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

Fact: the patriarchy causes climate change

18 May 2017 7:16 am

Climate change is caused by the patriarchy. That’s the view of feminist author and activist, Gloria Steinem. Asked about the…

Julia Gillard: because I’m worth it

17 May 2017 1:10 pm

Picture this: you were prime minister. You made friends and enemies. You left politics with plenty of money in the…

Budget 2017: placing politics over principle always fails

17 May 2017 7:37 am

When I signed up as a member of my university’s Liberal club, it was for good reason. It was 2011…

Where’s a drug test for hypocrisy when you need one?

16 May 2017 5:00 pm

I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning, and Twitter always is pungent with its bitter almond aroma. Today…

Why we need a Theresa May

16 May 2017 12:42 pm

Theresa May is doing counter-populism right. The Tories have just released their manifesto for the June election, and it has every strength the Liberals’ depressing,…

Why are feminists being allowed to hijack domestic violence funding?

16 May 2017 7:42 am

A report just released this week shines a shocking, fierce and heartbreaking light on where domestic violence thrives in Australia. The statistics make difficult reading – and…

What happens next in Jakarta?

15 May 2017 1:10 pm

Midnight in Jakarta but shops are still open, people meeting up and I’m sitting at a pavement café with three…

Budget 2017: pseudopulism fails to sway the polls

15 May 2017 7:49 am

Theresa May is headed for a triple-digit majority in parliament, just two years after the Tories cobbled together a government…

We need to talk about Julie…

13 May 2017 8:39 am

There is a news picture of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that sticks in my mind. Bishop, lithe, agile (that word again!)…

Budget 2017: energy policy’s gushing wounds won’t be fixed with a mop and bucket

12 May 2017 11:48 am

If you had a wound that was gushing blood onto the floor and your doctor prescribed a mop and bucket,…

Triggser warning

12 May 2017 7:28 am

The Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has finally found freedom of speech she would like to defend – Yassmin…

Can we please let kids be kids… for once?

11 May 2017 7:15 pm

Just when I thought Daniel Andrew’s socialist government’s mind-boggling insanity in Victoria couldn’t get any worse, we’re now hearing reports…

When political correctness matters more than common sense

11 May 2017 5:12 pm

“Welcome to the New South Wales education system,” said Liberal Legislative Councillor Peter Phelps, “where students can be told ‘it’s OK…

Budget 2017: a housing policy shambles

11 May 2017 2:50 pm

The housing measures in the 2017 Budget present a great case study in how expectations can be mismanaged. The government…

Trump and Comey: the G-Man goes

11 May 2017 8:03 am

BOSTON, United States — Even if the president and his staff are completely innocent of collusion with Russia, Trump’s done…

Budget 2017: the Inigo Montoya game

11 May 2017 7:14 am

During the Treasurer’s Budget speech, some of my friends like to play the Budget Bingo, downing a shot for an…

Rejoice, rejoice: Fairfax are back

10 May 2017 8:53 pm

Rejoice, yes rejoice, all good people. The strike at Fairfax is over. The journos we so missed are back at…

Budget 2017: Medicare – not even Labor lite

10 May 2017 5:29 pm

So the economic narrative of the Turnbull Government has come to this. A ‘tax and spend’ Budget that is more…

Budget 2017: bank levy is just a populist revenue grab

10 May 2017 2:44 pm

So much can be said about the 2017-18 federal budget — little of it complimentary — it’s hard to know…

Silencing dissent over abortion

10 May 2017 9:26 am

Well-informed Flat White readers will be aware of the two abortion bills before the NSW Parliament, and the remarkable petitioning effort against it…

Budget 2017: more unfunded promises and hypocrisy on school spending

10 May 2017 9:04 am

One of the delicious ironies of politics is the tendency for one side to admonish the other side for doing…

Budget 2017: politically clever, but…

10 May 2017 7:38 am

I’ve been lamenting that for too long we’ve had no sensible centre in Australian politics, effectively ceding the political debate…

Budget 2017: an invitation to vote Labor

9 May 2017 8:43 pm

Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull have been far too clever by half with year’s budget. Yes, they’ve moved to blunt…

Your ABC: pissing away your taxes

9 May 2017 5:03 pm

Have a look at how much money the ABC gets in tonight’s budget, but before you do have a look…

Budget 2017: budget for nothing from the budget tonight

9 May 2017 2:09 pm

Language constantly evolves to match the evolving society. Words get old and become obsolete, new words come in to enrich…