Features Australia

The slow death of free speech

19 April 2014 9:00 am

These days, pretty much every story is really the same story: In Galway, at the National University of Ireland, a…

Ditch the Union Jack

12 April 2014 9:00 am

New Zealand is considering changing its flag. And perhaps the most striking thing about the proposal is that it seems…

Kate: buffeted in a republican breeze

Windswept in Wellington

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Kate Middleton’s arrival in New Zealand on Monday wasn’t the most flawless entrance she’s ever made. A stiff republican breeze…

Robyn Nevin: not merely good but great

A strange evening of classic local theatre

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Neighbourhood Watch, the new play by Lally Katz, is a story of an old Hungarian lady, living out her last…

Labor pain

12 April 2014 9:00 am

A life-long supporter of the ALP, never in my 66 years had Labor’s primary vote sunk to the level it…

From 1910 to 2010: the decline of workforce unions

Labour ages

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Here we go again. The Royal Commission into trade union ‘slush funds’, commencing 9 April, will be the sixth into…

Sword of honour: Queen Elizabeth II knights Sir Garfield Barwick at Government House in Sydney, 6 February 1954, during her royal tour of Australia

The PM rushes in where angels fear to tread

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It was only with ‘continuing misgivings’ that that self-proclaimed radical Tory, Garfield Barwick QC, agreed in 1953 to accept the…

A culture war on whaling

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s official: no one is safe from the killjoyism of Australia’s green-leaning chattering classes. If you thought the only people…

The Tony Abbott I know and admire

29 March 2014 9:00 am

You’d be forgiven for missing it, what with the media obsession with knights and dames, but this week marked the…

Key to defeat

29 March 2014 9:00 am

John Key is the most popular leader in the western world. Not by a little, but a lot. His net…

The new cultural cringe

29 March 2014 9:00 am

At the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, I saw a new Australian film called Around the Block. Later…

The devilish problem of Tasmania

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Now that the state election is over, and Tasmania has rid itself of 16 years of Labor governments, including a…

Under the house with Hergé

22 March 2014 9:00 am

‘Ten thousand thundering typhoons!’ I curse loudly as my head crashes into a concrete beam in the darkness. I’m deep…

Stop ringing me!

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It was 6.30 when the phone rang and dinner had just been served. ‘Which telephone company do you represent?’ I…

Putting the ‘your’ into the ABC

15 March 2014 9:00 am

What to do about the ABC and its shameless indulgence of in-house ideological bias at the taxpayer’s expense? The pragmatic…

‘Why 2014 will not be a repeat of 1914’

2014 won’t be like 1914

15 March 2014 9:00 am

The Jeremiah strategists are coming out of the woodwork to predict that Asia in 2014 will be a repeat of…

We’ll still be a melting pot

15 March 2014 9:00 am

One Saturday night late last year, two ‘white-skinned’ cricketers rolled into a petrol station on Sydney’s northern beaches having had…

Phoenix rising: the new tower on Flinders Street

A knife blade on the skyline

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Back in 1982 Paul Goldberger, then architecture critic for the New York Times, bemoaned the advent of what he called…

More British than Britain

8 March 2014 9:00 am

I went to the Falkland Islands last month. The territory is at something of a turning-point in its history. There…

Black armband

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Adam Goodes does not deserve to be Australian of the Year. The appointment was questionable in the first place, but…

Here we go again

8 March 2014 9:00 am

 ‘The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.’ — Joseph Stalin  …

Satirising anti-Semitism

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The scene: a redneck bar in Tuscon, Arizona. Sacha Baron Cohen, under the pseudonym of ‘Arote and his Cowboy Astana…

Indonesia should grow up

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Since the Whitlam era, an abiding myth about Australian foreign policy goes like this: Asia is a monolith and we…

Notes of a diplomat

1 March 2014 9:00 am

New York. One of the best overseas postings in Australia’s Foreign Affairs portfolio. So yet another politician is to enliven…

Trollhunters are a menace to the internet

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Within seconds of the announcement of Charlotte Dawson’s death, her body barely cold, lowlifes on the internet were swarming together…