Flat White

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

At least Abbott stands for something

20 October 2016 7:10 am

If Malcolm Turnbull eventually loses his leadership for a second time, his pathetic arse-over-tit performance on gun control this week…

Oh to be Mia

19 October 2016 11:50 am

I’ve always looked at people like Mia Freedman and been intrigued by the level of self-importance it must take to…

Constitutional recognition? Tell ’em they’re dreamin’

19 October 2016 7:03 am

In Canberra today the Constitutional Education Foundation of Australia will hold a Forum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Australians…

Aren’t you glad you’ve got quality media like the ABC?

18 October 2016 3:17 pm

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie is in Canberra for Senate estimates today, no doubt being subjected to indignities by hard-right culture…

Bambi’s budget bottom line still dogged by worries

18 October 2016 12:35 pm

The Baird government recently announced a $4.7 billion budget surplus for 2015-16, more than a billion dollars above the estimate…

Cory Bernardi and the deplorables

18 October 2016 7:31 am

Cory Bernardi has endorsed Donald Trump… kind of. Writing on Facebook, Bernardi said: For millions of Americans worried about what…

Bob Day goes – and will the left’s Diverse-O-Meter explode?

17 October 2016 1:45 pm

Bob Day this morning placed his companies into liquidation and resigned from the Senate. Family First will now chose a…

Kimberley Kitching and The Age of unreason

17 October 2016 10:49 am

If you’re lucky enough to live in Melbourne, you may be unlucky enough to occasionally read The Age. While people…

The Greens next target

16 October 2016 10:22 am

The Greens are close to tightening their grip on political power in the basket-weaving enclave of inner Melbourne with Olivia…

Why I am and remain a feminist – a response to Trisha Jha

15 October 2016 3:39 pm

When I was five, my father bought me a “women are not chicks” t-shirt (I wore it on rotation with…

October Revolution: time for democracy in the NSW Liberals

15 October 2016 7:49 am

Self-confident democratisation within established political parties turns the tide against weak membership and enhances electoral prospects. These are the lessons…

Tony hearts big government?

14 October 2016 8:06 pm

A mixture of horror, dismay and disappointment amongst my right-wing Facebook friends greeted Tony Abbott’s UK Diary column in this…

Blue Poles: sell this monument to madness

14 October 2016 3:26 pm

Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles must be sold. Not because it’s a bad painting or because it fails the Australian test,…

It’s time for me to face the truth – I am no longer a feminist

14 October 2016 1:28 pm

This is a big deal for someone who was heavily involved with the Women’s Collective at university and helped to…

Union bully busting: FU to the UFU

14 October 2016 7:36 am

Voters in the ACT have a stark choice this weekend: Jeremy Hanson and the Canberra Liberals, or four more years…

Too many causes, not enough care

13 October 2016 1:24 pm

Compare the pair: This day is call’d the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,…

Free speech: just who is a reasonable person anyway?

13 October 2016 7:33 am

What limited protection we have in Australia for free speech, is based on the concept of the ‘reasonable person’. In…

Nailing it with prize tool Waleed Aly

12 October 2016 6:47 pm

According to Buzzf… I mean News.com.au – sorry, for some reason I often make that mistake lately – The Project…

ACT Election: if Labor won’t stop the rot, taxpayers must

12 October 2016 12:39 pm

While it hasn’t garnered a lot of attention outside of Canberra, this weekend is the ACT Election and the choice…

Why it (still) has to be Trump

11 October 2016 10:11 pm

The only important question in the American election is this: who will make the better president, Hillary Clinton or Donald…

Andrew Jaspan triumphs again

11 October 2016 6:28 pm

Andrew Jaspan – the malevolent Mancunian media marvel – has done it again. He’s set to be booted from The…

Piking on the Piketty show

11 October 2016 1:59 pm

  Le economiste fashioniste, Thomas Piketty, is in town and my generous wife thought tickets to his talk would be…

Fresh news from the inner-city…

11 October 2016 11:20 am

Why hasn’t The Age been all over this? It’s the ultimate Melbourne inner-city accommodation experience, surely? Either that or a…

James Paterson’s welcome lateral thinking

11 October 2016 7:33 am

Good on Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson for his media campaign to sell Jackson Pollock’s drunken daub, Blue Poles, to…

The Trump and Judy show

10 October 2016 6:52 pm

Clinton: ‘It’s a good thing that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law…