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Now it’s the tranny-state

18 October 2014

Why are trannies so touchy? So touchy that even that use of the word ‘tranny’ – which, yes, is designed to make a point – will have them reaching for… Read more

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Do adults really need to be taught about the moment of ‘consent’ in sex?

27 September 2014

The freshers heading off to university this month won’t only be bombarded with invites to join clubs and enough free Pot Noodles to sustain them till Christmas. They’ll also be… Read more

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The biggest civil liberties outrage you've never heard of

23 August 2014

Imagine you bought a ticket for the opera and then a copper told you how you may travel to the opera house. You absolutely may not drive there, he says,… Read more

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A dark day for Australia

9 August 2014

In caving into censorious chattering-class pressure and ditching its plans to reform Section 18C, the Federal government has failed its own free-speech test. George Brandis set the test when I… Read more

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The creepy campaign for masturbation

28 June 2014

Remember when masturbation was something everybody did but no one talked about? It was not most people’s idea of a conversation starter. Certainly nobody boasted about being a self-abuser. It… Read more

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Just another witch hunt

28 June 2014

One of the most admirable things about Australia is that no witches were ever burnt here. As Nick Cater has pointed out, where Oz’s close cousins America and Britain must… Read more

Diary

10 May 2014

I knew from reading his book that Bob Carr was colossally vain. But still I’m stunned when, 90 seconds before Q&A goes to air, he barks: ‘Brendan’s chair is higher… Read more

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In praise of Big Coal

26 April 2014

Why are so many Australians so sniffy about the coal industry? Everywhere I go I meet someone who has a beef with the black stuff. And it isn’t just the… Read more

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A culture war on whaling

5 April 2014

It’s official: no one is safe from the killjoyism of Australia’s green-leaning chattering classes. If you thought the only people who had to put up with having their lifestyles mocked… Read more

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Please stop trying to raise my awareness

29 March 2014

I wish people would stop trying to raise my awareness. I can’t so much as surf the web or stroll a high street these days without being accosted by one… Read more

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Israelis don’t care that we hate them. But they’d like to know why

15 March 2014

 Jerusalem   Talking to Israelis feels a bit like talking to fans of Millwall FC. ‘No one likes us, we don’t care,’ sing Millwall fans. Israel is the undoubted Millwall… Read more

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Trollhunters are a menace to the internet

1 March 2014

Within seconds of the announcement of Charlotte Dawson’s death, her body barely cold, lowlifes on the internet were swarming together to make dumb comments about her. No, I’m not referring… Read more

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The latest anti-Semitic cry: ban circumcision

19 October 2013

There are lots of weird campaign groups around today, but none so weird as a band of unmerry men called ‘the intactivists’. If you’ve never heard of the intactivists and… Read more

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Why interns don’t deserve pay

17 August 2013

In the modern political firmament, is there any creature more ridiculous than the agitating intern? Interns are rising up. These one-time coffee-makers have reimagined themselves as history-makers, fancying that they… Read more

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In defence of individualism

22 June 2013

It’s the funniest scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. A parable-seeking mob gathers outside Brian’s home. They think he’s the messiah and will dispense some wisdom they might live… Read more

Shot down

25 May 2013

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together will agree that the Australian Vaccination Network is a mad movement. From its evidence-free claim that vaccines are toxic concoctions that can… Read more

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Can animals really be gay?

16 March 2013

Last week, at the select committee on the same-sex marriage bill, a lawyer for the Christian Institute revealed that a teacher had been disciplined for refusing to read to her… Read more

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Colonial rules

9 February 2013

Having spent much of the 19th century shipping their snaggle-toothed criminals and deviants Down Under, the great and good of Great Britain have always looked upon Oz as a land… Read more

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The making of a myth

19 January 2013

When John Kelly was transported from Tipperary to Tasmania in 1841, for stealing pigs, he couldn’t have imagined that 170 years later there’d be an exhibition of paintings of one… Read more

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Vegas Notebook

8 December 2012

There are many weird things about Las Vegas, from the truck that drives around offering ‘Hot Babes Direct To You’ to the entrepreneurial hard-up young man on the Boulevard who… Read more

Stop this secular Inquisition in reverse

24 November 2012

Not content with having poked its hooter into our pubs, fridges and bedrooms, now the insatiably interventionist state wants to colonise the Catholic confessional too. Yes, that’s right, some of… Read more

Creature comfort

27 October 2012

At a time when much of the West is rocked by recession, and some of the East is ravaged by war, why are Australians taking to the streets over the… Read more

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Malthus’s children

25 August 2012

Two hundred years ago, the creepy Revd Thomas Malthus would take to his pulpit to rail against the copulating lower orders. Author of An Essay on the Principle of Population… Read more

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Rating movies

7 July 2012

If, like me, you thought the British Board of Film Classification was staffed by red pen-wielding fuddy-duddies, think again. At the entrance to its office in Soho Square, I’m greeted… Read more

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Chavs and toffs together

30 June 2012

We live in thoroughly PC times, when tweeting rotten things about a black footballer can land you in jail and opposing gay marriage can see you branded a bigot. But… Read more