Australia

Well out of it

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Of all the absurd things that have been said about Brexit, Chris Patten’s comment in his Spectator Australia interview with…

Top three lefty unis

24 February 2018 9:00 am

From the sandstones to the concrete monstrosities, Australia’s university students are returning to lecture halls and classrooms in coming weeks.…

Brown study

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull is wrong about the effect of his proposed new morals code to stop ministers from philandering in the…

Business/Robbery etc

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The Turnbull government’s survival depends on a far more serious internal battle than whether Barnaby should keep his fly done…

Bye bye Nats?

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Some could use the Barnaby Joyce Affair as an opportunity to kick the National party while it’s down… so let’s…

Minding the gap

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Once again the start of the federal parliamentary year has been marked by what has become an annual ritual. The…

What is the point of Cory Bernardi?

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Let me be honest. I don’t really see the point of Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives (‘AC’) party as presently configured.…

Paying for steel jobs

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Indian billionaire Sanjeev Gupta is now in the same category as American entrepreneur Elon Musk in that any absurd idea…

Australian diary

24 February 2018 9:00 am

For some, it’s spiders or public speaking. For others, it’s being un-friended on Facebook or Jar Jar Binks returning to…

Rinat Shaham (Carmen) & Marcelo Puente (Don José)

24 February 2018 9:00 am

There was an intriguing surprise at a fine performance of Carmen last week; the surtitles carrying the translation of the…

Aux bien pensants

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Proscribe parallelism not promiscuity By proscribing sexual relations with ministerial staff and through his public moral condemnation of Nationals leader…

Bucking Barnaby

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Something doesn’t quite add up. On the one hand, the Prime Minister’s spouse, Lucy Turnbull, proudly announces via a soft…

Darwin’s puppets

17 February 2018 9:00 am

When I was young, like many teenagers, I considered science dull. At a Passover dinner one year, I declared this…

Neo-Marxist notes

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I can best explain my temporary absence from these pages by saying that I agreed to write a ‘short’ book…

Dietary notes

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Flopsy, mopsy, cottontail & peter Remember Beatrix Potter’s little rabbits that live in constant fear of Farmer Brown? Well they…

Australian diary

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I returned to Parliament a week early for hearings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. The committee…

Paula and Helen Thomson in Top Girls

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Caryl Churchill is getting on a bit; I know because she was born just two days after me. She is…

When will they ever learn?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

One January morning in 1800, a mysterious being emerged from the woods near Aveyron in France. The size of a…

Is time running out for Western civilisation?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

‘What is civilisation? I don’t know. I can’t define it in abstract terms yet, but I think I can recognise…

Eyeballing DFAT

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The problem with our foreign affairs bureaucracy isn’t just the consistent political correctness and suspicion of the Coalition. Much time…

Harvey Weinstein Syndrome

17 February 2018 9:00 am

As with most popular movements, what starts from good intentions frequently spirals out of control – or beyond what its…

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…

Autocues for the clueless

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Was anyone really surprised when the factional warlords and powerbrokers in the key NSW division of the Liberal party so…

Exorcising Malcolm

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Those close to the Prime Minister talk of ‘good Malcolm’ versus ‘bad Malcolm’ – the two sides to Mr Turnbull’s…

Burdens of proof and blatant bias

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The non-lawyer readers of this fine publication may not be aware of a key premise (really it is a trade-off…