Flat White

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

A pile of crap from the ABC. Literally…

11 December 2016 12:01 pm

It’s 19 years since South Park sparked a seasonal scatological scandal with the episode Mr Hankey, the Christmas Poo. Now…

A Sydney Grammar alumnus writes about Malcolm

11 December 2016 9:26 am

From the Flat White mailbag: As you would know, my old school has produced three prime ministers: The First (Barton);…

Christmas in South Sudan

10 December 2016 7:06 am

Ten days before Christmas 2013 a civil war started in the new nation of South Sudan. The events leading up…

Why the lights went out on SA Labor

9 December 2016 12:54 pm

This week the SA Labor Premier, Jay Weatherill, took the lead in the national energy debate, suggesting the creation of an inter-state emissions…

The Age’s morning glory

9 December 2016 11:03 am

We knew its recently departed editor-in-chief Mark Forbes was a sleazebag, but even then it was still generally believed The…

When did aristocracy come back into vogue?

9 December 2016 7:13 am

Listen these days to some of the world’s elite politicians, commentators and officials pontificate and you’d think you were living…

Trevor Goddard: the end of a grand innings

8 December 2016 1:28 pm

When stumps were drawn at the Wanderers on January 26th, 1965 the Springbok captain, Trevor Goddard, was 11 runs shy…

Green-left legerdemain doesn’t make religion relevant

8 December 2016 7:09 am

It has long been obvious that the political agenda of some Catholic organisations and schools rest solidly within the Green-left…

The High Court should affirm the people, not the government, are truly sovereign

7 December 2016 8:55 pm

Why has there been such a long-term decline in maths and science learning in our schools, and in the qualifications…

Presenting… The 2016 Nannies

7 December 2016 3:18 pm

Animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was the winner of the 2016 Nanny State Awards, for…

Jessie

7 December 2016 1:32 pm

Jessie Margaret Noble, formerly Dingle, died in Bundaberg last week, November 29, 2016 to be exact. She was 97. Who,…

Silent night, godless night

7 December 2016 7:16 am

Almost 30 years ago, fresh from Hawaii, I visited my daughter’s grade one class in Brisbane to show off my…

Freedom of association: sanity succeeds on Spring Street

6 December 2016 5:33 pm

On Tuesday afternoon, Victoria’s upper house of Parliament voted down the Labor Government’s Equal Opportunity Amendment Bill. The Bill was…

Voltaire, Waleed Aly and the 18d trope

6 December 2016 1:10 pm

It has been a dismal year for the commanders and foot soldiers in Australia’s war against so-called hate speech. In several recent ground operations, the massed forces of contemporary…

John Key’s class act

6 December 2016 7:10 am

There’s a photo taken in South Africa after Nelson Mandela’s funeral.  Three Anglosphere PMs, Tony Abbott, Canada’s Stephen Harper and…

Daniel Andrews digs in against freedom of association

5 December 2016 8:07 pm

The restricting of freedom of association and freedom of religion is back on the agenda in Victorian Parliament this week.…

What’s gone wrong in South Australia?

5 December 2016 5:04 pm

What’s gone wrong in South Australia? For much of the population, not very much, really. Most services are quite good, infrastructure development has…

A human rights charter: monster or liberator?

5 December 2016 1:09 pm

At the recent Queensland state Labor conference Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the government’s commitment to a human rights act, modelled…

Everything you always wanted to know about the Alt-Right* (*but were afraid to ask)

5 December 2016 7:16 am

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — The Alt-Right hysteria sweeping the Western world is as overwrought as it is alarming. On the…

The harpies take the weekend off

4 December 2016 8:37 pm

There’s no business like show business, as the old song goes – and no feminism as purely exhibitionistic as the…

Envirocrats hijack Kokoda

4 December 2016 9:43 am

In 2008 Australia developed a ‘Joint’ Agreement with the PNG Government in regard to the management of the Kokoda Trail…

The libertarian case against abortion

3 December 2016 8:46 am

It just goes to show what a topsy-turvy world we are living in where somebody who believes that life is…

Death by blasphemy

2 December 2016 4:22 pm

My primary school teacher used to swear by Jove to emphasise how impressed he was when one of his pupils…

We are a low taxing country?

2 December 2016 12:49 pm

I’m sure you were all up late on Wednesday night eagerly awaiting the publication of the latest OECD Revenue Statistics.…

A spittoon’s worth of bigots

2 December 2016 7:16 am

We are all racists now. Noel Person tells us so. The “hard bigotry” of Quadrant conservatism has merged with the “soft bigotry” of the ABC. The two have met in “the common…