Dr Jennifer Oriel is a columnist with a PhD in political science from Australia’s leading university.

Her columns are printed each Monday in The Australian newspaper. They have been cited in reports, journals and books, and translated into other languages.

Dr Oriel’s academic work has been featured on the syllabi of Harvard University, the University of London, the University of Toronto, Amherst College, the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. She has been cited by a broad range of organisations including the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa.



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  1. I just watched and heard Dr. Jennifer Oriel on Sunday TV – The Outsiders (on SkyNews). Wow!!!! A superb presenter and speaker! I will now make sure not to miss your column in tomorrow’s Australian newspaper!

  2. Attending a tiny local churches fortnightly services, I appreciate your column “Faithless Australians may lose more than just God”. It cuts to the heart of why I attempt an impossible creed in the face of a dingleberry church hierarchy and a democratised Anglican Church exhibiting all the solipsism of modern democracy.

    The success of Christianity over two millenia comes from cultural and scientific authenticity at the time of its foundation. The Anglican Church grew from a madly pragmatic revolution in dogma at a time of great flux in the traditional church. It evolved into a magnificently pragmatic artistic and scientific exposition of English culture. However, it seems religion is too important to be left in the hands of the religious and too many opportunities to move dogma into a contemporary context have been thrown out. Surely few modern churchgoers believe the superficial dogma of the services they attend. Instead, they go for the deeper reasons to which you allude. By failing to recognise this, the church has excommunicated itself from contemporary society. It is built on foundations of sand. Our society is immersed in the task of relocating its guiding star. It augurs chaos and conflict if history is any guide.

  3. I fully agree with your article in today’s Australian ‘Faithless Australians may lose more than just God’.

    We Christians also have to become much stronger advocates in defending our values and beliefs.

    Thank you for articles and keep up your good work.

  4. Jennifer,
    Pertinent to your column in The Australian on rehabilitative and restorative justice (Jan 30/01/17), I was amazed last week to note in the press that Victorian corrective services spokesmen were referring to youth gaol inmates as ‘clients’ after the recent breakout. Your article puts this trend into a troubling perspective. Thank you.

  5. Thank you Dr. Oriel! Kept your column “West proves not all cultures are equal” (Dec 12, 2016) until now and finally have time to catch up on your previous work too, capturing all my pent up thoughts of these last few decades. A great read, I could never have written so well.

    [Regarding the column], Angela Merkel’s naivety has destroyed the lives of so many female citizens. If Germany really does want to make even a token effort it should change its flag to that of St. George. It is relevant centuries later because it still symbolises enduring male courage when protecting a defenceless female against cultural cowardice.

    … Australia Day should be a time of thanksgiving to the ANZACS and their allies. They have given us a lifetime of peace and freedom. This sacred gift has not been protected because we have imported people who neither respect it nor acknowledge the courage, suffering and sacrifice of those who won it for us. As a consequence, our freedom is severely curtailed … One of my ancestors lays in Lone Pine, Gallipoli. Another shed blood at Kokoda. Another at Finschhaven. Another in the Middle East…

  6. Hats off to you, Dr Oriel ! “Let s says goodbye to a Un that hates the free world! ” They hate the truth, they hate common sense, too.

    1. Thank you Ruth. How wonderful to hear that you are reading my columns in Germany. One would hope that foreign representatives attending the Paris conference on the future of Israel reject UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334. As I wrote in this week’s column, Let’s say goodbye to a UN that hates the free world, “If made enforceable, Resolution 2334 would require the eviction of up to 800,000 Israelis. The UN has not elaborated on the fate of 500,000 Jews if evicted from their homes en masse. This story sounds all too familiar.”

      Column link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/jennifer-oriel/lets-say-goodbye-to-a-un-that-hates-the-free-world/news-story/a0e23f26251725f663e258ef630658ab

      1. I read yours from Italy 🙂
        Here, Islam isn’t even regarded as a religion, believe it or not. They fail to address human rights issues like treatment of women, dress codes and the like. I’ve seen this country (and the rest of EU) sell itself out, very sad. A disaster is looming. Australia, you are heading the same way, sadly. Once you ‘force’ people to accept ideologies like Islam under threat of prosecution (see ‘hate speech’ laws) then it’s game over.

  7. What a great piece written in The Australian today (17th October 2016). For a long while I have felt that we have no armour to defend ourselves from this ‘racism’ speech. I likened it to witch hunting in the late 1600s in Salem. But your ‘PC bigot’ term is a really clever and accurate way of describing those you identify in your piece. It has made me feel better in that I am not alone.

  8. Jennifer thank you, your article on cultural relativism ( Cultural relativism an unnecessary cross to bear ) was frightening as it was informative. There is something unnerving about Christian leaders who sow and cultivate political correctness and mouth the liturgies of appeasement even when faced with theological totalitarianism. There is something unwise, something too obsequiously Left, about seeing jihadism and its theological totalitarianism through the shroud of attenuated inclusivity and old style liberation theology politics or postmodern sociology.

    You quite rightly connected the monotheism of Islam with its extreme manifestations. All unity and conformity, but no theology of diversity. A trinitarian theology would at least have been a more appropriate starting point for the Pope in memoriam on the murdered priest (Father Jacques Hamel). Expressing the doctrine of unity of the trinity but also the differentiated personality and diversity which underscores Christianity’s subsequent influence on Western and liberal democratic thought, and cultural and artistic freedoms is just too much to expect from modern church leaders.

  9. Jennifer thank you for your insightful articles which continually capture the essence of complex world concerns in a way I can understand and reflect upon. It is always a pleasure to read you.

    I’m delighted to have found I can connect via another avenue too.

  10. Dear Jennifer,

    I was struck by the perceptiveness of your recent column in The Australian “Heterosexual men who lean Right are the PC hate target of choice” on the PC world’s seeming exclusion of white males. This of course is the logical consequence of ‘identity politics’ carried to extremes, a phenomenon that increasingly characterises so much of public debate in the West. It is, my opinion, a disposition that has about it all the attributes that the Left in the West says it despises; stereotypical thinking, unacknowledged racism and sexism and, not least, a profound misunderstanding of what the trajectory of modern civilisation should have taught us.

    You are correct to detect in it a distinctly neo-Marxist, and hence totalitarian, worldview. Sadly, it is a worldview that has permeated into far too many humanities and social science faculties of our universities.

    With admiration,


  11. Dear Dr Oriel,

    Just been reading your recent article “Open Borders Cracks the EU Melting Pot” in The Australian and followed the trail and I now have signed up to follow you.

    It’s a pleasure to read open minded commentators such as yourself who actually use the facts.

    I also follow the Guardian online (it’s free and very very interesting), with its associated blogs and I never cease to be amazed at the selected censorship of facts by some of their writers. Is ethical journalism an oxymoron?


    1. Dear Graham

      Thanks for reading my column in The Australian newspaper. It too is good to hear from open minded readers who like the facts.

      I can’t really comment on The Guardian except to say that daily I am relieved that we have The Australian to balance the ledger and present the facts as they are, not as they appear through the prism of ideology.

      Aristotle was superb on the question of separating the essence of a thing from its appearance. His theory used to form a part of the core university curriculum, but was consigned to the fire along with all of those other geniuses categorised as offensive by virtue of being white and male.

      The tide will turn on the terribly destructive envy of the hard Left, but we’ve a way uphill to go.

      Kind regards

    1. Hi Mick

      Thanks for your interest in the book. It is likely to be published in the new year.

      I’ll keep blog friends posted, so feel free to sign up to the blog if you haven’t already.

      Kind regards

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