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

Lloyd Williams’ Cups doth overflow

1 November 2016 6:18 pm

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a…

The new, objectivity-free journalism?

1 November 2016 10:33 am

A prize-winning reporter of the old school (we started as cadets on The West Australian together) has sent me a…

Civil war in DC and Hillary’s endgame

1 November 2016 8:18 am

Judging by a intriguing report in The Wall Street Journal and several more like it in The New York Times…

A naked Mark Dreyfus and those Northern Irish bakers

31 October 2016 1:44 pm

Most are familiar with the children’s tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes. It follows the downfall of a conceited Emperor who fell…

What better way to be noticed than to mention Donald Trump?

31 October 2016 7:24 am

Talk of Donald Trump really draws a crowd. For example, few people would have known of Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the…

Celebrations, ABC-style

30 October 2016 1:32 pm

It’s a Hindu feast day today. Diwali. So, what’s the best way for the national broadcaster to mark it? Why,…

A Spectator Sunday meditation (for Waleed Aly)

30 October 2016 9:20 am

The gender fluid and definitely not patriarchal Figurehead’s (if that doesn’t smack of privilege) Prayer Our Waleed who art on…

Do words Trump facts?

29 October 2016 8:11 am

To dispense with the obvious, Donald Trump’s recently aired commentary about his extra-marital escapades are ill befitting of any serious…

The right write stuff: a conservative literature primer

28 October 2016 1:08 pm

Adelaide Sunday Mail columnist Peter Goers has written a hit-piece on his fellow News Corp scribbler, the precocious Caleb Bond, which he…

Time to start looking beyond Abbott

28 October 2016 7:15 am

Whoever said or emailed what to whom, David Leyonhjelm’s Adler shotgun blasted through Coalition ranks last week.  What this week’s…

Mia Freedman: preening poseur

27 October 2016 7:06 pm

Dear Mia I was interested to read the report published in the Grind coffee society magazine in relation to online…

The importance of being Kimberley Kitching

27 October 2016 5:07 pm

Senator-elect Kimberley Jane Elizabeth Kitching just loves winning. When it happens, her mouth literally explodes ear-to-ear with a supercilious Luna…

Will you take The Red Pill?

27 October 2016 12:58 pm

In the The Matrix, the protagonist Neo is offered a choice of taking the red pill which will wake him…

Malcolm’s example inspires military mutiny

27 October 2016 7:08 am

Australian military-political intrigue claimed its first victim on January 26, 1808 when the NSW Rum Corps arrested Governor William Bligh.…

Official: the moment The Age died

26 October 2016 6:03 pm

Check the date on the screengrab below, good people. Look at the time. It is a snapshot of the exact…

Policy consistency: The Conversation last year, the ABC today?

26 October 2016 3:13 pm

Last year the government withdrew its funding from the pseudo-academic website The Conversation, saying its aggressive expansion appeared to indicate it…

Death and taxes (and even more taxes)

26 October 2016 12:44 pm

Australia’s state and federal death taxes (aka estate duties or inheritance taxes) were consigned to the graveyard of abolished taxes…

$38,000 cash for each lucky voter plus a chance to shame the Nats

26 October 2016 7:25 am

Resurrected Western Australian Nationals leader Brendon Grylls is standing firm. Deluded, but standing firm. He’s demanding that a future government…

Lord Zimmers and the High Tories*

25 October 2016 1:24 pm

‘Even if we allowed you to vote − which is never going to happen − you serfs  would only be…

How the left created Donald Trump

25 October 2016 7:18 am

Regardless of who wins the American presidential election, the most interesting and constructive question surrounding this grim circus can already…

Electoral fraud: why no action?

24 October 2016 4:57 pm

When Donald Trump says the election is rigged he is probably referring to two issues. The first is that the…

The two true deplorables

24 October 2016 1:08 pm

We live in an age where everyone is told: follow your dreams. Let your passion guide you. But, most of…

Is Islam compatible with Australian values?

24 October 2016 7:13 am

As regular as clockwork, a new week brings a new poll showing Australians are questioning whether Islam is compatible with liberal…

Want to be leader? Who cares?

23 October 2016 4:56 pm

On a fantastic episode of South Park Eric Cartman was kidnapped by a deranged serial killer, tied to a chair…

SJW Morrison just walks past the guys

23 October 2016 8:41 am

General Douglas MacArthur once opined “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” One general who has not heeded this…