Flat White

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

Blackout Bowen wants taxpayers to ‘COP’ it sweet

2 December 2023 10:38 am

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen and his entourage have added a few more tonnes of carbon emissions flying…

Has newsweek become newspeak?

1 December 2023 4:00 am

People may suspect they are living in an Orwellian media fever-dream when articles like this appear in Newsweek. Over the…

The conceit of the elites

1 December 2023 4:00 am

Without a change to our governing model, Australia will witness the same upheavals we’re seeing in Europe

Peak stupid? NSW Liberals back Greens and Labor on Net Zero target

1 December 2023 12:51 am

Two big events occurred in Macquarie Street on Thursday morning. In Parliament, the Liberals joined the Greens in the Lower…

Winston’s moment

1 December 2023 12:32 am

The Shaky Isles have a new government. At last. Christopher Luxon, with whom I spent a pleasurable day in Hawke’s…

Time for Albo to cut Bowen loose

30 November 2023 5:00 am

Australia’s energy policy is an embarrassment on the international stage

Blueberry Fields Forever

30 November 2023 4:30 am

‘Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to blueberry fields. Nothing is real, and there is nothing to get…

Is Treasurer Chalmers the Pontius Pilate of interest rates?

30 November 2023 4:00 am

Australian Prime Ministers typically leave a single memory to mark their reign. Morrison had his lump of coal. Rudd loved…

Transylvanian gold

30 November 2023 3:00 am

Why is everyone arguing about the validity of Roman gold found by a peasant in Transylvania? More to the point,…

Game of wolves

30 November 2023 1:00 am

The Albanese government mantra regarding relations with China ‘we need to cooperate with China where we can, disagree where we…

Multiculturalism put to the test

29 November 2023 5:30 am

‘Australia is the most successful multicultural nation in the world.’ Australian political leaders of all persuasions have often paraded this…

Pray for sensible socialists and compassionate capitalists, son

29 November 2023 4:30 am

There it was again, in a report about what Minister Bowen is planning next – that dreaded phrase … ‘dramatic…

Mandate madness

29 November 2023 4:00 am

What will it take to allow Victoria’s firefighters back to work?

Bowen should be goin’

29 November 2023 3:00 am

It’s still not too late for Australia’s welfare, let’s hope, for the Opposition to call on the Prime Minister to…

Albo’s control of your TV is only the tip of the iceberg

28 November 2023 4:30 am

With Communications Minister Michelle Rowland expected to introduce a ‘prominence’ bill this week, Australians should be very worried about the…

Does the ABS partner violence survey fall short?

28 November 2023 4:00 am

Since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its publication on partner violence, the widely reported statistic is that one…

A memoir: ruminating on multiculturalism

28 November 2023 3:00 am

Although I do not harbour a principled objection to the writing (and reading) of memoirs – in fact, I enjoy…

Our ‘handsome boy’ in Beijing

28 November 2023 2:00 am

Gosh, who knew the Prime Minister would be acclaimed as a ‘handsome boy coming from Australia’, as announced by China’s…

Your handy guide to unreliable activist journalists – published by them

27 November 2023 3:30 pm

We owe a debt of thanks to hundreds of journalists, and the media union house committees in the ABC and…

Punk Rock politics personified

27 November 2023 4:30 am

Javier Gerardo Milei, Argentina’s President-elect, is the new face of punk-rock-politics. The unmarried, former soccer player, economics professor, singer, and…

The Net Zero lemmings rush

27 November 2023 4:30 am

Australia’s ALP/Green government and their media mates are using subsidies, taxes, and propaganda in a lemming-style attempt to move the…

Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill 2023 to be introduced into NSW

27 November 2023 4:00 am

After several lawsuits challenging binary gender values, Australia faces another strike against conservatives seeking to retain biological integrity. This time…

It’s amazing how profitable the end of the world has become

27 November 2023 1:50 am

The Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC – or ‘COP28’ – is almost upon us. Like an expensive holiday…

Adriane’s thread: from wind droughts to the heart of darkness

26 November 2023 12:38 pm

According to legend, the Greek hero Theseus went deep into the heart of the labyrinth to kill the dreaded Minotaur,…

Suburbia or endless population growth – pick a side

25 November 2023 11:25 am

Twenty years ago, and for all my sins, I found myself at university studying urban planning and learning to lament…