Flat White

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

Julie Bishop backflips

10 October 2017 7:22 am

To repeat the well-used words and heart-stopping sentiment of many parents of teenage children, “Julie, we’re so disappointed in you”.   It was surprising to see Bishop…

Labor’s desperate sales pitch

9 October 2017 4:16 pm

Nothing says desperation more than calling on the Bob Hawke to do your selling and evoking the memory of a…

What’s Greek for ‘chutzpah’?

9 October 2017 12:12 pm

Cockiness to the point of crazy-brave has been a Hellene characteristic down the ages (the Greeks were Hellenes before they…

What’s left of Western culture? Just about everything

9 October 2017 7:24 am

There is something very wrong with Western culture today. At first, it seemed only as if in gradual decline, but…

Corporate subsidies don’t keep the lights on

6 October 2017 2:02 pm

A wise man once told me watching business people talk about economics is like watching a dog walk on its…

The same-sex marriage revolution: same as them all

6 October 2017 11:00 am

David Sergeant chilling piece “What’s changed in Britain since same-sex marriage?” describes the way in Britain the anti-marriage revolutionary agenda…

Reshuffling the ABC is futile

6 October 2017 7:49 am

So many promises: each as useless as the last. What is the point of the ABCs overhaul of current affairs…

Teaching at Maechaem

5 October 2017 5:04 pm

For some weeks now in Thailand I’ve been teaching English to teenagers with a disability, many of them in wheelchairs…

Repeating Turnbull’s blunder

5 October 2017 2:54 pm

Watching the Conservatives fall apart over leadership gives me uncanny déjà vu after Australian politics. In the last eight years, Australia has…

Conservatism is dying. Could Islam help save it?

5 October 2017 7:31 am

Francis Schaeffer: ‘A co-belligerent is a person with whom I do not agree on all sorts of vital issues, but…

It’s about more than marriage. Just ask a Pom…

4 October 2017 6:01 pm

I run Britain’s oldest conservative think tank, the Bow Group, and in 2012 I opposed the then Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposed Same-Sex…

Who’s f–king whom at the Department of Environment and Energy?

4 October 2017 12:32 pm

The Department of Environment and Energy – a strange marriage if ever there was one! It would seem one of…

Waiting for Winston

4 October 2017 7:25 am

On the south side of the Ditch we’re living in The Present, a time that American poet Billy Collins identified…

The Greens for sale

3 October 2017 12:00 pm

EXCLUSIVE You’re a political party who appears to have reached – gratuitous Club of Rome reference – the limits of…

What’s happened to the university?

3 October 2017 7:37 am

Many people are likely to have had a lightbulb moment that made them realise our universities are in trouble. Over…

Same-sex marriage and PVO and his army of straw men

2 October 2017 7:39 am

Peter Van Onselen is a timely reminder that the ‘academic aristocracy’ is alive well in our land. He recently tried…

Ten things we should be talking about instead of same-sex marriage

30 September 2017 10:08 am

It was with great lack of joy that I came back from five weeks in Europe to find out that…

A better cause than Marie Stopes

29 September 2017 4:00 pm

Yesterday abortion provider Marie Stopes Australia announced that it “is searching for “brave philanthropists” to bankroll a $3 million fund for women…

Beaches, blood and the balance of nature: the great white debate

29 September 2017 2:00 pm

Environmentalists probably don’t realise that they anthropomorphise nature. But academics like Christopher Neff should know better. He designed a survey,…

Loved to death

29 September 2017 11:34 am

Last week, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 was introduced before the Legislative Council of New South Wales. In one…

Hanson’s the only hope for family court reform

28 September 2017 4:31 pm

It sounded like good news at first. Attorney General George Brandis announced he’s commissioned a review of the family law…

Where are the equality campaigners on liberty?

28 September 2017 2:45 pm

A churchgoing driver getting harassed on his way to a meeting, a young woman losing her job over her stance…

Trump, Otto Warmbier and the left’s sick loss of sanity

28 September 2017 11:31 am

If anyone is looking for definitive proof that loopy loony lefties have lost it, here you are. Centre of the…

Why Turnbull cannot be English

28 September 2017 7:24 am

There is a school of thought that Malcolm Turnbull can still salvage his leadership of the Liberal Party here in…

North Hobart’s village idiot

27 September 2017 8:06 pm

Opportunities to undermine the state can’t present themselves too often in a place like North Hobart, so it’s hardly surprising…