Features Australia

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…

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…