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

But science! Greens, GMO and ‘alternative facts’

3 March 2017 2:01 pm

Last Sunday a post on The Greens (WA) Facebook page took umbrage at Gary Adshead’s article in the Sunday Times…

Blowing smoke: Nanny’s crusade against vaping

3 March 2017 8:46 am

There are few things governments enjoy more than protecting the commoners from themselves. It’s the reason why they’re happy to…

Even a broad church needs walls

2 March 2017 7:20 pm

Whatever internal troubles Malcolm Turnbull and the federal coalition were experiencing, it’s fair to say that Tuesday’s release of the…

Clinton email tactics hit Queensland

2 March 2017 12:46 pm

When you have a vested interest to hide and skeletons in the closet, using your own private email account and…

It’s not the just Liberals. It’s the political class

2 March 2017 7:14 am

It is certainly convenient and natural for media and political insiders to focus on the personal conflict between Abbott and…

Tony Abbott must return

1 March 2017 7:34 pm

If the country is to be saved from impending disaster, Tony Abbott, like General MacArthur must return. (This will probably be…

18c: they just don’t get it

1 March 2017 4:07 pm

The failure by the Coalition-dominated parliamentary review to recommend changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is another sign…

WA votes amid a tax and spend addiction

1 March 2017 11:52 am

The Western Australian state election is looming around the corner with almost two weeks until the state government is reshuffled…

Fake news meets 18c

1 March 2017 9:08 am

Earlier this month Professor Andrew Jakubowitz of the taxpayer-created Cyber Racism and Community Resilience Research Group attempted to debunk a…

Hey guys, check out David Morrison’s latest

28 February 2017 9:09 pm

He’s become the gift which keeps giving, though, like a spinster aunt’s annual Christmas socks and hankies, it’s a gift…

Chicken Little on workplace relations — and plain old chicken

28 February 2017 7:15 pm

There’s been more chicken than Colonel Sanders himself could handle in Canberra this week, as the debate about Sunday penalty rates…

The people versus Milo Yiannopoulos

28 February 2017 2:47 pm

The furore surrounding the curious case of Milo Yiannopoulos has blasted through the media. Journalists, commentators, and the Twitterati are calling for Milo…

Newspoll: the Liberals, not just Turnbull, are the problem

28 February 2017 11:10 am

With the latest Newspoll showing the Coalition trailing Labor 45 to 55 2PP and One Nation at ten percent otherwise, a mob…

Language, law and liberty

28 February 2017 7:18 am

Law and language share a critical relationship in preserving freedom of expression. One of the peculiarities of totalitarian societies is…

Newspoll listening suggestions for the Liberal Party

27 February 2017 12:06 pm

So what about that Newspoll, hey? Not much hope there for your average Liberal backbencher. Quite a few frontbenchers, too.…

Milo: the assassins have failed

27 February 2017 7:28 am

The sanctimonious Left are in their dizzy element. “The Milo show is over,” they laugh, dancing on the shredded paper…

The Liberal Party is beyond help

26 February 2017 4:08 pm

It probably doesn’t matter what I think, but the best course now is for Cory Bernardi and the Australian Conservatives…

Wherein Tony Abbott answers some questions…

26 February 2017 1:28 pm

Well, well, well. Just the other week, I was crying out for someone to tell us how Burkeans within the…

Is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

26 February 2017 9:34 am

After 75 weeks of indolence and drift Paul Kelly did his level best in The Weekend Australian to pick the…

Greg Craven’s strange nightmares

25 February 2017 5:00 pm

Professor Greg Craven seems to have had some awful nightmares about the collapse of constitutional government in Australia. But neither…

Keysar Trad: where are the feminists?

25 February 2017 9:34 am

Listen carefully. Responses trickling in after Keysar Trad’s comments about violence against women have been extremely telling. Trad, president of…

The loopholes in Daniel Andrews’ death laws

24 February 2017 6:48 pm

In what is clearly becoming a drip feed exercise, Dr Brian Owler, head of Premier Daniel Andrews’ advisory panel charged…

Is Labor serious about peace in the Middle East?

24 February 2017 11:59 am

When Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia, history was made as it marked the first visit by a Prime…

Four year terms are a bad idea

24 February 2017 7:13 am

The election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit, and the return of One Nation have all threatened the centre-right status…

Penalty rate revision a win for jobs and commerce

23 February 2017 4:42 pm

Earlier today, the Fair Work Commission announced that Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for hospitality, restaurant, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers would be reduced…