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

How the tech elites ignore ethics in the name of progress

13 August 2019 5:08 pm

Elon Musk, at his Neuralink presentation, claimed that his human-computer interfaces have allowed rats and monkeys to directly control a…

Why everyone should visit a mine

13 August 2019 5:00 am

If I were a state education minister I would make it a compulsory part of a high school curriculum for…

Corporate speak

12 August 2019 4:58 pm

ASIC is telling us corporates to employ psychologists to get inside the head of our CEOs and Boards and understand…

It’s the arts

12 August 2019 1:37 pm

It’s the arts. From The Age: Next month, Melburnians will have the chance to experience one of the city’s most…

Gillette’s gone because truth wins in the end

12 August 2019 7:27 am

Gillette CEO Gary Coombe tried to keep a straight face last week when saying that backlash to their “toxic masculinity”…

GULAG says: you go, Gladys!

11 August 2019 6:30 pm

The non-cis-gendered Individual Number One of the Canberra Cadre writes: Yet again CBD is heartened by to see the hard…

Playing Middlesex just got a whole new meaning…

11 August 2019 3:28 pm

In affectionate remembrance of Australian Cricket which died today on the 8th of August 2019 with the announcement of Cricket…

The stupidity of (all) identity politics

11 August 2019 12:22 pm

Actress Rosanna Arquette is in the news for tweeting the other day “I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me.…

The NSW abortion ambush: sacrificing humanity to wokeness

9 August 2019 1:11 pm

There is something slavish in the legislative efforts of the Australian state governments to pander to the demands of selfish…

Why an end to compulsory super would be a win-win for workers

9 August 2019 5:00 am

As the debate on hiking compulsory super contributions continues, it’s well worth revisiting Liberal NSW Senator Andrew Bragg’s suggestion to…

Profiles in courage (not)

8 August 2019 10:00 pm

I can’t think of a more pathetic display of non-leadership than that of Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Deputy John…

We need more expressions of care for one another. The draft NSW abortion laws don’t fit the bill

8 August 2019 5:31 pm

The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 came quickly into the NSW Parliament, without much fanfare or advance warning. On…

Will Kristina Keneally join the Hong Kong barricades if the PLA tanks come?

8 August 2019 4:16 pm

If you have been following the news cycle in the USA, you will be aware of the mass shootings that…

Will CPAC get Australian conservatives out of the closet?

8 August 2019 5:00 am

As conservatives gather for the inaugural Australian Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Sydney this weekend, it is worth considering…

The High Court’s high-stakes ruling threatens liberty

7 August 2019 6:18 pm

Conservatives and left-wingers alike should oppose today’s High Court decision which found that the Australian Public Service, specifically the Department…

Outrage culture is killing free speech

7 August 2019 3:03 pm

Australia is becoming increasingly intolerant of speech. From the Australian Rugby Union terminating Israel Folau’s playing contract to the fake…

CSR and the tyranny of smugness

7 August 2019 1:30 pm

The trend for business to get involved in controversial political debates in the name of ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) is…

Nobbling the new gold rush

7 August 2019 5:00 am

The rising price of gold is stimulating a boom in new activity. However, Victoria is one state government standing firm…

The sacred Australian right to be a dickhead

6 August 2019 6:49 pm

In a media release last Friday, the Victorian government announced some new policy aimed at combatting offensive slogans on vehicles…

Will Hong Kong be the spark for a wider revolt?

6 August 2019 4:35 pm

Hong Kong demonstrations are the fuse, and many in the Beijing dictatorship – those who know the history of revolutions…

What Kristina Keneally doesn’t get about freedom of speech

6 August 2019 12:04 pm

Kristina Keneally is hopelessly muddled about how freedom works, specifically freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I’m sure she’s…

Wasting our resources

6 August 2019 5:00 am

Foolish politicians driven by extreme green ideology are wasting Australia’s resources. Australia’s nuclear resources are largely wasted. We have abundant…

Socialism for gringos: a guide in Venezuelan colloquialisms

5 August 2019 5:10 pm

My Dad always says that Venezuela requires a lot of explaining to gringos. When he was a student, he taught…

Gladys’ greyhound moment?

5 August 2019 12:32 pm

Pro-life politicians from the Liberals and Labor in New South Wales no doubt spent the weekend huddling over proposed amendments…

The religious freedom Trojan horse

5 August 2019 6:43 am

There is a considerable risk that the Morrison government might be contemplating the enactment of discrimination laws that could ban…