Features Australia

Labor’s stunningly childish campaign

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Late in the election campaign, as Australians firmed in their resolve to throw Labor out, a study appeared that suggested…

The cult of Labor

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Last week, former Howard cabinet minister Nick Minchin spoke out against Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, describing it as…

The Spectator correctly predicted that Australia would regain the Ashes

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Australia have regained the Ashes, much to the dismay of the British side. But did the Spectator predict this might happen…

Desperate times

31 August 2013 9:00 am

This will be the last column I write about Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister. In over a quarter of century…

Don’t listen to this foreigner

31 August 2013 9:00 am

 London There is a long and distinguished history of people — usually journalists — observing and commenting upon the politics…

Notes from America

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Back in Los Angeles after four months in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I directed a three hour Bonnie & Clyde…

A dry spell

24 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s a pity about Sam Strong’s production of The Crucible. Arthur Miller’s allegory of McCarthyism through the dark glass of…

Kevin Rudd is just like Tony Blair

17 August 2013 9:00 am

  London There is something alarming, and distressing, for any sensitive Pom watching from afar your general election campaign. It…

September 7 is our Spring Clean-up day

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Spring is in the air, even though it’s still winter. During these past two or three weeks Sydney has bathed…

Please get rid of this dreadful technology

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Ah, the thwack of leather on willow! Surely nothing could be more redolent of an English summer, or an Australian…

1977 Ashes

My Aussie heroes

10 August 2013 9:00 am

So, it’s 2-0 down with two matches to go. The last time an Australian tourist side was 2-0 down in…

A political melodrama

10 August 2013 9:00 am

In Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel We Need to Talk about Kevin, a mother struggles to love her strange child despite…

In praise of people smugglers

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s not the sentiment de jour, but has anyone considered that people smugglers might not be the root of all…

It was beauty killed the beast: Esther Hannaford in King Kong

Gorilla tactics

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It was an Australian dream of the supreme New York fantasy: King Kong, the story of the gargantuan monkey who…

Silencing climate change dissenters

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Something is rotten in the state of climate science. The atmosphere is so poisonous it’s like a throwback to the…

Notes from reality TV

3 August 2013 9:00 am

They say politics is reality TV for ugly people. So draw what you will from my being invited to participate…

Rudd’s foreign policy mess

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Welcome to al-Qa’eda in Papua New Guinea. Our very own terrorist network right on our doorstep, funded by the Aussie…

I leave a sunburnt country

27 July 2013 9:00 am

My compatriots have not always been kind in their assessment of your country. ‘When I think of Melbourne, I vomit!’…

We are all ‘racists’ now

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Kevin Rudd has finally been forced to acknowledge that there is a link between the protection of our borders and…

Falling wickets

27 July 2013 9:00 am

  London There is a risk inherent in trying to identify differences in the sporting cultures of two such apparently…

Strange bedfellow

20 July 2013 9:00 am

I thought I should share with you something you didn’t already know about Kevin Rudd. I mean, let’s face it…

A tribute to Ken Minogue

13 July 2013 9:00 am

It seems odd to describe the death of a man of 82 years as untimely. Yet the fact that Ken…

Why Brits are gloating like hell over the Aussies

13 July 2013 9:00 am

You really have to feel sorry for the Lions. Their glorious victory in Sydney on our Saturday morning to clinch…

Ruddnomics redux

13 July 2013 9:00 am

He’s back, and he says he’s a changed man. After his enforced three-year spell in political rehab, Kevin Rudd declares:…

Notes from the feminist frontline

11 July 2013 10:02 am

Moments after Julia Gillard’s downfall was announced I took a call from Jason Morrison, live on Radio 2UE. Virtually levitating with…