Gadfly: Cranston pickle

Richard Ackland
It’s incredibly heartwarming to see Flag-Pin Morrison muscling up in the wake of the alleged tax fraud arrests. “Those who think they can defraud Australian taxpayers – today’s events show that they have another thing coming,” the treasurer said, without being too fussed about pre-trial prejudice.

Gadfly: A Mark of respect

Richard Ackland
There’s too much death about, particularly the death of good people. The arseholes seem to live forever. After a long illness and a brave fight, Mark Colvin has gone. He was a fixture on our landscape presenting ABC Radio’s PM for 20 years with a voice that reassured us the program was dependable.

Gadfly: Unrepentant. Always.

Richard Ackland

To the House of Fairfax first, where the knives came out with another grand opening of the redundancy program. The culling of a further 125 editorial jobs at the once mighty publishing group is the most galling act of newspaper bastardry in recent history. The ABC’s 7.30 reported on...

Gadfly: Work for the coal scheme

Richard Ackland
The relationship between the Greens and the giant roughhouse union the CFMEU is curious. The union has tipped money into the minority party in rather generous dollops. There seemed to be some quid pro quo with Senator Richard Di Natale and his parliamentary colleagues opposing the restoration of...

Gadfly: Abercrombie and filch

Richard Ackland
What a terrible time for stalwarts of the Victorian Liberal Party Council, Andrew Abercrombie and Caroline Elliott. They have been on the receiving end of party president Michael Kroger’s rebukes over the former state director Damien Mantach’s trick of making $1.5 million disappear from the coffers...

Gadfly: Downer and out in Dublin and London

Richard Ackland
A treat is in store for the cavalcade of Australian barristers sweeping through London and Dublin in July on their two-yearly overseas knees-up. It looks like a pretty flatout affair, kicking off with drinks at Scarfes Bar, at the Rosewood London, named because of Gerald Scarfe’s artwork and his...

Gadfly: Oscar ceremony mistake

Richard Ackland
This week there was a lovely afternoon tea at the Human Rights Commission HQ to welcome onboard June Oscar, the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner. Dozens were in attendance, juggling cups, saucers and delicate little edibles.

Gadfly: Radio National treasure

Richard Ackland
Gadfly took a leisurely drive along the Hume Highway to Canberra and what a treat to have Radio National for company. By the Mittagong turnoff there was James Carleton’s show “God Forbid” with an item on the advantage of being white, leading into a top-rate discussion on 18C with academics Helen...

Gadfly: Out of harmony’s way

Richard Ackland
Harmony Day turned into a triumph for pinkish-coloured people. PM Turnbull and his pale-skinned sidekick Bookshelves “Bigot” Brandis say it’s important for our free speech that tinted people be subject to offence, insults and humiliation – but no harassment, please. The Macquarie Dictionary...

Gadfly: Brandis logs his claim

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Animal crackers

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Oh Fatherland, show us the sign

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Piers group pressure

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: The munificent Seven

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: The spirit of ’76

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: St John’s wart

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Going to extremes

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Banana republican

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: SLO motion

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Plenty o’Dutton

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Trial and Canberra

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Fudge of honour

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Klein energy counsel

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Arch Deakin

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Gadfly: Shelving the sorrow

Richard Ackland
Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

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