Diary Australia

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17 October 2020 9:00 am

Gulag survivor and author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can’t…

NT diary

22 August 2020 9:00 am

The murranji frog is a desert amphibian that can survive long stretches without water. It is an apt name for…

Easter diary

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Chocolate eggs still. Tick. Roast dinner still. Tick. Church still. Tick. But as if in a strange, distorting dream. This…

Diary

18 April 2020 9:00 am

What a difference a few months makes. At the close of last year, all the talk in the United Kingdom…

Des Moines diary

29 February 2020 9:00 am

As is obvious from recent events, we live in times where it is not enough to disagree with someone and…

Summer diary

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Excuse me for starting on a flat note. On my mind this Christmas is that Australia’s most famous living Christian…

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30 November 2019 9:00 am

The words on the roadside hoarding capture the spirit of Singapore. ‘Let’s make Singapore our garden,’ they proclaim. Kilometre after…

England diary

16 November 2019 9:00 am

In two recent visits to England, the ostensibly Conservative government has allowed the Extinction Rebellion extremists to shut down central…

Pearl Harbor

2 November 2019 9:00 am

The Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii is a place of reverence in which 34,000 American battle-dead are interred. Battlefield remains are…

Diary

26 October 2019 9:00 am

I flew into a tempest. Although still early autumn, wild, windy and wet weather ravaged the UK, causing traffic chaos…

Diary

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Despite the old saying and the best efforts of Qantas, you can go home again, even if home is New…

Spanish diary

28 September 2019 9:00 am

My choice of newspapers was limited. Given my little Spanish, the New York Times was always going to win out…

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21 September 2019 9:00 am

When a few months ago my friend Tom Switzer – former editor of this magazine and now director of the…

Diary

14 September 2019 9:00 am

For the past three years, I had been looking to say something strong and substantial about Brexit. I first had…

Diary

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s been a long time away from home in Tasmania. I arrived in Rome in early July to teach Latin…

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31 August 2019 9:00 am

Donald Trump’s border wall may not yet be built from coast-to-coast but the barrier between those who support the president…

Diary

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Even in parliament, fashions change. I am not referring to the width of lapels, the length of dresses, the style…

Ex-Pollie Pedal

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Maybe it wouldn’t surprise you to know how constrained and routine most MPs’ lives become. It’s day after day of…

Diary

20 July 2019 9:00 am

The Holy Land. The Promised Land. The Land of Milk and Honey. Few countries have as many nicknames as Israel.…

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13 July 2019 9:00 am

The gloss of a new political year doesn’t take long to wear off. The shiny enthusiasm that accompanies the pomp…

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15 June 2019 9:00 am

Reading the spectacular biography Nixonland is like stepping back into the future when it comes to the current presidency, and…

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20 April 2019 9:00 am

I stepped out in Warringah on Saturday and stepped into a social media storm. I had earlier asked my old…

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23 March 2019 9:00 am

A visit to Britain reveals growing anxiety that we’re witnessing the Great Brexit Betrayal. One of Twitter’s funniest and most…

Diary

16 March 2019 9:00 am

It was well before sunrise on a February morning at Bondi Beach. A handful of walkers, joggers and runners were…

Australian diary

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Although it is a winter of discontent in Europe, there was little overt evidence of it in Vienna.  It was…