Topic archives: John Howard

Razer: I had John Howard all wrong

May 17, 2018 7

Either Helen Razer spent 11 years overthinking Howard, or Howard spent the last 11 learning to believe his own cack. Either way, his submission to the Religious Freedom Review is proof that one of them is bonkers.

Razer: 15 years since we declared war on Iraq, little has changed

March 20, 2018 63

Dissenters today are still treated exactly the same way by the mainstream press as they were 15 years ago at the beginning of the Iraq War.

Trump tariffs trade-off sheds some light on old lies

March 12, 2018 34

When our large trade deficit with the United States is held up as the reason we dodged Trump's tariffs, it's time to revisit some old claims about trade with the US.

Razer: Dutton’s ‘African gangs’ rubbish breaks with old-school Howard bigotry

January 9, 2018 35

Howard was a man whose bigotry may have been truly driven by policy. Peter Dutton is perhaps a politician driven by bigotry alone, writes Helen Razer.

Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

December 19, 2017 5

Chinese influence in Australia and elsewhere is being exert via "sharp power", and you wont have to look far to find those who are happy to play a part.

Sorry, conservatives, but even Howard would struggle now

November 29, 2017 24

If only Malcolm Turnbull had the political skills of John Howard, dealing with One Nation and the Nationals would be easier, goes the argument. It doesn't wash.

The day John Howard didn’t like an anti-Muslim scare campaign

November 24, 2017 9

John Howard is suddenly worried about scare campaigns targeting Muslims. So ... what's changed his mind?

Abbott lionises murderous thug, fans the flames of campus culture war

November 21, 2017 12

Tony Abbott recently went out of his way to compare Paul Ramsay -- whose foundation is funding the establishment of the Ramsay Centre For Western Civilisation -- to ... Cecil Rhodes.

Rundle: Howard and Abbott are delusional, self-indulgent, climate-denying throwbacks

October 12, 2017 72

When you imagine the level of rage that Tony Abbott must be living with, the "climate change is good" speech makes perfect sense.

Solving gun crime is bigger than amnesties and crackdowns: violence prevention expert

October 4, 2017 2

Broader factors need to be fed into the gun-control debate, argue those who study its Australian context.

From Blackout Bill to Juliar: why pejorative nicknames don’t work in politics

September 26, 2017 16

A good political nickname will resonate with the electorate because it reflects a well known aspect of a politician's character. But they rarely do anything more than that.

Rundle: the No campaign reveals its secret weapon

September 19, 2017 66

Honest John has re-emerged to help bolster the case against marriage equality. But will it work?

Marriage equality would be a victory for ‘respectable’ gays, but what about the rest of us?

September 15, 2017 8

This is the pinnacle of marriage equality as respectability: promoting queers as literally indistinguishable from heterosexuals. But this is exclusionary, writes freelance writer Benjamin Riley

Hinch’s Senate Diary: heartrending stories from pelvic mesh inquiry

August 31, 2017 3

Derryn Hinch reflects upon the pelvic mesh Senate inquiry and why political name-calling is ramping up already.

Rundle: Australian iconoclasm and the decaying edifices of the right

August 28, 2017 12

Following the US movement toppling statues commemorating controversial historical figures, Guy Rundle, argues that our own Australian iconoclasm exposes the right's lack of imagination outside of their ossified Anglo-Celtic past.

What would happen to Donald Trump Jr in Australia?

July 19, 2017 1

If Donald Trump Jr had been a staffer for a politician in Australia, what would have happened? Quite possibly nothing much at all.

Howard defends Trump, says he believes even less in climate change these days

July 14, 2017 39

John Howard has told Paul Kelly at the United States Studies Centre that Australia can trust Donald Trump because the issues with his presidency are just a matter of “style”.

EXCLUSIVE: Ten other major controversies from the Midwinter Ball

June 16, 2017 3

Crikey is breaking down these walls of silence!

Crikey Worm: Catholic school fight, indigenous advisory body debate

May 30, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The Coalition brings out the big guns (in the form of John Howard) in its fight with the Catholic school sector, and debate rages over the establishment of an indigenous advisory body in the Australian constitution. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.

Turnbull’s new political strategy channels Rudd. Let’s hope he can stick the landing.

May 26, 2017 15

This month’s budget could be seen as an attempt by Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison to emulate Rudd’s 2007 campaigning success.