Flat White

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

How we shirked our duty to offend

27 March 2018 7:41 am

An axiom attributed to Leonardo da Vinci is that great artists steal. In that vein, I shamelessly steal from Spiked!…

Facebook, fakery and fraud

26 March 2018 7:47 pm

Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips. The wisdom of the prudent is…

We don’t need a law about that

26 March 2018 5:27 pm

Inevitably, when advocating for freedom of any kind, one is accused of being a champion of certain lifestyle choices or…

Green on the outside, rancid on the inside

26 March 2018 12:36 pm

Illogical, ignorant, infantile, irrational and irrelevant, the Greens are a rancid infestation in Australia’s political kitchen, as they proved recently…

Conservative compassion

26 March 2018 8:19 am

One of the strange quirks of modern politics is the perception that it’s the Left who are concerned with justice…

Santa Sabina school’s “religious revolution”

23 March 2018 12:08 pm

The trousers were the tip of the iceberg at Sydney Catholic girls schools Santa Sabina College. With the trousers down,…

Since when was common sense discrimination?

23 March 2018 7:33 am

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s remarks about white South African farmers, including possibly granting them special immigration consideration, evoked charges…

Should Australia engage more with China?

22 March 2018 12:45 pm

We live in an age of unprecedented geopolitical upheaval in the Asia Pacific. The American and Western hegemony in the…

Stephen Hawking and the limits of knowledge

22 March 2018 7:45 am

Stephen Hawking, the physicist and cosmologist who died last week, is now set to have his ashes interred alongside those…

Why we won’t get into ASEAN any time soon

21 March 2018 2:21 pm

Indonesians, especially Jakartans – have a wicked sense of humour. Their biting jokes, fine-tuned by years of authoritarian rule, were…

Mass migration and the weakening of the West

21 March 2018 7:34 am

Douglas Murray’s provocative article in The Weekend Australian ‘Add new migrants and stir carefully’ discusses the challenges of mass migration…

Clothes maketh the wo/man

20 March 2018 8:44 pm

There’s an unofficial competition where I live that mostly teenage girls engage in, as to which school has the worst…

Religious freedom of political communication: a constitutionally protected freedom

20 March 2018 1:23 pm

Now that same-sex marriage has been legalised, there is a further need to recognise the right of religious individuals and…

This isn’t an honour, it’s a circle jerk

20 March 2018 7:48 am

Some of my readers keep asking why I keep writing about the adventures of Yassmin Abdel-Magied. After all, to keep…

Newspeak at UNSW

19 March 2018 7:43 am

I know it’s become hackneyed, overused, and almost now cliché, but the following political slogan—by ‘The Party’— from George Orwell’s…

In which their ABC outdoes itself

18 March 2018 6:58 pm

On Friday Fairfax media — Fairfax media, mind you, not The Australian — reported: ABC journalists should focus more on…

Caring and sharing – and spending

18 March 2018 1:45 pm

It’s official – the “conservative” Coalition government has now accumulated more government debt in five years in office than its…

What’s a little cannibalism between leftie friends?

16 March 2018 4:23 pm

Richard Dawkins was recently described in Breitbart as a ‘professional atheist’. The epithet was added in a news article that…

Forrest move shows markets, not governments, solving energy crisis

16 March 2018 3:03 pm

Billionaire Andrew Forrest’s plan to ship gas to the east coast from Western Australia shows that the market trumps government…

But Yassmin says it’s racist…

16 March 2018 11:56 am

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has asked his department to investigate whether white South African farmers can be accepted…

#AllLivesMatter – white lives too

16 March 2018 7:35 am

Cyril Ramaphosa, the new President of South Africa, has decided that it’s time to take out the trash. The poor…

Time to put kids first and politics second

15 March 2018 8:35 pm

On Wednesday, Sunrise featured a segment that included two guests and a presenter advocating for the ban on the adoption…

The girl with the pearl earring

15 March 2018 7:08 pm

You can take a woman out of a grievance, but you can’t take a grievance out of a woman. The…

Liberals, Nationals and Australian Conservatives

15 March 2018 5:26 pm

It’s a sad day when one is forced to disagree with the recent offerings of such sage Spectator scribes as…

But women are the weaker sex

15 March 2018 12:09 pm

Women are the weaker sex. That pointing this out may be considered controversial just goes to show the extent to…