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Abbott, part II

25 July 2015

Last summer, few commentators were predicting that Tony Abbott − dismissed as a ‘dead man walking’ − would lead the government to the next election. This column not only predicted… 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

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

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

Bill Shorten, PM

23 May 2015

The commentariat is using every effort to ensure the next election results in a Labor victory. But under Bill Shorten, Labor has, like the Bourbons, ‘learned nothing and forgotten nothing’.… Read more

The great divide

16 May 2015

It is always easier to divide a nation than to unite it. It was divisive to force devolution onto the Scots, just as it is to commandeer over $4 billion… Read more

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Star Chamber Wars

2 May 2015

The unsuccessful inquiry by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption into Margaret Cunneen was not only a spectacular own-goal, it was another manifestation of the long campaign against the eminent… 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

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

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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Farrago of leaks, libels and downright lies

7 March 2015

The principal skill of some Liberal MPs, acquired over years of taxpayer funded mobile telephoning, is Machiavellian intrigue. Normally, this is in the service of some factional boss who has… 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

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

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Could an ‘Aussie Hebdo’ survive?

24 January 2015

Imagine a government introducing legislation to declare unlawful anything done in public, including the media, which is offensive to Muslims, such as a cartoon in the Charlie Hebdo style. And… Read more

The sordid state of voting for the Senate

3 January 2015

Australia is one of the oldest continuing democracies in the world. As our constitution says, the politicians are ‘directly chosen by the people’. Not always. We now have senators who… Read more

Breaking Republicans hearts

15 November 2014

Fifteen years ago, Australians rejected a proposal by the ruling class to ditch the Queen. This ignored all the great constitutional issues facing the nation, such as making the politicians… Read more

The persecution of Cory

11 January 2014
The Conservative Revolution Cory Bernardi

Connor Court, pp.180, $29.95, ISBN: 9781922168962

Cory Bernardi’s book is a reminder of the traditional values that made Australia and inspired earlier generations to fight for its very existence. Which perhaps explains why The Conservative Revolution… Read more

I was a victim of Tony’s feminist ideology

29 September 2012

It was Tony Abbot’s fault that I just missed out on being elected as a delegate to the 1998 constitutional convention. The reason was Tony’s obsession with women’s rights. He… Read more

Diary

28 January 2012

Why did the expert panel on Aboriginal recognition in the Constitution overplay its hand and try to slip in that mini-Bill of Rights? Australians are too smart not to sniff… Read more

A life in law

1 October 2011

Born in 1938, Michael Kirby soon concluded that his place of birth, Concord, was particularly blessed. In the Anglican church he was taken to by his father, the priest would… Read more

Diary

4 December 2010

My week began when a dear friend took me to the Berlin Philharmonic concert. The program — Rachmaninov and Mahler — was modern by my standards. The acoustics in the… Read more

A double dissolution? Perhaps, but there’s only a six-month window

3 June 2009

An early election would be fought over who will be best at running the economy, says David Flint — and a double dissolution must take place between February and August… Read more