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Very public health

I’ve known health minister Greg Hunt for over twenty years. When he is convinced about something he doesn’t hold back…

17 Nov 2018

No guilt, no apology

Convicted of murder, Derek Bromley can teach us all a lesson about saying sorry when we are not guilty. And…

17 Nov 2018

Business/Robbery etc

Beware of lawyers making recommendations about regulating the business community; they will inevitably lead to more business – for lawyers.…

17 Nov 2018

Sisters aren’t doing it for themselves

Every era has its noble lies – the ideas that underpin a civilisation. The noble lie of contemporary culture is…

17 Nov 2018

Labor’s quagmire of incompetence

A standard political tactic (of all sides) is to paint your opponents as inhumane or wreckers and wilful destroyers of…

10 Nov 2018

And then there was one…

Exit, stage right, Ross Cameron.   Sky TV has fired its second Outsiders host. This time the charge was racism and…

10 Nov 2018

Australians do support recognising Jerusalem

The brouhaha that followed the federal government’s announcement that Australia will consider moving Australia’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem continues to…

10 Nov 2018

Hollow man of the Left

There are two types of people in political parties. One type joins a party because he or she thinks that…

10 Nov 2018

Helen Thomson and Caroline Brazier

By my count, the 2019 Season will be the 40th produced by the Sydney Theatre Company. The coming season is…

17 Nov 2018

Nadine Garner

As the most subscribed theatre company in the country, the Melbourne Theatre Company can be deservedly proud of its long…

10 Nov 2018

Gail Kelly by Paul Newton

Australians have a particular affection for portraits as evidenced by the popular Archibald and Moran portrait prizes and Anh Do’s…

3 Nov 2018

Paul Cézanne Fruit 1879/80

This year both Melbourne and Sydney have major exhibitions of ‘modern masters’. The big Winter show from New York, MoMA…

27 Oct 2018

I love life – and girls – too much to act my age

New York A little Austrian count was born to my daughter last week in Salzburg, early in the morning of…

17 Nov 2018

France’s second world war shame

The monument to this French village’s war dead is a plain white stone block with the head of a grizzled…

17 Nov 2018

Education, spiritual guidance and a good cappuccino: the new face of the NHS

Left at the Dementia Café, right at the Sleep Office, past the Spiritual Care Centre… This was my journey through…

17 Nov 2018

The All Blacks: world-class time-wasters

Marvellous team, the All Blacks, of course. But they certainly know how to waste some time. Here are some things…

17 Nov 2018

Books of the year – part two

Daniel Swift I feel as though I came late to the Sarah Moss party. Nobody told me she was this…

17 Nov 2018

Saul Bellow: love the work, if not the man

Boxing writers sometimes try to make comparisons across weight groups. They used to say, for example, that Floyd Mayweather was…

17 Nov 2018

Does an autobiographical novel really count as fiction?

Orhan Pamuk, writing about Vladimir Nabokov’s masterful memoir Speak, Memory, noted that there was a particular ‘thrill’ for the writer…

17 Nov 2018

The Lion of the Punjab: the short, brutish career of John Nicholson

‘I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion’, said Winston Churchill as prime minister in 1942,…

17 Nov 2018

Top topiary: the year’s best gardening books

There are probably no more gifted professional gardeners in England than Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain, husband and wife and…

17 Nov 2018

Dreams of utopia before the Nazi nightmare

Today Munich is a prosperous and peaceful place — Germany’s most affluent, attractive city. Wandering its leafy avenues, lined with…

17 Nov 2018

What was the celebrated Garrick really like as an actor?

The age of Garrick, Norman Poser, a law professor, insists, gave us much of what we take for granted today…

17 Nov 2018

Japanese puzzle: how can an advanced, dynamic country function with such an ancient population?

When Japan hosts the Rugby Union World Cup next year, and still more so the summer Olympics in 2020, all…

17 Nov 2018

Books of the year – part one

Andrew Motion Short stories seem to fare better in the US than the UK, and among this year’s rich crop,…

10 Nov 2018

Celebrating the 1918 Armistice resulted in thousands more deaths

Reflecting on the scenes of celebration, the ‘overpowering entrancements’, that he had witnessed in November 1918 on the first Armistice…

10 Nov 2018

Boys’ Own adventures in the war-torn Middle East

Ask most people whether they fancy a four-month, 5,000-mile trek across the Middle East and they might conclude you need…

10 Nov 2018

Baron Haussmann: the man who set Paris straight

Rupert Christiansen’s City of Light opens on the evening of 5 January 1875, with the inauguration of Paris’s new opera…

10 Nov 2018