Flat White

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

Impeachment? As Bill Clinton once said, Mr President, I feel your pain

19 January 2020 5:00 am

It’s excruciating. My eye rolls are so severe and unstoppable that my eyelids are sore. My forehead is red from…

PVO and the great republican two-step stumble

17 January 2020 3:32 pm

While Australia’s constitution was finally approved — ratified — by the Australian colonial people in 1900, the process of choosing…

Bushfires: we deserve more than a heads or tails debate

17 January 2020 2:00 pm

Reach for the nearest coin you have and place the coin flat on your palm. I don’t particularly care which…

Sports Rorts revisited: Bridget’s big boo-boo

17 January 2020 11:13 am

In 1996, I was interim chief of staff to new health minister, Michael Wooldridge. I occupied a small room next…

Doctor Woke

17 January 2020 12:01 am

Fiction has become a medium for writers and actors to treat their audience as morally inferior dolts in need of…

Sasha Zhoya, watch out. There’s karma on the athletics field, too

16 January 2020 8:05 pm

It is never too late for a New Year resolution and I hope Australia soon nails this one #Australiasmartenup!  Pulling…

Lessons for the left from a list of losses

16 January 2020 4:45 pm

First, it was Brexit in 2016. A few months later it was Trump. In May this year, Australia was stunned…

What’s woke this week? Meet the Duchess of Wuss-ex

16 January 2020 1:01 pm

‘Megxit’ has been the talk of the globe this week and much has been said about the dawn of a…

We don’t need a bushfire royal commission. We need clearly defined responsibilities

16 January 2020 5:00 am

Among the many extraordinary aspects of this season’s bushfire crisis is the blame directed towards the federal government – and…

Is that all you’ve got? One Newspoll doesn’t damn ScoMo

15 January 2020 3:15 pm

Since the final polling of last year, a great deal has occurred within the realm of federal politics. After the…

WTF? We prefer a hostile dictator to Donald Trump?

15 January 2020 12:34 pm

You’ve probably seen reports in the past 24 hours on the Pew Research Center findings on attitudes towards the United States around…

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the fatal decisions that fuelled the Victorian bushfires

15 January 2020 5:00 am

In the days before Christmas 2019, thousands of tourists flooded into the township of Mallacoota, close to the New South…

Don’t let the truth of these terrible weeks be forgotten or rewritten

14 January 2020 5:44 pm

The infernos of January 2020 will be remembered for destroying so much of south-eastern Australia. I weep for their victims.…

Vale Wilson Gavin

14 January 2020 3:19 pm

University of Queensland Liberal National Club president Wilson Gavin died yesterday, yet even in the immediate aftermath ‘tolerant progressives’ still…

Bushfire brilliance: let’s sue ourselves out of harm’s way

14 January 2020 12:31 pm

While most of us took a break over Christmas and New Year, the hysteria around climate change didn’t so much…

The lockouts might be gone, but so is Sydney’s nightlife

14 January 2020 11:08 am

In bars across Sydney, people are raising glasses to the repeal of lockout laws. Monday marked the end of the…

A millennial explains: 10 reasons why my generation fell for climate catastrophism

14 January 2020 5:00 am

Back in 2012 The Australian published an article warning that by this year there would be hardly any more snow…

I can’t face the cesspool so will someone tell the Twitter loons: wise up – and chill out

13 January 2020 5:18 pm

As you can see from the above illustration, Scott Morison causes bushfires.   So egregious is the culpability of our arsonist–in–chief…

Roger Scruton: insightful, perceptive, persuasive – and enduring

13 January 2020 4:16 pm

Conservatives around the world will be mourning the death of Sir Roger Scruton, a towering intellect and cultural critic whose…

Only our silliest republicans are excited by Megxit. Are the others wising up?

13 January 2020 2:26 pm

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement to step back as “senior royals” has predictably drawn fierce speculation – former palace press secretary Dickie…

Why should we keeping funding the “toxic masculinity” false narrative?

13 January 2020 11:00 am

Australia is already facing difficult truths over land management.  Funding fraudulent narratives is dangerous – and an undeniable false economy.  If…

The year of the Albo?

13 January 2020 5:00 am

Be afraid. Be very afraid. For 2020 may well be the year of the Albo. The Labor leader made a…

The climate crazies out to topple the PM should really think things through

12 January 2020 5:37 pm

On Friday protesters took the streets of our nation’s major cities by the tens of thousands, for what they called…

Why it’s fine to laugh at Greta Thunberg

12 January 2020 5:00 am

During an end-of-year review on the ABC’s serious definitely not tabloid 7.30, Australian celebrity and journalistic vox pops spoke glowingly…

Brainfart at Tiffany’s

11 January 2020 4:06 pm

Because the extraction of gold, diamonds, platinum and other precious metals and jewels — and their working — has nothing…