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

Damn due process, let’s impeach Trump anyway

6 December 2019 6:25 pm

We are witnessing America’s arguably most destructive political convulsion as the Democrats’ move to impeach President Donald Trump. It is…

What’s woke this week?

6 December 2019 2:38 pm

Food has featured strongly in wokeworld this week, along with a prestigious art award. In other news, multifarious trigger warnings…

Recognising Jerusalem, two years on

6 December 2019 12:00 pm

It was in the first week of December 2017, almost a year to the day after being elected President of…

The ABC’s war on ‘us’

6 December 2019 5:00 am

The ABC has recently released its new editorial guidance note on “Hate Speech, Terrorism and Mass Killing”. While the document is rich…

When will China’s brittle autocracy break?

5 December 2019 7:48 pm

You don’t have to be a China watching political historian to recognise the accuracy of the observation that China has…

An early Christmas present for business and taxpayers, a rude awakening for Sir Humphrey

5 December 2019 4:26 pm

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given business and taxpayers an early Christmas present with today’s announcement of cuts to government…

Our failing school system doesn’t need more money

5 December 2019 1:30 pm

Put to the test in terms of the education’s systems 3 Es — excellence, equity, and efficiency — Australia has…

Atwood’s Antipodean tour set to lighten handmaids’ skirts by $1 million

5 December 2019 11:03 am

Margaret Atwood, the frazzled-haired Canadian author of the blockbuster The Handmaid’s Tale franchise is set to make another fortune in…

The hidden male victims of domestic violence

5 December 2019 5:00 am

While domestic violence against women is constantly highlighted by the mass media, such violence against men is rarely reported. We…

V for victory in lifting school standards requires V for vouchers

4 December 2019 7:46 pm

All my kids have gone through the public education system — until now. I had some concerns about the education…

Why on earth shouldn’t Tony Abbott visit George Pell?

4 December 2019 3:07 pm

On Monday Channel Seven News aired one of those ‘gotcha!’ news stories beloved by the MSM. The person ‘caught in…

Good schools need more than money: parents

4 December 2019 1:00 pm

Parents are generally satisfied with how much money their child’s school has, but they don’t agree with how it is…

The left’s no longer a cause, but a new religion

4 December 2019 5:00 am

What we are witnessing in the culture wars is not a fight between left and right. Instead, it’s a religious…

Climate change – as it really is

3 December 2019 4:30 pm

The most important and useful essay this year on climate change is an op-ed by Dr Judith Curry written for…

Unadulterated crap

3 December 2019 2:20 pm

The team at The Conversation — motto: academic rigour, journalistic flair — clearly believe that their shit doesn’t stink. So…

When journos join the thought police, God help us

3 December 2019 12:04 pm

Is 2019 the death of satire?  Because it’s most definitely the death of comedy.  A comedian’s role used to be…

‘Tis the season for Jihadi Joviality

3 December 2019 4:44 am

Two people are dead. Three seriously injured remain in hospital.   ‘Tis a timely reminder that the season for Jihadi Joviality…

From effect to emergency: the great climate rhetoric crisis

2 December 2019 7:11 pm

How old are you? I’m greenhouse old: I remember when it was all called the “greenhouse effect”, seemingly a lifetime…

Cancel culture’s double fault against Margaret Court

2 December 2019 3:03 pm

There’s a new phrase du jour to describe methods in current use by the aggrieved and disaffected, those that feel called…

From Moscow to Tony Abbott, via Annika Smethurst’s underwear drawer

2 December 2019 1:03 pm

Edward Snowden’s dad and a mate of mine are on the same page: Ed Snowden is “the greatest American patriot…

True equality, ideology – and PC priorities

2 December 2019 5:00 am

Extremist ideology, in any form, can never sit harmoniously with true equality. By its very nature, extremist ideology places some…

Clem goes gooey over dead white male

1 December 2019 6:06 pm

Just when I think Clementine Ford couldn’t get any more hypocritical she has managed to outdo any previous effort. At…

Sacha, free speech trumps censorship in fighting lies, you clown

1 December 2019 12:49 pm

Late last month actor-comedian Sacha Baron Cohen made waves when he spoke at the Anti-Defamation League summit. In his speech…

How Pauline Hanson became Shanghai Sam in drag

30 November 2019 6:50 pm

The CFMMEU is to Australia’s industrial relations system what China is to the West: a bully with too much money…

Why ‘progressives’ are going nowhere

30 November 2019 9:00 am

As the Labor Party, following its unexpected loss in the recent federal election, is forced to question the progressive worldview…