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

A plunge into politics as Trainspotting meets The West Wing

7 February 2017 7:33 am

Australia’s federal parliament isn’t normally associated with sex, drugs and dance parties and nor should it, because they’re rare occurrences.…

Full circle after 65 years on the throne

6 February 2017 5:33 pm

The first British (and Australian) monarch to spend sixty-five years on the Throne, today Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her ‘Blue Sapphire…

The ABC: would you miss it if it wasn’t there?

6 February 2017 2:24 pm

“The ABC is letting Australia down in terms of news presentation,” Paul Keating declaimed in typical style late last year.…

No one loses from the Cory caper

6 February 2017 9:13 am

Since Tony Abbott’s ouster, the Liberal bosses’ efforts to purge conservatives from power has been in stark defiance to global…

A lecture from UQ on diversity and tolerance – not

6 February 2017 7:27 am

Lofty notions of free enquiry, open debate and tolerance are paid no shortage of lip service in Australian universities. In…

Domestic violence leave doesn’t fix the problem

4 February 2017 7:50 am

ACTU President Ged Kearney last year took to the stage at the International Labor Organisation conference to make an impassioned…

Black gold

3 February 2017 12:03 pm

Last Wednesday, attentive readers may recall, Prime Minister Turnbull gave a Press Club presentation designed to re-start his government. It…

Revealed: how your taxes fund the 18c Fan Club

3 February 2017 7:36 am

One of the most obvious features of the parliamentary inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has been…

The Nauru deal: don’t say we didn’t warn ya

2 February 2017 10:26 pm

Back in November, just after the presidential election, Neil Brown wrote a cracker of a column for the Speccie. It…

Worst. Phone call. Evah. Really?

2 February 2017 4:08 pm

It’s impossible to say for sure whether this business about a phone call between Turnbull and Trump is true. It smacks of…

Renewable energy targets? Just say no

2 February 2017 12:37 pm

How will you be able to look your grandchildren in the eye and tell them you didn’t do anything about…

The Left aren’t just giving Australia Day the arse…

2 February 2017 7:08 am

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to…

Youngstown: Springsteen’s or Trump’s?

1 February 2017 6:10 pm

Bruce Springsteen offered a sombre and evocative description of the toll taken on the typical rustbelt community by decades of…

A new idea for schools that doesn’t involve more money? Outrageous!

1 February 2017 12:13 pm

An education policy that doesn’t include lavishing more money on schools? Outrageous! That’s been the common response to the federal…

Wristband paedophilia?

1 February 2017 6:57 am

If you’re not wearing the wristband, do you really believe in it? It’s an existentially fascinating question in our age…

Borrowing binge raises the debt roof

31 January 2017 12:04 pm

Scott Morrison returns to his desk this week with enthusiasm for company tax cuts reinforced by impressions gained from an overseas…

Trump is simply following John Howard over borders

31 January 2017 7:23 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The anti-Trump alarmism is getting a bit tiresome. At this point, we have to assume the…

Renewables, 18c and the many paradoxes of Tony Abbott

30 January 2017 12:12 pm

In his address to the Young Liberals in Adelaide over the weekend, Tony Abbott once again demonstrated how wonderful he is…

Murder by euthanasia: a warning from the Netherlands

30 January 2017 7:39 am

Once you create a situation at law where killing of another person is allowed in certain circumstances, not only will…

Trump’s temper might just make him a great president

28 January 2017 6:42 pm

The hope of last resort amongst the chattering classes was that having won the election, Donald Trump would relax into…

Wish him naught as we wave him goodbye

27 January 2017 7:16 am

David Morrison crawled away from his Australian of the Year role as he performed it, self-aggrandising, unapologetic and intellectually irrelevant.…

Another wrong note from the Australian Republican Movement

26 January 2017 9:16 pm

My compliments to the Australian Republican Movement for their smashing new advert. It was heartening to see so many Australians…

Bleeding hearts a roadblock to reconciliation – and more

26 January 2017 5:56 pm

In recent years it has become increasingly fashionable to lament Australia Day instead of celebrating it. Indeed, a day founded…

Don’t begrudge Gillard her gong

26 January 2017 2:20 pm

In her Australia Day column for the Herald-Sun, Rita Panahi decried the giving of Order of Australia honours to former…

I was a teenage white invader

26 January 2017 12:44 pm

I have a confession to make: I’m one of the invaders. My ancestors did not come to these shores with…