Features Australia

Getting the misery right

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Oh what a circus, oh what a show! Argentina has gone to town, Over the death of an actress named…

Our Constitution and the Senate

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Most of the journalists in this country, and pretty much all of the ones who work for the ABC, basically…

Roll over Beethoven

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Stirring paeans to classical music are about as common in Australian public life as admissions of inferiority in political interviews.…

Royal activism in the spider web of secrecy

4 April 2015 9:00 am

The ‘black spider memos’, coming to prominence on the day Richard III was buried, conjure up images of hunchback spiders…

Poor winners

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Congratulations to the Australian cricket team. It has won the Cricket World Cup again and firmly established itself as the…

The totalitarianism of marriage equality

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Elton John has managed to leap back into the limelight by calling for a boycott of luxury fashion label Dolce…

Memories of an Eminent Person

28 March 2015 9:00 am

For three decades I have been dreading the day Malcolm Fraser would die. Not because I was a huge fan;…

Tony, Bibi, and the commentariat

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The Prime Minister is doomed. On that, the commentariat, the elites and the whole political class are unanimous. He has…

Out of step with the times

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Malcolm Fraser had little time for Milton Friedman. When the Nobel Prize winning economist visited Australia in April 1981, the…

Iran is winning Iraq

21 March 2015 9:00 am

The Islamic State is on the retreat. The combination of Peshmerga forces and US-led airstrikes halted their offensive on the…

When is a Whiteley not a Whiteley..?

21 March 2015 9:00 am

In the 1966 film How to Steal a Million, Audrey Hepburn stars as Nicole, the wide-eyed daughter of unabashed crook…

Even the states dislike federalism

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Did any of you notice that the State of Victoria is now lobbying for national anti-bikie laws? Why, you might…

I come to bury Clarkson, not to praise him

21 March 2015 9:00 am

‘He is a ‘knob’, but I quite like him,’ said Top Gear television presenter James May of his apparently increasingly…

Bottom Drawer

21 March 2015 9:00 am

‘What’s an erection?’ my four-year old daughter asked on our way to her school. I almost veered off the road.…

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The last week saw a real game-changer in politics: Joe Hockey smiled for the first time since August. Yes, the…

Lynched by the feminist mob

14 March 2015 9:00 am

I have been considerably disempowered after writing about male disempowerment. Wading into the treacherous, virulent, oestrogen laden waters of modern…

Yearning to be connected

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Painted onto the pristine white wall of Shane Cotton’s latest exhibition Oblique Narratives is a disembodied Maori head. The head…

Farrago of leaks, libels and downright lies

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The principal skill of some Liberal MPs, acquired over years of taxpayer funded mobile telephoning, is Machiavellian intrigue. Normally, this…

Let him who is without sin…

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Let me lay down two propositions. The first is that labour relations in this country are in a bad way,…

The Forgotten Lawyer

7 March 2015 9:00 am

‘I have been a lawyer for 46 years. I have never had any suggestion of impropriety or work that was…

Right wing hunting pack

28 February 2015 9:00 am

It’s possible that Australia soon will have a new Prime Minister. Tony Abbott, seriously wounded by the recent spill, struggles…

Sex, lies and, er, rape

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Wait — it’s now a crime to fib your way into bed with someone? That is the take-home message of…

The liberation of butter

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The liberation of butter from the dietary exile to which stern medical opinion had condemned it makes you wonder what…

Out of Commission

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The starting gun on industrial relations reform has been fired. The Productivity Commission is about to begin a comprehensive inquiry…

The harlot throughout the ages

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Like some banana republic, Australia is in the middle of an attempted coup. Not by the army, but by the…