Flat White

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

The radical politics of Black Panther

26 February 2018 8:20 am

Black Panther opened in Australian cinemas recently and it certainly does not disappoint. It’s the eighteenth movie of the Marvel…

Mr Trumble comes back from Washington

25 February 2018 4:57 pm

Monday morning the VIP aircraft carrying the returning PM’s entourage touched down on home soil and Australians began to wonder,…

Billy Graham: a titan of faith and freedom

25 February 2018 1:20 pm

Reflecting on his wartime leadership, Winston Churchill remarked that with the nation having the lion’s heart, he “had the luck…

Their ABC: at it again

24 February 2018 8:43 am

And here we were in the reality-based community thinking it would be hard for even the ABC to trump last…

In defence of Tasmania

23 February 2018 8:03 pm

It feels a bit odd that someone like me, a native-born Canadian who has lived in Queensland for the last…

Barnaby’s concrete-assisted trolley ride crashes to an end

23 February 2018 3:25 pm

“Perhaps the biggest scandal in Australia political history? Made only by the fact it was managed like a shopping trolley…

Does anyone in politics do any work?

23 February 2018 2:21 pm

Sigh. Another day, more sex scandals in politics to finish off an eye-rollingly unproductive week. What exactly is the brief…

Why Australian Conservatives will not split the centre-right

23 February 2018 9:32 am

Go or stay? That is the question for disenchanted Liberals pondered by The Spectator earlier this month. Nationals’ supporters may…

Riding the dragon with Bob Carr

22 February 2018 4:49 pm

The ‘little dragons’ of southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand, Laos and Indonesia share the same problem Australia has with…

Joyce is still showing more leadership than Turnbull

22 February 2018 12:14 pm

Anger being hurled at Barnaby Joyce is misplaced; even now he’s showing more leadership than Turnbull could ever dream of.…

Workers lose from One Nation weakness

22 February 2018 7:25 am

One Nation positions itself as pro-Australia but the party’s opposition to company tax cuts shows it is short-sighted and weak…

Haven’t we paid Hillary enough already?

21 February 2018 6:28 pm

Sleep easy, Queenslanders. You’re already laden with ferals protesting Adani. Tasmania, you’re the birthplace of the Greens. Our sympathies. Western…

The fallout from Poland’s misguided Holocaust law

21 February 2018 3:25 pm

My grandfather made the lifesaving decision to leave Poland for Australia shortly before World War II broke out. However, for…

Why do feminists hate femininity?

21 February 2018 7:40 am

It’s only February, and already the wheels of the online confected outrage cycle are well and truly turning. In an…

Liberty and America’s gun culture

20 February 2018 8:01 pm

Freedom is not an unalloyed good. It allows people both to flourish and to make mistakes. Freedom, then, can never…

Sex and the capital city

20 February 2018 5:10 pm

From the large headings, multiple columns and country themed caricatures appearing in newspapers spread across kitchen benches and shaken out…

Danger: America dreaming.

20 February 2018 2:23 pm

The other day The Wall Street Journal carried an op-ed praising America’s immigration project written by two academics, Tellis and…

I dare an ABC journo to check just one fact of global warming

20 February 2018 7:52 am

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (our ABC) – the main source of news and information for Australia’s ruling elite – often…

What was that about a gun, Senator Di Natale

19 February 2018 8:37 pm

Greens leader Richard Di Natale and his faithful amanuenses at the ABC and Fairfax Media have been hyperventilating since George Christensen’s harmless, if…

What about the right not to strike?

19 February 2018 1:27 pm

It seems the lines have been drawn for 2018 as Sally McManus and the ACTU declare there is a war…

Ten religious reasons why Barnaby Joyce should resign

19 February 2018 8:36 am

I like Barnaby Joyce. And I honestly pray for him, his estranged wife Natalie, their children, and his new partner…

“Wetness in the third engine”

18 February 2018 6:03 pm

It is not widely known, but the Therapeutic Drugs Administration has approved the release to the general public of a…

Morality drones

18 February 2018 11:11 am

The young receptionist in her Minister’s office was momentarily taken aback. The PM’s office? God, it’s heavy. And something rattles.…

Yassmin’s Islamic amnesia

16 February 2018 11:03 am

Like so many Australians, I have come to the conclusion that Yassmin Abdel-Magied is maybe not quite in touch with…

Against ethical veganism

16 February 2018 7:48 am

Ethical veganism, which is commonly motivated by the minimisation of animal suffering or injury (an ideology which is often linked…