Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is a regular columnist, TV host and leading political commentator.

Scott Morrison interview takes on Pythonesque proportions

Annabel Crabb Fans of Monty Python might have chuckled at a recent interview with Scott Morrison, says Annabel Crabb.

Hey hey! Ho ho! those '70s demos have to go!

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Annabel Crabb The last few decades have turned our world upside down. The end of the Cold War changed politics. The advent of the internet has deluged us with a mighty, confusing, exhilarating torrent of...

Whatever happened to 'without fear or favour'?

Annabel Crabb As dawn broke over Australia's new federal budget last Wednesday, it found some interest groups reeling at the new and straitened circumstances under which they will henceforth be obliged to live.

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Hillary Clinton and the fake baby conspiracy

Annabel Crabb The best thing about American politics is that it almost always makes you feel better about ours. Even our most hotly-disputed conspiracy theories (Julia Gillard’s ex-boyfriend light-fingering...

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The fine art of bowing out gracefully

Annabel Crabb Of all the judgment calls political leaders make in their careers, the last one – how to quit – is the one they most regularly bungle.

Senate is hardly unrepresentative swill

Annabel Crabb Not only is the Senate closely representative of our national sense of humour and our love of persecuting the authority figures in our lives, it also represents our deep recognition that life is...

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A free press is valuable, no matter what it costs

Annabel Crabb What do Ani Yudhoyono's mobile phone, Nathan Rees' sex life and my pay packet have in common?

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A farewell ode to the Nambour Kid, forever to be known as Kevin

Annabel Crabb With his government packed away, his Lodge keys handed back, it was time for a final 'Gotta Zip'.

Women in politics face the ugliest of juggles

Annabel Crabb The latest round of national head-scratching about why there aren't more women in politics makes me want to poke out my own eyes with a rusty toasting fork.

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From pistols to pistons, the time is right to buy!

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Annabel Crabb Political staffers don't have very easy lives. They work extremely hard for people who are at best demanding and at worst megalomaniacs. They hardly ever see their kids.

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The plight of Brian, and Labor's Wright of reply

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Annabel Crabb Anyone who has ever worked in an office will know the awkward joy that is the passive-aggressive note.

In the name of all that's nasty, read with caution

Annabel Crabb There are some sentences a human being should never be obliged to read. Some concepts that are too ghastly to ever be made flesh.

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No-excuse excuses are a very close relation to non-apology apologies

Annabel Crabb MODERN apologies have a punctuation problem. Have you noticed that? There's hardly ever a full-stop where there should be one.

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Poor is the new black in American politics: empathy or opportunism?

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Annabel Crabb POOR IS the new black.

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The Case of the Dodgy Boyfriend has never closed for Julia Gillard

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Annabel Crabb FORGET the Prince Harry photos. Forget Julian Assange's balcony address from the Ecuadorian embassy.

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So much easier if we wore life's campaign ribbons on our chest

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Annabel Crabb IT'S VERY popular to criticise the armed forces at the moment. Whether it's general knitted brows over behavioural standards at the barracks, or the government's decision to administer a serious...

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Why stop at drugs? At the Freak Olympics nothing is forbidden

Annabel Crabb I WOULD like to see an Olympic Games with more drugs. There: I've said it.

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In the era of all-pervasive social media, we have the bizarre sideshow that's the Prank Olympics

Annabel Crabb WATCHING human beings attempt to cope with insane levels of bureaucracy is one of the most entertaining occupations on Earth.

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Let the poor woman have her baby and get on with both her jobs

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Annabel Crabb WHEN MARISSA Mayer was appointed on Tuesday as the new chief executive of Yahoo, initial news coverage was medium-to-unremarkable.

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Gambling art collector v pokies baron: What's the difference?

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Annabel Crabb Gambling's bad. We've known that for years.