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

Brazen double standards expecting ABC to be bulletproof

11 June 2020 5:00 am

On Tuesday, it was announced the(ir) ABC expects to cut around 250 staff. Of course, sadly, that will mean more…

The left’s now all about past war, not class war

10 June 2020 4:53 pm

The political divide remains as strong as ever but the points of difference between left and right have changed. Where…

Andrew Jaspan, SOB, AM

10 June 2020 3:29 pm

The news that one of journalism’s most despised characters – Andrew “Jocky” Jaspan, (aka “the poisoned dwarf”) – had been “honoured…

The long adolescence of Clementine Ford

10 June 2020 1:07 pm

I hate mobs so I feel guilty criticising Clementine Ford. It’s hard, though, to feel sympathy for her. She’s a…

The(ir) ABC: it’s “appropriate that reasonable people of faith begin to refer to Trump as antichrist”.

10 June 2020 10:36 am

Don’t just jot it in your diary. Mark it in the annals of history; the day the ABC once and…

We need a new approach to saving and investment, not ScoMo’s Reno Rorts

10 June 2020 5:00 am

Y’all remember back in the good old days when the Prime Minister said the government wasn’t going to pick winners.…

Brutal history – or brutal present?

9 June 2020 6:05 pm

As the Black Lives Matter mantra sweeps the world, there is a view held by some that there is no…

My other coronavirus victims

9 June 2020 5:56 pm

To date, 103 people have died of coronavirus in Australia, none of them under the age of 40, and only…

Stamp duty has no place in a post corona economy

9 June 2020 2:00 pm

 I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a…

Why I am a racist*

9 June 2020 11:27 am

* And so, most likely, are you** ** According to the new nomenclature. I was born in another time and…

The worrying web of witches

9 June 2020 5:00 am

If you’ve been trying to ignore the culture wars, or thought you were above them, hopefully, recent violent events on…

How the evil, wicked plastic bag became a corona fighter

8 June 2020 5:00 pm

It is not often that an identified Public Enemy Number One actually becomes a Superhero.  And it took a pandemic…

Facts are irrelevant now

8 June 2020 12:55 pm

‘This is the excellent foppery of the world…’  — Edmund in King Lear (Act 1, Scene 2), Shakespeare.  In an…

The coronavirus crisis we never needed to have

8 June 2020 5:00 am

We can’t blame our leaders for being caught off-guard by the coronavirus; we all were. We can, however, hold our…

So it was a weapon?

7 June 2020 5:34 pm

You read it first on The Spectator Australia on March 23, 2020. I outlined all the viruses over the past…

Many happy returns of the day, Your Majesty

7 June 2020 3:13 pm

Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on September 9, 2015, when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother…

Defund the police? Whatever could go wrong?

7 June 2020 12:04 pm

“Off the pigs!” OK, I confess: back in my wild youth, this was an oft-heard phrase rolling off my lips.…

The ABC of protesting

6 June 2020 2:26 pm

Come along, it will be a riot. Here is the story that proves once and for all that the Staff…

Absent fathers matter

6 June 2020 12:19 pm

The surest remedy mankind has to turn around a wayward society is to address the issue of absent fathers from…

Time to call a terrorist a terrorist and ban Hezbollah in full

6 June 2020 5:00 am

Last month, the German government took the principled decision to ban the entire Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah and designate it…

White opportunism matters

5 June 2020 7:28 pm

Well, well, well. Look at what we have here. Gatecrashers. Extinction Rebellion gatecrashers. Look at the latest email from Mother…

“They’re everywhere, those Hi-Vis Guys, polishing up to stay alive.” 

5 June 2020 4:25 pm

Somewhere in a Melbourne suburban street near you, someone in an orange Hi-Vis vest is polishing a lamppost with disinfectant…

After too many wasted weeks, our schools need a focus on literacy and numeracy

5 June 2020 1:55 pm

School students are now almost entirely back to regular classes, but the battle isn’t yet won. What should students be doing once they return to…

The race rhetoric that causes more harm than harmony

5 June 2020 5:00 am

George Floyd’s cruel murder is sparking much-needed discussion about justice and racial harmony in America and beyond. The ripple effect…

Where is the left on the Drew Pavlou outrage?

4 June 2020 6:17 pm

The West was built on doubt. When it fails us, when we slip into the blinkered certainty of ideology and…