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

Why should the rich have free public schools?

10 July 2017 12:30 pm

We all know the school stereotype. Government schools are full of disadvantaged students and struggling for money, while overfunded wealthy…

A culture war? It’s about time

10 July 2017 7:38 am

‘Culture war’ is a phrase often used by sections of the commentariat to describe the ongoing battle between conservative and liberal values.…

G20: our greatest moral challenge is preserving the West

9 July 2017 8:15 pm

The main news headline to come out of the G20 seems to be, in essence, that “The United States’ influence…

Yassmin and Tim, from migrant to migrant, please stop whinging

9 July 2017 2:34 pm

Dear Yassmin and Tim You know your incessant whinging about how horrible Australia is? As a migrant to fellow migrants,…

Brave Badham’s “Battle of the Bulge” against Trump

9 July 2017 8:31 am

Politically correct feminism just keeps getting funnier, folks! These days, rants from its most zealous true believers are so jaw-droppingly…

Theresa May and three heresies

8 July 2017 2:25 pm

There’s still a whole lot of libertarian grand-standing going on about the British general election, much of it predicated on…

“Guten tag! Welcome to Hamburg!”

7 July 2017 6:49 pm

“Really Lucy, it’s quite frustrating. I was hoping to get away … get away from we-know-who and his rants, I…

The Donald delivers the speech we’ve been waiting for

7 July 2017 1:54 pm

Aficionados of The Spectator will know that entries in the 2017 Thawley Competition have opened, with a tasty $5000 prize…

Is Turnbull planning a lightning strike against Abbott?

7 July 2017 10:51 am

The Tony Abbott insurrection against the moderate overlords of the parliamentary Liberal party continues. ‘I am a member of the…

Julia Gillard, you’re fired

7 July 2017 7:11 am

It was ridiculous before it began: then she began and it spiralled into something hideously currish. Julia Gillard is not…

Does losing faith in religion really mark a new dark ages?

6 July 2017 9:08 pm

There are so many things that we lose on our passage through life: innocence, virginity, youth, looks, patience, temper, love,…

Gratuitous advice from a humble Liberal branch member

6 July 2017 2:39 pm

Dear Malcolm As a conservative member of the Liberal Party, I want you to succeed. I genuinely do. The alternative…

Gillard’s Trump Twitter claim leaves mental health lobby beyond blue

6 July 2017 2:06 pm

Newly appointed Beyond Blue chair Julia Gillard is already embroiled in controversy. Discussing Donald Trump’s Twitter habits on ABC’s Lateline,…

Male suicide has nothing to do with politics. Apparently…

6 July 2017 12:15 pm

The Sydney Morning Herald has been quick to report a half-yearly update on domestic violence. In a blizzard of statistics, there…

Dear Prince Harry, about those worries…

5 July 2017 7:41 pm

Last week I was detailing to my uncle the current Prince’s malaise with his occupation, my uncle replied with at…

Multiculturalism as a weapon

5 July 2017 3:05 pm

For most average people in the street, including most of the ordinary proponents of it, multiculturalism simply means more of…

Football violence is a crime

5 July 2017 12:26 pm

It’s time to stop pretending in Australia in the twenty-first century that an assault on the football field is anything…

If only Trump were Australian

5 July 2017 7:31 am

Amongst the recent brouhaha about US President Trump’s late-night tweeting habits, a lot of people missed a major speech he…

Sydney (pseudo) Science Festival 2017

4 July 2017 1:10 pm

The Sydney Science Festival (August 8-20, if you want to put it in your diary) has booked an Opera House…

Ugly socialist genes

4 July 2017 12:02 pm

Trigger warning: This article contains Swiftian satire. The current animus from the left, culminating in the attempted murder of a…

When electricity becomes a luxury

4 July 2017 7:18 am

“Where do you go?” They are all older women, retirees from the federal and Territory public services, the ASO5 and…

Ban Lee Rhiannon!

3 July 2017 5:27 pm

A woman who changed her surname so she could be named after a legendary Welsh witch wants to ban the Lord’s…

Not losing our religion

3 July 2017 1:43 pm

Findings from the 2016 Census that 30 per cent of Australians report having no religious affiliation have led to renewed…

Cory Bernardi has his work cut out for him

3 July 2017 7:37 am

The ancient Greeks often used the art form of storytelling, using fables or parables to get a point across. One…

Assisted dying: theory and practice

1 July 2017 6:21 pm

Last week three people died together in what is being called a ‘triple suicide pact’ in a resort island at…