Flat White

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

Waleed Aly’s indigenous deaths in custody myth

20 August 2016 3:17 pm

Waleed Aly has again taken to his favourite medium – the smug rant – ignoring facts to push a popular…

Annastacia Palaszczuk and the latest city-country divide

19 August 2016 10:50 am

Nothing reveals the clear divide between inner city and regional Queensland than the long, tumultuous history of land clearing. The…

Those upper house blues

19 August 2016 7:28 am

Here’s a question for all you readers.  Of course I don’t expect anyone who’s gone through an Australian high school…

Lindt II: Death by multiculturalism

18 August 2016 6:13 pm

Ideas about nations matter – especially when those ideas shape the attitudes and actions of those in positions of authority.…

The Lindt siege: our lives are in the best of hands

18 August 2016 2:04 pm

In early December, Sydneysiders and Australians in general will remember the second anniversary of the deadly Lindt chocolate café siege.…

The biggest rort of them all

18 August 2016 7:32 am

A stopped clock is … well, you know the rest. And so it was with Buzzfeed yesterday when the Australian…

#blackfathersmatter

17 August 2016 7:56 am

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is recovering from brutal rioting. The unrest grew out of protests over the death of Sylville K. Smith,…

Finally, Shorten stumbles

16 August 2016 8:41 pm

When Malcolm Turnbull finished the election with all the grace of Shaunae Miller’s win in the women’s 400 metre final in…

If business shuts the door to debate the fringe will flourish

16 August 2016 9:54 am

Among the many losers of the 2016 election, big business is near the top of the list, which might teach…

The anarchist bookstore and the Lodge: a parable

16 August 2016 7:25 am

Walking past the Newtown Anarchist’s Club/Bookstore, I noticed their shopfront window was smashed. “Fitting”, I thought, before walking on. But…

The Party of Freedom and the Gosford Anglicans: pity both sides can’t lose

15 August 2016 4:07 pm

Yesterday, a group of yobbos known as the Party for Freedom staged a noisy anti-Islamic protest during the Sunday mass…

Captain Catholic’s confession

15 August 2016 7:23 am

Catholicism can be ridiculously simple. Confess your sins in a spirit of true repentance and — te absolvo — you…

Red sex, blue sex, hypocritical sex, true sex

12 August 2016 5:11 pm

White people and white culture in the US is being analysed, dissected and problematized with the rise of Donald Trump…

Faster – higher – stronger – more politically correct

12 August 2016 7:35 am

I’ve been an avid fencer since prep school. Back then I wore the whole get-up – the jacket, the mask,…

A tried and tested solution for the NT royal commission to consider

11 August 2016 7:56 pm

Surely the federal government would have learned by now to avoid a knee jerk reaction the ABC hopes for whenever…

There’s a silver lining to the census SNAFU

11 August 2016 1:08 pm

There’s no question that Census 2016 is an omnishambles of the first order that, as Simon Cowan succinctly sums up…

Correcting Morrison’s senseless superannuation strategy

11 August 2016 7:35 am

Scott Morrison is reportedly open to the idea of exemptions to his proposed $500,000 lifetime cap on after-tax superannuation contributions…

Census 2016: government again rises to its level of incompetence

10 August 2016 2:39 pm

Having spent the past few days feverishly reassuring the public the census was going to go off without a hitch,…

According to a new study …

10 August 2016 7:40 am

According to a new study … It’s amazing just what one can conjure with those five short words. A little…

Michael Kirby underestimates Australians on marriage equality

9 August 2016 5:50 am

Michael Kirby’s anxiety to see same-sex marriage quickly legalised by parliament reveals a pessimistic view of democracy and the capacity…

Gaza and World Vision: Where was the Australian Embassy?

8 August 2016 10:44 pm

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service claims that the major non-Governmental charity World Vision has funneled millions of dollars to…

If James Ashby knocks, will Coalition ministers answer?

8 August 2016 10:34 pm

One of the most intriguing aspects of Pauline Hanson’s astonishing return to Canberra is how she and her three One…

My name is Kevin, I’m from Queensland and I’m here to help

8 August 2016 9:36 am

A simple lad from Nambour High can dream, can’t he? As my good friend George Bernard Shaw — I call…

Licence too ill

7 August 2016 10:36 pm

What the hell is a ‘social licence’? Malcolm Turnbull has recently referred to the banks operating with a ‘substantial social…

The nannying NGOs make boobs of themselves

7 August 2016 5:34 am

The World Health Organisation and Unicef currently are pushing the breastfeeding barrow on Twitter.  As part of a WHO initiative…