Features Australia

Notes from America

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Back in Los Angeles after four months in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I directed a three hour Bonnie & Clyde…

A dry spell

24 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s a pity about Sam Strong’s production of The Crucible. Arthur Miller’s allegory of McCarthyism through the dark glass of…

Kevin Rudd is just like Tony Blair

17 August 2013 9:00 am

  London There is something alarming, and distressing, for any sensitive Pom watching from afar your general election campaign. It…

September 7 is our Spring Clean-up day

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Spring is in the air, even though it’s still winter. During these past two or three weeks Sydney has bathed…

Please get rid of this dreadful technology

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Ah, the thwack of leather on willow! Surely nothing could be more redolent of an English summer, or an Australian…

1977 Ashes

My Aussie heroes

10 August 2013 9:00 am

So, it’s 2-0 down with two matches to go. The last time an Australian tourist side was 2-0 down in…

A political melodrama

10 August 2013 9:00 am

In Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel We Need to Talk about Kevin, a mother struggles to love her strange child despite…

In praise of people smugglers

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s not the sentiment de jour, but has anyone considered that people smugglers might not be the root of all…

It was beauty killed the beast: Esther Hannaford in King Kong

Gorilla tactics

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It was an Australian dream of the supreme New York fantasy: King Kong, the story of the gargantuan monkey who…

Silencing climate change dissenters

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Something is rotten in the state of climate science. The atmosphere is so poisonous it’s like a throwback to the…

Notes from reality TV

3 August 2013 9:00 am

They say politics is reality TV for ugly people. So draw what you will from my being invited to participate…

Rudd’s foreign policy mess

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Welcome to al-Qa’eda in Papua New Guinea. Our very own terrorist network right on our doorstep, funded by the Aussie…

I leave a sunburnt country

27 July 2013 9:00 am

My compatriots have not always been kind in their assessment of your country. ‘When I think of Melbourne, I vomit!’…

We are all ‘racists’ now

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Kevin Rudd has finally been forced to acknowledge that there is a link between the protection of our borders and…

Falling wickets

27 July 2013 9:00 am

  London There is a risk inherent in trying to identify differences in the sporting cultures of two such apparently…

Strange bedfellow

20 July 2013 9:00 am

I thought I should share with you something you didn’t already know about Kevin Rudd. I mean, let’s face it…

A tribute to Ken Minogue

13 July 2013 9:00 am

It seems odd to describe the death of a man of 82 years as untimely. Yet the fact that Ken…

Why Brits are gloating like hell over the Aussies

13 July 2013 9:00 am

You really have to feel sorry for the Lions. Their glorious victory in Sydney on our Saturday morning to clinch…

Ruddnomics redux

13 July 2013 9:00 am

He’s back, and he says he’s a changed man. After his enforced three-year spell in political rehab, Kevin Rudd declares:…

Notes from the feminist frontline

11 July 2013 10:02 am

Moments after Julia Gillard’s downfall was announced I took a call from Jason Morrison, live on Radio 2UE. Virtually levitating with…

Blame culture

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The phone call came out of the blue early one morning last summer following an appearance I’d made the night…

Falling towards England

6 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Let no man boast himself that he has got through the perils of winter til at least the seventh of…