The only thing worse than being talked about...

Corey Oakley Oscar Wilde’s famous assertion that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about has, on occasion, led people astray. But insofar as Wilde was pointing to the fact that lack of interest equals death, he had a point. It is something that, two months after Joe Hocke...CONTINUE READING

Sneering elitism won’t undermine Palmer and co.

Sandra Bloodworth Pejorative terms roll off the lips of usually grovelling media spivs when it comes to the “jester”, the “merry prankster”, the “bizarre” MP Clive Palmer. And when talking about his “litter of pups” – as some wit labelled the Palmer United Party senators – they just can’t help themselves. T...CONTINUE READING

Socialists aren’t the extremists

James Plested “Extremism” is a common trope of the establishment commentariat when decrying anyone whose views fall outside the narrow neoliberal political range of the major parties. From the perspective of arch-conservatives at newspapers like The Australian , even the Greens appear as wild-eyed fanat...CONTINUE READING

Death of a ruling class warrior

Jerome Small The Australian ruling class is in mourning. One of its most capable and dedicated class warriors, former mining company executive Ray Evans, died on 17 June. Evans was one of the founders of the HR Nicholls Society, an influential right wing ginger group that sought to rewrite the rules of...CONTINUE READING

Time to listen to the wisdom of youth

James Plested In the world of the conservative culture warriors at The Australian and other esteemed institutions of Australia’s ruling elite, there is a sharp generational divide between those who deserve the title of “adults”, and the rest of us – little children who really just need a good smack. Sin...CONTINUE READING

The lunatic right who make bankers seem sane

Corey Oakley There are a lot of things for which Andrew Bolt will one day be held to account, in this world or the next. The standout for me, though, is the remarkable job he and fellow frothy-mouth Alan Jones have done of making an investment banker seem like a reasonable guy. Malcolm Turnbull’s caree...CONTINUE READING

A political football

Roz Ward “ Contra el racismo, la represión y el fútbol negocio” “Against racism, repression and football business” – Slogan of Bukaneros, a fan group of Spanish football team Rayo Vallecano. Depending on the team you support, being a football (soccer) fan can often be a struggle. But sometimes the...CONTINUE READING

Now we know the truth about stopping the boats

Kim Doyle Until now, the Liberals’ real agenda has been strictly an “operational matter”. Abbott’s “war” on asylum seekers (his word) has portrayed a few leaky boats as one of the greatest threats the country has ever faced. It’s a “national emergency”. Immigration minister Scott Morrison is running...CONTINUE READING

When you’re as rich as Clive Palmer, playing by the rules is for schmucks

Corey Oakley Clive Palmer should be the perfect fit to play the part of a robber baron capitalist hate figure. But boggle eyed, filthy rich and barking mad as he might be, Palmer still comes across as having a lot more sense than most of the other politicians, journalists, bureaucrats and spin doctors...CONTINUE READING