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

Chairman Dan flunks corona class. Again

6 October 2020 1:30 pm

You’ll recall our little reality check from a fortnight ago after Newspoll found 62 per cent of Victorian voters believe…

We all know habeas corpus goes, but did we tell you about the ethnic angles of Daniel Andrews’ Omnibus Bill?

6 October 2020 11:30 am

When future generations ask when did Australians gave up on democracy and freedom, the answer will be 18 September 2020;…

Our ruling Kakistocracy

6 October 2020 5:00 am

Studies have shown that cognitive diversity can improve the effectiveness of thinking and quality of decision making in groups.  This is in part…

No doubt the ABC will blame the lack of coverage on funding cuts

5 October 2020 7:56 pm

Big, big, big. It would be hard to get a more lurid tale than The Times article, republished in The…

Border bans: premiers put the constitution behind them

5 October 2020 5:40 pm

Hi folks, welcome to our neck of the woods (mind the charred koalas). The dunny is down the back there…

Did Chairman Dan just blink?

5 October 2020 12:19 pm

Daniel Andrews has always been firm: the average new daily coronavirus case count — Victoria-wide — needs to drop below…

Sco Mo, Josh: this is what we need to hear tomorrow

5 October 2020 5:00 am

Many Australians rightly look back on the Hawke-Keating-Howard-Costello era of the 1980s and 1990s as Australia’s golden era of reform. From the…

REVEALED: How the journalists’ union put the Cult of Dan ahead of journalists and journalism

4 October 2020 6:40 pm

Even before Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced his unprecedented nine-hour curfew, one hour a day limit for exercise and prohibition…

The ABC has just moved further from the mainstream

4 October 2020 4:30 pm

Perhaps the staff at the ABC voted themselves a pay rise so they could donate the extra money to the…

The number one concern of Victoria’s rulers? Identity politics, it appears – not human life

4 October 2020 2:35 pm

While you were distracted by the atrocious horror show that is reality in Victoria, Dan Andrews has successfully created a…

Victoria’s unemployment double jeopardy

4 October 2020 12:05 am

More than eight million Australians collectively clenched their sphincters in anxious unison last week, as the plan to gradually scale…

WATCH: Ian Hanke discusses Daniel Andrews unprecedented indefinite detention laws

3 October 2020 6:37 pm

The fight continues. Ian Hanke discusses with Peta Credlin in Sky News Australia why Chairman Dan’s totalitarian COVID-19 Omnibus Bill…

What’s woke this week?

3 October 2020 5:00 pm

The woke’s erroneous moral certitude that brooks no dissent and fanatical adherence to the cause sees them increasingly resemble Islamist terrorists hell-bent on purging the…

Nobody hates like leftists

3 October 2020 2:21 pm

President Trump has contracted coronavirus and, in response, the world hs held a competition to determine who was the most…

Wanted: a vaccine against irrational COVID-19 thinking

2 October 2020 5:00 am

The announcement the Federal Government is investing in the development of three new COVID-19 vaccines is welcome news for those…

Budget 2020: stand by for upheaval in the corporate sector – even with insolvency reform

1 October 2020 6:24 pm

I first wrote about the impending insolvency deluge on July 7. Back then the commentariat was focused on Victoria’s fresh…

Is this the narcissism epidemic?

1 October 2020 5:11 pm

Spare a thought for the Instagram influencers and social media mavens of Victoria: they haven’t been recognised in public for, like,…

Reading, writing – and gender studies

1 October 2020 2:53 pm

Let’s play a game of spot the odd one out and see how you go.  New South Wales Greens Senator…

Government has never been so big – and yet so incompetent

1 October 2020 12:37 pm

In the history of Australia, never has government been so big and yet so incompetent in dealing with the problems…

Peter Ridd: Queensland public and farmers treated with contempt by science institutions over the reef

1 October 2020 10:57 am

Our Australian Reef science organisations had a hard time at the Senate Inquiry into the effects of agriculture on the…

Budget 2020: the overwhelming case for accelerated income tax cuts

1 October 2020 5:00 am

Heavy hints from ministers that planned personal income tax cuts will be brought forward in next week’s budget have sparked…

We’re all in this together – except the(ir) ABC

30 September 2020 7:33 pm

Anyone who didn’t see this coming has been living in a rock. Or possibly hiding in a basement with Joe…

EXCLUSIVE: Victorian Attorney General confirms pre-emptive detention fears

30 September 2020 3:33 pm

The Victorian state Attorney General, Jill Hennessy, has written to the Law Institute of Victoria attempting to allay concerns about…

Budget 2020: desperate times call for desperate measures

30 September 2020 1:05 pm

There’s an old saying which goes “desperate times call for desperate measures”.  It means actions which may seem extreme in…

Has federalism failed us in the pandemic?

30 September 2020 5:00 am

Disparate government policies within Australia in response to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic have highlighted strengths and weaknesses in our federal structure.…