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How do you make a submarine?

How do you make a submarine? You are going to need a lot of toolmakers… The difficulty Australia has is…

6 Dec 2021

Senior Constable seeks urgent injunction on vaccine mandate

In Western Australia, like other jurisdictions, police officers were required to have their first Covid vaccine dose by 1 December…

6 Dec 2021

The great purge rolls on

‘Like Fresh Meat: Detailing Rampant Sex Harassment in Australia’s Parliament.’ This was the lurid headline in the New York Times…

6 Dec 2021

Last drinks for the Canberra bubble

It’s ironic that a federal minister should again promote alcoholic abstinence as a cure for whatever allegedly ails (or should…

5 Dec 2021

Norway wishes you a Merry Wokemas

Not even Father Christmas is off limits to the unoriginal, hypocritical Woke mob. Last week the virtue signalling Norwegian postal…

4 Dec 2021

Morrison wades blindly into the Solomon Islands

Civil chaos in the Solomon Islands has created an intricate geopolitical problem for Scott Morrison. Anti-government protests turned violent last…

4 Dec 2021

Did we learn anything from 2021?

The last two years have been packed with chaos. Politicians have gone mad with power. Division has run rife throughout…

4 Dec 2021

Vale Christian Kerr

It is with profound sadness that I must inform the family of Spectator Australia writers, readers and fans of the…

4 Dec 2021

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Mossad is prepraring to strike at the heart of Iran’s nuclear programme

Iran is about to be hit by a fresh wave of Mossad operations, sources in Jerusalem have told me. This…

5 Dec 2021

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and our broken child protection system

The official sentencing remarks on the short life and cruel death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes begin with this trigger warning from…

5 Dec 2021

Why America needs a grand bargain with Russia

Russian is losing influence in a region it once dominated: Eastern Europe. Highlighting this newfound weakness are Ukraine and Belarus,…

Abortion rights: the cracks are showing in Roe v. Wade

Crowds gathered outside of the Supreme Court this week as the Court prepared to hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson…

4 Dec 2021

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Kiwi Life

A government in jackboots A recent headline echoes the current mood of this now fed-up country, with Sir Russell Coutts,…

13 Nov 2021

He Puapua?

Now why on earth why would the New Zealand government, dominated by the far-left Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, produce a…

9 Nov 2021

Kiwi notes

Our tired democracy teeters When is enough? When Aucklanders recently heard the seemingly interminable lockdown which the Prime Minister Jacinda…

6 Nov 2021

Kiwi Life

Lorde vs Lana People who live in glass houses really shouldn’t get changed with the lights on. Doubly so, one…

30 Oct 2021

Pork-barrelling: the real reason to be in politics

When it comes to parliamentary question time, I hold an equivocal position. On the one hand, I feel I should…

4 Dec 2021

China’s behaviour demands a boycott of the Winter Olympics

First it was former prime minister, Paul Keating, telling us that Australia has no interest in defending the democratic freedoms…

4 Dec 2021

Stench of Greens

The Australian Greens have consolidated a reputation as one of the most antisemitic political parties in the world’s Western democracies.…

4 Dec 2021

Conservative game theory. Is it nuts?

‘For a sitting US President to see our [Nato] allies [none of whom, save Britain, come close to meeting their…

4 Dec 2021

The Big O

If it feels as if Sars-Cov-2 is turning into a shlock horror sci-fi comedy, blame the World Health Organisation. The…

4 Dec 2021

For sale: Berrima Gaol and a slice of coup d’état

Whoever buys the Berrima Gaol will not only acquire a dark slice of history and a host of ghosts, but…

4 Dec 2021

Why Australia always cops it

The Climate Action Network branded Australia a ‘colossal fossil’ for its ‘appalling approach to climate change policy’ at Cop 26…

4 Dec 2021

Testing Perrottet

A brave cohort of minor-party politicians and would-be politicians have dared to oppose the Covid cult and the imposition of…

27 Nov 2021

Nitram

Nitram is the Martin Bryant film which sent shivers down everyone’s spine at the mere prospect. Justin Kurzel’s film about…

4 Dec 2021

As You Like It

As You Like It is middle Shakespeare, probably lateish 1590s. It’s not one of the earlier happy comedies like the…

27 Nov 2021

Don’t forget the motor city

Detroit is the only American city where I always felt uneasy. Even the cops look at you as if you…

20 Nov 2021

Sean Connery

Anyone who cares about the theatre should rush to see Kendall Feaver’s Wherever She Wanders which Griffin Theatre Company is…

20 Nov 2021

Aussie Life

I have reached an age where I have started to forget where I have put things, but so far they…

4 Dec 2021

Aussie Language

In a recent piece in the Australian newspaper paper Terry McCrann (the doyen of economics writers — he of the…

4 Dec 2021

My battle of the bulb

The streetlighting engineer walked up and down outside my house trying to work out who was right: me, or my…

4 Dec 2021

French kissing with the French

Every year Vernon celebrates the gathering in and pressing of his olive harvest by inviting friends to a ceremony at…

4 Dec 2021

There is nothing cosy about Penelope Lively

At one time, Penelope Lively was routinely shortchanged by critics. Her protagonists are often middle-class professionals — historians, archeologists, scriptwriters…

4 Dec 2021

Why I was labelled a bitch: Joan Collins remembers the old Hollywood days

Readers of this magazine will have enjoyed Joan Collins’s diaries, and her Past Imperfect was one of the funniest showbiz…

4 Dec 2021

A celebration of natural wonders: the best of the year’s art books

If one of the purposes of art is to help us see the world around us, then Sebastião Salgado’s photographs…

4 Dec 2021

A broken nation: Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, by Wole Soyinka, reviewed

One of the best episodes in Wole Soyinka’s third novel (his first since 1973) takes place not in Nigeria but…

4 Dec 2021

In defence of capitalism – ‘the greatest engine of human progress ever invented’

For all its faults and foibles, its busts and bailouts, modern market capitalism demonstrates a remarkably bullish resilience. We don’t…

4 Dec 2021

Is Christianity about to end in the place it began?

Janine di Giovanni’s book begins in a Paris apartment during the first lockdown. She’s at a friend’s home, which she…

4 Dec 2021

Why the mid-1960s was the golden age of pop music

On a Monday evening in May 1966, Paul McCartney and John Lennon visited a nightclub called Dolly’s in Jermyn Street.…

4 Dec 2021

A glimpse of the real Patricia Highsmith through her diaries and notebooks

There are three ways of knowing Patricia Highsmith. First, of course, she was the author of 22 novels and several…

4 Dec 2021