Flat White

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

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…

What was that Paul Keating was saying about the ABC?

26 November 2016 4:27 pm

What was that Paul Keating was saying about the ABC only yesterday? Something about the broadcaster “letting Australia down” in…

Twins, caesarians and Centrelink

26 November 2016 8:06 am

I had finished work the previous day in preparation for a fortnight of paternity leave.  My wife was on the…

Soft power, hard outcomes

25 November 2016 1:25 pm

Wednesday’s edition of  7:30 included a fascinating piece on the campaign of the Chinese government to make China the world…

Don’t tell the Greens, but I’ve been to Israel

25 November 2016 7:19 am

Don’t tell the Greens, but I’ve gone to Israel. After possibly the best midnight flight to Jerusalem since Mohammed’s horse…

Raising the flag (without getting arrested or killed)

24 November 2016 12:22 pm

On November 28, East Timorese celebrate the anniversary of the day in 1975 when their country was declared an independent nation and they raised…

The Donald, the media — and the misunderstandings

24 November 2016 7:27 am

You’ve really got to hand it to mainstream media commentators – often wrong but never in doubt. Their spectacularly inaccurate…

Why I joined — and quit — the Australian Republican Movement

23 November 2016 4:30 pm

As a long-time republican, I made the decision last year to join the Australian Republican Movement. Having spent the better…

“Privilege”? Tell that to the Queensland University of Technology three

23 November 2016 1:32 pm

Writer Benjamin Law used the final Q&A for the year to claim discussion around 18C was just our privileged class…

The Human Rights Commission must be abolished

23 November 2016 7:06 am

Cato the Elder would end every speech with, ‘Carthago delenda est’; ‘Carthage must be destroyed’. Rome had defeated Carthage in…

Registered Organisations Bill a win for workers

22 November 2016 4:19 pm

Monday’s long awaited passage of the Registered Organisations Bill has been touted as a much-needed win for the Turnbull Coalition…

When “Australian” said it all

22 November 2016 1:04 pm

I feel many reading this will know of families that have been interwoven from their past through to their present so first a…

One Nation, many leaders, few (cogent) ideas

22 November 2016 7:25 am

Of all the political imperatives missing in Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party, loyalty, unity and personality rate among the highest.…

The forces underpinning Trump are nothing new

21 November 2016 4:30 pm

Australian political commentators and self-proclaimed experts who have been traumatised or shocked by Donald Trump’s victory could well be accused…

We need a Strictly political Balls-up

21 November 2016 7:43 am

In the UK, what gets people talking passionately isn’t Brexit. It’s not Trump. It’s not even the May government’s looming Autumn Statement mini-budget…

Pauline Hanson and Australian Jewry

21 November 2016 7:30 am

If there is word such as Trumpism, then it is expressing itself in Australia via the rise of Pauline Hanson’s…

Roz Ward, Safe Schools, not so so safe streets

20 November 2016 10:08 pm

Could that be former Safe Schools supremo and general hard-left ratbag Roz Ward engaging in a bit of biff in…

My husband and I … are paying for the renos, thank you

20 November 2016 10:47 am

You would have thought that with the egg on their faces over Brexit and the American election, the media would be…

The recasting of conservatism

19 November 2016 7:26 am

Last month Paul Kelly wrote an interesting article about Britain’s future under its post-Brexit Prime Minister Theresa May, based on what he rightly called May’s “historic speech” to the then…

Wong’s fant-Asia

18 November 2016 3:52 pm

God only knows what Labor’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Senator Penny Wong actually meant by her recent remarks regarding Australia realigning itself with…

Fight like a termagant

18 November 2016 1:06 pm

From time to time, I open the pages of Fairfax’s Daily Life, just to check that Clementine Ford still isn’t…

Tough luck, lefties. It’s Trump train time

18 November 2016 7:34 am

So, lefties. It happened. In the biggest “f-ck you” to the establishment since the Colonies broke away from the Crown,…

The Age. Again…

17 November 2016 7:09 pm

“Princess Mary, her husband Prince Frederik, Prince Harry and Justin Trudeau have all taken out the top honours in Vanity Fair’s fashion Oscars…