Simon Collins

Simon Collins

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Like any right-thinking Australian, I was outraged to learn from a newspaper that our oldest bank has broken the law…

Clive James isn’t dead. He’s just off learning something new

28 November 2019 7:22 am

There must be poets writing today who can’t remember a time when Clive James wasn’t dying. Indeed, his capitulation to…

Simon Collins

16 November 2019 9:00 am

‘We are assessing the concerns raised and will investigate whether the program met our editorial standards,’ said the ABC’s managing…

Simon Collins

2 November 2019 9:00 am

With its manicured beachfront and sparkling, yacht-speckled view out across the water to the harbour heads, The Bathers Pavilion at…

Simon Collins

19 October 2019 9:00 am

For aesthetic reasons I did not participate in this year’s Sydney Skinny, the all-nude fund-raising harbour swim organised by my…

Simon Collins

5 October 2019 9:00 am

No institutions play a bigger collective part in the socio-economic future-proofing of a country than its universities. That’s where its…

Woodstock woes

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Thanks to the refusal of Australian weather to stick to the IPCC script, Sydneysiders have just experienced one of the…

Queen's Land

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If last ditch Remainer attempts to block a no-deal Brexit fail, our head of state, already seen to have aided…

Simon Collins

24 August 2019 9:00 am

In a recent Speccie column my friend Giles Auty recalled his late father’s difficulties with door handles. This may have…

Simon Collins

10 August 2019 9:00 am

When I filed my first Spectator piece the Aussie edition was still a twinkle in the eye of the then…

Simon Collins

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Thanks to the increasingly infantile appetite of cinema audiences and the laziness of modern screenwriters, two distinct but related film…

Simon Collins

13 July 2019 9:00 am

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there,’ is the opening line of The Go-Between, L. P.…

Simon Collins

29 June 2019 9:00 am

You keep yourself nice, you shake the right hands. You spend decades cultivating the good opinion of punters of every…

Simon Collins

15 June 2019 9:00 am

It is unclear, at time of writing, whether an application to stage America’s inaugural Straight Pride Parade on the streets…

Simon Collins

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Like many Speccie readers I’m old enough to remember when men smoked pipes on buses and tradies whistled. I can…

Simon Collins

18 May 2019 9:00 am

In a normal year, Easter is the only time when eggs play anything other than a nutritional part in Australian…

Simon Collins

4 May 2019 9:00 am

A wealthy, white, male, middle-aged American Christian takes his wife on holiday to Australia. Hiking through the Tasmanian wilderness one…

Simon Collins

20 April 2019 9:00 am

When Christopher Hitchens decided to qualify the title of his 2007 magnum opus God is not Great with the caption…

Simon Collins

6 April 2019 9:00 am

There are two kinds of political figure who cannot be effectively satirised. One is the kind of leader who makes…

Simon Collins

23 March 2019 9:00 am

In the early 1980s I went out briefly with the daughter of a Thatcher cabinet minister, and spent several evenings…

Simon Collins

9 March 2019 9:00 am

If there is anything which can be relied upon to bring a nation together better than the achievements of its…

Simon Collins

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Queensland may have thrown in the towel in its wars with the cane toad, the rabbit and the crown-of-thorns starfish,…

Simon Collins

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Two weeks ago on this page I complained about how rarely mainstream Australian media uses the word ‘masculinity’ without the…

Simon Collins

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Underpinning Orwell’s most chilling dystopian vision was the belief that controlling what people say is half way to controlling what…

Simon Collins

12 January 2019 9:00 am

If you still haven’t got around to making a New Year’s resolution, why not make one you won’t be able…