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Bill Shorten, PM

23 May 2015

The commentariat is using every effort to ensure the next election results in a Labor victory. But under Bill Shorten, Labor has, like the Bourbons, ‘learned nothing and forgotten nothing’.… Read more

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Where’s Waleed?

23 May 2015

Last year, Bernard Keane of Crikey (rather loftily) asserted that the threat posed to Australia by lone wolf terrorism was merely ‘the new black’ in terrorism narratives, that terrorism was… Read more

The Mornington after Budget night

23 May 2015

On the Friday evening after each federal budget senior Liberal ministers and adjoining local MPs, Bruce Billson and Greg Hunt, hold an annual fundraising dinner. The Gunnamatta Room at Victoria’s… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

23 May 2015

Now Heaven knows, Anything Goes. Especially if it is one of Tony Abbott’s unrewarding ‘Captain’s calls’. When the Cole Porter musical hits Sydney later this year, radio shock-jock Alan Jones… Read more

Migration diary

16 May 2015

I lived in Geneva for most of the 1990s but arriving by plane on a clear spring day has never lost its enchantment.First stop, the International Committee of the Red… Read more

Our churches have fallen in love with climate change

16 May 2015

Here we go again. Climate change is apparently confronting the world with imminent catastrophe. Greenhouses gases such as CO2 are allegedly warming the planet to such an extent that life… Read more

Closing young minds

16 May 2015

Aren’t you wonderfully proud of this nation’s universities? Over there in Western Australia we see a Vice Chancellor on a seven figure salary cave in to people who oppose the… Read more

The great divide

16 May 2015

It is always easier to divide a nation than to unite it. It was divisive to force devolution onto the Scots, just as it is to commandeer over $4 billion… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

9 May 2015

With the state of next week’s 2015-16 budget (and prospects of years of continuing deficits) heavily dependent on what the Treasury guesses will happen to the price of Australia’s biggest… Read more

Tanya Pliber-split

9 May 2015

Isn’t Tanya Plibersek having a nice time of it? Roy Morgan’s polling has her as the preferred Labor leader. The Monthly paraded her a couple of months ago as a… Read more

The ever-Greens

9 May 2015

Christine Milne has resigned, and it’s breathtaking how little anybody seems to care. You can’t help but compare her departure to the one we gave Bob Brown; the jubilation of… Read more

Sympathy for the devil

2 May 2015

When future chroniclers of our particular moral decline designate milestones on our long slide into nihilism, efforts to mitigate the evil of sexual abuse against children must surely rate a… Read more

May day! May day!

2 May 2015

Readers will know there’s a big election pending in the UK, one in which a Conservative (albeit coalition) government is taking its record to the voters. That will happen on… Read more

Rebels with a jihadist cause

2 May 2015

The rise of Islamic State represents perhaps one of the greatest fruitions of adolescent angst. Statistics show that the vast majority of Western recruits are between the ages of 15-25.… Read more

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Star Chamber Wars

2 May 2015

The unsuccessful inquiry by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption into Margaret Cunneen was not only a spectacular own-goal, it was another manifestation of the long campaign against the eminent… Read more

BDS – the cool new term for anti-Semitism

25 April 2015

I’m a bit late to the party, but there was almost something amusing about an academic – a 15 year veteran of ‘peace journalism’ – leading a small anti-Israel crowd… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

25 April 2015

Even potty-mouthed Paul Keating considered Peter Walsh, who died this month, to be in a class above him for rough-house political invective. Blame ‘Old Sid Vicious over there’, Keating told… Read more

Choosing to remember them

25 April 2015

Anzac Day embodies the violence, exploitation, repression, racism, and sexism of Australia’s past and present. Its prominence in our national life and story reflects ignorance, and its militarism is profoundly… Read more

Total recall

18 April 2015

‘I feel sick in the stomach,’ Queensland’s Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk lamented when she learned of the criminal record of her new member for Cook, Billy Gordon. Along with the… Read more

The spirit of cricket

18 April 2015

Twenty four hours after one of the happiest cricketing days of every year, the launch of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac, came the announcement of one of the saddest cricketing days… Read more

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GSTea Party

18 April 2015

Je suis Western Australian. I stand with them and against my own Queensland and all the other States. I refer to WA’s ‘Boston tea party’ complaints about the carve-up of… Read more

Brown study, n, a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie

Brown study

11 April 2015

You will be distressed to hear that I have recently been in the hands of the doctors. However, there is really no need to worry: reports of my death have… Read more

Hounds or poodles?

11 April 2015

Terry Barnes recently claimed (Hounding Abbott, 28 February) that a pack of ‘Jokers to the Right’ commentators think ‘it’s more important to correct [Team Abbott’s] errors than actually to win… Read more

The silence of evil

11 April 2015

‘…….   ……     …..’ That is a direct quote. Verbatim. The last words of Germanwings flight 9525 copilot Andreas Lubitz. Silence. Although, it’s not all silence on the plane’s black box… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

11 April 2015

The Poms can still teach us a thing or two (even if not about their own inventions like cricket and rugby), as shown by Britain’s responses to many of the… Read more