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

The election and its discontents

19 June 2022 11:00 am

So, the election has come and gone. It was a disappointing, loud, and ultimately vacuous show about nothing. It saw…

Renewable or reliable? Energy cannot be both

19 June 2022 6:00 am

Australia’s new ALP government has gigantic green energy plans to be funded by electricity consumers and taxpayers. They promise (with…

Cook cancelled: when will we call this out as racism?

18 June 2022 6:46 pm

Peaceful explorer, cartographer, and navigator Captain James Cook has been removed from the Australia versus England Test match crystal Cook…

Covid encore performance for Justin Trudeau

18 June 2022 11:00 am

Multi-jabbed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has Covid for the second time this year. Trudeau announced his latest helping of Covid on…

Wokeness, welfare, and societal decline

18 June 2022 8:00 am

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Today’s fiddle is ‘Woke’ and it will be the West’s undoing if left unchecked. Busy…

The real cost of Albo’s minimum wage hike

18 June 2022 6:00 am

No genius formula, ancient wisdom, or otherwise elaborate algorithm led the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to raise the national minimum…

Australians are being watched

17 June 2022 4:52 pm

If it’s not bad enough that Australians have had their retail habits monitored via the (ethically questionable) government Vaccine Passport…

Liberal Party: stewards of the ‘uncool economy’?

17 June 2022 2:20 pm

Much ink has already been spilled on how the Liberal Party is facing an identity crisis in the wake of…

Moneypox - sorry - Monkeypox

17 June 2022 11:00 am

The World Health Organisation has decided to rebrand, er, rename the Monkeypox. WHO boss Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said today a new name…

Albo's Cabinet offers superficial diversity only

17 June 2022 8:00 am

There’s a big problem with Anthony Albanese’s victory lap over the ‘diversity’ of his new Cabinet; it isn’t particularly diverse…

Energy crisis: a call to professionals

17 June 2022 4:00 am

Energy systems underpin modern life, but Australia’s systems are becoming increasingly fragile. A colleague recently asked me why more engineers…

Lindy Chamberlain’s case foreshadowed Covid mania

16 June 2022 2:00 pm

As the dust settles on Covid, many Australians are still trying to make sense of the radical hysteria that overtook so many…

Do we want banks playing politics?

16 June 2022 1:00 pm

When you think of ‘moral puritanism’ and ‘virtue’ the banking sector sits somewhere near lawyers, stockbrokers, and used car salesmen.…

Johnny Depp’s restraint

16 June 2022 11:00 am

‘Tell the world, Johnny, tell them: “I, Johnny Depp, a man, I’m a victim too of domestic violence,” and see…

Federal ICAC? Be careful what you wish for

16 June 2022 6:20 am

The saying ‘the ends justify the means’ is often erroneously attributed to the early 16th century Florentine diplomat and philosopher…

California Pride...?

16 June 2022 4:00 am

Children in Los Angeles came across Drag Queens throwing lube while exposing bare breasts and male buttocks at the weekend’s Pride…

Woolworths’ price-fixing will have unintended consequences

15 June 2022 5:13 pm

Woolworths intends to ‘price-fix’ essential items in the wake of a cost of living crisis. With inflation set to start…

NDIS: used or abused?

15 June 2022 1:00 pm

It is one of life’s sad realities that, as soon as there is an attempt to improve the population’s welfare,…

The Dark Ages for Australian energy

15 June 2022 11:49 am

When the sun finally sets on the West, the English-speaking peoples will find out that they are as fragile and…

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned

15 June 2022 11:00 am

I am big on truth in political advertising which is why I think that so called planning departments should be…

Essex police monitor Pride tweets for 'hate'

15 June 2022 8:00 am

Are they police, or are they ideological enforcers? That’s the question many people are asking after British police tweeted their…

China rising: the ADF have nothing

15 June 2022 4:00 am

[ This is part 2 of a series. Read part 1 here. ] Amidst the foreboding context of a declining West…

Reflections of a Liberal Party minion

14 June 2022 2:00 pm

My wife dropped me off at my assigned polling booth in the northern reaches of the Adelaide federal electorate. With…

Quick!!! Lock everyone down immediately

14 June 2022 12:00 pm

[ Calm down, it’s satire. Well, mostly. ] Reports of yet another highly contagious viral respiratory disease are beginning to…

Conservatism wins elections

14 June 2022 9:00 am

In the recent election, I saw – as a member and branch officeholder of the Liberal Party – the effect…