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

Marriage equality: Daniel Andrews has big ears, but doesn’t listen

25 July 2016 7:40 am

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has ears sticking out from his bonce like wide-open car doors.  But for a bloke whose…

Death by by-election

25 July 2016 12:30 am

The Liberal National Party has sent the lawyers up to Townsville as the recount continues for the seat of Herbert.…

Fairfax in a nutshell. Or nuthouse…

24 July 2016 7:14 am

Or both, perhaps. Whichever way it explains the sales figures. Melbourne’s quality Sunday offers the remaining readers some sabbath food…

Kruger is right – Muslim immigration should be carefully considered

23 July 2016 1:51 am

Australia is a free, tolerant and open democracy where we respect all points of view even if we don’t agree…

Russian winter is coming: the new war on faith

22 July 2016 12:03 am

News of the Russian Olympic drug scandal has reached the ears of the media and is being rightly exposed, but…

I don’t believe in ‘no religion’

20 July 2016 11:01 pm

In the upcoming 2016 Australian Census, Australians will be given the option of ticking a box labelled ‘no religion’ when…

Facts have a left wing bias, do they?

19 July 2016 11:06 pm

I spluttered on my tea recently when reading the claim that facts have a left-wing bias. I suppose the proponents…

Hardly a ministry of all the talents

18 July 2016 11:43 pm

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest ministry – his third in less than a year – was announced on Monday. True to his…

Can plebiscites placate a piqued party?

18 July 2016 5:30 am

It’s not just Julie Bishop talking about plebiscite preselections. Government sources say the issue got a very good workout in…

Country wisdom and the Liberals’ tin ear

17 July 2016 11:23 pm

In the hands of Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott alone rests the chances for stability of the new Parliament and…

Friendless free trade

15 July 2016 2:13 am

In just one day this week The Australian Financial Review published two news stories; Nationals could get two extra spots…

The PM and the common touch

14 July 2016 11:40 pm

It truly pains me to say this, but Niki Savva was quite right (Ah! Where are those pills?) Niki Savva…

The science of comfort food

14 July 2016 3:18 am

A Jewish woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one…

Never a more exciting time to be an Australian conservative

14 July 2016 1:00 am

Centre-right social progressives might not like social conservatism. But there has never been a more exciting time to be an…

Cory’s conservative crusade is misguided

13 July 2016 4:17 am

Since the Coalition’s woeful election campaign, and Malcolm Turnbull’s less than brilliant result capped by his election night diatribe, Liberal…

Dallas, denial and the pathology of evil

13 July 2016 1:33 am

Overnight, Australian time, President Obama has paid an official visit to Dallas in the wake of the five fatal shootings…

Liberals must take back their party – and how to do it

12 July 2016 9:28 am

Malcolm Turnbull’s knifing of Tony Abbott is proven to be a disaster, not only for the Liberal Party but also…

Theresa May and the wake of Project Sneer

12 July 2016 3:33 am

Project Fear became in the end, as Daniel Hannan described it, ‘Project Sneer’. The massed legions of banks, multinationals, the…

Wot no Kevvie?

12 July 2016 12:18 am

In all the excitement of the Brexit referendum, the presidential election and our own nail-biter poll we appear to have…

Time for Australian Conservatives to get it together

11 July 2016 7:49 am

Australian Conservatives were told by Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor they had nowhere else to go when they expressed their…

Groupthink in the media and political classes

7 July 2016 7:22 am

Never have so few done so little for so many. That more or less sums up our political class in…

Rediscovering law and order

6 July 2016 11:59 am

The first duties of governments are to defend the realm, secure the borders and maintain the Queen’s peace, that is…

Turnbull – all for nothing by Richard Ferguson

6 July 2016 3:57 am

Imagine you’re Malcolm Turnbull for a second (you might need to see a psychiatrist after the exercise). You have destroyed…

How many like me?

5 July 2016 9:53 am

So to all those Liberal MPs, and perhaps to Barnaby Joyce and the Nats, here’s something you need to consider,…

How Malcolm’s mates let him down

4 July 2016 11:28 am

As I type, Malcolm Turnbull’s media allies are no doubt gearing up to blame the ‘Del-Cons’ for the humiliating defeat…