Flat White

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

Prime Minister, stop praising multiculturalism

26 April 2019 7:49 am

‘What do Australia’s founding fathers and cultural diversity have in common? Both celebrate this country’s great multiculturalism’, Scott Morrison believes.…

CBD: KO’s KOs against workplace justice and law boost BS

25 April 2019 5:23 pm

Our perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: We all want to earn more. What’s more we deserve more. Oh, how CBD…

To our glorious dead, but don’t forget the living

25 April 2019 2:46 pm

In a different age when navy Fleet Air Arm pilots flew flimsy wood and canvas biplanes, workplace health and safety…

Stand and fight for your ideas

25 April 2019 11:22 am

A certain school of thought claims that what ails the centre-right of Australian politics is the failure to embrace a…

Will Labor fears force big business back to workplace reform?

24 April 2019 4:03 pm

The federal election campaign is underway. We already know the Big Unions will forcefully advocate for industrial relations changes, but…

Patronising the arts

24 April 2019 1:30 pm

The first of an occasional series by the Flat White team. “The Massachusetts of the south.” That’s how John Howard once…

When you see Bob Brown protesting, usual suspects, it’s Adani

24 April 2019 7:23 am

Our perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: CBD admits the stench of naphthalene was overpowering. But when you’ve got no cut…

The AMA’s comic crew get the vapours

23 April 2019 7:45 pm

Those who have been to Venice have probably witnessed some form of Commedia Dell’arte, an improvised form of comedy where…

Smokin’ Joe Hildebrand: Bible school dropout

23 April 2019 5:09 pm

In what must surely come close to the modern-day equivalent of having committed career suicide, journalist Joe Hildebrand has converted…

If one scientist was enough for Einstein…

23 April 2019 2:27 pm

How many scientists do you need to demonstrate to policymakers in words they can understand that CO2 is not a…

CBD: Palmer and Shorten, blood brothers fighting for the workers

23 April 2019 11:07 am

Our perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: Recent polling suggesting a surge of newfound popularity for Clive Palmer gives CBD comfort…

Magical mystery tour or highway to hell for Labor’s big red bus?

23 April 2019 7:21 am

Pollsters stay at home on long weekends, but anyone watching Bill Shorten’s magical mystery tour on the big red diesel…

Why it’s all too white in Westeros

22 April 2019 8:43 pm

The old leftie George R R Martin discovers that you can never be woke enough. Because the world of the…

Three myths about equality Labor wants you to believe

22 April 2019 5:07 pm

Labor leader Bill Shorten is running under the motto — “A Fair Go for Australia” — but is his party…

Backwards & Forwards: happy clappy happy

22 April 2019 1:03 pm

The week in politics, the week to come: Looking back Scott Morrison and the Coalition won the week. Nothing more…

Notre Dame, Good Friday and Israel Folau

19 April 2019 7:00 am

It’s wonderful news that all of a sudden Rugby Union Australia believe in God, Heaven and Hell. Many of us…

Notre Dame and the fate of the West

18 April 2019 4:59 pm

With the cause of the blaze that took down much of Notre Dame still uncertain (accident, arson, terrorism?), many commentators…

What’s woke this week?

18 April 2019 12:11 pm

In France, trees have become sentient beings with rights, no less, while in Britain a man self-identifies as a dog.…

Israel Folau and the tyranny of tolerance

18 April 2019 7:19 am

Rugby Australia’s attempt to remove Israel Folau from the game is now being presented as nothing more than a matter…

Are you, or have you ever been, a climate sceptic?

17 April 2019 7:54 pm

Well, it’s official. Australian politicians face a religious test for office. But it doesn’t have anything to do with God.…

Bob Brown’s Adani convoy: an invasive species on the move

17 April 2019 3:00 pm

Australia has, throughout our history, been subjected to invasive species. Rabbits, cane toads, prickly pear and Indian mynah birds are…

CBD: BS didn’t have a bad day, it was the right-wing media

17 April 2019 11:29 am

Our perspicacious political insider writes exclusively: Why does bad luck have to come at all let alone in threes? Especially…

A tale for this week of death and resurrection

17 April 2019 7:30 am

Notre Dame burned. Like many in Australia, I woke up yesterday to the news of the fire that consumes the…

Peter Ridd has defeated the Climate Inquisition thanks to you

16 April 2019 6:37 pm

Peter Ridd was a professor at James Cook University who dared to question claims that the Great Barrier Reef is…

Election 19 and the Pam Ewing effect

16 April 2019 5:44 pm

In 1987 Pamela Ewing woke up to find Bobby emerging from the bathroom wearing only a towel and haircut. Presumed…