Flat White

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

Somewhere in Sri Lanka, someone is making something.

5 August 2017 4:02 pm

Researching history with the hope that your research will eventually turn itself into a book can take you places. It’s…

The Age’s big week

5 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s been a big week for Fairfax Media and The Age — a big week in their decline. First there…

The left can’t meme

4 August 2017 12:08 pm

Having grown up in the 1980s and 1990s I remember a time when popular culture mocked the right wing stiff.…

Bureaucrats play God, break Caesar’s law

4 August 2017 7:25 am

Education Department officials in Queensland have decided that primary school students can’t talk about Christianity or even give Christmas cards…

Happy holidays with the Byron Bay bed tax

3 August 2017 8:36 pm

While much of the nation confronts an incessant meth problem, our major political parties struggle with a different kind of…

The left’s exotic Venezuelan romance meets reality

3 August 2017 6:00 pm

In London’s posh South Kensington ‪on Sunday afternoon I witnessed anti and pro-Venezuelan government protests form outside the Venezuelan embassy.…

Bill Shorten’s republic: unnecessary, unwanted and more complex than we’re told

3 August 2017 11:49 am

Last week, we witnessed the dramatic conversion of Bill Shorten. His plebiscite comments have been forgotten. No longer, is direct…

Faith, family, violence and the ABC’s smears

3 August 2017 7:27 am

I grew up in a family that was, as they say, less than ideal. Not only was it a long…

Why is our national broadcaster bagging our national day?

2 August 2017 8:57 pm

What’s wrong with the headline below from the clickbait-farm-come-Game-of-Thrones-recap-service formerly known as the Fairfax press (hint — the title to…

Waleed Aly: now nailing Australia in America

2 August 2017 7:38 pm

I miss the regular nailing. No, this is not a line I just saw on a Tinder profile. It’s an…

Malcolm Turnbull is either condoning bad behaviour or has lost control

2 August 2017 4:24 pm

How can Malcolm Turnbull lack the ability to pull his own MPs into line when it’s needed? If you’ve got…

Time to rethink tax reform

2 August 2017 1:35 pm

Tax reform is an important area of public policy and one in which neither major party can hold its head…

“Shocking statistics” or propaganda?

2 August 2017 7:27 am

Supposedly “shocking” stats have been released about sexual assault on Australian university campuses. The Human Rights Commission’s nationwide university sexual…

Since when was same-sex marriage a local government concern?

1 August 2017 6:10 pm

Woollahra Council in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is the latest to join a growing chorus of local councils around Australia to…

“An excuse to celebrate maleness”

1 August 2017 2:07 pm

Some have already called it a strong contender for the most stupid tweet of the year: That’s quite a call…

Won’t somebody please think of the children!

1 August 2017 12:00 pm

Most of us have memories of walking to school. It was a small step towards independence on the long journey…

Marriage equality and other dangerous distractions

1 August 2017 9:33 am

Threats by Tim Wilson and Trevor Evans to cross the floor in support of same-sex marriage have been greeted with…

What makes a state?

1 August 2017 7:47 am

The New York Post’s recent write-up on the budget allocations of the Palestinian Authority makes for disturbing if not wholly…

Why the Andrews euthanasia bill is all about suicide

31 July 2017 8:00 pm

It’s difficult to talk about suicide. There won’t be a person reading this who hasn’t been touched by a suicide…

Wage inequality: us vs the bureaucrats

31 July 2017 4:38 pm

Note to Labour: One reason why the income gap widens in times of slow economic growth, I suggest, is surely…

Phantom referenda, section 44 and other follies

31 July 2017 12:05 pm

The past week has been hellish for those who insist on taking politics seriously. Assuming there are actually any Australians…

Why January 26 matters

31 July 2017 7:30 am

Symbolism and imagery are important for a nation. They are important as focal points where our history vividly comes to…

Would another Arab state be any different?

29 July 2017 12:04 pm

In the latest act of rank hypocrisy from Labor, this weekend the NSW and Queensland branches of the Labor Party…

The future of learning and the independent scholar

29 July 2017 9:05 am

When the British historian, Christopher Dawson, received the Christian Culture Award in 1951 from a Canadian university, he called his…

No, Premier, we will not get out of the way

28 July 2017 5:42 pm

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has formally accepted the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Panel that he set up in December…