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

Come fly the gender neutral skies

12 October 2021 3:05 pm

The gender-neutral brigade are getting a bit much.  Last week I wrote an article for SpecOz about how women are…

The IBAC sensation: ‘ICAC, hold my beer’

12 October 2021 1:01 pm

State corruption and integrity commissions are well and truly du jour at the moment. Less than a fortnight ago, ICAC felled its…

Look over there! Look over there!

12 October 2021 11:26 am

If it wasn’t so serious you’d fall off your chair laughing. A major sleaze scandal is threatening the Andrews Government…

Freedom Day? You have a barcode on your forehead

12 October 2021 4:00 am

You wouldn’t let a premier tattoo a barcode on your forehead, so why do we submit to QR check-ins?  “Those…

It’s not Freedom Day until we’re all free

11 October 2021 4:31 pm

Welcome to Freedom Day! Oh, hang on, this isn’t Freedom Day. If it were, everyone would be free with no…

The Business Council of Australia’s green schizophrenia

11 October 2021 12:30 pm

The Business Council of Australia is a pale imitation of the body that pioneered economic reform and deregulation 30-40 years…

The rule of medical law continues in Danadrewstan

11 October 2021 4:00 am

Victoria has invented a new type of law: medical law. Medical law is enshrined in Victorian law by emergency orders made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic). Medical…

When will South Australia tackle the Covid crunch?

10 October 2021 4:01 pm

No premier will be watching how events unfold in New South Wales with the relaxation of coronavirus restriction than South…

Freedom beckons for Sydney. Meanwhile, in Victoria…

10 October 2021 9:00 am

Freedom beckons for New South Wales. As of tomorrow, residents of that state will enjoy exotic delights such as having…

If a cabinet minister can pay his legals why not ABC journalists?

8 October 2021 3:24 pm

In the national capital the most-used greeting is usually not “How are you?” but “What have you heard?” Canberra is…

Dominic Perrottet puts responsible government, not unelected bureaucrats, first

8 October 2021 12:46 pm

I can hardly believe it. The new Premier of New South Wales, Dominic Perrottet, appeared at a press conference yesterday…

Why can’t Canberra be more like Florida?

8 October 2021 11:30 am

On Monday 4 October, after 245 days, Melbourne claimed the decidedly unwelcome record of the longest locked-down city in the world. On…

Will someone please explain to Daniel Andrews he can’t sack a judge who isn’t double-jabbed

8 October 2021 4:00 am

The first of October 2021 will go down in history as a belter of a day in Australian politics. The…

I am a woman – and proud of it

7 October 2021 5:14 pm

I am a woman.  I am not a uterus-holder, a vulva-owner, a person with a front-hole or a body with…

Journalists want health officials to run the country?

7 October 2021 3:09 pm

Our media is in thrall to the busybody worrywarts of the public health bureaucracy. From the Sydney Morning Herald from earlier…

Is Facebook really on the ropes?

7 October 2021 1:35 pm

It may be counter-intuitive, but American investigative and Pulitzer winning journalist Glenn Greenwald makes a strong argument that paints Facebook…

The danger of ‘luxury beliefs’

7 October 2021 4:00 am

“Luxury beliefs” are all the rage in elite circles. Rob Henderson, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge who…

Gladys Berejiklian is not a victim

6 October 2021 6:58 pm

Not everyone buys into the whole, ‘poor Gladys betrayed by a dodgy boyfriend’ line. No one should…  As Premier, Gladys…

Covid-19 and Hobbes vs Locke

6 October 2021 5:01 pm

As we inch towards learning to live with Covid, it is common to hear it said that the government is granting us more…

They’re only words 

6 October 2021 3:20 pm

If we apply the Bee Gees standard to the Victorian Premier, then Daniel Andrews is in strife.  In 1969 –…

Perrottet’s first task is to restore our democracy

6 October 2021 1:10 pm

Dominic Perrottet is known as a man of principle. His first test will be to see if he believes in our…

There’s something missing from Adam Bandt’s office

6 October 2021 11:30 am

Adam Bandt’s Melbourne inner-city office is on the market, a kind reader has let us know. The building is as…

Tough love: why we risk being a really miserable lot

6 October 2021 4:00 am

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Crack open the Dom

5 October 2021 8:00 pm

Are they any better words we could hear from a leader, any leader, state or federal, than Dom Perrottet’s words…

The Panthers faithful and the true believers: a tale of Western Sydney

5 October 2021 5:47 pm

Like 3.2 million Australians on Sunday night, I sat down and watched the NRL Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers…