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

The F-35 by the numbers

18 July 2017 6:58 pm

There are some rules of thumb in the costs of fighter aircraft. One is that the engine cost will be…

It’s the vibe…

18 July 2017 3:15 pm

Leftists like the Greens are constantly trying to do everything they can to dilute tradition, undermine our institutions and ultimately…

The new Home Affairs Department should be welcomed

18 July 2017 11:42 am

The Prime Minister has today unveiled a national security ‘mega-department’, to be called, as guessed by the commentariat, the Department…

Islam’s “barbaric fury”

18 July 2017 7:31 am

Andrew Urban has lived up to his famous namesake, Pope Urban II (1088-1099), in his warnings that evil thrives when…

It’s just a jump to the left…

17 July 2017 5:20 pm

If it feels like you’re doing the Time Warp again, it’s because you are. Our nominally conservative parties have been…

AFL and the biased politics of sport

17 July 2017 2:05 pm

Politics thrives and prospers on power. Power seeps through winning over the masses. Where are the masses in Australia? Watching…

Same old inconvenient drivel

17 July 2017 7:30 am

Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power, opens in Australia on August 10. What a pity.…

Game of Greens

16 July 2017 7:24 pm

“Woeful news my lord Richard, of Ser Scott of the Greenwald, well, it turns out he’s not one of us,…

Protection? What a load of bollards

16 July 2017 6:13 pm

“Melbourne’s concrete bollards could slide 30 metres in a crash, warn experts.” I wasn’t in the least surprised when I…

Headscarf emancipation

16 July 2017 7:56 am

In a world in which female empowerment is increasingly defined by SlutWalks, headscarves are a display of true liberation. I…

Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Marx’s detritus

15 July 2017 1:59 pm

Yassmin Abdel-Magied recently published a piece in The Guardian Australia lambasting her critics as being merely ‘afraid of a young…

Flogging a dead horse republic

14 July 2017 5:46 pm

Surely the Australian Republican Movement and Labor realise that they’re flogging a horse that was pronounced dead almost 20 years ago by the…

The Clementine-shaped difference between “speaking out” and hate

14 July 2017 11:52 am

The one-woman woe wagon has arrived to deliver a request on this fine Friday. Clementine Ford would like our sympathy in return for all the love, tenderness, respect and heartfelt compassion…

Blind to gender – and the facts

14 July 2017 7:40 am

What more evidence do we need that ‘the patriarchy’ is a myth, than the recent findings of the government’s very…

Vaping, Big Public Health and the new McCarthyism

13 July 2017 5:54 pm

One of the more emotive arguments thrown up against e-cigarettes and vaping is that multinational tobacco companies, including Philip Morris…

Building Indigenous competitive advantage

13 July 2017 4:06 pm

The ABC’s recent Alice Springs Q&A highlighted many key features of the Indigenous disadvantage debate — both positive and negative.  While issues…

Has Yassmin Abdel-Magied missed the hatred spewing from the Left?

13 July 2017 12:55 pm

Sometimes I wonder if the Left are actually living, breathing and experiencing the same planet. In today’s Guardian Australia, someone…

Price of electricity is rising, not sure about temperatures

13 July 2017 7:51 am

Because the masses believe that global atmospheric temperatures are rising unnaturally – the Hazelwood coal-fired power station was decommissioned, and…

Who’s a true conservative?

12 July 2017 7:27 pm

The Prime Minister’s potty, semantic quibbling in London has taken up with characteristic zeal by Peter Van Onselen. His column…

A car emissions tax: proof that the government have lost their spark

12 July 2017 4:58 pm

Tax: a politician’s addiction – always eager to take your money and never satisfied. Now, our politically correct federal government…

Vive le caliphate

12 July 2017 2:50 pm

Dystopian scenarios – scary, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it films and fiction – are on the rise. Michel Houellebecq’s novel Submission is about what goes…

Why we’ll all pay for South Australia’s bank heist

12 July 2017 12:36 pm

The South Australia state parliament is in recess for a fortnight. It’s time for Premier Jay Weatherill and his bullish…

The crucial left/right divide

12 July 2017 10:29 am

Forget all the recent talk about labels and who gets to wear the tag of ‘centrist’ or ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’…

No conservatives, thanks; we’re liberals

11 July 2017 6:34 pm

Last night I went to sleep on the right. I must have tossed and turned a lot because when I…

The renewables creation story

11 July 2017 6:23 pm

To recap: the nation’s embrace of renewables has caused widespread blackouts, businesses to close, the indigent to seek shelter in…