Features Australia

Why I’m homeschooling

21 September 2013 9:00 am

My journey from homeschooling sceptic to homeschool cheerleader was in two parts. There is the practical journey, which takes in…

Julia Gillard's myth makers

21 September 2013 9:00 am

In recent weeks the Left — which is of course not a singular herd, though it sometimes acts like one…

Where to now for Labor?

14 September 2013 9:00 am

It’s not such a big deal. One term, maybe two, and Labor will be back in power. Abbott will prove…

Why doesn’t the Facebook abuse of Tony Abbott prompt outrage from the moral guardians?

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Oh how the sanctimonious Left bemoaned the slightest criticism of Julia Gillard. Egged on by Gillard’s own rants, and abetted…

If only Tories had a Tony

14 September 2013 9:00 am

We woke up in England last Sunday morning to hear the good news from Down Under, pleased for our Australian…

No way to treat an expat

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Hundreds of thousands of Australian residents are now, and have been for decades, victims of a slow, creeping and remorseless…

The real deal

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Since the 2006 mid-term congressional elections that began the Republican party’s decline, American pundits have been scanning the horizon for…

Labor’s stunningly childish campaign

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Late in the election campaign, as Australians firmed in their resolve to throw Labor out, a study appeared that suggested…

The cult of Labor

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Last week, former Howard cabinet minister Nick Minchin spoke out against Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, describing it as…

The Spectator correctly predicted that Australia would regain the Ashes

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Australia have regained the Ashes, much to the dismay of the British side. But did the Spectator predict this might happen…

Desperate times

31 August 2013 9:00 am

This will be the last column I write about Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister. In over a quarter of century…

Don’t listen to this foreigner

31 August 2013 9:00 am

 London There is a long and distinguished history of people — usually journalists — observing and commenting upon the politics…

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!’…