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

It’s not easy being Greens leader

3 February 2020 1:02 pm

To understand why Richard Di Natale is stepping down as Greens leader, you have to appreciate two things. The first…

Finally, the truth about contemporary feminist theory

3 February 2020 11:02 am

I have long said that modern feminists don’t even know what they’re fighting for anymore. Sure, they don their pussy…

Scott Morrison stopped the boats. If he wants to seize back the political agenda, he can stop the rorts

3 February 2020 5:00 am

So Bridget McKenzie has bitten the dust. Finally, and not because of the flagrant pork-barrelling she and her office were…

Bridget McKenzie’s gone, but the government’s copped a shotgun blast

2 February 2020 5:33 pm

Bridget McKenzie has walked the plank. Quite rightly, too — but far too late. She should have saved a weakened…

Coronavirus: ScoMo’s made the right call closing the border, but stumbled otherwise

2 February 2020 4:41 pm

In the fortnight or so since coronavirus began making serious news headlines in Australia, the Morrison government has consistently been…

Pride and prejudice

2 February 2020 10:41 am

Things have come to a pretty pass in Australia if you can’t say something in praise of our country without…

The Democrats will be butchered by their botched coup

31 January 2020 6:20 pm

The botched attempt at a coup against US President Donald Trump by the Democrats — and their anti-Trump supporters within…

We need a full public inquiry into Labor and the pen-pushers’ CPAC outrage

31 January 2020 1:31 pm

As revealed in The Australian today, a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Institute of Public Affairs has revealed…

What’s woke this week?

31 January 2020 11:25 am

The world of woke is off to a flying start in 2020 with a range of ‘truth is stranger than…

Bettina Arndt deserves her honour

31 January 2020 5:00 am

The campaign by woke critics to have Bettina Arndt’s Order of Australia withdrawn and the vitriolic and poisonous attacks she…

EXCLUSIVE: Extinction Rebellion threatens Bali bombing memorial

30 January 2020 3:42 pm

The eco-anarchists of Extinction Rebellion have a new activity planned for Saturday morning, threatening to invade Melbourne’s Lincoln Square. So…

Kobe Bryant, Superbrat and the Court of public opinion

30 January 2020 1:08 pm

Earlier this week, two events occurred within hours which revealed a disturbing double standard in the way we judge the…

What would Winston do?

30 January 2020 5:00 am

The end of the month marks 55 years since Winston Churchill’s death. With an estimated 10,000 books on the great man, one…

EXCLUSIVE: There’s no masking it – coronavirus panic is here

29 January 2020 3:11 pm

There’s no hiding from the truth. Australia is being hit by a fully-fledged panic over the coronavirus — and those…

Jihad by fire?

29 January 2020 5:00 am

Here is a basic question: Would it be possible to assume that deliberately setting fires in Australia could eventually become…

Want to boost productivity? Fix education, stop the buck-passing – and cut energy costs

28 January 2020 4:00 pm

One thing on which almost all economists can unite is that Australia’s productivity performance for the past dozen years has…

Why I’m over Australia Day

28 January 2020 2:00 pm

So Australia Day has come and gone for another year.  Yet again we had the Lay On the Guilt With…

My delightful Australia Day message from Clementine Ford

28 January 2020 10:52 am

I love this country.  I am extremely proud to live here and call it home.   I will never apologise for that.…

Coronavirus: keep calm and carry on?

28 January 2020 5:00 am

Since the Wuhan coronavirus was first brought to the public’s attention, Australian government health authorities including the nation’s Chief Medical…

Forget about “noisy Australians”. What about self-absorbed, obsessive-complusive Twits?

27 January 2020 5:00 am

After the bushfires, the Australia Day bashing brigade kept pretty quiet this year. Other than the lunatic fringe, most of…

The Greens: fingers on the pulse

26 January 2020 12:43 pm

If you live outside Sydney’s inner-west and don’t follow the internecine warfare between the Watermelons and Deep Greens of the…

Don’t tell us when or what to celebrate. It’s our day, Australia Day, January 26

26 January 2020 4:00 am

Change the date on this one and it will be a win for those people who hate Australia and all…

Bushfires and the big truths about big charities

24 January 2020 10:05 pm

An important thing to remember about large parts of the government bureaucracy and the not-for-profit/community sector is that they are…

The six shades of Australian fire lighters

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Australian fire-lighters come in six colours – yellow, black, white, blood red, dark green, and light green. All are relevant…

It’s time to end the madness passing as politics

24 January 2020 3:02 pm

No one who was in Parliament House on the morning of October 3, 1997, will forget when they heard a…