Stephen Loosley

Art of diplomacy

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The language of diplomacy often requires nuance and subtlety. Not infrequently, it needs to be opaque, to enable differing interpretations;…

Revolving doors

27 May 2017 9:00 am

There is a curious twist in the montage on the cover of Rodney Tiffen’s Disposable Leaders; a detailed treatise on…

Bankstown lefty

4 February 2017 9:00 am

For Paul Keating, there have always been two kinds of politics: ‘high tone’ and ‘low rent’. High tone was to…

Bankstown lefty

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

For Paul Keating, there have always been two kinds of politics: ‘high tone’ and ‘low rent’. High tone was to…

Bankstown lefty

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

For Paul Keating, there have always been two kinds of politics: ‘high tone’ and ‘low rent’. High tone was to…

Up Close and Personal

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Chris Mitchell’s memoir of his life as a News Ltd journalist, then as editor, first of Brisbane’s Courier Mail and…

Up Close and Personal

1 December 2016 3:00 pm

Chris Mitchell’s memoir of his life as a News Ltd journalist, then as editor, first of Brisbane’s Courier Mail and…

Up Close and Personal

1 December 2016 3:00 pm

Chris Mitchell’s memoir of his life as a News Ltd journalist, then as editor, first of Brisbane’s Courier Mail and…

Walking the walls of Theodosius

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Hagia Sophia (the Church of the Holy Wisdom) in Istanbul is arguably the most important building in our Judeo-Christian tradition.…

Walking the walls of Theodosius

27 October 2016 2:00 pm

Hagia Sophia (the Church of the Holy Wisdom) in Istanbul is arguably the most important building in our Judeo-Christian tradition.…

Walking the walls of Theodosius

27 October 2016 2:00 pm

Hagia Sophia (the Church of the Holy Wisdom) in Istanbul is arguably the most important building in our Judeo-Christian tradition.…

A hero recalled

6 August 2016 9:00 am

In these times it seems that heroes are acclaimed readily and easily. A single television appearance coupled with a politically…

A hero recalled

4 August 2016 1:00 pm

In these times it seems that heroes are acclaimed readily and easily. A single television appearance coupled with a politically…

A hero recalled

4 August 2016 1:00 pm

In these times it seems that heroes are acclaimed readily and easily. A single television appearance coupled with a politically…

Telling it on the mountain

10 September 2015 1:00 pm

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

Australian Diary

21 May 2015 9:30 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

23 April 2015 9:30 am

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

Californian diary

5 February 2015 2:00 pm

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

Shock jock

27 November 2014 3:00 pm

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

Lazarus is back

16 October 2014 2:00 pm

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

Hero and villain

27 March 2014 3:00 pm

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

Sound military history

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

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

The way it was

28 November 2013 3:00 pm

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

The useful Colonel Houses

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

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