021 4:00 am

I won’t take a COVID vaccine. Here’s why. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris formalised American independence from Great Britain.…

Christian Kerr

3 December 2021 12:47 pm

As you’ll have seen from Rowan Dean’s announcement yesterday, our hitherto anonymous online editor, Christian Kerr, custodian of Flat White,…

Woke work is unhappy work

3 December 2021 9:00 am

The more that we talk about work/life balance and diverse and inclusive workplaces, the unhappier we seem to be. Over…

Remembering Adam Smith before it’s too late

3 December 2021 4:00 am

Adam Smith in his Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, marvelled at…

Notre Damn

1 December 2021 9:00 am

If anything could tempt a vengeful god out of silence, it might be the unholy restoration plans for Notre Dame. …

Unhealthy public health

1 December 2021 4:00 am

There was a time when public health people made a major contribution to our lives – ensuring the water in…

Omicron demonstrates the futility of mandatory vaccines

30 November 2021 4:00 am

International travel has been restricted to fully vaccinated people for quite some time. It appears that the new coronavirus variant,…

Here’s to the risk takers

29 November 2021 6:27 pm

In the 1870s and 80s, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the engineering landmarks of the day.…

Vaccine mandates are as queer as a clockwork orange

29 November 2021 3:10 pm

What if I told you there was a way to end crime forever?  That there was the possibility to eliminate…

Big tech, big target, good politics

29 November 2021 12:05 pm

Scott Morrison is going troll hunting. Well, there’s more in his announcement of new laws targeting social media and the…

How we hope to hold people responsible for the hotel quarantine disaster: people, not just bureaucracies

29 November 2021 4:00 am

 In late September this year efforts bore fruit to require WorkSafe Victoria to prosecute government agencies and individuals over the…

Dan and Albo’s barbie: hard to swallow

28 November 2021 2:12 pm

While thousands of Victorians were marching on Parliament to protest Daniel Andrews’ pandemic legislation, the man himself was staging the…