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

The Senate: as ye sow, so shall ye reap

4 August 2016 9:15 am

The final Senate results are in and the Star Wars cantina of the last parliament will look monocultural compared to…

Bill Leak’s cartoon is tragically true

4 August 2016 6:45 am

Bill Leak’s cartoon in this morning’s edition of The Australian has attracted predictable outrage from both indigenous organisations and from…

Ricky Muir: a working class hero is something to be

3 August 2016 11:39 pm

Cosmopolitans were horrified when country sawmill worker Ricky Muir was elected to the Senate in 2013 as a representative of…

Opposing indigenous recognition is not racist

3 August 2016 12:06 pm

Australia is a multicultural success story. People from all backgrounds, hailing from hundreds of different nations, have made a positive…

Islam, the new normal – and the new bigotry

3 August 2016 8:03 am

The desire to absolve Islam from any wrongdoing, and to distract their constituents can sometimes be fun to watch. Lest…

Ignore the turbulent trannies

3 August 2016 4:37 am

There’s no denying the LGBT movement can be prone to overreaction when questioned, let alone criticised. After a week where…

Towards a Safe Supermarkets program?

2 August 2016 11:14 pm

Rejoice, rejoice. The ABC has found a new font of identity politics. A new set of victims. And — naturally…

The (publicly funded) art of an eye for an eye?

2 August 2016 12:52 am

New Matilda contributor Ben Eltham has claimed budget cuts to the Australia Council were payback for the artist boycott of…

The conservative case against an Abbott return

1 August 2016 11:33 pm

They say a man’s always promoted to his highest level of incompetence, and Australian voters saw to that in 2013.…

The NT royal commission decision-making: not a good look

1 August 2016 7:52 am

Monday’s announcement by the royal commissioner into youth detention in the Northern Territory, retired Northern Territory chief justice Brian Martin,…

What matters more? Identity politics or closing the gap?

1 August 2016 4:55 am

The scope of the Royal Commission called in the wake of the Don Dale scandal has thankfully been widened to…

Is Kevin putting his book together? Some clairvoyance from the editor

1 August 2016 4:07 am

You can always tell when someone has finally had enough of their job and is desperate to get the hell…

Don’t you oppress me

1 August 2016 2:13 am

The menfolk of Dandenong in Melbourne’s far-flung south-eastern burbs have been doing it tough for years. The decline of manufacturing…

Julian Burnside, fidei defensor

31 July 2016 11:33 pm

Julian Burnside has become a defender of the faith – the Islamic one, of course. The Sheik Shady saga continues,…

Rudd and his referees

29 July 2016 8:37 am

“Turnbull. Pathetic.” This brief, two-word tweet was not a summation of the recent federal election campaign by a Liberal-National member…

The case for real Senate reform — and what it could look like

28 July 2016 11:34 pm

The pundits and the Press Gallery tend to discuss election results as if the Australian electorate were a single sentient…

Being brusque does not justify George Pell’s trial by media

28 July 2016 5:17 am

On Wednesday night, the whole of the ABC’s 7.30 programme was given over to an expose of historic allegations against…

Malcolm Turnbull: supreme narcissist

28 July 2016 1:45 am

Over lunch with friends on June 30, we all guessed the election outcome. I thought the Coalition would lose 11…

Troughing and other pig-headed behaviour

28 July 2016 12:31 am

So soon after scraping back in, Malcolm Turnbull is prepared to risk everything on the one issue, which makes many…

We will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this woman

27 July 2016 11:52 am

Julia Gillard – one of our most experienced practitioners of victim feminism – has graciously lent some advice to Hillary…

The media and the Religion of Peace™

26 July 2016 11:44 pm

I’m quite sure I wasn’t the only one who, upon hearing last week that Merrylands Police Station in Sydney’s west…

Daniel Andrews’ letter of intolerance

26 July 2016 12:13 pm

The moral indignation of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews public letter to the Prime Minister on marriage equality again shows the…

Discover your inner writer – and win five grand

26 July 2016 10:07 am

Calling all entries for The 2016 Thawley Prize

Three letters to my daughters

26 July 2016 1:59 am

July 8 2016 To my daughters (and their friends) I’ve been thinking and watching and observing my daughters and their…

Marriage equality: Daniel Andrews has big ears, but doesn’t listen

25 July 2016 7:40 am

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has ears sticking out from his bonce like wide-open car doors.  But for a bloke whose…