Flat White

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

Making Victoria’s euthanasia laws: a process to be shunned

7 December 2017 7:14 am

Last month, Victoria became the only jurisdiction in the world to have voted to legalise euthanasia in 2017.  Why and how…

What Katy didn’t

6 December 2017 4:43 pm

What Katy Did is the heart-warming story in the Louisa May Alcott Little Women genre of a plucky and spirited Mid-Western girl who overcomes…

Milo’s mission to save Australia

6 December 2017 1:30 pm

A pathetic little man dressed in a dark suit scurried beside me in my aisle seat four rows from the…

Weaponising feminism

6 December 2017 12:07 pm

I have no idea whether or not Geoffrey Rush is innocent or guilty. And neither, probably, do you. To his…

Time to repent

6 December 2017 7:14 am

The Judas-half of the Liberal Party that backed the Turnbull coup and destroyed the Abbott prime ministership now needs to…

Their ABC’s seasonal stupidity

5 December 2017 8:31 pm

In many ways, it’s astounding that their ABC recognises Christmas at all. It is an explicitly Christian celebration, after all,…

Milo Yiannopoulos insults conservatives along with everyone else

5 December 2017 5:50 pm

Watching Fairfax’s and the ABC’s outraged and breathless coverage of the violent Left protesters outside the Melbourne venue for the…

Hollywood hypocrisy

5 December 2017 1:07 pm

Mike Pence, the current Vice President of the United States, has been mocked and ridiculed for following the revelation that…

Time to wave goodbye to Turnbull

5 December 2017 7:19 am

When Malcolm Turnbull emerged victorious after the great 2015 leadership spill, his victory speech hinted at a liberal government that…

Don’t dismiss John Barilaro

4 December 2017 6:01 pm

The ancient Greeks had a saying, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad’. Political madness seemed…

Trial by media sets dangerous precedents

4 December 2017 3:12 pm

Australia must avoid delivering justice through ‘trial by media’. Across the western world, a sweeping phenomenon is now underway to…

Dastardly Dastyari

4 December 2017 12:24 pm

When Herschelle Gibbs dropped Steve Waugh in the 1999 Cricket World Cup one of the most misquoted quotes was born.…

How our teachers score top Marx

4 December 2017 7:16 am

At the end of last week, the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English convened in Melbourne for its annual…

Has the parliament been infiltrated? The Senate must act

1 December 2017 10:02 am

The Senate must decide the Dastyari question now. It’s more than about one senator. It’s about the control and influence…

Why the left has it so wrong on refugee policy

1 December 2017 7:04 am

In September, the first 54 of those remaining refugees on Manus Island and Nauru departed for arrival in the United…

The Turnbull government is punishing the poor

30 November 2017 8:33 pm

American lawyer and politician Gideon J Tucker once observed that ‘no man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the…

Bet that’s the last one

30 November 2017 6:05 pm

Newspapers can be shameless — think of some tabloid campaigns — but the lack of self-awareness of the dying Age…

Inside Lee Rhiannon’s post-purge party

30 November 2017 3:13 pm

I have long wrestled with the themes behind Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous lines “If you gaze for long into an abyss,…

The unnecessary royal commission

30 November 2017 12:17 pm

If truth is the first casualty of war, then banks are the first casualty of populism – even in a…

Simon Chapman defends disruptive new technology

30 November 2017 7:23 am

In Wednesday’s Australian Financial Review, public health academic and media commentator Simon Chapman came out in strong support of a…

This is why I despair…

29 November 2017 8:18 pm

George Brandis has always been a good speech-maker. Yesterday he delivered another good speech, probably one of his better ones,…

Milo: right, but wrong

29 November 2017 6:13 pm

I’m pleasantly surprised that Sarah Hanson-Young condemned Milo Yiannopoulos for being a ‘paedophilia apologist’ – which he undoubtedly is. The…

We need to talk about China

29 November 2017 2:58 pm

Allen & Unwin’s recent decision to drop Clive Hamilton’s book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia — citing fears…

Has feminism jumped the shark?

29 November 2017 11:05 am

In the much loved and long-running television series Happy Days, when the Fonz literally jumped a shark that a whole…

Why are the Greens giving domestic violence a green light?

29 November 2017 7:24 am

Does anyone in the Greens actually engage their inner sage before they virtue signal? That may well be a rhetorical…