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Time to wave goodbye to Turnbull

5 December 2017 7:19 am

When Malcolm Turnbull emerged victorious after the great 2015 leadership spill, his victory speech hinted at a liberal government that…

Don’t dismiss John Barilaro

4 December 2017 6:01 pm

The ancient Greeks had a saying, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad’. Political madness seemed…

Trial by media sets dangerous precedents

4 December 2017 3:12 pm

Australia must avoid delivering justice through ‘trial by media’. Across the western world, a sweeping phenomenon is now underway to…

Dastardly Dastyari

4 December 2017 12:24 pm

When Herschelle Gibbs dropped Steve Waugh in the 1999 Cricket World Cup one of the most misquoted quotes was born.…

How our teachers score top Marx

4 December 2017 7:16 am

At the end of last week, the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English convened in Melbourne for its annual…

Has the parliament been infiltrated? The Senate must act

1 December 2017 10:02 am

The Senate must decide the Dastyari question now. It’s more than about one senator. It’s about the control and influence…

Why the left has it so wrong on refugee policy

1 December 2017 7:04 am

In September, the first 54 of those remaining refugees on Manus Island and Nauru departed for arrival in the United…

The Turnbull government is punishing the poor

30 November 2017 8:33 pm

American lawyer and politician Gideon J Tucker once observed that ‘no man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the…

Bet that’s the last one

30 November 2017 6:05 pm

Newspapers can be shameless — think of some tabloid campaigns — but the lack of self-awareness of the dying Age…

Inside Lee Rhiannon’s post-purge party

30 November 2017 3:13 pm

I have long wrestled with the themes behind Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous lines “If you gaze for long into an abyss,…

The unnecessary royal commission

30 November 2017 12:17 pm

If truth is the first casualty of war, then banks are the first casualty of populism – even in a…

Simon Chapman defends disruptive new technology

30 November 2017 7:23 am

In Wednesday’s Australian Financial Review, public health academic and media commentator Simon Chapman came out in strong support of a…

This is why I despair…

29 November 2017 8:18 pm

George Brandis has always been a good speech-maker. Yesterday he delivered another good speech, probably one of his better ones,…

Milo: right, but wrong

29 November 2017 6:13 pm

I’m pleasantly surprised that Sarah Hanson-Young condemned Milo Yiannopoulos for being a ‘paedophilia apologist’ – which he undoubtedly is. The…

We need to talk about China

29 November 2017 2:58 pm

Allen & Unwin’s recent decision to drop Clive Hamilton’s book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia — citing fears…

Has feminism jumped the shark?

29 November 2017 11:05 am

In the much loved and long-running television series Happy Days, when the Fonz literally jumped a shark that a whole…

Why are the Greens giving domestic violence a green light?

29 November 2017 7:24 am

Does anyone in the Greens actually engage their inner sage before they virtue signal? That may well be a rhetorical…

Triple J’s Australia Day problem

28 November 2017 5:57 pm

Someone else has recently conducted a non-binding plebiscite, which produced a 60 per cent result that divided a nation –…

Euthanasia laws: the true implications

28 November 2017 7:32 am

The “voluntary Assisted dying” legislation appears set to pass both lower and upper houses in Victoria. However, let us call…

The God question

27 November 2017 5:58 pm

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Mark Kenny crowed. Australia’s “self-appointed conduits to the metaphysical” -– its Christian clergy — have been…

Ten thousand ways that will not work

27 November 2017 12:32 pm

I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work — Thomas Edison The…

Labor Lite

27 November 2017 7:18 am

Despite all his rhetoric to the contrary, Malcolm Turnbull really isn’t concerned about protecting civil and religious freedoms. In what…

Was Bennelong Kristina Keneally’s second choice?

26 November 2017 1:37 pm

Voters in Bennelong who need to front up to the polls once again may be surprised – and perhaps unimpressed…

Farewell speeches

26 November 2017 8:18 am

The Zimbabweans spoke and that old tyrant Mugabe was forced to listen. His resignation speech stated that his decision to…

Time to end the election day circus

25 November 2017 4:01 pm

A sausage sizzle and a vote is an old Australian tradition. But as a wise man once said, those who like…