Rowan Dean

Discover your inner writer – and win five grand

20 June 2017 11:14 pm

Calling all entries for The 2017 Thawley Prize competition


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…

An Aussie wolf on Wall Street

8 February 2014 9:00 am

We turned up, drunk, to the Porsche showroom and demanded to test-drive the new Carrera Turbo. No doubt the salesman…

Rolf and Operation Gumtree

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris is believed to have pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of embarrassing a large amount of…


11 January 2014 9:00 am

‘A bunch of Y-front wearing pansies’ is how one of my conservative friends describes the Abbott government. It’s an interesting…

Speccie scoop: Snowden files in full

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In a world exclusive, The Spectator Australia today publishes highlights of the remaining 19,999 files of Australian intelligence stolen by…

Notes from a Media tart

14 December 2013 9:00 am

One of the drawbacks of writing for a magazine as esteemed as the Spectator Australia is that you are assumed…

End of McTernanism

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Last weekend in Canberra a murder took place. It was no ordinary killing. In fact, it involved a horribly painful…

Confessions of a climate denier

23 November 2013 9:00 am

OK, I got it wrong. My climate change denialism has collapsed under the sheer weight of contradictory evidence. ‘Still think…