Michael Scammell

More quality political analysis

23 June 2019 4:04 pm

I was in Sydney during the Berejiklian landside and the tyre burning that followed and I stayed in a cheap…

I love my job

2 June 2019 11:04 am

It’s my first day at the job. I’m walking down Flinders Lane with its shadowy art deco buildings passing Degraves Street…

Nazi-hunting in Kooyong

27 April 2019 6:53 pm

Hunting Nazis is hard work so painting Hitler moustaches onto Josh Frydenberg posters does us all a big favor. We’re…

Election 19 and the Pam Ewing effect

16 April 2019 5:44 pm

In 1987 Pamela Ewing woke up to find Bobby emerging from the bathroom wearing only a towel and haircut. Presumed…

Doing it for the kids

24 March 2019 1:01 pm

There’s been a lot in the news about how cool the kids are. As Whitney Houston sang before using her…

Check your blowhardism

12 March 2019 12:08 pm

Being a blowhard means never having to say you’re sorry. When you’re not telling everyone what to think about climate…

Married at First Sight and the unkindness of strangers

16 February 2019 2:21 pm

Critics ask, ‘why MAFS’ – and it is certainly a polarising topic. This take, for example: ‘Fucking hard hitting journalism…

I’m rooting for the virgin

9 February 2019 2:06 pm

Strange things happen on Married at First Sight. A strange thing so strange that even the hair gelled, shaved skulled,…

The Wintour of our discontent

27 January 2019 7:06 pm

When it comes to fashion, one minute you’re talking about something and then next thing they’re talking about something else.…

Merry Xmas, literally Just Like Hitler

19 December 2018 4:20 pm

And so this is Christmas. That time of year when you make a list of all the people that aren’t…

Life tips for getting ahead in the modern era

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Malcolm Fraser said life wasn’t meant to be easy and then went and joined the Greens anyway. So here are…

The new Big Day Out

2 December 2018 2:11 pm

Hi mum, just got back from the Parliament House climate change protest. Protesting is just like Schoolies Week with lots…

Dismembering diplomacy’s fourth wall

13 November 2018 4:12 pm

Strange things happen at international embassies all the time. In 1984 a female British police officer was shot from the…

Writer’s notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Travelling with The Gillian Like any writer waiting on the tarmac I was trying to think of ways to monetise…

Malcolm’s suit

24 September 2018 5:02 pm

The first thing I noticed was Malcolm’s suit. Immaculately dressed at those daily pre-coup press conferences most days he seemed…

The Honey Badger, The Block — and Ronald Reagan

9 September 2018 6:02 pm

On the Other Channel, The Block contestants have what is called their ‘hero piece’. This is when you furnish your…

Writer’s notes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

On writing Every writer writes an ‘on writing’ piece. So here’s mine. Last week in Melbourne, I went to a…

The Canberra convulsions and the Honey Badger

23 August 2018 5:37 pm

I don’t follow rugby so I don’t know the Honey Badger. But I do follow politics and know that a…

The renovation memory hole

10 August 2018 3:41 pm

Anyone hip enough to know inner-suburban Melbourne knows the Gatwick Hotel. It is (or was) that sleazy, abandoned, druggie flophouse…

Rock and roll realpolitik

4 July 2018 6:21 pm

Welcome to world politics where, as the old song used to go, ‘It’s a little bit tyranny, a little bit…

Stuff happens

14 June 2018 12:33 pm

Everything is inevitable. Stuff happens. This is how international relations work. The US-North Korea summit was always going to happen…

The great rock ‘n’ roll show off

1 June 2018 3:06 pm

Right now in Facebook world, they’re running the Facebook Greatest Album Challenge and it keeps cluttering up my wall. Nominate…

Never mind the bollards

29 April 2018 7:48 am

I am from Melbourne and I am a bollard lover following the 12 Steps Program to recovery. Since last year’s…

The cricket crybabies have won

31 March 2018 8:51 am

Now that the crybabies have won what are we to do? Steve Smith cried on national television and so did…

If you want a politician, get a dog

7 March 2018 1:40 pm

Down in Melbourne we have unleashed Dog Man. The controversial bronze statue by Australian artists Gillie and Marc that upset…