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Elevating victimhood

4 July 2015

The latest bubble of gas to arise from the identity politics cauldron is the case of US civil rights activist and blackface method actress Rachel Dolezal. The story of a… Read more

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Normandy landing

4 July 2015

When you’re told by a Harley Street specialist that you’re not, as you had feared, about to cark it, you tend to cast around for something vaguely life-affirming. So I… Read more

Squawk du jour

4 July 2015

It seems as if every parrot in every pet shop is squawking over and over ‘Don’t make jihadists stateless’ and ‘Conviction first’. At least, we hear little of the former… Read more

Islamic State, Year One

4 July 2015

Last August, full of piss, vinegar, and youthful enthusiasm, I wrote a piece in this publication entitled ‘Smash the Islamic State’, which argued for a cohesive and forceful response to… Read more

Our ABC – independent or not?

4 July 2015

In 2012, during the dying days of the Gillard Labor Government, two pieces of media legislation sailed seamlessly through the Federal Parliament. Both had timeless application and both directly, or… Read more

On the politeness front, the Aussies are bound to lose

4 July 2015

Landing in England on the same weekend as the latest Australian cricket touring party I was immediately struck by two things. One, how cold it was. Even in late June… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

4 July 2015

Would you knowingly trust your financial future to the tender mercies of the Australian Workers Union? Bill Shorten’s former union, the AWU, that has been one of the stars of… Read more

Mission impossible

27 June 2015

Tom Cruise has made an awful lot of commercially successful movies.There’s the one in which he cross-examines Jack Nicholson who yells back ‘You can’t handle the truth’. There are all… Read more

Hearts and minds

During World War II the Allies established a Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives unit. Its mission was to save European culture. The MFAA found, protected and returned over 5 million… Read more

Let Charles do the Recognising

27 June 2015

While campaigning for the ‘No’ vote in the 1999 republican referendum, monarchists found themselves received most warmly in regional Australia, and Indigenous communities were no exception. According to leading ‘99… Read more

Pope Greenpeace

27 June 2015

A fter the Second Vatican Council, a large part of the Roman Catholic Church stopped looking heavenward and began to look earthward. Not finding enough to say about the world… Read more

Thick as bricks

20 June 2015

Besides the climate, nothing so reminded me of besieged Rhodesia in the mid-1960s, with its sanctions busting business culture and its paranoiac settler society, than my first few days in… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

20 June 2015

Blame Bob Menzies. With Treasury Secretary John Fraser warning of a housing ‘bubble’ and with prices at ‘crazy’ levels according to Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens, and claims that housing… Read more

Mind games

20 June 2015

Australia leads the world in debates surrounding mental health funding, a precedent that was partially followed in the UK election by Ed Miliband advocating for greater funding towards early psychological… Read more

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Unsettled science

20 June 2015

After comparing the IPCC to FIFA in the Australian recently I half expected to see a letter in the next day’s paper from Sepp Blatter protesting at the outrageous slur.… Read more

Big Easy notes

13 June 2015

I’m hoping that at least a few readers will be happy to hear that I survived my first ever trip to New Orleans, the Big Easy. My wife and I… Read more

A birthday worth celebrating

13 June 2015

On 15 June the world celebrates the 800th anniversary of an event which, as Daniel Hannan rightly says, is one of ‘planetary significance’: the adoption of the Magna Carta. Today,… Read more

Killing it

13 June 2015

Thank God for Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. What tremendous gifts that pair are to the nation. There was a moment there when yet another generation of political writers looked… Read more

Clash of the gay-marriage glory-hunters

13 June 2015

Do you need a moral makeover? Maybe you’re the leader of a clapped-out political party whose public image desperately needs some spit and polish. Or perhaps you run a global… Read more

Gotcha by the Shorten curlies

6 June 2015

Bill Shorten can now celebrate what must be the landmark success of his leadership. His coup has been to make same-sex marriage, unwisely branded as ‘marriage equality’, a front rank… Read more

Time Gentleman, please…

6 June 2015

Remember Australia Day 2012, when PM Julia Gillard was bundled into an escape vehicle and whisked away from a crowd of cranky Aboriginal protesters? The protesters had been conveniently recruited… Read more

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Saving Christianity

6 June 2015

The Middle East is on fire, and the Sykes-Picot map demarcating boundary-lines of that region’s nation-states since 1920 is going up in smoke. An Islamic State caliphate now stands astride… Read more

Making the most of the Age of Entitlement

6 June 2015

Pistol and Boo Boo are living proof that it is not just those who come illegally by boat to Australia that will be turned away. Our borders are just as… Read more

On ‘mateship’

6 June 2015

This year being the centenary of some of the bigger battles of WW1, Anzac Day got an unusual amount of attention in the British press. Poms are puzzled by the… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

6 June 2015

Like Basil Fawlty and ‘The War’, the Abbott government, in its 2015 budget selling mission, is trying to avoid mentioning ‘The Surplus’, that ephemeral pot of gold at the end… Read more