Features Australia

Magna Carta turns 800

12 July 2014 9:00 am

We all know that next year’s centenary of Gallipoli is a big deal. But were you aware of another important…

Newspaper legends… Rupert Murdoch with Chris Mitchell

The Oz turns 50

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Who would have thought, 50 years on, this country would still be talking about the Australian? When Rupert Murdoch started…

The art of political comebacks

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Most people learn from their mistakes and failures — even politicians. Some of us even get a second chance to…

How Kevin Rudd nearly destroyed Labor

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Phew! That’s a relief. Labor’s long-awaited review into why it was soundly trounced in 2013 by the hated, reviled, moronic,…

Rolf Harris CBE, child abuser

Be grateful this criminal left your lucky country

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It is not the least tragic aspect of the case of Rolf Harris that when Reader’s Digest Australia compiled a…

The Recognise T-shirt. Display solidarity, $18.70

Recognise what?

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The Recognise brand offers a great deal to the consumer-activist. The recognise.org.au website provides advice on how to get involved…

Just another witch hunt

28 June 2014 9:00 am

One of the most admirable things about Australia is that no witches were ever burnt here. As Nick Cater has…

Our lone wolves

28 June 2014 9:00 am

We all know about the crucifying sadists who comprise the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But did you…

Let’s learn from the mess-in-potamia

28 June 2014 9:00 am

What a mess Iraq is! And how dangerously close Tony Abbott has come to compounding Australia’s contribution to it with…

Tony the tradie can fix it

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The Top Tucker Takeaway near my Melbourne suburban office just changed owners, and the other day I ordered a large…

A revenue raiser

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Let’s see if I have this right. There is a ‘budget emergency’ that’s entirely the fault of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government,…

The copayment is counterproductive

14 June 2014 9:00 am

For a ‘no surprises’ government there sure were a lot of surprises in the budget. The government has taken a…

Dinner party anti-Semitism

14 June 2014 9:00 am

‘I hate f-—ing Jews!’ screeched one dinner guest, his face contorted in rage only millimetres in front of mine. It…

Bootstraps: Malcolm Turnbull

One of us

14 June 2014 9:00 am

What is it about Malcolm Turnbull? It seems that everyone in polite society is chatting about the maverick communications minister.…

Lacklustre, pompous: Linda Cropper and Philip Quast

Grateful dead

7 June 2014 9:00 am

You would think that Australia in general and the Melbourne Theatre Company in particular would be up to a production…

Little Scotlanders

7 June 2014 9:00 am

 London. Australians are well known as admirers of the Ealing comedy, and no art form has ever been invented that…

Turnbull lives on

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The Liberal party, its leaders are fond of claiming, is a broad church. But even the walls of St Paul’s…

Not in Howard’s image

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The morning after the budget, the repudiations predictably arrived. But there is no doubt that one critique hurt Tony Abbott…

Campus riff-raff

31 May 2014 9:00 am

What a weird consequence of the budget nightmare. Of all the surprises of this new Abbott Era, perhaps the biggest…

Europe needs a Tony Abbott

31 May 2014 9:00 am

In the frenzied aftermath of his infamous 1968 ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, Conservative MP Enoch Powell was asked by an…

The Farage touch

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Tony Abbott was made to look a fool again by the left-liberal media the other day. This time — where…

We’re not the real culprits

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Suddenly Australians have become obsessed with freedom, particularly ‘freedom of speech’. For that we can thank the Prime Minister who…

John Stuart Mill, British philosopher and social reformer

John Stuart Hendy

24 May 2014 9:00 am

My father died a few months ago. That was obviously a sad event for my family. However it marked the…

Pitch perfect: Nikki Shiels

An unmistakable glow of greatness

24 May 2014 9:00 am

It’s been a couple of decades since the country saw Neil Armfield direct Essie Davis in Night on Bald Mountain…

The silly culture war on Gen Y

24 May 2014 9:00 am

A scan of recent news would lead one to think that Generation Y invented the closed fist. Add to that…