Guest Notes

Constitutional notes

5 August 2017 9:00 am

When no means no   The golden rule for constitutional change is that this should only be contemplated if it…

Post-modern notes

29 July 2017 9:00 am

For those of us who exist long enough it is all too easy to live on somehow through decades of…

Liberal notes

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Rosehill: democracy reborn

Life and death notes

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Few sensible people who have ever looked at a map would dispute that we are a bit physically isolated down…

Democratic notes

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Young Liberals let us all rejoice, for we are young (and free?) Well, when I found out I was speaking…

Terrorism notes

1 July 2017 9:00 am

A strange game The organisers of terrorist attacks in various European cities over recent times seem to seriously misunderstand the…

Dis-con notes

24 June 2017 9:00 am

14 and counting As the Parliament resumed last Monday for its final sitting prior to the winter recess, Newspoll again…

Thespian notes

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Vacancy for a leader, not a comedian Malcolm Turnbull is the latest Australian politician to risk relations with our most…

Taxpayers notes

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Wasting millions on Humanities grants This month, a number of university departments across Australia will be filled with the sound…

Climate notes

17 June 2017 9:00 am

One lonely molecule… The 24 million people in Australia generate 1.5 per cent of annual global human-induced CO2 emissions. USA…

Art notes

10 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Come and take a look at this – you’re not going to believe it’ my wife called out recently from…

Deranged notes

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Imagine: scouts burst into Queen Elizabeth I’s throne room. ‘Your Majesty,’ they pant, ‘the Spanish have sent an armada to…

Saudi notes

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The sight of President Trump dancing the Ardah at the Arab Islamic American Summit is like a splash of icy…

Jihadi notes

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Why the West is lost The shimmering mirage of an enlightened age across the West is shattered now, and it…

PC notes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

On May 3 Tony Abbott urged his audience at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Perth to place…

Libertarian notes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Latham’s lure Those pundits who have questioned whether it would be good for us to have Mark Latham join the…

Shark Notes

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Bloodlust of the greenies First they came for the surfers, and I did not speak out because… wait. What? Surfers…

Millenial Notes

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Nothing’s quite so bloody tedious as that niche of right-wing media devoted solely to Millennial-bashing. Some ‘journalists’ get paid big…

Immigration notes

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Anzac Day was the day I fell in love with Australia. There’s no greater testament – none at all –…

Art notes

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Prompted by Neil Brown’s perceptive analysis of the role of arts administrator (‘Brown Study’, 22/4) as among the more useless…

Canadian notes

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Liking/loathing Trump I’m over in Canada for another few days and while here have been getting a lot of news…

Conservative notes

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether Marine Le Pen or Emmanuel Macron is elected President of France on May 7. As…

Dis-con notes

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Decision time Recent events make it necessary for us Dis-Cons to ask where things now stand. Despite ever-mounting evidence against…

Trumpian notes

15 April 2017 9:00 am

My phone rings; a name flashes across the screen. Giorgio. ‘It’s done,’ he says in his husky Greek accent. With…

Smoker’s notes

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Well, it’s finally happened. A life of debilitating asthma and six years of chain-smoking unfiltered cigarettes have finally come to…