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

Daniel Andrews digs in against freedom of association

5 December 2016 8:07 pm

The restricting of freedom of association and freedom of religion is back on the agenda in Victorian Parliament this week.…

What’s gone wrong in South Australia?

5 December 2016 5:04 pm

What’s gone wrong in South Australia? For much of the population, not very much, really. Most services are quite good, infrastructure development has…

A human rights charter: monster or liberator?

5 December 2016 1:09 pm

At the recent Queensland state Labor conference Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the government’s commitment to a human rights act, modelled…

Everything you always wanted to know about the Alt-Right* (*but were afraid to ask)

5 December 2016 7:16 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The Alt-Right hysteria sweeping the Western world is as overwrought as it is alarming. On the…

The harpies take the weekend off

4 December 2016 8:37 pm

There’s no business like show business, as the old song goes – and no feminism as purely exhibitionistic as the…

Envirocrats hijack Kokoda

4 December 2016 9:43 am

In 2008 Australia developed a ‘Joint’ Agreement with the PNG Government in regard to the management of the Kokoda Trail…

The libertarian case against abortion

3 December 2016 8:46 am

It just goes to show what a topsy-turvy world we are living in where somebody who believes that life is…

Death by blasphemy

2 December 2016 4:22 pm

My primary school teacher used to swear by Jove to emphasise how impressed he was when one of his pupils…

We are a low taxing country?

2 December 2016 12:49 pm

I’m sure you were all up late on Wednesday night eagerly awaiting the publication of the latest OECD Revenue Statistics.…

A spittoon’s worth of bigots

2 December 2016 7:16 am

We are all racists now. Noel Person tells us so. The “hard bigotry” of Quadrant conservatism has merged with the “soft bigotry” of the ABC. The two have met in “the common…

Derryn Hinch and the ABCC: Shame, shame, shame!

1 December 2016 5:20 pm

Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash have boasted that the long-awaited passage of the Government’s ABCC bills is a ‘fundamental economic…

It’s time for CANZUK

1 December 2016 1:18 pm

No countries have a closer relationship with Australia than New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. We have shared history…

Pauline and Julian: the (bloody) odd couple

30 November 2016 10:15 pm

As Australia’s political year fizzles to an ignominious end, the political oddity which is One Nation continues as the gift…

The neoliberals ate my maths homework

30 November 2016 9:57 pm

The latest international maths and science results suggest that Australia is a slow learner when it comes to improving school…

The Greens: drugs ok, e-cigarettes evil

30 November 2016 1:30 pm

The Greens have relaunched their drug policy, with party members approving Richard Di Natale’s proposed changes at their national conference in…

Should you tell ABC types the truth about Santa?

30 November 2016 7:25 am

The ABC asks all the important questions like “Should you tell your kids the ‘truth’ about Santa?” – and answers them: “Is…

My secret alt-right shame (as told to The Guardian)

29 November 2016 4:52 pm

I’ve been floating the idea of hoaxing The Guardian for years now. The plan was to pose as some emotionally…

The fat bogan tax

29 November 2016 12:16 pm

Last week the good people at Centre for Authoritarian Ideas – otherwise known as the Grattan Institute – released a…

Demockracy

29 November 2016 7:18 am

Australia is becoming a mock democracy; a demockracy. It is observable on a daily basis as some politicians, journalists and…

The latest from The Age…

28 November 2016 7:12 pm

Forget the tyranny of low expectations. The opposite happens at The Age. As its standards plummet, the paper soars to…

Parliament should stay sitting until its work is done

28 November 2016 4:10 pm

Where is Professor Triggs when you want her? How could the Turnbull government be so mean and petty and also,…

Labor must share blame for GP co-payment fallout

28 November 2016 10:43 am

Last Friday, Fairfax ran a report by Latika Bourke on my talk to the Centre for Independent Studies, as the so-called…

Military injustice

28 November 2016 7:21 am

Was it William Shakespeare who wrote, “Put a lawyer into uniform but it cannot a soldier make”? Perhaps not, but…

Castro a tyrant? Not according to the ABC

27 November 2016 1:22 pm

Unbelievable. Absolutely un-be-f*cking-lievable. Read the ABC’s obituary of Fidel Castro, the “romantic revolutionary”. Not one mention of human rights abuses.…

Protect our troops. Abolish the Office of Military Prosecutions

27 November 2016 9:47 am

‘Stop firing’ screamed the Afghan interpreter metres away from a suspected Taliban leader as he emptied his magazine towards a…