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

Gladys Berejiklian is not a victim

6 October 2021 6:58 pm

Not everyone buys into the whole, ‘poor Gladys betrayed by a dodgy boyfriend’ line. No one should…  As Premier, Gladys…

Covid-19 and Hobbes vs Locke

6 October 2021 5:01 pm

As we inch towards learning to live with Covid, it is common to hear it said that the government is granting us more…

They’re only words 

6 October 2021 3:20 pm

If we apply the Bee Gees standard to the Victorian Premier, then Daniel Andrews is in strife.  In 1969 –…

Perrottet’s first task is to restore our democracy

6 October 2021 1:10 pm

Dominic Perrottet is known as a man of principle. His first test will be to see if he believes in our…

There’s something missing from Adam Bandt’s office

6 October 2021 11:30 am

Adam Bandt’s Melbourne inner-city office is on the market, a kind reader has let us know. The building is as…

Tough love: why we risk being a really miserable lot

6 October 2021 4:00 am

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Crack open the Dom

5 October 2021 8:00 pm

Are they any better words we could hear from a leader, any leader, state or federal, than Dom Perrottet’s words…

The Panthers faithful and the true believers: a tale of Western Sydney

5 October 2021 5:47 pm

Like 3.2 million Australians on Sunday night, I sat down and watched the NRL Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers…

National Cabinet should not be secret

5 October 2021 4:03 pm

National Cabinet has provided enormous power to state and territory leaders with very little accountability for their decisions in managing…

The bald and the bonkers

5 October 2021 2:00 pm

How quickly we forget.  Gladys Berejiklian had her ‘sliding doors’ moment with Matt Kean a year into her premiership.  Kean…

Their ABC teaches students about “systemic racism”

5 October 2021 12:03 pm

Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in…

Vaccine mandates breach the Disability Discrimination Act? I’ve lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission to see

5 October 2021 4:00 am

A couple of weeks back your correspondent paused his gardening to point out that the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)…

Bodies with vaginas? Women want their sex back

4 October 2021 6:03 pm

The phrase “adding insult to injury” has never been so appropriate as in the treatment of women by the progressive…

The Catholic Church’s Plenary Council: another case of ‘reform, reform’ – aren’t things bad enough already? 

4 October 2021 4:30 pm

This week, 280 bishops, clergy and laypeople will convene in a Plenary Council to consider issues that will have a…

Ten questions for the incoming NSW premier

4 October 2021 2:44 pm

This article was to be titled “Ten Questions for Gladys Berejiklian”, but … well, there you go.  Much ink will inevitably be…

Victoria, the Venezuela of the South

4 October 2021 1:00 pm

Such was the ineptitude and mismanagement when Joan Kirner was Victoria’s Premier the state become known as the Albania of the south…

Here comes Perrottet, here comes the sectarian bigotry

4 October 2021 11:17 am

Forty days and 40 nights? Alas, it appears that the downpour of sectarian bigotry that’s begun as it become clearer…

Our political ecosystem is full of collaborationist whores

4 October 2021 4:00 am

The Great Covid Oppression has made it very clear that the political ecosystem is populated by people who talk about…

Matt Kean: not as bad as Labor?

3 October 2021 4:45 pm

Attempting to pick the next premier of New South Wales is a bit like working through a packet of jellybeans.…

Norm Macdonald – exceptionally normal

3 October 2021 4:03 pm

Norm Macdonald, that plain-speaking Canadian comic who died this month, aged 61, showed us how to respond with humour and…

I don’t like Pauline Hanson – but don’t like her being censored

3 October 2021 12:34 pm

I hold no brief for P Hanson who is a vacuous, shallow opportunist. Neither do I know Jessica Rowe who,…

Send the Glasgow climate and canapés conference to Iceland

3 October 2021 10:16 am

November’s COP 26 meeting should be shifted from Glasgow in Scotland to Reykjavík in Iceland. Twenty-five previous meetings of this…

The Peoples Republic of Westralia ♥️ the Peoples Republic of China

2 October 2021 2:29 pm

Western Australia is increasingly a country of its own under Mark McGowan, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s pursuing…

Gladys goes. Will the NSW government?

1 October 2021 1:50 pm

How Gladys Berejiklian has fallen. It’s been just five months from her The woman who saved Australia front page of the…

Liberty demands the state respect religion

1 October 2021 12:18 pm

While the commonwealth government is yet to table the revised version of its Freedom of Religion Bill there’s no doubt…