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Launching ‘Howard: The Art of Persuasion’

15 June 2018 7:56 am

Speech by the Editor, David Furse-Roberts. Tonight’s occasion and this book is all about honouring a great Australian and a…

Will the Cormack-Liberal jaw-jaw lead to more war-war?

14 June 2018 7:15 pm

At the moment I’m re-reading AJP Taylor’s classic The Origins of the Second World War. In his uniquely lucid and…

World Cup winning aid scamming

14 June 2018 2:28 pm

In many circumstances, poor people in the developing world would actually be better off if their dictators gave their foreign…

Stuff happens

14 June 2018 12:33 pm

Everything is inevitable. Stuff happens. This is how international relations work. The US-North Korea summit was always going to happen…

Gender point scoring – what’s the point?

14 June 2018 7:49 am

What is the point of all this gender point scoring? Male models wore prosthetic baby bumps at a London Fashion…

Why I support Dark Mofo’s inverted crosses

13 June 2018 8:53 pm

The proper way to understand the giant inverted crosses as part of Tasmania’s Dark Mofo festival is not an expression…

Since when was Sydney in the Adelaide Hills?

13 June 2018 5:50 pm

Georgina Downer is not everyone’s cup of tea. Even some usually conservative types aren’t sure if the folk of the…

Trump haters, get over it

13 June 2018 2:03 pm

Everything about Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s meeting was surreal but lefties acutely bitter reaction is illogical. Yes, we should…

The Kim ‘n’ Donald Show

13 June 2018 12:01 pm

As the Good Book says, by their fruits ye shall know them. Summits mean nothing, their consequences everything. We should…

Has Dark Mofo lost its mojo?

13 June 2018 7:53 am

Dark Mofo is one of those pretentious displays of artistic expression that make most people roll their eyes and sigh.…

This is going to end well…

12 June 2018 5:18 pm

Who guards the guardians? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes and all that. The Daily Caller has the answer: Four of the world’s biggest…

The Singapore spectacular

12 June 2018 2:24 pm

With the President-for-two-terms of the United States, Donald J Trump and the President-for-life, Kim Jong Un actually in Singapore for…

Shame on Mission Australia

12 June 2018 7:43 am

Finally, there’s been a successful protest against journalist Clementine Ford’s hateful attacks on men. The Fairfax columnist, who regularly tweets…

Nukes 101 with Kim Jong-un

11 June 2018 3:35 pm

Kim Jong-un’s nuclear bluff looks like working. He and President Trump are on Singapore soil as I write, preparing to…

Why we should celebrate Australia’s refugee policy

11 June 2018 8:24 am

As someone who grew up in a church community that welcomed refugees to our country from places as far afield…

Abbott was right to fight the left

10 June 2018 9:27 pm

Australia’s former prime minister, Tony Abbott is blamed for nearly everything these days. Higher rates of suicide amongst LGBTIQ youth,…

Maybe it’s not academic freedom, but the wrong name

10 June 2018 1:26 pm

The debate grinds on. Last week Australian National University Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt, an astrophysicist who probably never imagined things could…

Who really won the sexual revolution?

10 June 2018 7:50 am

Chivalry is a virtue, but only when exercised responsibly. Unfortunately, men have so gone overboard in their chivalry that many…

Our universities and more…

9 June 2018 10:11 am

I suspect a fair few readers are pretty incredulous about the whole Peter Ridd saga at James Cook University. Ridd…

Deft diplomacy beats foreign aid

8 June 2018 3:51 pm

Two recent incidents have called into question the role of Australia’s foreign aid program. Indonesia raised eyebrows last week, after…

The great undiagnosed dysrationalia epidemic

8 June 2018 12:54 pm

I have long wondered why really intelligent people, like Malcolm Turnbull, say, and others, fail to see how irrational it…

Time to end the closed shop of ideas at university

8 June 2018 7:44 am

Imagine, if you will, a parallel universe in which the ANU accredits the Ramsay Centre. The Centre produces a mission…

Sick of news

7 June 2018 8:05 pm

We’re sick of news, apparently. I can’t say I’m particularly surprised: If you feel like there is too much news…

What Tony Abbott really meant about western civilisation

7 June 2018 4:46 pm

Because we can criticise episodes of the abuse of power by Western nations or the descent to nonsense by those…

Feminists ride the judicial power wave

7 June 2018 12:53 pm

Everywhere you turn there is a culture clash over the sexual revolution. Consent laws are currently being reviewed in NSW,…