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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

Nakkiah Lui  by Brett Boardman

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

Paying lip service to the Holocaust

21 February 2015

On 27 January 2015 commemorations were held around the world to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation by Soviet Troops of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi extermination camps.… Read more

Freedom of speech, but…

21 February 2015

Was the Copenhagen gunman actually trying to highlight the absurdity of arguments against absolute freedom of speech? Probably not, but you have to hand it to him. His timing was… Read more

Abbott and the Gumbys

21 February 2015

Backbenchers call them the Gumby ministers. The reference is to Monty Python’s sketch about a dim-witted brain surgeon and his bone-headed patient, a devastating critique of the duds on Tony… Read more

The Y.U.U.Y. disease

14 February 2015

Let me put my money where my mouth is and make this bold prediction. Tony Abbott can save his leadership of the Liberal Party, and his Prime Ministership. It is… Read more

Going troppo

14 February 2015

Just what is happening up there in the Territory? Insomniacs and news junkies stood together as Sky News’ Dan Bourchier popped up on our screens at midnight. The Chief Minister… Read more

When it comes to free speech, we’re all hypocrites

14 February 2015

Like a few of his other ‘principled’ policies, Tony Abbott’s commitment to revising the legislative prohibition against insulting or offending someone on the basis of his or her race or… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

14 February 2015

While Gina Rinehart managed to emerge financially undamaged from her $300 million foolish five-year foray into Fairfax shares, she remained humiliatingly defeated in her attempt to have some influence over… Read more

The age of self-obsession

14 February 2015

It’s not every day that someone performs a gynaecological exposé at one of the world’s most hallowed art institutions. So it was surprising that the arrest of Deborah de Robertis… Read more

Sir Phil the Greek; the truth

7 February 2015

Who would have predicted that Prince Philip’s knighthood would have been marked by a serious tactical blunder? That wasn’t the knighthood. It was the commentariat overplaying its hand and revealing… Read more

‘Sir’ Bob Carr and the Round Table of Hypocrisy

7 February 2015

The February edition of the Hong Kong Tatler has not been slow in highlighting the bestowal of the title of Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List of… Read more

Captain Eric Nave, 1944

Our very own Alan Turing

7 February 2015

The brilliant Oscar-nominated film about Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, has introduced a wide public to the crucial role of signals intelligence, and particularly code-breaking, in the Allied victory over… Read more

David Walsh, whose ever-changing hairstyles are a work of art unto themselves, at MONA

The art of dying

7 February 2015

‘People can go and die [in my science museum] – and then I want to bury them,’ says David Walsh looking me straight in the eye. Australia’s infamous multi-millionaire, art… Read more

No Aussie knighthood for Winston

31 January 2015

January marked fifty years since the passing of Winston Churchill. In commenting on the anniversary, Prime Minister Tony Abbott recalled what Sir Robert Menzies said at the funeral in 1965:… Read more

Don’t poke fun at the terrorists

31 January 2015

On Thursday July 3, 2014, the Jakarta Post, an English-language paper with a circulation of around 40,000, published a cartoon in its daily print edition. It was a few days… Read more

The viper lurking in our bosom

31 January 2015

During my recent visit to Australia, as I advocated for Project Rozana, the Israeli-Palestinian health mission, I also delivered lectures on Islamism. For many years I have held a publicly… Read more

Coolies sold down the river by the bamboo ceiling

31 January 2015

Believe it or not, the purpose of publishing the ‘Daily Life’ section of the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald is not to justify shutting down all university departments that… Read more

Censorship guide

31 January 2015

Here is a wee little guide for all of you people who work for the ABC, or Get-Up!, or the Australian Human Rights Commission, or who happen to be some… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

31 January 2015

The ghost of a long-dead Sydney stockbroking firm is hexing Queensland Liberal-National Premier Campbell Newman in the closing stages of his State election campaign. He and his deputy Jeff Seeney… Read more