Flat White

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

How will you celebrate a “Yes” win?

20 October 2017 12:08 pm

The Labor caucus has said “no” to inserting extra protections for religious freedoms in any bill to legalise same-sex marriage…

Gender dysphoria: scientifically baseless

20 October 2017 7:26 am

The challenge we face today is to maintain rigorous discernment and objectivity despite the concern we all feel when greeted…

Winston Oakeshott

19 October 2017 7:43 pm

Today, the last effective centre-right government of the Anglosphere has fallen. The New Zealand National government led by Bill English…

Tax creeps

19 October 2017 6:00 pm

Last week, the Parliamentary Budget Office issued a report Changes in average personal income tax rates: distributional impacts’ which found…

Mango and the “delightful discovery” of childhood sexual abuse

19 October 2017 2:21 pm

You know you’re getting old when your kids have to tell you what the different emojis really mean. You see,…

More hot days — or “purpose-designed” temperature sensors at play?

19 October 2017 7:28 am

I don’t believe in conspiracies of silence except when it comes to Harvey Weinstein and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.…

Dangerous sex

18 October 2017 5:48 pm

It is safe to say, that nowadays, sexual gratification is fraught with danger. It’s probably always been that way for…

Don’t cry for Hillary, Australia

18 October 2017 3:17 pm

The ABC Four Corners is supposed to be a gutsy, fact-finding expose-type television program. Most of the time it is.…

“My family’s voting ‘Yes’!”

18 October 2017 12:37 pm

Last Saturday evening I had a curious encounter. I was busy running around LibertyFest making sure everything ran smoothly when…

18c, weaponised

18 October 2017 7:25 am

Who can forget the Beaconsfield Mine Disaster of 2006? For two weeks, the entire nation was gripped with the rescue…

Let the poor pay more for electricity

17 October 2017 6:10 pm

An outfit called the Victorian Council of Social Service, one supposes, would be concerned with the less well-off. Apparently not.…

Victoria’s euthanasia bill is not safe

17 October 2017 3:03 pm

The Parliament of Victoria is about to vote on a bill to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia. Health Minister Jill…

End the renewables rorts now for cheap power

17 October 2017 11:01 am

The government’s abandonment of the expanded renewable energy target that the Finkel report recommended represents a careful compromise. The Prime…

Please welcome our new PM, Julie Bishop

17 October 2017 7:25 am

At this point, even Malcolm Turnbull knows he’s not a competent leader. He’s updating his CV, dry-cleaning his ties and…

No ticket, no start

16 October 2017 4:57 pm

What is the point of a Liberal government? Tomorrow the New South Wales parliament will debate the Fair Trading Amendment…

Domestic violence industry tries to tap into terrorism for cash

16 October 2017 1:00 pm

In July, Fairfax wrote that 46 per cent of Australians who think we should be spending more on anti-terrorism measures…

What do taxpayers get from UNESCO?

16 October 2017 7:31 am

Last week the United States withdrew from UNESCO, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, citing politicisation, after UNESCO designated…

The best (wo)man for the job…

15 October 2017 7:49 pm

It’s time to quit complaining about the supposedly terrible state of politics in Australia. If the perfect market is achieved…

The truly pathetic bias of Fairfax media

13 October 2017 5:26 pm

Clearly spurred on by Mark Powell’s excellent piece this morning on the decline of its Sydney sister, The Age has…

Drug decriminalisation: no pipe dream

13 October 2017 1:03 pm

In a time where government expenditure is a staggeringly high, the war on drugs needs to be tackled with more…

RIP, Mr Fairfax

13 October 2017 10:38 am

I really miss the Sydney Morning Herald. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. I miss those halcyon days where…

Some die, others appear on The Drum

12 October 2017 8:01 pm

Working as a journalist has always had its hazards. Follow the story and you may find yourself in some uncomfortable…

“No” campaign dad shows why we need school choice

12 October 2017 5:01 pm

Last week, Buzzfeed reported that Steve Tourloukis, a Canadian father prominent in advertising by the Coalition for Marriage, “asked for…

When France puts you to shame with IR reform, you’re in trouble

12 October 2017 2:01 pm

Australia needs politicians like Emmanuel Macron – politicians who are willing to take on powerful vested interests for the sake…

What happened at Fatima 100 years ago?

12 October 2017 12:00 pm

On Friday, 12 October 1917 many had walked barefooted to the Cova da Iria in Fatima, in central Portugal, to…