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

Time to end the unions’ super scam

1 July 2020 5:00 am

Sir Robert Menzies said in 1949, “The best people in this community are … those who by thrift and self-sacrifice,…

Virgin’s Bain?

30 June 2020 6:00 pm

Last Friday, American private equity firm Bain Capital reached an agreement with Virgin Australia administrators Deloitte to purchase the dilapidated…

Power companies must decide: are they about virtue signalling or cheap, reliable energy?

30 June 2020 4:30 pm

Yesterday, The Australian reported dissent within the Australian Energy Council (AEC), the industry association that represents electricity generators.  Of its 24…

So Albo’s safe from a Bill Shorten challenge – for now?

30 June 2020 3:00 pm

It’s fair to say that things are pretty awkward at the top of the ALP right now. Jim Chalmers is…

Memo AFL: do you play footy – or politics?

30 June 2020 12:30 pm

Australia is not a racist country and the Australian Football League should know better than to give its support to…

Only a market-based, real-world, cost-benefit approach can prevent a great global corona depression

30 June 2020 5:00 am

The coronavirus, the political risk event of our generation, will change many things. Not least of these is the sufferance…

Queensland Labor: left and lefter

29 June 2020 7:22 pm

Queensland’s great political double act looks set to continue right up until the state election in October of this year.…

Confected outrage

29 June 2020 5:06 pm

Nestlé, why stop now? You are on a real roll trending and riding the tsunami wave of stupidity going on at the…

The truth about ethnic communities and coronavirus

29 June 2020 2:33 pm

Just as the epidemic shines a mirror on a host of issues, it has also raised questions about our multiculturalism.…

It’s 2020, so everything is racist. Especially at the ABC

29 June 2020 11:31 am

It’s 2020, so everything is racist, including misspelling non-Anglo names. Over to Samoan-Australian ABC journalist, Tahlea (or Tali) Aualiitia (and…

Mounting anger around the Family Law inquiry

29 June 2020 5:00 am

When Scott Morrison announced the Family Law Inquiry he described it on Channel 7 as an opportunity, “to hear directly…

Coming soon: the ALS Friedman Conference

28 June 2020 7:00 pm

It’s just a little over two weeks until Australia’s largest centre-right event, the ALS Friedman Conference, co-hosted by the Australian…

Cartoon lives matter

28 June 2020 4:54 pm

Hollywood animators were thrown into chaos last week when white actors said they would no longer voice coloured characters. Actors…

Is teeth whitening now racist too?

28 June 2020 2:26 pm

Remember when author J. K. Rowling got absolutely smashed on social media and cancelled for daring to say that only…

A glimmer of gender sanity in sport?

28 June 2020 5:00 am

After initially publicly backing gender-fluid guidelines for women’s and girls’ sport, Sports Minister Richard Colbeck is now walking this back.…

Instead of abandoning the humanities, let’s save them from the loony left

26 June 2020 3:09 pm

In announcing a major overhaul of university fees last Friday, Education Minister Dan Tehan said: “universities must teach Australians the…

Vale, Owen Harries

26 June 2020 12:55 pm

Henry Kissinger, Owen Harries, Samuel Huntington, March 1998 History’s best beginning for a printed obituary was the beginning which Clive…

Dyson Heydon: process matters

26 June 2020 5:00 am

The more serious the allegations the more important the process or procedure used to look into those allegations. In the…

Education reviews are booming. Shame the same can’t be said about school standards

25 June 2020 7:45 pm

Don’t be fooled by the “back to basics” language from the Berejiklian government — in reality, this NSW curriculum review…

Do the mob toppling statues expect their own monuments?

25 June 2020 5:54 pm

It is only a matter of time before someone pulls down a statue of Mother Teresa because she was silent…

Wasting your money: wattle the government think of next

25 June 2020 3:30 pm

Firstly, a solution in search of a non-existent problem; not surprisingly a brain fart of that most immaterial of prime…

Why does Big Public Health want to keep us smoking?

25 June 2020 11:20 am

My partner started smoking cigarettes in high school. A little over a year ago, he quit, thanks to nicotine vaping.…

Why the humanities matter in the age of AI

25 June 2020 5:00 am

I hope that we will not, under current pressures or emotions, be tempted to ignore the basic fact that civilisation…

Chairman Mao wiped out the sparrows, Chairman Dan will purge the ronas…

24 June 2020 6:25 pm

In a bold attempt to prove his worthiness and loyalty to Chinese strongman XiXi The Pooh, Chairman Daniel Andrews issued…

You can replace the leader but unless honesty replaces gender theory, White Ribbon is finished – again

24 June 2020 6:06 pm

When White Ribbon closed its doors last year, under a dark cloud and serious financial question marks, many hoped we’d…