Malcolm Turnbull’s poll count looms

Turnbull’s parliamentary circus

Mike Seccombe
The legislative record of the 45th parliament is hidden behind a sideshow of scandal and division – and even then it’s not very impressive.

Between the lies

Tony Abbott says, “What happened on January 26, 1788, was, on balance, for everyone, Aboriginal people included, a good thing, because it brought Western civilisation to this country.” This is the greatest lie ever told by a modern prime minister. It is a lie based on 230 years of deceit. It is a...

Gadfly: Jumped up Collapso

Richard Ackland
One piece of news that managed to captivate a comatose nation involved the activities at the Kensington Wine Rooms, where High Commissioner Lord Downer fell into discussion with George Papadopoulos, a member of Dotard Trump’s campaign team, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Turnbull presses on over summer

Gadfly: Tall Man pulls up short

Richard Ackland
What can the Lord Jesus have been thinking? Allowing Alabama voters to send a Democrat to the senate instead of a gun-toting, God-fearing alleged child molester endorsed by the Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief himself. It was Roy Moore’s attempt to ride a horse to the polling station that finally did him in...

Gadfly: Enright is wrong

Richard Ackland
Poring over court reports, as Gadfly does during a wet week, we discover proceedings starring journalist David Marr. It seems Marr enjoyed a victory in the New South Wales Supreme Court, which a week ago confirmed his role in the estate of his old friend the late playwright Nick Enright, who...

Lack of character in Canberra analysis

Turnbull's citizenship crisis

Karen Middleton
As the dual citizenship crisis expands and fuels leadership tensions, Malcolm Turnbull struggles to plot a policy course to Christmas.

Gadfly: Dice keeps rolling on

Richard Ackland
Dicey Heydon has been relatively quiet since the triumphs of his “Get Shorten” royal commission. So it’s heartening to know the former High Court judge is still at full strength, delivering a lecture last week to a sect within the Australian Catholic University in Adelaide. His theme was the...

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