Australia

A Millenial changes her mind

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Spectator Australia contributor Anne Gallagher is currently overseas and received this letter from her 17-year old daughter. It is reproduced…

The inconvenient truth about Al Gore

23 September 2017 9:00 am

A decade ago Al Gore released his documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Second only to 9/11 it was the decade’s most…

Tying the Gordian knot

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The same sex marriage push didn’t just appear overnight. It’s the result of carefully crafted campaigns by US homosexuals with…

Unlearning truth

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Nearly ten months on, the University of Sydney appears to be coming to grips with the fact that Donald Trump…

Turnbull, SSM and the culture wars

23 September 2017 9:00 am

In his capacity as an individual, Malcolm Turnbull has just as much right to an opinion on same-sex marriage as…

What Trojan horse?

23 September 2017 9:00 am

One popular metaphor used by No campaigners is that of the Trojan horse. Same-sex marriage will, the metaphor suggests, introduce…

Business/Robbery etc

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Created by a combination of federal political incompetence and ideology-based state stupidity, it is sovereign risk, above all else, that…

Consider this…

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Black lives matter Black tennis player Sloane Stephens won the recent US Open. She beat Venus Williams in the semi-final.…

Kiwi notes

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Shadows on the cave wall Kiwis, punching above their weight on the world stage as per, have taken democracy to…

Happy New Year

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As with the Chinese New Year, Ramadan, and other festive occasions on our multicultural calendar, the ten-day period from Rosh…

Thomas Hampson

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Sir Andrew Davis became Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and, happily, will continue until the end…

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…

Brown study

16 September 2017 9:00 am

What an amazing contrast. Here I am in Bayreuth, Bavaria, to see Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring Cycle, probably the greatest…

Simon Collins

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Hate gets a bad rap these days. Children are taught that they mustn’t hate each other, divorcees are counselled not…

Our energy farce

16 September 2017 9:00 am

What a mess! Australia has the world’s largest readily available supplies of coal, gas and uranium yet our power prices…

Puppet masters and useful idiots

16 September 2017 9:00 am

A few years ago I returned to Sydney after nearly a life-time spent working in England. With my interest in…

Bestie or baddie?

16 September 2017 9:00 am

An article appeared two weeks ago in this magazine entitled ‘Iran is our natural ally’. Images came to mind of…

The Senate is dysfunctional

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Look across the entire democratic world and you will notice that some countries have only one legislative chamber. New Zealand…

Popping down to Winki Pop

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Surfers were the last of this planet’s great explorers. They followed the paths forged centuries earlier by missionaries and colonisers,…

Testing can be positive

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The federal government’s proposed drug testing trial for selected unemployment benefits claimants has been greeted with depressingly predictable objections from…

Vivica Genaux

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Founded in 2002, Pinchgut Opera has presented 19 rarely performed works with such distinction that its audience has grown along…

Kiwi notes

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Rugby, Aliens, Strippers and Dunnies Just when we really needed some light relief, with the general election campaign in full…

Melania notes

16 September 2017 9:00 am

It’s hard not to feel bad for Melania Trump. One doesn’t exactly get the impression that she wanted to be…

Arts notes

16 September 2017 9:00 am

I don’t know how many were present a week ago at The Speccie prolonged lunch but do know that I…

Travel diary

9 September 2017 9:00 am

If you have never been to Helsinki, put it on your bucket list. But, go twice. Once in summer for…