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The totalitarianism of marriage equality

28 March 2015

Elton John has managed to leap back into the limelight by calling for a boycott of luxury fashion label Dolce & Gabbana. His plea for the trophy wives of the… Read more

Memories of an Eminent Person

28 March 2015

For three decades I have been dreading the day Malcolm Fraser would die. Not because I was a huge fan; quite the opposite. Having written an infamous article in the… Read more

Tony, Bibi, and the commentariat

28 March 2015

The Prime Minister is doomed. On that, the commentariat, the elites and the whole political class are unanimous. He has gone too far. He is an international embarrassment. The polls… Read more

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Out of step with the times

28 March 2015

Malcolm Fraser had little time for Milton Friedman. When the Nobel Prize winning economist visited Australia in April 1981, the businessmen who paid for his trip hoped his macroeconomic wisdom… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

28 March 2015

It was not only an evident reluctance to embrace economic reform that blighted Malcolm Fraser’s eight years of government and allowed the Hawke-Keating duo falsely to claim the reform initiative… Read more

Tony, Nigel, and the older voter

28 March 2015

‘Let them eat cake,’ is the comment which is supposed to have guaranteed Marie Antoinette a seat on the guillotine express. It may be a tad soon to cite Tony… Read more

Iran is winning Iraq

21 March 2015

The Islamic State is on the retreat. The combination of Peshmerga forces and US-led airstrikes halted their offensive on the Syrian border town of Kobane. The Iraqi Security Forces and… Read more

When is a Whiteley not a Whiteley..?

21 March 2015

In the 1966 film How to Steal a Million, Audrey Hepburn stars as Nicole, the wide-eyed daughter of unabashed crook Charles Bonnet. Bonnet occupies himself with forging famous works of… Read more

Even the states dislike federalism

21 March 2015

Did any of you notice that the State of Victoria is now lobbying for national anti-bikie laws? Why, you might wonder. Victoria can pass any criminal laws it pleases. It… Read more

‘He is a knob, but I quite like him.’

I come to bury Clarkson, not to praise him

21 March 2015

‘He is a ‘knob’, but I quite like him,’ said Top Gear television presenter James May of his apparently increasingly beleaguered colleague, Jeremy Clarkson. It is a description that many… Read more

Bottom Drawer

21 March 2015

‘What’s an erection?’ my four-year old daughter asked on our way to her school. I almost veered off the road. I opened my mouth to speak, she saw I was… Read more

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

14 March 2015

The last week saw a real game-changer in politics: Joe Hockey smiled for the first time since August. Yes, the man who went from heir-apparent to most preferred Liberal leader… Read more

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Lynched by the feminist mob

14 March 2015

I have been considerably disempowered after writing about male disempowerment. Wading into the treacherous, virulent, oestrogen laden waters of modern feminism I have learnt that the gender wars are seen… Read more

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Yearning to be connected

Painted onto the pristine white wall of Shane Cotton’s latest exhibition Oblique Narratives is a disembodied Maori head. The head stares out from one eye; its second eye and mouth… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

14 March 2015

Bribery-prone foreign bank employees and do-gooder whistleblowers, we salute you! They, along with some long overdue international tax agreements, are at last bringing a sudden and, for many Australians an… Read more

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Farrago of leaks, libels and downright lies

7 March 2015

The principal skill of some Liberal MPs, acquired over years of taxpayer funded mobile telephoning, is Machiavellian intrigue. Normally, this is in the service of some factional boss who has… Read more

Let him who is without sin…

7 March 2015

Let me lay down two propositions. The first is that labour relations in this country are in a bad way, too centralised, too inflexible, too much a throwback to the… Read more

The Forgotten Lawyer

7 March 2015

‘I have been a lawyer for 46 years. I have never had any suggestion of impropriety or work that was not of the appropriate standard. I have been able to… Read more

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Right wing hunting pack

28 February 2015

It’s possible that Australia soon will have a new Prime Minister. Tony Abbott, seriously wounded by the recent spill, struggles to survive. Every move he makes, every breath he takes,… Read more

Sex, lies and, er, rape

28 February 2015

Wait — it’s now a crime to fib your way into bed with someone? That is the take-home message of the Kafkaesque case of Akis Emmanouel Livas, who recently was… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

28 February 2015

It was hidden away last week in the finance pages. But it will have a far greater impact on Australians than is normal for an overseas iron ore mining company’s… Read more

The liberation of butter

28 February 2015

The liberation of butter from the dietary exile to which stern medical opinion had condemned it makes you wonder what else that we’ve been magisterially told is bad for us… Read more

Out of Commission

28 February 2015

The starting gun on industrial relations reform has been fired. The Productivity Commission is about to begin a comprehensive inquiry into workplace matters; the Coalition Government is promising to look… Read more

The harlot throughout the ages

21 February 2015

Like some banana republic, Australia is in the middle of an attempted coup. Not by the army, but by the commentariat. Their theme is ‘Tony Abbott must change, and anyway,… Read more

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Black humour

21 February 2015

Every day for one year — as termites invaded the Aboriginal housing commission where Nakkiah Lui’s grandparents lived — Lui and her mother called the commission’s office to complain and… Read more