Guest Notes

Racing notes

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Not just a once-a-year party My spring carnival commenced in August on Lawrence Stakes day at Caulfield. The racecourse was…

Conservative notes

5 November 2016 9:00 am

And they wonder why their supporters are deserting them… The whole 18C hate-speech saga is now verging on the pathetic.…

Indonesian notes

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The criminalisation of separatism When Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Australia this coming week, he may be surprised to find…

Nobel notes

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Bob Dylan won this year’s Nobel Prize, ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.’ Which…

Provincial notes

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull was right. Let the states tax us Go and teach a constitutional law course in my native Canada and…

Legal notes

8 October 2016 9:00 am

On the haters and their hatred of ‘hate speech’ In the law of libel a statement of claim still alleges,…

Victorian notes

8 October 2016 9:00 am

High farce and monstrous hypocrisy Earlier this year, I wrote in these pages that ‘Victorians are suffering under the most…

Dis-con notes

1 October 2016 9:00 am

How long, O Lord, how long? In ‘Del-Con Notes: Election Post-Mortem’ (06/08/16) I surveyed the Liberal Party catastrophe wrought by…

Australian notes

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Brexit, abbott, latham and team turnbull I just learned a fascinating fact. Apparently the voters in Britain actually voted to…

Immigration notes

24 September 2016 9:00 am

This one’s a stitch: according to a recent Essential poll, 49 per cent of Australians believe Muslim immigration should be…

Australian notes

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Creativity versus identity News flash: At least two young, female, ‘non-white’ aspiring writers did not like Lionel Shriver’s opening address…

Syrian notes

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Raise a glass to Tony On September 10th, 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his decision to end RAAF airstrikes…

Australian notes

10 September 2016 9:00 am

On Quadrant I organised a small fund-raiser to help Quadrant after the Literature Board cut off its grant without explanation…

Legal notes

10 September 2016 9:00 am

What if the leader of a religious group addressed a public rally in Sydney and openly called for the murder…

Media notes

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Last Man Standing An inevitability has struck me about the reconfigured Federal Parliament this week. Despite a plethora of political…

Gay marriage notes

3 September 2016 9:00 am

I hate to say it, but the Age made some solid points about the gay marriage plebiscite in their August…

Australian notes

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Turnbull’s betrayal on 18c Okay, let’s stop pretending that the Liberal Party has a deep commitment to free speech. We’re…

Media notes

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Tackling the elephant Let’s cut to the chase; Australian political leadership must find the stomach to deal with the core…

Balfour notes

13 August 2016 9:00 am

For the Jewish people the tiny sliver of land between the Jordan River and the eastern Mediterranean coast has always…

Cultural notes

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The year 2015 was marked by a fit of progressive hysteria over our so-called ‘rape culture’. Widely circulated and grossly…

Gay marriage notes

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Is it just me, or is the gay lobby getting painfully tedious? There’s now a near-universal consensus that we should…

Conservative Notes

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Appalled that their party could choose for its leader a man without a conservative bone in his body, this group…

Brexit notes

23 July 2016 9:00 am

On Friday night a week before election day, we are all complacent about #Auspol and fascinated by #brexit. Everyone but…

Australian notes

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Resistance to Acknowledging Country is futile As another bleak winter NAIDOC Week draws to a close, let us reflect on…

Election notes

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The problem with this marathon election campaign is that all the runners are sprinters. The punters don’t consider any of…