Terry Barnes

Election notes

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Malcolm, take note… As the dust settles on the Western Australian election result, and Labor’s Mark McGowan sweeping to office…

Women’s tennis is a joke

11 February 2017 9:00 am

... but the paying punters aren’t laughing

Turnbull, turn to Key

14 January 2017 9:00 am

There is much our millionaire businessman PM could learn from his recently departed Kiwi counterpart

The morality of mandatory detention

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Supporters of Australia’s border protection policies do confront their consciences

Australian Notes

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Shorten’s leyland p76 reshuffle Last week, Malcolm Turnbull missed his best opportunity to put a Coalition A-team on the ministerial…

Malcolm can’t blame Tony for this one

9 July 2016 9:00 am

The Coalition campaign ignored every glaring opportunity to destroy Labor

Labor can still steal this election

20 June 2016 12:00 pm

Less than a fortnight from polling day, the latest national Newspoll has the Coalition and Labor at 50:50, while Newspolls…

Abbott’s five stages

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Abbott has accepted Turnbull. Can Turnbull accept Abbott?

What the PM should have said

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull’s speech notes mysteriously fell into the hands of...

Abbott’s sliding doors

5 March 2016 9:00 am

As his latest writing demonstrates, things should have turned out very differently for the former PM

Attack the 18C disease, not the symptoms

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Conservative commentators railing against the latest aggrieved and offended victim are missing the real target

Child’s play

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In Australia there are tens of thousands of emotionally stable, financially secure but medically infertile people. As much as they…

Tony’s Shy Tories

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull is fooling himself if he doesn’t recognise the silent support for Tony Abbott

Can Turnbull win over Tony’s tradies?

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Where Tony Abbott understood the tradie heartland, Malcolm Turnbull may appear aloof and out-of-touch

The Mornington after Budget night

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Tony Abbott’s change of budgetary and political tack has re-invigorated his loyal supporters

Right wing hunting pack

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Was it really all that wise for the conservative commentariat to hound Tony Abbott?

No Aussie knighthood for Winston

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It was Churchill’s stuff-ups, rather than his successes, that made Australians who we are today

Darkness descends on Patterson Lakes

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Tony Abbott must heed the lessons of the Liberal loss in Victoria

Clowns to the left, Jokers to the right

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Those who critisise the Coalition from the Right for lacking ideological purity do Tony Abbott a disservice

But would you have a beer with them?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Forget KPI’s and opinion polls - the only measure of a pollie is their Beer-factor

It’s time to stop funding ‘elite’ sports

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Australia’s performance at the Commonwealth Games has exposed what a waste of taxpayers’ money it all is

Tony the tradie can fix it

21 June 2014 8:00 am

How to sell the budget to the ordinary bloke


8 February 2014 9:00 am

Here in Patterson Lakes — Melbourne’s Mecca for cashed-up tradies and tattooed ladies — Tony Abbott has an image problem.…

End the Age of Entitlement

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Stop the reckless and feckless profiting at the expense of the more prudent who subsidise their follies

The Spectator correctly predicted that Australia would regain the Ashes

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Australia have regained the Ashes, much to the dismay of the British side. But did the Spectator predict this might happen…