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

When “Australian” said it all

22 November 2016 1:04 pm

I feel many reading this will know of families that have been interwoven from their past through to their present so first a…

One Nation, many leaders, few (cogent) ideas

22 November 2016 7:25 am

Of all the political imperatives missing in Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party, loyalty, unity and personality rate among the highest.…

The forces underpinning Trump are nothing new

21 November 2016 4:30 pm

Australian political commentators and self-proclaimed experts who have been traumatised or shocked by Donald Trump’s victory could well be accused…

We need a Strictly political Balls-up

21 November 2016 7:43 am

In the UK, what gets people talking passionately isn’t Brexit. It’s not Trump. It’s not even the May government’s looming Autumn Statement mini-budget…

Pauline Hanson and Australian Jewry

21 November 2016 7:30 am

If there is word such as Trumpism, then it is expressing itself in Australia via the rise of Pauline Hanson’s…

Roz Ward, Safe Schools, not so so safe streets

20 November 2016 10:08 pm

Could that be former Safe Schools supremo and general hard-left ratbag Roz Ward engaging in a bit of biff in…

My husband and I … are paying for the renos, thank you

20 November 2016 10:47 am

You would have thought that with the egg on their faces over Brexit and the American election, the media would be…

The recasting of conservatism

19 November 2016 7:26 am

Last month Paul Kelly wrote an interesting article about Britain’s future under its post-Brexit Prime Minister Theresa May, based on what he rightly called May’s “historic speech” to the then…

Wong’s fant-Asia

18 November 2016 3:52 pm

God only knows what Labor’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Senator Penny Wong actually meant by her recent remarks regarding Australia realigning itself with…

Fight like a termagant

18 November 2016 1:06 pm

From time to time, I open the pages of Fairfax’s Daily Life, just to check that Clementine Ford still isn’t…

Tough luck, lefties. It’s Trump train time

18 November 2016 7:34 am

So, lefties. It happened. In the biggest “f-ck you” to the establishment since the Colonies broke away from the Crown,…

The Age. Again…

17 November 2016 7:09 pm

“Princess Mary, her husband Prince Frederik, Prince Harry and Justin Trudeau have all taken out the top honours in Vanity Fair’s fashion Oscars…

ISIS’ new ally: the media

17 November 2016 2:48 pm

BOSTON, UNITED STATES — Further to our point about the left-wing media provoking anti-conservative violence, The Daily Mail reports: A…

Now is not the time to abandon the alliance

17 November 2016 7:18 am

The U.S. alliance has long been an article of faith for Australian politicians. Since World War II, governments on both…

Play to win

16 November 2016 2:30 pm

If there’s one lesson to take from Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, it is that conservatives and libertarians…

How to lose friends and infuriate lefties

16 November 2016 7:20 am

I have a confession to make. I like a bit of rough and tumble. On Facebook that is. I enjoy…

Trump? I feel fine

15 November 2016 4:34 pm

Despite being for “Team Hillary” since 2007, I’ve no problem with Donald Trump being elected president. I’m not an American…

Daniel Andrews’ war on religion falters

15 November 2016 12:51 pm

The Victorian Labor Government has run into heavy weather trying to convince the Legislative Council to pass its Religious Exceptions Bill. Most people…

Why President Trump means we can stop apologising

15 November 2016 7:18 am

My colleagues at my day job are, for the most part, aware that I do a bit of writing on…

Trump and the media fail

14 November 2016 4:30 pm

As Rowan Atkinson playing the Devil said welcoming atheists to hell, “You must be feeling a right bunch of nitwits!”…

Has our right missed the story of the week?

14 November 2016 1:00 pm

All Trumped out? No excuse. The Australian right has not only failed to capitalise on the story of the week.…

Trump: it’s not just the economy, stupid

14 November 2016 7:24 am

So, it’s happened. Donald Trump is not only now being referred to by a sneering press pack as the ‘President…

Death in Dili

13 November 2016 7:53 am

This week marks several significant anniversaries in the life of our youngish nation. November 11 resonates because it was the…

The Age hits peak moron

12 November 2016 3:39 pm

Ok, I know I’ve already declared The Age dead. It is. Its former readers are just waiting for Fairfax CEO…

Donald Trump and the return of the Gipper

12 November 2016 7:26 am

In 1984, the GOP experienced the single greatest presidential electoral result with 525 electoral votes and 49 states voting for…