Flat White

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

Much ado about muffin means it’s time to talk minimum wages

25 February 2019 1:27 pm

So the CEO of Muffin Break has discovered over the weekend that there’s muffin so offensive to millennials on social…

Did the wrong woman get Higgins?

25 February 2019 12:01 pm

The Prime Minister’s wish has been granted. Outgoing member for Higgins and Cabinet minister, Kelly O’Dwyer will be succeeded by…

Seven reasons why I like Jordan Peterson

25 February 2019 7:29 am

Jordan Peterson has been called the “the stupid man’s smart person”, and, one of my favorites, “a Messiah-cum-surrogate-dad for gormless…

Journalist commits career suicide: tells truth on bias

24 February 2019 8:22 am

CBS News foreign correspondent and a 60 Minutes regular Lara Logan gets interviewed by a retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland for his…

They still call New Zealand home

23 February 2019 6:09 pm

Our Kiwi cousins can be a wee but prishus at times. Take this week’s visit across the ditch by PM…

New Jersey bill to keep Trump off the ballot is ‘wildly unconstitutional’

new jersey election

23 February 2019 7:21 am

The New Jersey State Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill Thursday to require presidential candidates to release five…

Will the EU do to Britain what it did to Greece?

22 February 2019 3:44 pm

With less than six weeks remaining until the March 29 deadline for Britain to exit the EU, the likelihood of…

Donald Trump. Worst. Homophobe. Evah.

22 February 2019 12:30 pm

Not satisfied to have personally tied a noose around Jussie Smollett’s neck and poured some MAGA bleach on the gay…

Laugh at Trump and Fat Boy Kim, but we’ve got plenty riding on Hanoi

22 February 2019 7:29 am

Fatty Kim III. Trust the Chinese to come up with an amusing nickname for Kim Jong-Un. This bizarre figure will…

Pawns take Bishop

21 February 2019 7:45 pm

Julie Bishop has pulled the plug on her political career. The effusion of love in the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon,…

What’s so good about transgender toilets?

21 February 2019 4:59 pm

It seems that simply posing the above question can—at least potentially—get you into some serious trouble these days. But it’s…

The problem with ‘hate speech’ laws

21 February 2019 3:27 pm

When Facebook posts lead to Federal Court proceedings, a parliamentary inquiry, and a bankruptcy, something has gone seriously wrong with…

ISIS MILFs* want back in

21 February 2019 12:13 pm

In ages past, traitors who chose the other side and fought with the enemy against their country could expect a…

How Cuba pulls Venezuela’s strings

21 February 2019 7:31 am

Last month, when the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, was briefly detained by Maduro’s intelligence agents less than 48 hours…

Brexit: a distortion of democracy

20 February 2019 6:49 pm

The Brits have been left out to dry in a lousy Brexit process. Last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called…

A plaintive twilight swansong

20 February 2019 2:01 pm

The retiring member for Lilley didn’t actually whistle The Red Flag during his parliamentary swansong, though there were dog whistles…

What’s woke this week?

20 February 2019 11:59 am

The wokerati are always against something. It’s their raison d’être after all. From the pointy-fingered moral high ground of their…

Socialism: a Millennial religion?

20 February 2019 7:35 am

Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it, as George Santayana once said. Slightly before him, Karl Marx claimed…

Identity politics devours its own

19 February 2019 6:56 pm

Former tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, now understands just how ‘nasty’ those who champion identity politics can actually be. The whole…

The Paladin contract non-conspiracy

19 February 2019 3:37 pm

Government tenders are fraught with risks that most citizens fail to grasp. On the face of it there are aspects…

Why won’t we admit it: women commit domestic violence too

19 February 2019 11:49 am

Males are generally the perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence and women are generally the victims of domestic and sexual…

Put company tax cuts back on the table

19 February 2019 7:25 am

If Scott Morrison wants any chance at re-election, he can’t simply stay on the backfoot, opposing Labor’s shameless tax hikes…

The queer case of Jussie Smollett and postmodern victimhood

18 February 2019 6:38 pm

Remember when Bill Shorten was caught out lying on national television about having personally witnessed the homophobic posters, “Stop the…

They say it as if debate was a bad thing

18 February 2019 3:44 pm

Sorry. More Jordan Peterson — but we know you love him like those middle-aged, professional St Kilda dads who still…

Sub snafus and other technical traumas

18 February 2019 12:51 pm

Sometimes you feel like screaming when hit with that sinking feeling that our politician’s obligation to their voters is often…