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Constitutional smoking ceremony

The push for changing our Constitution to recognise explicitly the special status in Australia of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders is well and truly on, but misguided. Tony Abbott is… Read more

27 June 2015

Hidden Reids Sir: In his piece on Alan Reid Peter Coleman has asked if there are other hidden works on Australian politics waiting to be discovered. There certainly are. Initial… Read more

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Changing seasons

February seems a long time ago. It’s not only the seasons that have changed, so too has the entire political climate. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recovery grows in strength and… Read more

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Get a job

‘I grew up… with an unemployed father. He didn’t riot. He got on his bike and he looked for work. And he kept looking till he found it.’ Ah, those were… Read more

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Road to Darlinghurst

Lo and behold the number of politicians enjoying a last minute Road to Damascus conversion – or should that be Road to Darlinghurst? – on the subject of gay marriage.… Read more

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To the core

Whilst John Howard struggled with his ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ promises, it may well be core and non-core values that end up defining his successor, Tony Abbott. Explaining the decision by… Read more

30 May 2015

Baume strikes gold Sir: It is interesting that the above competition between the two largest exporting countries is at last getting some public exposure albeit in the context of the… Read more

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Getting it wrong

Could our progressive elites have got it more wrong? Far from being derided by the ‘enlightened’ countries of Europe and our ‘incensed’ northern neighbours, Tony Abbott is being emulated by… Read more

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Labor’s pyrrhic victory

By winning the battle, Labor have managed to lose the war. With such a monumental strategic blunder, Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen have in all likelihood handed the next election… Read more

16 May 2015

Modern migrant families Sir, In recounting the positions in print of the likes of Miranda Devine from the Right, and Jeff Sparrow of the Left ( Rebels with a jihadist… Read more

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Fermare le barche!

Yet again, the world looks to Australia’s Coalition government, and in particular to Tony Abbott, for guidance on a problem of international security. No other government, and indeed no other… Read more

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Useful idiots

Tony Burke and Tanya Plibersek are laying down the ‘welcome’ mat for Islamist terrorists to take over the West Bank, enslave the Palestinian people, and threaten a bloodbath with Israel.… Read more

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Devil in her ayatollahs

Looking like a cross between Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, our glamourous foreign minister last week rocked into – of all places – Tehran. Her mission? To convince the Iranian… Read more

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Spill Bill?

The major problem facing the Labor party today is one of logistics: how do you get rid of a floundering leader when the person most adept and experienced at stabbing… Read more