Australia

Helen Sherman

18 November 2017 9:00 am

This year sees the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, a pioneer of opera and a crucial transitional…

Citizenship notes

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It could have all been so much easier… Whatever the deal done by the Coalition and Labor, there always was…

Pestminister diary

18 November 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago I arrived in Britain, to speak at the annual Battle of Ideas festival. Think Festival of Dangerous…

New York notes

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Tantamount to a speechcrime New York is wonderfully offensive. Offensive to nature with its gravity-defying towers. Offensive to the tragic,…

Why the history wars matter

18 November 2017 9:00 am

In a widely-publicised incident, two attention-seekers from the far-right Patriot Blue group harassed Senator Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub…

Business/Robbery etc

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s a festering boil on the backside of progress, but no government will lance this offensive double of PM Keating’s…

Danby vs the ABC

18 November 2017 9:00 am

You’d think that, with its $1 billion budget, the ABC could handle a little criticism. Not so, as Melbourne Ports…

Yessssssss

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The devil is in the detail. And the snakes are in the grass. This week’s cover by Sarah Dudley and…

Can rotten people create great art?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Resolving the dichotomy between a work of art, and the artist who created it, has never been more urgent or…

Australian notes

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The Bennelong bedwetter Some say that this innovative and agile Team Turnbull government continues to go from strength to strength.…

A teacher tweets

11 November 2017 9:00 am

A high-tech revolution is taking place in the world of teaching, but it’s not about AI or virtual reality or…

Pilgrim’s notes

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Black paintings and missing uncle bill You know you live in relatively peaceful times when an insurrection leads to little…

Climate games

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Who do you suppose wrote this? ‘The changing climate is causing great damage to people and planet right now, and…

Even worse in WA

11 November 2017 9:00 am

We all know that the Liberal party MPs are in a world of pain. The polls are diabolical. Political death…

Author’s diary

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Author tours are funny things, especially when unexpected. 12 months ago, I’d given up on getting Kingdom of the Wicked…

Fellow citizens

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The High Court’s decision last month to disqualify five federal parliamentarians for being dual citizens represents the worst excesses of…

Consider this…

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Western Civilisation Of late, Western Civilisation has been copping a lot of flack. It seems that the West is to…

The deep swamp

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Bill and Hillary Clinton are not unlike Lord and Lady Macbeth. For the better part of twenty-five years these two…

Jan de Bray “The governors of the Guild of St Luke, Haarlem” 1675

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Dutch Republic in the 17th century was surprisingly exciting and is now known as the Dutch Golden Age. Newly…

Sacrificial notes

11 November 2017 9:00 am

To the Sun Goddess Wong Visiting Canada, I could not fail but note the absence of any significant campaign to…

New Year’s election?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

What a mess; and, for once, it didn’t start with Malcolm Turnbull. The citizenship fiasco is a consequence of the…

Trump notes

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Trump’s America is doing better than it seems The other week I was trying to elicit some interest in politics…

Julie? No thanks

4 November 2017 9:00 am

There is now a real prospect that Julie Bishop will become our next Prime Minister. Alas, such an outcome would…

Business/Robbery etc

4 November 2017 9:00 am

There was no cost/benefit analysis; it was opposed by the government’s financial advisor, the Treasury; it has ballooned over 25…

A tale of two Andrews

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The story of euthanasia in Australia could be dubbed a tale of two Andrews, the good one and the not…