Local readers who have travelled to the US or the UK, or even watched the seemingly endless stream of reality cooking shows those countries export, are aware that Australians pay far too much for their food and drink.
This page is not known for being shy about its opinion of Malcolm Turnbull — or anyone else for that matter.
Karl Marx said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, later as farce.
Whatever purpose unions may have served in an earlier age, in 21st century Australia they have well and truly passed their use-by date.
The Queensland maverick upsets sophisticates because he is a popular outsider who helped kill the ETS, says Christian Kerr
The kind words came thick and fast in the hours and days after Malcolm Turnbull announced his departure from federal Parliament this week.
As physical feats go, it is hard for most of us to contemplate, much less sign up for, an endurance test such as the iron man triathlon Tony Abbott recently completed in just under 14 hours.
Kevin Rudd likes to tell anyone who will listen that when it comes to evidence-based policy, he’s its number one fan.
These columns frequently attack political figures for their regular blunders and policy flip-flops.
It is hard to decide which is a more depressing prospect: that healthcare spending threatens to become the issue that, if not controlled, will over time come to eat the economies not just of Australia but those of the rest of the Western world; or that debates over national health policies can be won or lost over electronic ‘worms’ directed by hand-picked focus groups.
The obvious thing to say about ‘The Authentic Mr Abbott’ on Four Corners this week is that it revealed more about the ABC’s internal, incestuous and self-reinforcing culture than it did about the alternative prime minister.
As Australia enters its 19th year of uninterrupted economic growth, the rest of the world is surely looking on with envy: compared with countries from the US to Iceland to the UK to Greece, we have escaped all but the most relatively marginal effects of the global economic downturn.
If you squint really hard and tilt your head to one side, you can kind of, sort of, just barely see how Tony Abbott’s one-man launch of a new Coalition maternity leave policy might have seemed like a good idea at the time.
Mobiles, jumbo jets and the internet have still not killed off the tyranny of distance — at least not at ABC headquarters.
It is not often in this hyper-regulated age that Australians are given more, rather than less, choice about what they are allowed to use to fuel their bodies.
If Kevin Rudd has proven anything over the last week, it is that he is a lot more adept at managing expectations than he is tax dollars.
Don’t laugh, but it’s conceivable that the Liberals won’t win next year’s NSW election.
Hypocrisy is a charge thrown around all too often by those seeking to score points off the inconsistencies of others.
Have you heard the latest outrage to fall from the mouth of the Opposition leader? In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Tony Abbott said he thought there was far too much flesh on display in our popular culture, and that it was time for the likes of Jennifer Hawkins to get their gear back on.
He is a loose cannon. He is sometimes incapable of understatement.
There’s change in the air: the Fourth Estate’s changing tune on environmental policy.
The Rudd government’s new school rankings are a welcome improvement.
When we say the climate is changing, we do not mean, as many media sophisticates and environmental do-gooders do, that man-made global warming is destroying civilisation.
Professor Patrick McGorry is a worthy recipient of Australian of the Year in 2010.
Amid the fanfare surrounding Australia Day, one piece of appalling analysis almost snuck by unnoticed.