Flat White

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

Like it or not, coal is still king

23 March 2017 7:31 am

On Wednesday, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm released the 2017 edition of Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global Coal…

Go home, Fairfax, you’re drunk

22 March 2017 9:20 pm

From The Age website, earlier this evening. As John McEnroe used to say: “You cannot be serious!” Got something to…

What Twitter teaches us about the left and 18C

22 March 2017 5:57 pm

There’s been plenty written about 18C in the past few months with many media organisations and personalities coming out strongly…

There’s no place for gender politics in mental health care, Julia

22 March 2017 4:04 pm

In a move that has left many jaws on the floor, and steam blasting out of ears, former prime minister…

18c: not perfect, but a pretty good start

22 March 2017 12:16 pm

The Turnbull government’s proposed changes to section 18c don’t go all the way, but they’re a pretty good start. Yesterday, Prime…

The terrible truth about Earth Hour revealed

22 March 2017 7:12 am

The Vocal website probably doesn’t figure large in Spectator readers’ minds. Indeed, it doesn’t figure large at all. It’s not…

Our failing political class

21 March 2017 4:55 pm

Too many problems in modern Australia country have been either created by our ruling political class or made significantly worse by…

Malcolm’s malaise

21 March 2017 11:30 am

No one doubts Malcolm Turnbull is intelligent. But is he smart? Some commentators attribute the government’s popularity malaise to some…

Blessed are those who don’t give a s***, for they shall inherit the Earth

21 March 2017 12:43 am

On the pages of The Sydney Morning Herald (of course), an ANU climate scientist (of course), Sophie Lewis, agonises whether…

Please explain?

20 March 2017 7:27 pm

From The Age website this evening. It’s clearly all got too much for the poor petals. They’ve cracked under the…

Market economist confidently predicts direction of white noise process

20 March 2017 1:24 pm

Sydney-based market economist Nathan Hadley has  confidently predicted a strong week ahead for pound sterling in the face of overwhelming…

Bannon 2024

20 March 2017 7:38 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The House Freedom Caucus is up in arms about President Trump’s Obamacare reform bill. While he…

Alive but not alive

19 March 2017 5:54 pm

CEO Greg Hywood insists the print editions of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will continue for a while…

In praise of the grande dame

19 March 2017 1:44 pm

Last week I attended an event in Brisbane that brought out lovers of art, local personalities, philanthropists, and many considered…

Earth has not anything to show more fair…

19 March 2017 8:39 am

Over at Breitbart’s London Bureau, there’s a roughish, floppy-haired giant of a fogey named Oliver J.J. Lane. Red-pants’d and boater-hat’d,…

A glass half-full

18 March 2017 9:20 am

One of my first authentic Australian ‘cultural’ experiences, years before I made it my home, was Barry Humphries’ good mate…

Dr Di Natale’s odd prescription for employment

17 March 2017 7:06 am

Richard Di Natale’s inner-city industrial relations thought bubble is precisely the sort of thing you’d expect from a federal Greens…

Sorry Matilda, I don’t need no trigger warning

16 March 2017 5:39 pm

New Matilda has just published a lovely little piece by Michael Brull spitting on the grave of Bill Leak, entitled RIP Bill…

Campus censorship ratchets up

16 March 2017 1:18 pm

Free intellectual inquiry is under serious threat at universities across the Anglosphere. At the very places designed to inspire a battle of…

The great renewable energy swindle

16 March 2017 7:22 am

As with all swindles, the great renewable energy swindle has ended with the sad realisation that we’ve been had. Having…

In defence of the Romanovs: the centenary of the February Revolution

15 March 2017 4:08 pm

A century ago today, as the Imperial Train sat impounded at a provincial station 180 miles from Petrograd, Russia’s last…

Left-wing intolerance must be called out

15 March 2017 11:02 am

The Twitterati outcry over two democratically elected Members of Parliament discussing important national issues over a beer shows the absolute…

Daniel Andrews: one-term blunder?

15 March 2017 7:03 am

Things have been grim for the Andrews ALP government for some time. Victorians voted in the Andrews Labor Government off…

My Bill

14 March 2017 2:25 pm

I met Bill Leak just the once. It was at a dinner party; my old boss was heading back overseas after a wonderful term of service…

Punk rock conservatism? Pretty vacant…

14 March 2017 7:35 am

My dear darling Daisy, Thank you for your lovely letter. Please understand, when I say you’re not a conservative, it’s…