News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress, all the rest is advertising - Lord Northcliffe


February 2, 2018


Turnbull must follow the Goldilocks rule in dealing with Trump

Here's some advice for Malcolm Turnbull ahead of his visit to Washington later this month for talks with Donald Trump: remember the Goldilocks and Three Bears Rule when dealing with American presidents.

January 26, 2018


Labor's backroom 'buffoonery' could come to haunt Shorten

Mark Butler may not have much of a political profile outside his home state of South Australia, but as national president of the Australian Labor Party his...


January 16, 2018

Where will the global political hotspots be in 2018? (Spoiler alert: it’s not all about Donald Trump)

From an Australian perspective, shifting power in the Indo-Pacific will be of primary importance in 2018 and beyond.

January 5, 2018


Don't mention the republic!

Well, that didn't take long. When provocateur-in-chief Paul Keating goaded Malcolm Turnbull into putting the republic issue back on the agenda for ...


December 12, 2017


For Turnbull, Dastyari is a gift that keeps on giving Tony Walker

Bill Shorten is long way from the record of Harold Wilson, Britain's prime minister between 1964-70 and 1974-76, but in one respect he would identify with a much-quoted Wilson observation.

December 7, 2017

New world order: threading the policy needle

Australia’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper is a document which seeks to thread the needle between the country’s need to bolster its security ties with...