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

ANZ, Maria Folau and the joke of the year

25 June 2019 4:16 pm

Want to hear the joke of the year? A bank — bank, mind you — is giving public lectures in…

GoFundMe don’t want tolerance, but unconditional surrender to identity politics

25 June 2019 1:01 pm

GoFundMe’s decision to shut down Israel Folau’s crowdfunding page is shunting the debate about diversity and inclusion into the sand…

It’s boom time for the public service pen pushers

25 June 2019 6:14 am

With the NSW Treasurer handing down the state’s 2019-20 budget last week, the big three states — which also include…

Only Dan Andrews would attack his state’s source of wealth

24 June 2019 5:26 pm

The Andrews Government has announced a royalty hike for gold, intended to remedy budget deficits largely caused by the state’s…

The invasion of the drag queens

24 June 2019 1:49 pm

Sometimes you wake up and wonder, “Am I in the correct century?” “Am I in the right country?” You look…

GULAG needs a new environmental scare campaign

24 June 2019 5:00 am

Our peeved yet perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: Pretend environmental consciousness is what GULAG – the Greens, unions, Labor and…

More quality political analysis

23 June 2019 4:04 pm

I was in Sydney during the Berejiklian landside and the tyre burning that followed and I stayed in a cheap…

The successful failure of the Australian Conservatives

23 June 2019 5:00 am

In 1946 Winston Churchill declared to the British Conservative Party leadership what he believed to be its “main objectives”. Topping…

Israel and Maria Folau: first the PC police come for you, then they come for your family

22 June 2019 11:32 am

Now that Israel Folau has had his contract with Rugby Australia torn up, it seems that his wife Maria’s future…

Why (almost) everyone loves Boris

21 June 2019 2:00 pm

In the movie Men in Black, Arquillians, a civilization of tiny aliens, live among the earthlings. They remain hidden in…

John Setka and the Greens: a match made in heaven

21 June 2019 11:15 am

The Greens, as a political brand of sorts, have made some remarkable headway towards establishing their spotless moral credentials over…

Liberals must never forget the forgotten people

21 June 2019 5:00 am

One month ago, on a polling booth in Labor’s Victorian inner west heartland of Gellibrand, about an hour before closing,…

The stupidest story of the year?

20 June 2019 5:12 pm

Dear, gentle reader. Is this – from the Nine Network’s dying fringe-left SMAge mastheads –  the stupidest story of the…

Queensland’s lockout laws have failed. Will NSW Nannies come clean?

20 June 2019 1:33 pm

A recent study from Griffith University has found that instead of sobering louts up, lockout laws in Queensland have instead…

Would Microsoft also sack Israel Folau

20 June 2019 5:00 am

With the sacking of Israel Folau by Rugby Australia, our culture has reached a tipping point in regards to all…

Will Labor back the winning party reforms Liberals baulk at?

19 June 2019 6:03 pm

If Chris Minns wins the ballot to be the New South Wales Opposition leader it will be a good day…

Labor’s macho act with the unions: the gift the keeps on giving

19 June 2019 3:03 pm

There are few gifts that Labor could provide the Coalition that would offer such a long-lasting angle of attack and…

Euthanasia begins – and life is cheaper in Victoria from today

19 June 2019 12:14 pm

Today, we woke up in a world fundamentally different than the one we went to rest in. It happened quietly.…

Are university officials keener censors than leftie students?

19 June 2019 5:00 am

Dan’s the man! On Saturday, The Weekend Australian ran a number of articles about free speech and freedom of enquiry…

How the woke hurt the poor

18 June 2019 5:32 pm

My favourite American urbanist and demographer, Joel Kotkin, writes how the quest for social justice so often harms the poor:…

Time to patch up our ragged economic miracle

18 June 2019 1:06 pm

Australia’s vaunted economic miracle is looking a bit ragged after another sluggish quarter. There is still growth, but barely enough…

We can’t pick and choose when freedom maters

18 June 2019 7:59 am

The AFP raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist are alarming, but the discussion needs to go beyond…

Snowflakes and crocodile tears

17 June 2019 4:37 pm

It’s been a very entertaining few weeks following Sydney University’s decision to take disciplinary action against key organisers of the…

Goodbye, Hong Kong?

17 June 2019 1:00 pm

I worked as a journalist, both in print and radio, in what used to be the British Crown Colony of…

What about John Setka’s freedom of speech?

17 June 2019 4:00 am

If, like me, you think free speech is the bottom line of a free society, and don’t care what is…