Rowan Dean

Fire up your writing engine – and win five grand

21 November 2019 2:19 am

Theme: ‘…or forever hold your peace’. It is with great delight that we announce the sixth annual Spectator Australia Thawley…

2018 Thawley Essay Prize winners

23 July 2019 7:02 pm

It is with great delight that we announce the winner and the runner-up of the 2018 Spectator Australia Thawley Essay…

Rowan Dean: I predicted all along that Morrison would win

20 May 2019 7:41 am

The Coalition has been returned to government. Bill Shorten lost the “unlosable” election and Scott Morrison won – funnily enough,…

The Lion, the Witch & the Closet

16 February 2019 9:00 am

With impeccable timing, increasingly-eccentric Defence Minister Christopher Pyne this week leapt out of some bizarre theological closet to declare that…

Fire up your writing engine – and win five grand

10 October 2018 8:38 pm

Due to popular demand, the deadline has been extended to 5 January 2019

The Spectator Anglo-Australia Forum

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The Aussie sun shone down over a glistening Sydney harbour only metres from where the First Fleet landed back in…

A fight for the heart and soul of the Liberal Party

23 August 2018 12:29 pm

Choosing between Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison as to whom should lead the Liberal party is the most significant decision…

2017 Thawley Essay Prize winners

14 April 2018 12:44 am

It is with great delight that we announce the winner and the runner-up of the 2017 Spectator Austraia Thawley Essay…


10 November 2016 9:45 am

Appearing on Lateline the other night as the only Trump supporter the ABC producers could find willing to predict a…

Is Kevin putting his book together? Some clairvoyance from the editor

1 August 2016 4:07 am

You can always tell when someone has finally had enough of their job and is desperate to get the hell…

Discover your inner writer – and win five grand

26 July 2016 10:07 am

Calling all entries for The 2016 Thawley Prize

Turnbull – all for nothing by Richard Ferguson

6 July 2016 3:57 am

Imagine you’re Malcolm Turnbull for a second (you might need to see a psychiatrist after the exercise). You have destroyed…

Former Australian PM John Howard backs Brexit

15 June 2016 12:00 am

Speaking at a private Liberal Party fundraiser in Sydney on Wednesday night, Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister, John Howard,…

Shorten comes clean

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has revealed police have cleared him of an allegation that dates back nearly 61 weeks.…

Sicilian Diary

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Most of my dealings with the mafia — to the best of my knowledge — have been pleasant ones. Visiting…

How Kevin Rudd nearly destroyed Labor

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Phew! That’s a relief. Labor’s long-awaited review into why it was soundly trounced in 2013 by the hated, reviled, moronic,…

Dinner party anti-Semitism

14 June 2014 9:00 am

‘I hate f-—ing Jews!’ screeched one dinner guest, his face contorted in rage only millimetres in front of mine. It…

Europe needs a Tony Abbott

31 May 2014 9:00 am

In the frenzied aftermath of his infamous 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, Conservative MP Enoch Powell was asked by an…

A PR guide to selling a budget

24 May 2014 9:00 am

‘One: tell them what you’re going to tell them; two: tell them; three: tell them what you just told them.’…

No laughing matter: Andrew Neil, Joe Hockey and Tom Switzer on the PPL

An extravagant entitlement

3 May 2014 9:00 am

‘When we lie to ourselves and believe it, truth vanishes and we’re at the negation of the negation,’ wrote Robert…

Climate change, the movie

19 April 2014 9:00 am

With the release last week of the exciting third instalment of the mighty IPCC trilogy ‘Assessment Report 5’, it’s clear…


5 April 2014 9:00 am

I’ve recently rediscovered the lost, forbidden pleasure of the smoko. My earliest memories of enjoying a smoko were back at…

Under the house with Hergé

22 March 2014 9:00 am

‘Ten thousand thundering typhoons!’ I curse loudly as my head crashes into a concrete beam in the darkness. I’m deep…

Black armband

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Adam Goodes does not deserve to be Australian of the Year. The appointment was questionable in the first place, but…

Satirising anti-Semitism

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The scene: a redneck bar in Tuscon, Arizona. Sacha Baron Cohen, under the pseudonym of ‘Arote and his Cowboy Astana…