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

“Citizen jury” rules against High Court

18 December 2017 6:14 pm

The MP citizenship debacle that was swept the ranks of political parties in federal parliament throughout much of 2017 and…

Bennelong win doesn’t cure dying Liberal culture

18 December 2017 3:03 pm

While voters went to the polls in the Bennelong by-election, in Melbourne I attended the memorial service of a local…

Billabong Boy waltzes into Melbourne Clown Hall

18 December 2017 12:03 pm

A young blond professional environmental activist who has never had a real job is set to become the City of…

Bennelong to Turnbull: change or go

18 December 2017 7:23 am

Unlike New England, which was very much Barnaby Joyce’s victory, the Liberal win in Bennelong may be credited to the…

Making Victoria’s euthanasia laws: consultative and thorough

17 December 2017 7:24 am

I refer to Making Victoria’s euthanasia laws: a process to be shunned, by my friend and colleague, the Hon Robert Clark…

A nation guided by the moral fashion of the day

16 December 2017 6:26 pm

The whole same-sex marriage debate involved a lot of talk about right and wrong. Whether someone voted “yes” or “no”…

Just another night in Melbourne

16 December 2017 12:48 pm

Youths.  Just another night in Melbourne: Hundreds of youths have allegedly bashed and robbed tourists amid a series of wild brawls on…

Mea culpa: Abuse angst grips churches

15 December 2017 5:09 pm

All hell has broken loose on Australian churches now the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has…

Conservatism is more than Milo’s mockery

15 December 2017 1:19 pm

Unlike the parent Speccie in the UK, the Australian rendition has decided to take on the mantle of Milo Yiannopoulos.…

The Indigenous Procurement Policy makes ticking boxes easy

15 December 2017 10:59 am

The federal government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) is regularly touted as ‘supercharging’ the Indigenous business sector. But the flawed way…

China girl

15 December 2017 7:20 am

Before I begin, I should give something of a personal ‘disclosure’. I am currently the associate minister of a Christian…

Dasher is only the iceberg’s tip

14 December 2017 3:06 pm

A Labor parliamentarian who, it is revealed, has links to a foreign power that attempts to retrieve information on Australia’s…

AGL: impoverishing the nation to boost its bottom line

14 December 2017 10:58 am

The supporters of renewable energy continue to claim – as they have for the past 30 years – that wind/solar…

Want to fight human trafficking? Ditch plain packaging

14 December 2017 7:28 am

December 1, 2017, marked the five-year anniversary of mandated plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. Despite being touted as…

Another triumph from The Age

13 December 2017 8:54 pm

Have a look at the lead story in today’s Age — then have a look at the ad at the…

Presenting… The 2017 Nanny Awards

13 December 2017 5:51 pm

The Nannies, as we call the annual Centre for Independent Studies awards, go to the government’s most absurd attempts to…

Who’s afraid of the fabulous Milo?

13 December 2017 12:56 pm

It’s been a week since Milo Yiannopoulos graced the shores of Australia with his perpetually fabulous presence, leaving a trail…

Forget safe spaces, here’s a new solution for the offended

13 December 2017 6:46 am

We hear a lot about the need for safe spaces these days. In this article I discuss another type of…

By-bye Senator Dastardly – and hello Senator Sexy?

12 December 2017 9:27 pm

Senator –- Sino-tor? –- Sam Dastyari today pulled the plug on his career and resigned to spend more time with his family…

A Bennelong bombshell will leave Turnbull terminal

12 December 2017 6:06 pm

The Bennelong by-election is likely to lead to a change of leadership in the Liberal Party which if wisely done,…

Post-truth ethics

12 December 2017 12:55 pm

“Post-truth” is in the news: The Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2016 was post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or…

Capitalism and conservatism aren’t compatible. It’s time to choose

12 December 2017 7:12 am

“The Protective system in these days is conservative, while the Free Trade system works destructively. It breaks up old nationalities…

Bill Shorten finds religion(s)

11 December 2017 12:40 pm

An indication of Labor’s concern that in the same-sex marriage vote, the ‘No’s’ were concentrated in mainly migrant-populated suburbs, was…

What’s going to change in Australia with same-sex marriage?

11 December 2017 7:17 am

In the space of just a few decades, homosexuality has gone from being a criminal offence to a psychological disorder,…

The Clementine Ford mystery solved

10 December 2017 4:30 pm

Did some new truth in advertising law come into force on December 1? Has the Press Council issued a new…