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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

Commander Bill

4 April 2015

The Coalition win in NSW produced a typical media reaction, with Fairfax warning a ‘Baird win could prove awkward for Abbott’. Yet in reality it is Bill Shorten who now… Read more

Getting the misery right

4 April 2015

Oh what a circus, oh what a show! Argentina has gone to town, Over the death of an actress named Eva Perón. We’ve all gone crazy, Mourning all day and… Read more

Our Constitution and the Senate

4 April 2015

Most of the journalists in this country, and pretty much all of the ones who work for the ABC, basically haven’t got a clue when it comes to our Constitution.… Read more

Roll over Beethoven

4 April 2015

Stirring paeans to classical music are about as common in Australian public life as admissions of inferiority in political interviews. Yet with characteristic panache during an exchange with Kerry O’Brien,… Read more

Royal activism in the spider web of secrecy

4 April 2015

The ‘black spider memos’, coming to prominence on the day Richard III was buried, conjure up images of hunchback spiders scuttling ink across secret letters, hatching plots of tyranny and… Read more

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Poor winners

4 April 2015

Congratulations to the Australian cricket team. It has won the Cricket World Cup again and firmly established itself as the leading one day side. It was a fantastic victory over… Read more

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