Flat White

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

The DAN 2020 computer: kill off the economy, it detracts from the mission

8 September 2020 7:23 pm

The Victorian governments’ COVID roadmap was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated policy announcement in the history of Dan Andrew’s Labor…

The UN declares: the biggest coronavirus issue is… men

8 September 2020 4:58 pm

What do you think has most alarmed United Nations General Secretary Antonia Guterres about the Covid-19 pandemic? Has he been…

WA Labor: the new covid secessionists?

8 September 2020 2:44 pm

Western Australia has always had an unusual idiosyncratic beauty about it. It’s home to some of the country’s most breathtaking…

The bonfire of the inanities

8 September 2020 12:20 pm

Read it and weep. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 22 August…

Revealed: new analysis shows the true cost of mismanaging the corona crisis

8 September 2020 5:00 am

With many countries, including Australia, having reported their national accounts for the April to June quarter, the initial economic impact…

Poor old Daniel Andrews. He’s also had his life ruined by the Victorian Premier

7 September 2020 7:08 pm

Daniel Andrews revealed at the weekend that he has not seen his mother since Christmas and so is in the…

You’re either on their side or an enemy in Danandrewstan

7 September 2020 4:27 pm

All those who care about and have an interest in the protection of Australia’s free speech will have seen the video…

Victoria isn’t the only place enduring pandemic public policy madness, remember

7 September 2020 2:29 pm

I had no intention of writing about Queensland again but, since my last column, there have been events for which…

Chairman Dan 💕 The Project. Guess why?

7 September 2020 12:21 pm

On Sunday night, Dan Andrews appeared on Channel Ten’s The Project. Why? With the state he’s responsible for in utter…

Vulture vested interests keep circling super

7 September 2020 5:00 am

In the wake of recent legislated changes improving choice of super fund, the government must not assume the job of…

Tony Abbott’s virtuous masculinity

6 September 2020 7:01 pm

The attacks on Tony Abbott both here and in the United Kingdom for being appointed as a trade envoy for…

The Canberra cannons fire at Deadweight Dan

6 September 2020 5:06 pm

Scott Morrison, Greg Hunt and Josh Frydenberg make an unlikely tag team wrestling squad, but it looks as if they’re…

If that’s how you clean up your messes, Mr Premier, we pity your poor family

6 September 2020 3:44 pm

Today was supposed to be the day that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was going to shine a light on how…

Chairman Dan decrees…

6 September 2020 12:39 pm

Don’t sit down to that Father’s Day lunch yet. Don’t spoil it. Digest these stomach-churning platitudes from Chairman Dan first.…

Keeping the masses in their place never works. Prejudice never stopped my father – and cancel culture will never stop me

6 September 2020 5:00 am

I am the daughter of an East End barrow boy, born in Tower Hamlets in 1918 with the odds stacked…

Daniel Andrews is breaking the boundaries

5 September 2020 5:30 pm

Victoria police arrested a pregnant mother in front of her little children in her Ballarat home. Zoe Buhler was arrested…

We need the courage to reopen

5 September 2020 3:09 pm

When confronted with the unknown, it’s human to feel afraid. Lockdowns and border closures may calm our fears, but they…

Tony Abbott: skills and experience still count for something – just

5 September 2020 12:07 pm

Wanted: Envoy to advise Government on trade and to promote opportunities for the United Kingdom in emerging markets post-Brexit. The…

What’s woke this week?

4 September 2020 3:52 pm

Wokus pocus! The social justice conjurers of critical race theory and inclusiveness were staging some impressive illusions last week. With a wave of their wands looting, rioting and setting…

Elon Musk, Neuralink and the existential risks of human enhancement

4 September 2020 1:30 pm

Elon Musk’s Neuralink update on 28 August will be remembered by most of the public for clickbait news headlines involving…

Are the ‘quiet Australians’ confused, fearful – or both?

4 September 2020 11:25 am

On Monday, a Newspoll published in The Australian put the Coalition Government and the Labor tied on 50-50 support on a two-party…

The real threat to black lives isn’t white men in police uniforms

4 September 2020 5:00 am

Recently media, activists and keyboard warriors have cherry-picked examples of controversial police activity to present coppers as enemies of the…

100 years on, it’s well past time to rethink the court case that remade federation

3 September 2020 7:41 pm

The goings-on of the nation’s highest court rarely attract significant mainstream public attention. Yet the power of seven largely unknown judges to…

V is for Venezuela – and Victoria, too

3 September 2020 5:34 pm

The example of a pregnant woman in her home in front of her young children being interrogated and arrested by police graphically illustrates how…

Why has only five per cent of the government’s small business support made it through?

3 September 2020 3:00 pm

Amid all of the public fanfare created by the billions of dollars in “free money” handed out by the Morrison…