Flat White

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

Gillian Triggs is now at the United Nations – UN for unreliable on human rights?

24 January 2020 3:00 pm

How would you feel discovering that your local or state government had entered into an agreement with, say, McDonald’s to…

How to keep our values in the face of China’s challenge

23 January 2020 7:35 pm

Australia and New Zealand face a geopolitical predicament as a consequence of China’s rise. How do we preserve our Western…

Forget climate change and bushfires, Malcolm. What about your memory?

23 January 2020 4:15 pm

So the miserable ghost has been off rattling his chains yet again, this time to the BBC. He’s worried about…

The backlash builds against Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s taxpayer grant

23 January 2020 12:00 pm

Not everyone is delighted at the news that Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been awarded a $20,000 taxpayer-funded cash grant and residency…

Blunderbuss Bridget’s boondoggle blasts back

23 January 2020 5:00 am

Once the Bridget McKenzie grant approval story broke a week ago, it was never going to go away.  The revelation…

How activists and media made a tourism industry firestorm

22 January 2020 1:03 pm

Where the bloody hell are you? Not in Australia apparently. While no official figures are available yet, anecdotal evidence from…

Ten reasons to stand tall on Australia Day – 10 reasons and one extra

22 January 2020 5:00 am

As another Australia Day approaches and the inevitable wagons of shame begin to circle, it’s worth touching on the things…

How opponents of vaping aid and abet Big Tobacco

21 January 2020 3:33 pm

Many opponents of vaping think the practice is a big tobacco conspiracy to keep people smoking and hook more kids.…

Bushfire inquiry No. 58, pre-empted

21 January 2020 1:09 pm

Politicians hide behind enquiries – their magic answer to all problems, especially bushfires. Announcing enquiries give the impression of decisive…

How good are Canberra hailstorms?

21 January 2020 10:36 am

Forget the weird weather. What about this week’s weird politics? Yesterday morning, the Prime Minister did an “I’m in charge”…

Economics: throw out the male, pale and stale and we’ll have utopia. Apparently…

21 January 2020 5:00 am

The latest stroke of identity politics disingenuity is directed at the study of economics. In a self-flagellating piece written for the…

Better sharpen up, Scotty. Albo’s in a fighting mood

20 January 2020 5:47 pm

In recent days Anthony Albanese has announced major shifts in the policy and ideological stances of the Labor Party, ditching…

Margaret Court, the Australian Open – and Tennis Australia’s closed, cowed minds

20 January 2020 2:33 pm

So much for our world that continually preaches tolerance, diversity and acceptance.  Whenever someone does not fit the Left’s current…

Yassmin’s back, pockets full of our cash for her exhibitionist victimhood

20 January 2020 11:30 am

While Aussies have been battling devastating bushfires, a certain someone has been kicking back in her designer gear, feet up,…

Renewables rent-seekers aren’t interested in bushfire prevention – or cheap efficient energy

20 January 2020 5:00 am

No amount of mouth-frothing by Piers Morgan or artful deception by the legions of renewable energy warriors published by the…

Megxit: meet the new Obamas

19 January 2020 4:09 pm

If only the Queen had been in charge of Brexit we may have avoided rolling heads, rolling eyes and years…

How good is climate science!

19 January 2020 12:49 pm

Steering the ship of state isn’t the easiest experience. Not only is it a matter of always tacking between Scylla and…

Impeachment? As Bill Clinton once said, Mr President, I feel your pain

19 January 2020 5:00 am

It’s excruciating. My eye rolls are so severe and unstoppable that my eyelids are sore. My forehead is red from…

PVO and the great republican two-step stumble

17 January 2020 3:32 pm

While Australia’s constitution was finally approved — ratified — by the Australian colonial people in 1900, the process of choosing…

Bushfires: we deserve more than a heads or tails debate

17 January 2020 2:00 pm

Reach for the nearest coin you have and place the coin flat on your palm. I don’t particularly care which…

Sports Rorts revisited: Bridget’s big boo-boo

17 January 2020 11:13 am

In 1996, I was interim chief of staff to new health minister, Michael Wooldridge. I occupied a small room next…

Doctor Woke

17 January 2020 12:01 am

Fiction has become a medium for writers and actors to treat their audience as morally inferior dolts in need of…

Sasha Zhoya, watch out. There’s karma on the athletics field, too

16 January 2020 8:05 pm

It is never too late for a New Year resolution and I hope Australia soon nails this one #Australiasmartenup!  Pulling…

Lessons for the left from a list of losses

16 January 2020 4:45 pm

First, it was Brexit in 2016. A few months later it was Trump. In May this year, Australia was stunned…

What’s woke this week? Meet the Duchess of Wuss-ex

16 January 2020 1:01 pm

‘Megxit’ has been the talk of the globe this week and much has been said about the dawn of a…