Michael Scammell

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…

The fine art of political juxtaposition

8 January 2018 2:36 pm

We all have that friend who we hang out with because they make us look better than we actually are…