Features Australiarss

Raving right-wingery?

29 August 2015

If we are to believe the ABC then this Abbott government is somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun. It is a union-bashing, mysogynistic, Islamophobic, tax-slashing, international-law ignoring, cohort… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

29 August 2015

It is plainly absurd. As things stand, a judge in an Australian Court apparently has the power to reject an economically vital multi-billion dollar Australian coal export project on the… Read more

Conflict resolution

29 August 2015

After much inter-factional muscle-flexing, last month the ALP approved a resolution on Middle East policy at its National Conference in Melbourne. Some commentators argue that pro-Israel types should be pleased… Read more

The Conquest of Russia

29 August 2015

The death of Robert Conquest reminds us of the centrality of the term ‘totalitarianism’, probably the dominating characteristic of twentieth century history that he did more than any individual, with… Read more

Boycott the boycott

29 August 2015

I don’t know who essentially is pushing the Palestinians towards this story of an economic boycott of Israel; to the best of my knowledge, the Palestinians aren’t the ones setting… Read more

Radio gaga

22 August 2015

A series of programs on ABC Radio National, produced by a long-standing anti-Israel activist, has undermined the objectivity of the national broadcaster and exposed serious failings in its editorial process.… Read more

Aping racism

22 August 2015

There has been a dark, delicious irony to the commentariat’s crying over the booing of Adam Goodes. These mostly white, footie-dodging, city-based scribes present themselves as implacable opponents of racism,… Read more

Shock! Horror! Abbott does what he said he would

22 August 2015

The Constitution belongs to the Australian people, and to no one else. In demonstrating their support for this fundamental principle, Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have ensured that not only… Read more

Surely our enemy’s enemy is our friend?

22 August 2015

In a speech to the Sydney Institute, Julie Bishop declared the threat Isis pose to international order is greater than the one Soviet-led communism presented. The historical ineptitude of this… Read more

Bottom drawer

22 August 2015

Left-handed politics would not be where it is today without a little help from cultural relativism, one of the most central approaches to left minded thinking. All groups within a… Read more

Dying in Turkmenistan (for a fag)

22 August 2015

The last moments of the sun cast a pastel fire across the city of Mary in northern Turkmenistan, and five young men are sitting around a table at an outdoor… Read more

Dragged to the Chair

15 August 2015

Rejoice! At last we have a new Speaker. After weeks of scandal – and more helicopter jokes than anyone could bear – Bronwyn Bishop is officially out and Tony Smith… Read more

Self-loathing at first sight

15 August 2015

Fresh out of a Bachelor of Arts program and brimming with useless postmodern gobbledygook, I feel I’m uniquely qualified to give you plebs the key to understanding Donald Trump’s incomprehensible… Read more

Don’t move Q&A, scrap it

15 August 2015

Experts talk a lot of junk. The more famous they are, the more hooey they talk. The media tarts in a study by Phillip E Tetlock made worse predictions of… Read more

It’s the swill, stupid

15 August 2015

It is easy to blame the lack of reformist zeal in Australia on the politicians, the politicians on both sides of the aisle. Low comparative productivity. Very high personal income… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

15 August 2015

It had nothing to do with ensuring the survival of the yakka skink and the ornamental snake; they inhabit much of Queensland. And it had even less to do with… Read more

Alastair Cook of England is congratulated by Michael Clarke of Australia on winning the match and regaining the Ashes.

Pommy battlers

15 August 2015

“They don’t like it up ‘em, Captain Mainwaring.” You read it in The Spectator Australia first, just a few short weeks ago in my Ashes preview: England would win the… Read more

Bronny bad, Adam goodes

8 August 2015

Even in the ultra-secular world inhabited by the commentariat, there seems to be a need for a parade of devils to revile and angels to worship. Accordingly, Bronwyn Bishop has… Read more

Closing young minds

8 August 2015

It was a typically chilly Melbourne afternoon when we arrived at the NAB building in Docklands to attend Christopher Pyne’s book launch. Instead of dully walking through the corporate doors… Read more

The racism of the Left

8 August 2015

When two people are in a room, psychological theory tells us that there are really six people present. There are the perceptions that both people have of themselves and their… Read more

Blind Wendy

8 August 2015

It could have been worse, much worse.That is probably the best that anyone concerned about the systematic demonisation of Israel in the media, the universities and much of the political… Read more

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Driving Dixie

8 August 2015

I am driving my son from Washington DC to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a two-day ‘orientation’ at the university he will soon be attending. You can’t go far in this part… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

1 August 2015

At last Australia’s beleaguered coal industry has something going for it. After being labelled unethical by Sydney’s Anglican church and a couple of equally precious universities that have decided to… Read more

Bandana republic

1 August 2015

When the Australian nation comes together, it’s a rare emotional moment. This happened on 6 November 1999, when, dramatically, John Howard ‘broke the heart of the nation’. At least that’s… Read more

Sledging takes its toll

In 1947 a black man named Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, ending segregation in Major League Baseball. Dodgers president Branch Rickey chose their first black player… Read more