Guest Notes

Immigration notes

31 December 2016 9:00 am

At last, we’ve found something worse than Islamists: Millennial Islamists. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee who carried out…

Jerusalem diary

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Notes from the Australia-UK-Israel Leadership Dialogue

Christmas notes

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Festive baubles The two seasons I love most in life are elections and Christmas. As we near the year’s end,…

Music lover’s notes

10 December 2016 9:00 am

A late Sunday afternoon visit to Bunnings to acquire a necessity now in short supply, incandescent small bayonet light globes,…

Media notes

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Mate, I tell ya. Jim-friggin’-Allan. No one else’s writing quite has the power to make me physically sick. His piece…

Trumpian notes

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Gavin McInnes won Australians’ hearts and minds when he called Waleed Aly an ‘East Indian retard virgin micro-penis’, and I…

Dis-con notes

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The next Abbott ministry Writing here on October 1 last, I said: ‘The Liberal Party now desperately needs a leader…

New York notes

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The great persuader The shock was total. Jaws had dropped, faces were stunned. ‘How could this be?’ was the thought…

MT Vernon notes

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Finally the US Presidential elections are over; it is Trump after all. After a visit to both coasts stateside, I…

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…