Peter Coleman

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18 June 2016 9:00 am

The pundits keep telling us that this is a dull election. But imagine what it would be like without the…

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28 May 2016 9:00 am

I dropped in the other day to the Sydney Writers’ Festival to hear Stan Grant deliver his autobiographical and sometimes…

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2 April 2016 9:00 am

The New Atheists – clever, uncompromising, polite – seized the initiative only a few years ago, at least in publishing.…

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16 January 2016 9:00 am

In an occasional self-deprecatory moment the late Sir John Kerr liked to tell the story of his visit to London…

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2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in Sydney the other day was an entirely different bouilloire de poissons from the presentation…

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21 November 2015 9:00 am

I have a modest proposal to help combat the appeal to ordinary or ‘moderate’ Muslims, especially the young, of what…

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31 October 2015 9:00 am

If you look up the website of the late Australian philosopher David Stove, you will find the following mysterious announcement:…

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10 October 2015 9:00 am

There are elements of a fairy story, as the Mayor of Paris noted, in the marriage the other day of…

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5 September 2015 9:00 am

I had never met the Minister for Finance in NSW, Dominic Perrottet, and knew little about him when I went…

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1 August 2015 9:00 am

The Prime Minister and the journalist Greg Sheridan go back a long way. The other evening in Sydney’s Parliament House,…

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4 July 2015 9:00 am

Who won the wooden spoon for obtuseness among the swarm of the ABC’s apologists for putting Zaky Mallah on Q&A?…

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27 June 2015 9:00 am

I had occasion the other day to dig up a piece I had written 50 years ago for Geoffrey Dutton’s…

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20 June 2015 9:00 am

It was back in the mists of time but I easily recall the day in September 1961 when I dropped…

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13 June 2015 9:00 am

The redoubtable Andrew Bolt wants a referendum on same sex marriage. Edmund Burke gave the best and traditional answer to…

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6 June 2015 9:00 am

The Royal Commission into child abuse has already done enormous service in establishing, and making public, the vast range of…

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30 May 2015 9:00 am

Good advice from the (Anglican) Church of Ireland: ‘We now sincerely urge a spirit of generosity both from those for…

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23 May 2015 9:00 am

The latest conflict of Church and State in New South Wales began when the state’s education department banned the use…

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16 May 2015 9:00 am

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the…

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9 May 2015 9:00 am

I have to concede that I was one of those who long years ago fell for a time under the…

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2 May 2015 9:00 am

It will get worse before it gets worse… This is how the head of French intelligence described the current state…

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25 April 2015 9:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull is never far from the front pages (or even the covers of men’s fashion magazines!) usually with stories…

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18 April 2015 9:00 am

I have over the years passed up many an opportunity to hear Keysar Trad in the flesh. Publicist, poet, media…

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11 April 2015 9:00 am

The mystique of Anzac Day has always been a challenge to historians. The troops of several countries at Gallipoli fought…

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4 April 2015 9:00 am

Where can the ALP turn? As the NSW election made plain, the Coalition occupies the reforming Centre and the Greens…

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28 March 2015 9:00 am

It was the only local meeting that I managed to get to in the NSW election campaigns. I expected the…