Stephen Loosley

Kiwi notes

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Socialist Ardernative New Zealand politics has thrown up some wonderful invective over the years. A favourite of mine originated…

The Fighting Kangaroo

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Jim Eames, an established and respected aviation writer, whose previous credits include The Flying Kangaroo, a history of Qantas, has…

Hawaiian notes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Under Hawaiian eyes The Pearl Harbour memorial to the 1,177 American sailors and marines (1,102 still entombed) who lost their…

Ruck ‘n roll

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As every Speccie reader certainly will be aware and no doubt heartily applaud, the game of rugby league was born…

Telling it on the mountain

12 September 2015 9:00 am

As we stood on the threshold of the dacha outside Vladivostok, the Australian delegation paused. We had been monitoring Boris…

Australian Diary

23 May 2015 9:00 am

At the end of the week of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s second Federal Budget, I recalled the caustic observation about the…

War and jealousy

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Le Hamel was the site of an extraordinary triumph of allied arms early on the morning of July 4, 1918.…

Californian diary

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The American Republic has always been characterized by great political families. From earliest days, from the Adams and the Harrisons…

Shock jock

29 November 2014 9:00 am

A senior Minister in the NSW government of John Fahey once told me that there was a vacant metaphorical chair…

Lazarus is back

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley, still quips that John Winston Howard is his nemesis. This does not…

Hero and villain

29 March 2014 9:00 am

There is a story told of Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister speaking with his Treasurer, Bill Hayden. It is late…

‘Ah, those were the days’

American notes

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The 1980 US presidential election campaign was characterised by warnings from the Carter White House about the impact of a…

Sound military history

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Scott Fitzgerald once made the famous observation that there are no second acts in American life. Perhaps. But Mike Carlton…

The way it was

30 November 2013 9:00 am

There is a test in Canberra which applies to the quality of political commentary. It is called the ‘Blue Poles’…

The useful Colonel Houses

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was determined to get the measure of Britain’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, and of Britain’s chances…