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

An inopportune time for the Greens to go to war

14 August 2017 6:51 pm

Paul Keating famously said “two blokes and a cocker spaniel” don’t make a family. Yet Malcolm Turnbull can hardly bring…

Leadership means real promises on real policy

14 August 2017 9:31 am

Bill Shorten probably can’t believe his luck. The Liberal Party has spent the entire Winter break and the first week…

Australia’s deindustrialisation

14 August 2017 7:27 am

High energy prices are causing Australia to deindustrialise. Earlier this month mining giant Glencore’s chief Peter Freyberg’s called for the…

I believe the children are our future?

13 August 2017 7:15 pm

What do German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,…

Their ABC: entirely unaccountable

13 August 2017 7:31 am

It is a thesis of Media Watch Dog that no one really runs the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  Not the chairman…

Chinese whispers overs North Korea

12 August 2017 3:44 pm

Australia could – and should – play a vital if silent role in the (literally) frightful face off between the…

Driving Christianity from the public square

11 August 2017 6:06 pm

Children are once again being used in an aggressive Green/Left campaign aimed at imposing a hard line secular orthodoxy, contrary…

Domestic violence: more money, wrong priorities

11 August 2017 1:44 pm

The sturdy snowball of the feminist driven domestic violence industry is accumulating more and more layers of funding. What a…

Labor’s going postal on its base

11 August 2017 10:34 am

After a week of riotous fun our federal parliamentarians have headed home to their electorates, but Bill Shorten thought he’d…

Sex, stats and scrutiny

11 August 2017 7:38 am

Last week’s release of the Human Rights Commission’s report on sexual assault in universities last week saw the media and…

Their ABC dumps impartiality with gay abandon

10 August 2017 7:38 pm

This morning The Australian reported ABC staff had been warned to zip it over marriage equality: ABC News Editorial Policy…

Pat Dodson’s sense and sensitivity

10 August 2017 4:32 pm

A refreshing note of practicality, even sanity, was injected into the sound and fury of the same-sex marriage debate this…

Same-sex self indulgence

10 August 2017 12:29 pm

The government has decided on a postal vote to settle the issue of same-sex marriage. It will be run by…

Energy policy: the meatgrinder of the poor

10 August 2017 7:37 am

The outstanding success of the South Australian government of giving their people the highest power prices in the world is…

Big government’s war on young Australians

9 August 2017 4:34 pm

The major parties, unions and the bureaucracy have declared economic war on young people which threatens to create an invisible…

Going through the motions

9 August 2017 11:53 am

Immigration policy is a key part of the Turnbull government’s agenda if it is to survive. The government will today attempt to enact amendments that would strengthen citizenship requirements under the Australian Citizenship…

A politically incorrect three-point plan for government

9 August 2017 7:16 am

Same-sex marriage off the agenda? Here is my politically incorrect list of what any right-of-centre political party in Australia needs…

Christian Leaders oppose assisted dying, The Age plays shocked

8 August 2017 7:51 pm

The Open Letter from Christian Leaders to Premier Daniel Andrews on assisted dying has drawn criticism from ‘the usual suspects’.…

When campus claims of sex abuse meet politics

8 August 2017 4:09 pm

For nearly thirty years I served as a university college head in four different institutions.  Before that I was myself…

The republican suicide squad

8 August 2017 1:05 pm

When Bill Shorten gave the keynote address the Australian Republican Movement annual dinner last month, Peter Fitzsimons gushed at how…

What is the point of the Turnbull government?

8 August 2017 8:24 am

The writing has been on the wall for the Turnbull government for a long while. The parting shots from Laurie…

United in idiocy

8 August 2017 7:09 am

The two major political parties may well be goofing around playing a tag game of dumb and dumber at the…

The blind lead the blind in Canberra

7 August 2017 11:40 am

The blind seem to be leading the blind here in Canberra, with both sides in danger of falling into a…

The Dean Smith Five

7 August 2017 7:21 am

Watching Liberal senator Dean Smith on the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday morning, I was impressed by the quiet and dignified…

What would Menzies make of marriage equality?

6 August 2017 7:39 am

What would Sir Robert Menzies have made of attempts to conscript his name to the cause of redefining marriage in…