Flat White

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

Opera suggestions for Julian Burnside

11 November 2016 6:16 pm

Look what joys Classic FM, the dumbed-down ABC station for serious music fans yet to discover the far superior, subscriber-supported…

Euthanasia zealots never say die

11 November 2016 12:35 pm

Yet another euthanasia bill is about to be debated, this time in the South Australian Parliament. The Death with Dignity…

We already have our Trump

11 November 2016 7:11 am

I enjoyed the sainted editor, Rowan Dean’s, rollicking Flat White account of his Trump, Trump, Trumpety-Trump election count party. Any…

A strange win for the common man

10 November 2016 4:20 pm

When I got home last night from an election celebration held by friends, and former political colleagues, in which I had to submit…

#TrumpsAussieMates

10 November 2016 9:45 am

Appearing on Lateline the other night as the only Trump supporter the ABC producers could find willing to predict a…

Battling the pragmatic left: a five step guide

10 November 2016 7:01 am

The Pragmatic Leftist is a dangerous beast. A rare phenomenon; this particular political animal differs from other leftists, who tend…

You up the back there, Spectator reader, stop laughing

9 November 2016 9:38 pm

[We wanted to parody the virtue signallers’ reactions to the Trump victory but wanted to ensure we published something high-quality.…

So much for elite opinion

9 November 2016 6:47 pm

On the morning of the American presidential election, The Australian, with all the massive North American and indeed worldwide resources…

Indigenous kids failed again

9 November 2016 12:56 pm

The Family Matters report released by SNAICC, the peak Indigenous child welfare services lobby group, is a recipe for perpetuating…

The incendiary Greens

9 November 2016 7:13 am

Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake on May 30, 1431 for her defence of Orleans during the Franco-English…

Religion, ABC-style

8 November 2016 4:01 pm

“The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne has blasted the ABC for axing most of its religious programming,” The Australian reports today,…

The right is to blame for Trumpery too

8 November 2016 11:59 am

Explaining Trumpery in terms of the attitudes of the Left alone gets the story precisely backwards. Yet that is what…

November 8: decision time

8 November 2016 6:53 am

Just as with Australian elections, American elections are not as untainted as they should be with the latest bombshell being…

Brexit means Brexit – and democracy, too

7 November 2016 7:49 pm

The stench of elite hatred for democracy is sifting through the streets of London. The courts have ruled against the…

The CSIRO’s political science

7 November 2016 4:34 pm

As the grandson and son of coal miners I grew up fascinated by mining. I accompanied dad to work, built…

The presidential race? It’s better than 1856, folks

7 November 2016 1:00 pm

Politics is like baseball. Like Australia’s summer pastime, it’s a numbers game, and there’s an old saying that three economic…

The government’s a mess, but remember Labor’s old ideals

7 November 2016 6:57 am

Remember all that Marxist/Leninist guff, circa a century ago, about public ownership of the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy? If…

Niki Savva, racist? Blame Menzies

6 November 2016 8:30 pm

“Political columnist Niki Savva is copping criticism after using the expression ‘killed a Chinaman’ on television,” Buzzfeed, the politics website…

The spy who shoved me

6 November 2016 6:14 pm

This Ausyn Crites thing has me all nostalgic. It calls to mind my own run-in with the Secret Service. November…

18c is unconstitutional

6 November 2016 1:59 pm

The dismissal of Cindy Prior’s case against three QUT students on Thursday drew sighs of relief from freedom lovers across…

Far-right, or do you just disagree with them?

6 November 2016 6:44 am

The return of One Nation at the 2016 federal election and the emergence of a series of small right-wing parties…

In praise of hurt feelings

5 November 2016 6:14 am

In the keynote address at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival in September, the novelist Lionel Shriver took aim at some of…

Oh, those wide-eyed Buzzfeed kidz

4 November 2016 3:02 pm

It must be a quiet news day.  Buzzfeed’s Mark di Stefano posted a reheated story this morning, casting a close…

Mike Baird: beyond satire

4 November 2016 11:37 am

On September 29, after the South Australia’s electrical power collapsed, I wrote satirically of a fantasy New South Wales premier…

Hazelwood closure: higher costs and lower reliability

4 November 2016 7:37 am

A little over two decades ago, as the deputy secretary responsible for Victoria’s energy policy, I accompanied the then Coalition…