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

We need a Restoration of Freedoms Bill, not religious freedom legislation

3 July 2019 5:00 am

The Morrison government is promising to introduce a religious discrimination bill. And yet, these reforms are unsatisfactory. They pose a…

From Israel to Poland, the corporate social responsibility folaut continues

2 July 2019 6:48 pm

The Israel Folau case is big because Israel Folau is big – literally, but more importantly, metaphorically speaking. Folau, however,…

Who says a woman can’t win with a sugar daddy arrangement?

2 July 2019 1:27 pm

Recently, 60 minutes, aired a segment titled: The Secret World of Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies.  As one would expect…

GULAG, rejoice: ministers will still do what we public servants tell them to

2 July 2019 11:00 am

Our peeved yet perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: The humiliation of Election19 will reach its zenith as the 46th Parliament…

Instead of squabbling over tax cuts, let’s talk about real reform

2 July 2019 5:00 am

The left’s calls for the Coalition to abandon its tax cut agenda and open the government purse strings for more…

From woke to choke

1 July 2019 6:06 pm

Sometimes you discover to your utmost horror and disgust that you have placed too much trust and faith in a…

What makes the Israel Folau lynching that different to doxing?

1 July 2019 3:12 pm

It’s been interesting to watch Australia’s commentariat largely misread Israel Folau’s recent travails. Folau’s ordeal isn’t, in substance, a sterile…

Head of State under PM’s guillotine

1 July 2019 12:26 pm

In 1999 Australians wisely rejected the elite’s attempts to persuade them to adopt Malcolm Turnbull’s republic. Turnbull is now insisting…

G’day Albo, mate. Welcome to Hell

1 July 2019 5:00 am

When a loved one dies, the real grieving is often postponed. The senses numb the immediate shock, helping the bereaved…

It’s a strange, lonely world when you’re anti-euthanasia from experience

30 June 2019 2:31 pm

Being anti-euthanasia is most similar to being an outcast kid.  Not only is one mocked, shamed and personally attacked.  One…

Why go to church tomorrow?

29 June 2019 12:48 pm

The churches of the West are in a bad way. You know it, I know it. Classical Liberal thinkers, both…

One of Izzy’s silent supporters speaks: don’t shoot before you think

28 June 2019 4:56 pm

I’m sure it has happened to all of us, at least once in our lives. You remember that time you…

The Clover Moore catastrophe

28 June 2019 3:18 pm

Clover Moore’s Sydney, with its Climate Emergency clarion call, is far from the first city to adopt the zero-emissions-by-2050 mantra. …

Tourist guide: North Korea’s a joke, but a joke that can kill you

28 June 2019 12:00 pm

Like many Australians, I have feared the worst after hearing of the disappearance of Alex Sigley, Australian student and tour…

More evidence plain packaging has failed (unless you’re out to hurt the poor)

28 June 2019 5:00 am

Recent studies are sending the premise of plain packaging up in smoke. Plain packaging does not actually reduce cigarette consumption.…

Snowflake latest: Sydney University is irreparably racist and must be abolished. Or something similar, anway

27 June 2019 6:02 pm

At the University of Sydney we can see what happens when students are no longer taught our history. When the…

The public’s fury at being told what to do and think has exploded with the Folau fiasco

27 June 2019 3:41 pm

Trust the perennially sanctimonious Kerryn Phelps to capture in a couple of sentences why the Israel Folau saga has resonated…

A defensive battle was won on May 18. A long slog’s still needed in the culture wars

27 June 2019 2:57 pm

When GoFundMe shut down Israel Folau’s fundraising campaign for his legal battle with Rugby Australia, it confirmed in spades the…

Yes, stillbirth should be above politics, Senator Keneally, so let’s keep it that way

27 June 2019 12:46 pm

There are some issues so fundamentally important that they should be above politics. Stillbirth is one of them. Recently, Senator…

Journalism is not a crime (but we’re more interested showing just how woke we are)

27 June 2019 5:00 am

If, like me, you believe in the fundamental right of free speech, you will also have concerns about how people…

Why are school standards still falling?

26 June 2019 6:34 pm

Despite all the policy differences in the election, there was little to distinguish between the two major parties on the…

And now for some political wisdom from the Trotsky clan. True

26 June 2019 5:04 pm

In one of those cruel strokes of fate, all of Leon Trotsky’s four children predeceased him, even if many would…

Where’s the Prime Minister on the free speech crisis?

26 June 2019 12:55 pm

GoFundMe’s shutdown of Israel Folau’s fundraising page for “violation of … terms of service” is a troubling development for religious…

If I’m only there as the Devil incarnate, why should I bother with your “writers festival”?

26 June 2019 5:00 am

Writer’s festivals have long been a joke in this country – well known as lovefests of ideologues preaching feminist and…

The CBD goes Dark MoFo, as do the Tassie Libs on debts

25 June 2019 7:50 pm

Our peeved yet perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: The rigours of CBD’s arduous employment in the Public Service combined with…