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In-depth analysis of the day's news, plus stories and gossip from Australian politics

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Marriage à-la-mode

13 Oct 2018, 3:54pm

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The job of universities

Amelia is an academic at an Australian university. She reached out to me earlier this year after seeing my work…

13 Oct 2018

Encouraging assimilation

The bedrock of a successful society is formed by common language, common values, and common goals. When societies lose sight…

13 Oct 2018

Change everything? You bet

Naomi Klein from Canada oversees courses for tens of thousands of Australian high school students. She’s an anarcho-environmentalist mobilising grass-roots…

13 Oct 2018

The Left vs Reasonable Doubt

At the risk of propelling readers to throw down this wonderful magazine in despair and shift to watching the latest…

13 Oct 2018

Sharma shafts Shorten

Australia will soon face what is arguably one of the most important elections in its history, with Wentworth a crucial…

13 Oct 2018

Fish or bear’s paw?

Last century, when Mao ruled China, shop assistants repeated daily, ‘We don’t have any more’ (Meiyou). I heard the phrase…

6 Oct 2018

Reds on the red carpet

For the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who watched Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969, there are…

6 Oct 2018

Castration of the male?

Expect the US Supreme Court, still captured by political activists, to downgrade men’s rights within the decade, with honorary ‘feminist’…

6 Oct 2018

Stuart Devlin candelabras (1980-81) in Dining Room

Every day, Australians carry some of his work in their pockets. Stuart Devlin (1931-2018) designed the decimal currency introduced in…

13 Oct 2018

Artists of The Australian Ballet

There is a lot of dance news about at the moment. The Australian Ballet’s new version of Spartacus, to the…

6 Oct 2018

Some Brandenburg section leaders

‘Celebrating 30 Years of Baroque’ is Paul Dyer’s theme of the 2019 Season of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; 30 years…

29 Sep 2018

Kate Morton

She was born in a small town in South Australia, later grew up on Tamborine Mountain and, when aged barely…

22 Sep 2018

Partying with the Clintons

Gstaad   The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing, ding dong, ding dong. The cows are down from up…

13 Oct 2018

A pub brawl certainly livened up a boring football match

I told Oscar to wait outside and I went in and said to the barman: ‘Would it be all right…

13 Oct 2018

The law of acronyms

Teacher training is terrific fun. Oh yes, I am thoroughly enjoying myself on my evening course at Guildford College. Don’t…

13 Oct 2018

A no-deal Brexit could cripple horse-racing

Racing is full of risk-takers, not least those who fork out hefty sums to buy yearlings or unraced two-year-olds. Back…

13 Oct 2018

Lonely hearts and guilty minds: the world of Pamela Hansford Johnson

The revival of interest in mid-20th century novelists is one of the most positive and valuable developments of our time.…

13 Oct 2018

The circus visits every corner of the globe — even Antarctica

We’re celebrating 250 years of circus this year. In 1768, the retired cavalryman and entrepreneur Philip Astley, together with his…

13 Oct 2018

Pithy and profound: the beauty of aphorisms

It’s not surprising, perhaps, that Emil Cioran isn’t much read in England. Born in Romania, but winning a scholarship to…

13 Oct 2018

Secrets and lies: Berta Isla, by Javier Marías, reviewed

A novel by Javier Marías, as his millions of readers know, is never what it purports to be. Spain’s most…

13 Oct 2018

Gandhi on Hitler: ‘I do not believe him to be as bad as he is portrayed’

‘It’s a beautiful world if it wasn’t for Gandhi who is really a perfect nuisance,’ Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India,…

13 Oct 2018

The passions of Paulo: Enigma Variations, by André Aciman, reviewed

André Aciman’s 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name, was a sensuous, captivating account of the passionate love a…

13 Oct 2018

Stitches in time: The history of the world through the eye of a needle

I recently read a book in which the author, describing rural life in the early 19th century, casually mentioned clothing…

13 Oct 2018

How indiscretions over Suez ruined Rab Butler

I bet that you are at best dimly aware of the Progress Trust, and that is what the members of…

13 Oct 2018

Andrew Roberts’s generous new biography of the man who saved us in our darkest hour, Churchill reviewed

Churchill must be the most written-about figure in public life since Napoleon Bonaparte (a subject, incidentally, to which Andrew Roberts…

6 Oct 2018

Love is blind, but lust is not; William Boyd’s 15th novel reviewed

William Boyd’s 15th novel begins well enough. In 1894 Edinburgh, a 24-year-old piano tuner is promoted to the Paris branch…

Behind the Throne is a cracking read about a neglected subject – the royal household

Never judge a book by its cover. To look at, this is a coffee-table book with shiny pages which make…

6 Oct 2018

It is not the masterpieces that were lost, but the collectors, Natalya Semenova rights a wrong

It is not as surprising at it sounds that two of the greatest collectors of modern art should have been…

6 Oct 2018