Flat White

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

Journalism is not a crime – but it’s not above the law, either

12 July 2019 12:38 pm

If any further evidence is required to demonstrate the complete lack of self-reflection and wayward moral compass of the ABC,…

Constitutional recognition? Cathartic for conservatives, a gift for GULAG

12 July 2019 5:00 am

Brother Number One of the Canberra Cadre writes: Why does GULAG need to win elections when SM’s team does all…

Health care ‘apartheid’

11 July 2019 7:29 pm

The proposal to launch Australia’s first Indigenous-only hospital raises a number of questions and is problematic on a number of…

Epstein and Clinton: a tale of two searches

11 July 2019 4:34 pm

I have written about the scumbag Jeffrey Epstein before; in any case, he’s all over the news again so you…

What the world needs now is love, sweet love: ScoMo

11 July 2019 1:23 pm

In a speech to the Hillsong church in Sydney on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison riffed intriguingly on the power…

Farming, fibs and Four Corners

11 July 2019 5:00 am

From little things, big things grow. And so, for the 60 odd years until the nineteen-nineties, we saw the land…

Their ABC: tax cuts cause crime

10 July 2019 5:56 pm

Over the past few years, it’s been clear that despite all the public noise peace terms of a kind have…

Queensland: trying to ban itself into good health

10 July 2019 12:45 pm

The Queensland government has announced it will ban junk food advertising at government-owned sites such as train stations and bus…

What’s Rugby Australia got to say on the Qur’an?

10 July 2019 5:00 am

When Israel Folau is asked to swear on the Bible before he gives evidence in the High Court, will someone…

A tale of lingerie and liberation

9 July 2019 7:52 pm

A case of persecution, followed by a period of down-and-out, but now with a happy ending: Negzzia, 29, has been…

We need to do better with teacher training

9 July 2019 3:19 pm

Australian teachers are underprepared for the classroom compared to those in other countries, according to a recent global survey. The…

Bookburning, then and now

9 July 2019 5:00 am

It was the nineteenth century German poet Heinrich Heine who once said, “Wherever they burn books they will also, in…

Malcolm Turnbull’s a more effective opposition than the GULAG gang

8 July 2019 5:09 pm

Brother Number One of the Canberra Cadre writes: The first week of Parliament has been an unmitigated disaster. Bob Hawke,…

Wh-t the f-ck is going on with c-nsorship for sn-wflakes?

8 July 2019 2:16 pm

I’m not a fan of censored swear words in writing, particularly in books and columns.  If you’re unable to swear with…

Who’s winning? Follow the (crowd-funding) money

8 July 2019 5:00 am

Crowdfunding sites are a barometer of public opinion. Divisive political events might make for great media headlines and social media…

How Malcolm Turnbull sunk his beloved republic for a generation

7 July 2019 2:07 pm

Personality in politics is like salt to a dish – a pinch here or there is not a bad thing.…

We have too many university students

5 July 2019 1:04 pm

Universities have been admitting too many students, a greater proportion are now struggling, their debts have soared, and the payoff…

Meet the Christian lawyers and leaders fighting forty years of PC bigotry

5 July 2019 5:00 am

How many arm-chair commentators consider the magnitude of religious freedom cases that have actually graced our courtrooms in the past…

Britain’s Israel Folau wins his case

4 July 2019 7:55 pm

Like Australia’s Israel Folau, British student Felix Ngole, is a litmus test regarding freedom of religion, as well as freedom…

How Australians are in the front line of the global war to save the university

4 July 2019 5:42 pm

The free speech code drawn up by former chief justice of the High Court of Australia, Robert French, is a…

How the gender benders are coming for your favourite sport

4 July 2019 12:52 pm

The Australian Human Rights Commission has just released its Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in…

Prime ministers past and the new parliament

4 July 2019 5:00 am

Yesterday the larger than life contribution of Robert J. Hawke to Australian political life was recognised for the return of…

Pass the tax cuts now – or has Labor forgotten May 18?

3 July 2019 8:44 pm

Along with President Trump, readers of Spectator’s Flat White should not have been at all surprised by the victory of…

Would you trust Wayne Swan to speak sense on anything?

3 July 2019 5:26 pm

Wayne Swan is the former federal treasurer who promised a budget surplus over and over and over again, but never…

Quiet (young) Australians

3 July 2019 1:17 pm

While many young Australians are partial to a whinge about how expensive three bedroom terraces in Surry Hill and Collingwood…