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

The Greens soft drinks tax: illiberal, ineffective, regressive

22 June 2016 12:00 am

This Greens’ proposed soft drink tax is not only an affront to individual choice, it would do little to address…

The Greens flag in the final fortnight

21 June 2016 12:01 pm

“Dear friends,” the invitation email to the Greens campaign launch from Richard Di Natale began. “I don’t know about you,…

Labor can still steal this election

20 June 2016 12:00 pm

Less than a fortnight from polling day, the latest national Newspoll has the Coalition and Labor at 50:50, while Newspolls…

Get over it!

18 June 2016 9:00 am

As someone who managed to move from enfant terrible to grande dame without ever being a proper grown-up, I must…

Australian notes

18 June 2016 9:00 am

The pundits keep telling us that this is a dull election. But imagine what it would be like without the…

Brown study

18 June 2016 9:00 am

It would be odd if this column did not make some comment on progress in the federal election campaign which,…

The Super Debate (cont’d)

18 June 2016 9:00 am

One of the joys of writing for this publication is that it is such a broad church. And that’s the…

Farm

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Alice

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Trans

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Tennis

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Restaurant

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Pooh

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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MP

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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Leningrad Lip

18 June 2016 8:00 am

I had intended this week to write about the surprise surge by Mamedyarov which overturned all expectations in the elite…

The Redeemer

18 June 2016 8:00 am

The political trigger for the Ring was the 1849 Dresden uprising, when the young freedom fighter Richard Wagner financed the…

Double speak

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Tom Fletcher, a young star of the Foreign Office, made his reputation last year when he blogged his ‘valedictory despatch’…

Strange sightings in Essex

18 June 2016 8:00 am

I suspect some readers might be too cool for this lovely book, partly because, despite its gothic horror set-up, it…

The folly of youth

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Let’s start with arithmetic. Edmund White’s 11th novel is a book about age and ageing. The young man of the…

Manhattan transfer

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Good historical fiction takes more than research. Henry James once said that writers needed to shed everything that made them…

Time trials

18 June 2016 8:00 am

What are ‘lost time accidents’, apart from something on building-site signs announcing hours lost to worker injuries? In this novel…

The pursuit of happiness

18 June 2016 8:00 am

There is a wonderful portrait of Kenelm Digby by Van Dyke. He is dressed in black. His hand is on…

Out of this world

18 June 2016 8:00 am

It is London in the summer of 1871. Queen Victoria has just opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of…

Split decision

18 June 2016 8:00 am

In 1992 I wrote a column that was published under the headline ‘It’s Time to Split the Tate’. To my…

Tumultuous relationship

18 June 2016 8:00 am

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