Helen Dale

Emulate Australia? It’s not that easy

Many countries want to imitate Australia’s success. But its values and governance are eccentric—and may not travel

Meritocracy makes a new ruling class

Innovation has often come from hard work by unlettered people. But young progressives now seem to treat education as a proxy for virtue

Hate-crime hoaxes

‘I’m reasonably satisfied that the increased hate crime widely reported from June 23, 2016, onwards and seized upon by the Remain camp was a classic example of moral panic, and that most of the reports were false’

Baked-in bias

‘Once social media entities become publishers, any political bias already present will be baked in’

How Australia became Italy with crocodiles

The country is orderly, prosperous and well-governed, but poisonous infighting has resulted in a chaotic prime ministerial merry-go-round

Why being normal is the new normal

Self-help advice might seem painfully obvious, but those who struggle with “normality” need it

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"