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

Back to gold

24 June 2022 7:00 am

With the ASX having hit its lowest point since December 2020 earlier this week, and housing prices in major cities…

A different take on Reserve Powers

24 June 2022 4:00 am

Although Peter O’Brien’s recent Spectator Australia article defending Sir John Kerr’s dismissal of the Whitlam government was essentially directed at the…

Queensland: boosting tourism with tax?

23 June 2022 7:51 pm

Covid nearly killed Far-North Queensland’s $2.5 billion tourist industry. Now, the Queensland Tourism Industry Reference Panel is here to finish…

Liberalism: the great political disease

23 June 2022 1:00 pm

If two years of intermittent lockdowns, compulsory masking, and all the other effects of Covid haven’t convinced our remaining Dr Panglosses that…

Energy reality bites hard

23 June 2022 9:00 am

Energy crises have a useful ambiguity to them. Each crisis creates an opportunity for everyone to claim that, ‘It would…

Roots in our past, growing for our future

23 June 2022 7:00 am

Despite this being the year of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, the republican debate in Australia has reignited following the Albanese…

A pox on the monkeys

23 June 2022 4:00 am

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially dangerous viral disease closely allied to Smallpox, although much less severe. Two major strains…

The greenest lemmings in the world

22 June 2022 12:00 pm

Australia’s new ALP/Green/Teal government has a Zero Emissions plan, putting them on track to be the victor in the Great…

Activism is destroying 'truth'

22 June 2022 11:00 am

Maybe it was personal reasoning, but much more likely it came from the guidance of a very wise father… As…

Eat crickets! Potential Victorian ban on hunters sharing meat

22 June 2022 8:00 am

Updated agriculture legislation in Victoria has been interpreted as a ban on hunters, and farmers sharing game meat with family…

Australia and Canada share scary wildlife

22 June 2022 7:00 am

#OnlyInAustralia is trending after an old man in the Northern Territory walked up to a huge crocodile and nonchalantly banged it…

Adam Bandt insults Australians by ditching flag

22 June 2022 6:00 am

Ahead of a press conference with Greens Leader Adam Bandt earlier this week, a Greens staffer moved the Australian flag…

Boiling in the Culture Wars pot

22 June 2022 4:00 am

In recent decades, the West – like the proverbial frog – has been blasé toward the rising temperature of the…

Greta furious over China’s new oil deal! (Just kidding)

21 June 2022 7:28 pm

Dragging Australia over the coals of climate guilt is practically a registered sport for the IPCC. Despite being a Carbon negative…

The working class revolution of common-sense

21 June 2022 11:00 am

What we saw in Melbourne during the tradie riots was a supreme act of sound judgment. Only a fraternity of…

The Winter of discontent

21 June 2022 8:00 am

To paraphrase from William Shakespeare’s Richard the Third – ‘Now is the winter of our discontent made inglorious by renewable…

The world’s most expensive flagpole

21 June 2022 6:00 am

As soon as the New South Wales state government finishes putting the Aboriginal flag atop Sydney Harbour Bridge, they need…

Albo's war against Capitalism

21 June 2022 4:00 am

Seeking to disabuse critics of the notion that his interest and expertise in economics were Whitlamesque, Anthony Albanese released a…

Women's rights triumph (sort of)

20 June 2022 2:10 pm

Far from the feminist Utopia, progressive politics underpinned by radical gender activism has created a generation of women too afraid…

From Istanbul, with confusion

20 June 2022 1:00 pm

Few cities stir the adventurer’s soul as Istanbul – that vast, sprawling mass straddling Europe and Asia which acts as…

Coal to the rescue?

20 June 2022 11:30 am

What sort of a third-world country have we become, with an abundance of natural resources, that ‘load shedding’ or electricity…

Australia’s corporate Surveillance State

20 June 2022 11:00 am

During the mid-20th century, George Orwell famously wrote a novel featuring the sinister embodiment of surveillance, the Big Brother State.…

The West: last refuge of the ‘Regressives’

20 June 2022 8:00 am

Recently, Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi made an address to the Iranian people, who have been protesting against the brutal Islamist…

Sir John Kerr: villain or victim?

20 June 2022 4:00 am

Over the years since 1975, partisan players have mounted an ongoing campaign to vilify Sir John Kerr. They claim, variously,…

Social Licences: destroying energy with virtue

19 June 2022 1:00 pm

‘Social Licences’ are the mechanism by which governments can pick and choose favourites in the business world. They represent a…