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

China, red in tooth and claw

5 April 2018 8:48 pm

One of the photographs in Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking expose ‘Silent Invasion China’s influence in Australia is of ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian…

Malcolm Turnbull is right on one thing

5 April 2018 6:09 pm

A stopped clock is right twice a day. Malcolm Turnbull? Well, he had some very good things to say about…

Julia Gillard’s gender facepalm

5 April 2018 12:20 pm

Julia Gillard has said she played the gender card all wrong. Good news, you may think? Most intelligent, cognisant adults…

Universities need charters of intellectual freedom

5 April 2018 7:40 am

The latest politically correct madness at the University of Sydney — gender, race, sexuality, and class background quotas at the nation’s…

What crisis of conservatism?

4 April 2018 7:19 pm

Last month I attended The Australian’s ‘Big Voices on Big Issues’ panel discussion in Melbourne. Senior columnists Janet Albrechtson and…

Stand by for the Cultural Revolution 2.0

4 April 2018 4:22 pm

To the left, a slippery slope is not a logical device, it’s their business model. Just in from (where else?)…

To the promised land

4 April 2018 11:51 am

It’s fifty years since Martin Luther King Jnr stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis and received…

Their ABC’s privilege propaganda pratfalls

4 April 2018 7:59 am

Last week, the ABC has decided to close down its Facebook page for its children channel ABC Me, after it…

Do Trump’s gut feelings beat the tenets of the left?

3 April 2018 4:50 pm

One has to admire Donald Trump’s gall. Against the best economic advice that the experts could give, he went and…

Do ice cream sales increase shark attacks?

3 April 2018 12:48 pm

Labor MP Andrew Leigh’s study on data around effective company tax rates and employment shows incomplete analysis that mistakes correlation for…

Diversity is not a strength

3 April 2018 9:06 am

Possibly the greatest myth propagated by modern Western culture is that diversity is an essential ingredient for a successfully-integrated, progressive…

Why borders exist – and matter

2 April 2018 4:53 pm

No matter how much I try I can’t get my head around the common leftist (and libertarian) delusion that national…

Their ABC’s anti-religious hypocrisy

2 April 2018 11:53 am

It’s a bit rich for Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson, having spent the previous twelve months conducting a special ‘investigation’…

Is it Monash or Marxist University?

1 April 2018 3:22 pm

Monash University, the first Australian university to introduce trigger warnings, appropriately begins their “#CHANGEIT” advertising campaign by declaring “SOME OF…

Want to fix big government? Ban public sector workers from voting

1 April 2018 7:30 am

The American revolutionaries claimed that “taxation without representation is tyranny”. In other words, taxing people, while denying them the vote,…

What colour is your Jesus?

31 March 2018 1:34 pm

It’s that time of the year again (Christmas or Easter) for someone out there to come out and say something…

The cricket crybabies have won

31 March 2018 8:51 am

Now that the crybabies have won what are we to do? Steve Smith cried on national television and so did…

Plain packaging: fraud, farce and failure

30 March 2018 6:06 pm

The latest investigation by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reveals that plain packaging laws, introduced in late 2012 and designed to make…

Official: it’s racist to care about black kids being abused

30 March 2018 2:38 pm

What identity politics hath wrought: Sunrise is under investigation by the broadcasting watchdog over a segment on Aboriginal families that was…

Union bashing is easy but we want prosperity

30 March 2018 11:49 am

Whenever a problem arises a moment of reflection — or, in reality, a time to criticise and complain — is…

“Life is short but smokers’ lives are shorter. Legalise vaping now.”

29 March 2018 5:49 pm

The much-anticipated House of Representatives committee report on e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers – in other words, vaping – was tabled…

Populate or perish: destroying the village to save it from perishing?

29 March 2018 3:05 pm

Greg Sheridan’s article “Great leaders knew immigration truth: populate or perish” from Saturday’s Weekend Australian assails “the decisive turn by…

Childcare costs? Thank unions and government

29 March 2018 11:45 am

In case you didn’t notice, Tuesday was Keep Your Children Home Day – in other words, a nationwide childcare workers’…

Is Australia funding terrorism?

29 March 2018 7:42 am

In the very last issue of The Spectator Australia David Adler wrote what could well turn out to be a…

Why modern-day feminism is inherently sexist

28 March 2018 4:23 pm

Despite the protest from Magda Szubanski that the golden statuette awarded at the Oscars needs to be more “non-binary”, I…