Tony Abbott

What have you changed your mind about? A Spectator Christmas survey

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Grayson Perry In 1992 I created a graphic novel called Cycle of Violence. Reading it now, the initially striking thing…

Tony Abbott: How to save Brexit

27 October 2018 9:00 am

It’s pretty hard for Britain’s friends, here in Australia, to make sense of the mess that’s being made of Brexit.…

Australia’s choice: Chinese trade – or American security?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

 Sydney For decades, Australia has been known as ‘the lucky country’. At the end of the world geographically, we are…

Gillian Triggs: the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

26 July 2017 1:01 pm

In today’s Australian Chris Kenny has a wholly accurate piece on Gillian Triggs. Kenny sets out the ways in which Triggs…

Who the hell were they polling?

25 July 2017 11:57 am

Readers should take this morning’s Newspoll from The Australian, ‘Turnbull beats Abbott on leadership and values’, with a pinch of…

Abbott birther barminess booms

19 July 2017 8:07 pm

Oh boy. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy… We’re not in Kansas anymore, people. You remember that Abbott birther barminess…

Fairfax fools join the birther brigade

18 July 2017 8:30 pm

What else were they ever going to do? Two Green senators were forced to resign because they’re better at self-righteousness than…

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The centre-right is failing worldwide, so what’s David Cameron’s secret?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

There are times when Westminster’s obsession with US politics is embarrassing for even the strongest believer in the Anglo-American relationship.…

Tony Abbott is right about immigration - and turning back boats

29 October 2015 9:00 am

For many years, Australia has been turning away boats filled with migrants. From a remove, this looks cold–hearted — a…

Charles Moore’s Notes: what the Labour party needs is a parliamentary representation committee

19 September 2015 8:00 am

When the Labour party began, its purpose was the representation of labour (i.e. workers) in the House of Commons. Indeed,…

Turning back refugee boats saves lives - as Australia found out

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Turning back boats saves lives

Charles Moore: Nelson has lost the battle to a fat, stupid blue cockerel

26 October 2013 9:00 am

I do not know whether the Greek gypsy couple accused of abducting a girl called Maria are guilty, but I…

Note to the opposition: Tony Abbott is not to blame for the bushfires

26 October 2013 9:00 am

 Australia One of the odd things about bushfires as we know them in Australia is the unlikely truces declared between…

How Australia's Tony Abbott pulled off a great conservative victory

7 September 2013 9:00 am

By conventional wisdom, Tony Abbott should not become Prime Minister of Australia this weekend. He ought to be too conservative,…

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…

Conservative landslide in Australia: Tony Abbott will crush Kevin Rudd

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Sometimes only a cliché will do, especially when the subject is the Australian Labor party. Labor is holed beneath the…