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Australian Notebook

1 March 2014 9:00 am

To Sydney for the first of three G20 meetings in Australia this year. It’s a long way to travel, but…

The Don in his heyday

Academics against The Don

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Don Bradman was ‘peculiar’. That is the startling finding of a pair of Monash University academics. Of course, anyone with…

Don’t mention the war

22 February 2014 9:00 am

For months before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq the American, British and Australian governments were hard at work manipulating…

‘Ah, those were the days’

American notes

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The 1980 US presidential election campaign was characterised by warnings from the Carter White House about the impact of a…

Terror Australis

15 February 2014 9:00 am

A decade ago if you broke down somewhere between Woop Woop and the back of Bourke, the arrival of a…

You’re no John Stuart Mill

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Our Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, takes more than a little pride in painting himself as an old-fashioned classical liberal. Think…

An Aussie wolf on Wall Street

8 February 2014 9:00 am

We turned up, drunk, to the Porsche showroom and demanded to test-drive the new Carrera Turbo. No doubt the salesman…

I love my ABC

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Phillip Adams accompanied me on my travels through Iran. Mark Colvin at times too, but he couldn’t compete with Adams’s…

Our right-wing bogeyman

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Richard Nixon’s administration had Spiro Agnew, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s bovver boy was Norman Tebbit, President George W. Bush gave…

Leave plenty to the imagination

1 February 2014 9:00 am

It seems they’re all the go at the moment; major historical survey shows, that is. There was Australia at the…

Lose the Lord’s Prayer

1 February 2014 9:00 am

I have always found the Christian prayers before a sitting of a house of parliament to be a curious event.…

Draconian Barry

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I’m writing this from a bar in central Sydney, moderately soberly — although I have just ordered another beer, so…

Rolf and Operation Gumtree

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris is believed to have pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of embarrassing a large amount of…

Uni activists need to get real in the Abbott era

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Times are not as easy for the labour movement when the Coalition is in government, and without doubt that goes…

Tony is soft on crime

18 January 2014 9:00 am

  London. One of the many reasons why I, and countless other tourists, love visiting Australia is that I can…

Psychological victory: Mitchell Johnson and team-mates

Hubris and humiliation

11 January 2014 9:00 am

It is a challenge to write about England’s preposterously dismal performance in the Test series without dealing more in the…

A king hit to common sense

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Society has taken a wrong turn with our city streets filled with self-obsessed thugs bent on violence — and the…

The missing milestone

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Last October’s bushfires meant that 2013 was not a good year for the Blue Mountains. It should have been a…

Speccie scoop: Snowden files in full

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In a world exclusive, The Spectator Australia today publishes highlights of the remaining 19,999 files of Australian intelligence stolen by…

In like Flynn

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The movie Saving Mr Banks stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney (foolproof casting) and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the…

My dream to visit Oz

14 December 2013 9:00 am

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to visit Australia, and I’d love to see a Test match…

Where were you during apartheid?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

It was the second session of the 27th parliament, 3 March 1970. The House was sitting for the first time…

In memory of Christopher Koch

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Christopher Koch would not like me talking about his politics. Because the real point about Chris, who died in September,…

The comedy of cricket

14 December 2013 9:00 am

If the government is keen on cutting wasted expenditure so it can waste it on itself, it could do worse…

End of McTernanism

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Last weekend in Canberra a murder took place. It was no ordinary killing. In fact, it involved a horribly painful…