Australia

Are the Australian election results a bad sign for the Tories?

24 May 2022 6:49 pm

Scott Morrison’s Liberals were absolutely thrashed in the Australian elections this weekend. The party’s vote collapsed, and there were big-name…

How Scott Morrison was defeated in Australia

22 May 2022 6:00 pm

‘Scott Morrison is empathetic – without the “em”.’ Those words, spoken on Friday by the Labor party frontbencher Jason Clare,…

New Aussie rules: Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

Could Australia’s answer to Corbyn become PM?

16 April 2022 4:00 pm

While the main electoral attraction of the moment is the French presidential showdown between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen,…

Rest in peace, Shane Warne

5 March 2022 3:16 am

Headingly, July 22nd 1993 and the opening day of the fourth test that summer between England and Australia. This, as…

Novak Djokovic is treating Australians like mugs

7 January 2022 12:27 am

Just minutes from the heart of Victoria’s capital, Melbourne Park is one of the great tennis complexes. For a fortnight…

Why England lost the Ashes

6 January 2022 2:37 am

England’s wretched performance in the Ashes – which saw the side lose three tests and so the series to Australia…

China has begun its campaign to take Taiwan

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Normally, if the response to a speech of mine was that it had been a ‘despicable and insane performance’ from…

How 19th-century gold rushes led to a distrust of China

2 October 2021 9:00 am

For a brief moment three summers ago it seemed that the clear Idaho air wafting through the Sun Valley Literary…

The EU should keep out of France's spat with Australia

22 September 2021 6:46 am

Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a full investigation. EU officials are considering pulling out of technology talks with the…

Biden is losing Nato

19 September 2021 4:00 pm

The forming of the Australia-UK-US (Aukus) military alliance in the Pacific shows how everything Trump can say, Biden can do.…

Aukus is a disaster for the EU

18 September 2021 10:05 am

It is hard to overstate the importance of the so-called Aukus alliance between the US, the UK and Australia —…

Australia and the new special relationship

18 September 2021 8:56 am

The awkwardly-named AUKUS agreement reflects Washington’s escalating concern about China’s dominance in the Indo-Pacific. It signals London’s determination to be…

What the Aukus pact says about Britain's foreign policy

17 September 2021 8:52 am

While the foreign secretary changed in the last 24 hours, the most important announcement regarding the direction of UK foreign…

Macron's ambitions have been torpedoed by Aukus

17 September 2021 6:50 am

Today France is outraged. First, explicitly because Australia has broken a large contract to have a French company design their…

Letters: The agony of the forgotten Australians

4 September 2021 9:00 am

A glimmer of hope Sir: After the debacle of the West’s shambolic withdrawal from Afghanistan, it was comforting to read…

Zero-Covid is wishful thinking if Australia wants to rejoin the world

31 August 2021 7:47 am

As former Australian foreign minister and High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer wrote in last week’s magazine, almost all…

Can Australia escape its Covid lockdown cycle?

10 August 2021 8:35 am

In the early days of the pandemic, Australia was the envy of the world. The country was lauded as a…

How Australia was caught in lockdown limbo

28 July 2021 6:23 am

Sajid Javid’s deleted weekend tweet about Britain ‘learning to live with, rather than cower from Covid’ upset just about everyone…

Australia proves the cost of zero Covid

27 July 2021 9:47 am

The UK is growing at the fastest pace in 80 years. The United States, fuelled by President Biden’s stimulus programme,…

Portrait of the week: Covid in cabinet, pingdemic pandemonium and Ben & Jerry’s boycott

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Home On the eve of the day that most coronavirus restrictions were to be lifted, the Prime Minister and Chancellor…

Portrait of the week: Mixed messages on masks, protests in Cuba and good news for pandas

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Home England expects everyone to wear masks in crowded places, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said in a televised address,…

Revealed: How the UK-Australia deal was struck

20 June 2021 11:00 am

The UK’s first bespoke trade deal agreed since leaving the EU was finalised with Australia over two dinners. One took…

The real value of the Australia trade deal

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If Britain had been unable to agree a trade deal with Australia, then Brexit really would have been pointless. The…

Why the BBC believed Martin Bashir

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If it is true, as Lords Hall and Birt told a Commons committee this week, that Martin Bashir succeeded in…