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

Young people need hope and jobs, not gesture politics

8 April 2017 9:23 am

Calls from two Nick Xenophon Team parliamentarians and Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan to establish a Federal Minister for Young…

Trump’s strike: a move even peaceniks should back

7 April 2017 3:08 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Donald Trump’s strike on a Syrian airbase marks the United States’ first direct act of aggression against…

Syria: action, not words

7 April 2017 2:54 pm

While Hillary Clinton sat whinging (yet again) that misogyny undoubtedly “played a role” in her losing the election, we got…

Corbyn’s anti-Semitism row: a warning for Australian Labor

7 April 2017 11:23 am

If there is a distinction to be made between British Labour and Australian Labor, it can be seen no more…

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s real heresy: against leftist dogma

6 April 2017 5:07 pm

In 1996, British artist Chris Ofili premiered his painting of the Virgin Mary composed through liberal use of elephant dung…

Oh Malcolm, Malcolm, Malcolm…

6 April 2017 12:43 pm

Winston Churchill said of Ramsay MacDonald, Britain’s first Labour PM: I remember when I was a child, being taken to…

Tony Nutt: Turnbull’s fall guy

6 April 2017 9:26 am

On Wednesday, Liberal federal director Tony Nutt announced his resignation after a year and a half in the job. The…

The Greens Israel problem

5 April 2017 8:18 pm

In some respects, the NSW branch of the Young Greens ought to be congratulated for their honesty. As reported in…

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the cultural erosion of free speech

5 April 2017 4:31 pm

If there was any doubt that Australia has a growing hostility towards free speech, the forced cancellation of Ayaan Hirsi…

Let’s bomb the crap out of North Korea

5 April 2017 12:40 pm

By no means am I one of those American ‘neo-conservatives’ who’d liberate every tin-pot dictatorship at gunpoint. If some people…

Suicide, Ms Gillard? You can’t handle the truth

4 April 2017 4:47 pm

Crickets. This silence isn’t golden, Julia – it’s blue. Beyond blue, actually. Gillard has been speaking out about mental health…

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the death of free speech in Australia

4 April 2017 1:07 pm

Jesus Christ was hung on a cross for saying things people didn’t like. More than 2,000 years later, what’s changed?…

The joy of swearing

4 April 2017 8:50 am

Proficiency in another language is always helpful, particularly when a discrete profanity is required. In a life not always well…

The relentless lies of the business lobby

3 April 2017 8:09 pm

It’s been a big few weeks for the industrial relations landscape in Australia. Former Fair Work Commission vice-president Graeme Watson…

Labor move for extending 18C could impose Islamic blasphemy law

Labor's Tony Burke

3 April 2017 7:23 pm

The Labor Party apparently seeks to extend the reach of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to cover religion.…

We demand free speech on gay marriage

31 March 2017 8:51 pm

Lies are spoken often and freely in public policy debates. But they seldom bear the scrutiny which inevitably comes their…

Diversity? What diversity?

30 March 2017 8:34 pm

Supporters of same-sex marriage predicted a ‘campaign of hatred’ would be unleashed by the proposal’s opponents. That’s why Bill Shorten…

Justin Milne’s Stand Up Comedy Routine

28 March 2017 9:34 pm

If the Walkleys had a Most Humorous Headline category, ‘No bias at the ABC vows new chairman’, would surely take…

How government increases housing prices

27 March 2017 9:14 pm

Australia’s housing prices are astronomical. Indeed, compared to local salaries, Australian cities are among the world’s most unaffordable places to…

Our friends the dictators

27 March 2017 9:13 pm

Dictators in the modern age have become very adept at buying friends and reliable apologists. They are praised for their…

I’m giving up virtual signalling for lent

27 March 2017 9:13 pm

As we approach Holy Week (or as some call it, the Easter holidays), I was prompted to remember the principal…

Russia’s modern Reds and Whites

27 March 2017 9:12 pm

This year’s centenary of the 1917 Revolution always had the potential to expose underlying but usually concealed friction within the…

Why I can’t get excited by science

27 March 2017 7:22 am

God knows why, but I found myself browsing that Humans of New York website yesterday. Terrible site. It’s basically emotional…

Let’s have a welcome home parade for our terrorists

26 March 2017 8:06 am

The Whitlam government’s decision to lay out the welcome mat to communists we had been fighting in Vietnam for almost…

The dangerous narcissism of Earth Hour

25 March 2017 2:50 pm

Around this time in March each year, millions of people in developed countries spend 60 minutes of their lives reeling…