Simon Collins

Simon Collins

13 July 2019 9:00 am

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there,’ is the opening line of The Go-Between, L. P.…

Simon Collins

29 June 2019 9:00 am

You keep yourself nice, you shake the right hands. You spend decades cultivating the good opinion of punters of every…

Simon Collins

15 June 2019 9:00 am

It is unclear, at time of writing, whether an application to stage America’s inaugural Straight Pride Parade on the streets…

Simon Collins

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Like many Speccie readers I’m old enough to remember when men smoked pipes on buses and tradies whistled. I can…

Simon Collins

18 May 2019 9:00 am

In a normal year, Easter is the only time when eggs play anything other than a nutritional part in Australian…

Simon Collins

4 May 2019 9:00 am

A wealthy, white, male, middle-aged American Christian takes his wife on holiday to Australia. Hiking through the Tasmanian wilderness one…

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20 April 2019 9:00 am

When Christopher Hitchens decided to qualify the title of his 2007 magnum opus God is not Great with the caption…

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6 April 2019 9:00 am

There are two kinds of political figure who cannot be effectively satirised. One is the kind of leader who makes…

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23 March 2019 9:00 am

In the early 1980s I went out briefly with the daughter of a Thatcher cabinet minister, and spent several evenings…

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9 March 2019 9:00 am

If there is anything which can be relied upon to bring a nation together better than the achievements of its…

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23 February 2019 9:00 am

Queensland may have thrown in the towel in its wars with the cane toad, the rabbit and the crown-of-thorns starfish,…

Simon Collins

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Two weeks ago on this page I complained about how rarely mainstream Australian media uses the word ‘masculinity’ without the…

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26 January 2019 9:00 am

Underpinning Orwell’s most chilling dystopian vision was the belief that controlling what people say is half way to controlling what…

Simon Collins

12 January 2019 9:00 am

If you still haven’t got around to making a New Year’s resolution, why not make one you won’t be able…

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8 December 2018 9:00 am

Last week a friend invited me to the final year art students’ show at the University of NSW. As I…

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24 November 2018 9:00 am

In the England of my childhood, greengrocers were heavily reliant on South African farmers. This was still the case when…

Simon Collins

10 November 2018 9:00 am

I don’t know if media coverage of the Geoffrey Rush defamation trial boosted Australian cinema attendances for last week’s simulcast…

Simon Collins

27 October 2018 9:00 am

It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that the party-pooping Ulema shut down Saudi Arabia’s cinemas. So there’s a good chance that…

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13 October 2018 9:00 am

No doubt many Speccie readers took heart from ANU Chancellor Gareth Evans’s recent suggestion that the business of a university…

Simon Collins

29 September 2018 9:00 am

I am in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to visit my daughter. This is my first visit to the Steel City, so to…

Simon Collins

1 September 2018 9:00 am

From a One Nation kind of perspective, one of the most inconvenient truths about the Muslim population of modern Australia…

Simon Collins

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Like many poms with a strong sense of post-colonial entitlement, I took a long hard look at Canada before I…

Simon Collins

4 August 2018 9:00 am

In a few years’ time the only clue that the name Fairfax was ever synonymous with wealth and influence in…

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21 July 2018 9:00 am

Like most Australian men I am horrified by reports which attest to the ubiquity of violence against our womenfolk. But…

Simon Collins

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Some years ago, as a judge on one of adland’s more obscure international awards panels, I had to assess the…