Features Australia

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…

Nick Garland’s take on the Thatcher legacy in the 13 April issue

A tribute to Margaret Thatcher

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The amazing thing about the funeral of Baroness Thatcher was the size of the crowds, and the next amazing thing…

Closed for business

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Pity the Australian people. In 2007, they elected Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, a man who billed himself as an…

No apology

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Given that spying is the second oldest profession, it would seem somewhat redundant for Tony Abbott to apologise to Indonesia…

An appalling hypocrite

30 November 2013 9:00 am

It has been said that hypocrisy is the compliment that vice pays to virtue. If so, Australia’s Governor-General, Quentin Bryce,…

Australian Letters

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Soft on crime Sir: One of my favourite Spectator Australia columns is Peter Coleman’s. His insightful and calm articulation can…

Apology and appeasement

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Who knew that when Tony Abbott promised to focus Australia’s attention away from Geneva and on to Jakarta he actually…

On top of the Victorian desalination plant, the largest ‘green roof’ in the southern hemisphere

What drought?

23 November 2013 9:00 am

At the height of the ten-year drought, when it looked like Melbourne might never again get the kind of rains…

Confessions of a climate denier

23 November 2013 9:00 am

OK, I got it wrong. My climate change denialism has collapsed under the sheer weight of contradictory evidence. ‘Still think…

Grand delusions?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

This week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting has provoked dissent unusual, these days, within this rather anodyne, harmless and ineffectual…

Who killed Australian cricket?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Australian cricket fans are not used to losing frequently — at least until recently. And with the resumption of the…