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Knight takes Abbott

31 January 2015

Of all the potent weapons we never expected to see draw blood from lifelong political battler Tony Abbott, ridicule was surely at the top of the list. Mr Abbott has… Read more

Australia Day

24 January 2015

At this time of year, perhaps more than any other, it is easy to see why Australia is the envy of the world in so many ways. The long, lazy… Read more


17 January 2015

Even as we were putting the finishing touches to our editorial last week, in which we ‘joined the dots’ between the Islamist terrorism that has destroyed Australian lives all the… Read more

Year of living dangerously

10 January 2015

With the nightmare of the Sydney siege still fresh in Australian minds comes the not entirely unexpected heightened terrorist alerts regarding Indonesia, and indeed the threat of civil unrest and… Read more

Rebooting the government

3 January 2015

Among the many dubious gifts the digital age has endowed us with is an abundance of new ways of expressing old ideas. We have ‘selfies’, ‘default positions’, ‘command and control’,… Read more

Morality tales

13 December 2014

‘And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?’ A question, originally set to an agreeably festive tune by one John Winston Lennon, that plagues most of us at… Read more

Diary Australia


Peter Costello

24 January 2015

It’s time to try my hand at currency exchange with the tourist touts of Zimbabwe.… Read more

Harry Stutchbury

17 January 2015

Four months in Washington D.C., interning on Capitol Hill sounded pretty good to a kid… Read more

Michael Koziol

10 January 2015

Holidays are a time to abandon the comfort zone and try new things. So when… Read more

Australian Notes

31 January 2015 Aus

The Queen has conferred knighthoods on the Americans Bill Gates and Norman Schwarzkopf. She appointed… Read more

24 January 2015 Aus

Baffling that so many observers had so much trouble interpreting the recent Charlie Hebdo cover… Read more

17 January 2015 Aus

It must have been one of the last cartoons he drew before he was murdered.… Read more

10 January 2015 Aus

If only Tony Abbott could bring the conviction and even eloquence he demonstrated in Baghdad… Read more

No Aussie knighthood for Winston

31 January 2015

January marked fifty years since the passing of Winston Churchill. In commenting on the anniversary, Prime Minister Tony Abbott recalled what Sir Robert Menzies said at the funeral in 1965:… Read more

Don’t poke fun at the terrorists

31 January 2015

On Thursday July 3, 2014, the Jakarta Post, an English-language paper with a circulation of around 40,000, published a cartoon in its daily print edition. It was a few days… Read more

The viper lurking in our bosom

31 January 2015

During my recent visit to Australia, as I advocated for Project Rozana, the Israeli-Palestinian health mission, I also delivered lectures on Islamism. For many years I have held a publicly… Read more

Coolies sold down the river by the bamboo ceiling

31 January 2015

Believe it or not, the purpose of publishing the ‘Daily Life’ section of the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald is not to justify shutting down all university departments that… Read more

Censorship guide

31 January 2015

Here is a wee little guide for all of you people who work for the ABC, or Get-Up!, or the Australian Human Rights Commission, or who happen to be some… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

31 January 2015

The ghost of a long-dead Sydney stockbroking firm is hexing Queensland Liberal-National Premier Campbell Newman in the closing stages of his State election campaign. He and his deputy Jeff Seeney… Read more

Guest Notes


Elle Hardy

3 January 2015

‘The Aussies work out everythin’ backwards,’ says Wilson the Texan in Norman Mailer’s The Naked… Read more

Grace Collier

13 December 2014

Some Australians have forgotten how to speak their truth. Some have lost their ability to… Read more

Miranda Devine

13 December 2014

AFTER a year dabbling in radio, I listen to other people’s voices with a new… Read more

Bottom Drawer

Bottom drawer

24 January 2015

‘There’s so much that Britain has given to us’, said… Read more

Bottom drawer

3 January 2015

‘I’m sorry Jeremy, I’m going to have to de-friend you… Read more

Bottom drawer

6 December 2014

The Sex Party, according to results at the time of… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

29 November 2014

Millions of Australian investors can now sleep safely in their… Read more

Culture Buff

Donald McDonald

31 January 2015

Possibly in the most beautiful setting of any theatre in the world, Sydney’s Wharf Theatre… Read more

Donald McDonald

24 January 2015

This is a great time of the year to make progress with that stack of… Read more

Donald McDonald

17 January 2015

Wanting to love it was not enough; Mr Turner just didn’t quite do it for… Read more

Donald McDonald

10 January 2015

Not many people would still argue that fashion, as in garments, has no place in… Read more

Brown by Dallimore

13 December 2014

I had hoped to bring you a cheery Christmas tale, but the political goings on in Melbourne and Canberra mean I will have to postpone that pleasure and be serious.… Read more


24 January 2015
Quarterly Essay: Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer Guy Rundle

Black Inc, pp.$19.95, 116, ISBN: 9781863957014

Not so much striding across the political landscape as huffing and puffing his way through the back rooms, Clive Palmer is an oddity even by the standards of Australian public… Read more

Under the bed

13 December 2014
Australia Under Surveillance Frank Moorhouse

Vintage, pp.298, $33, ISBN: 978085798972

The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO 1949-1963 David Horner

Allen & Unwin, pp.736, $60, ISBN: 9781743319666

The bogeyman of the ASIO agent under the bed has long been an obsession of the Left, and judging from Australia Under Surveillance it will continue to be for a… Read more

Shock jock

29 November 2014
Brenno: The Life and Times of a Media Godfather John Brennan

New Holland, pp.318, $32.99, ISBN: 9781742575728

A senior Minister in the NSW government of John Fahey once told me that there was a vacant metaphorical chair at Cabinet meetings. It may have been unoccupied but everyone… Read more

It’s the Stupid, stupid

22 November 2014
A Short History of Stupid Helen Razer and Bernard Keane

Allen & Unwin, pp.336, $29.99, ISBN: 9781760110543

Ironic Capitalisation of That Which You Do Not Like is apparently A Thing. You’ll forgive me for employing this Irritating Device, for after reading A Short History of Stupid, its… Read more

Genocidal thoughts

15 November 2014
Blood & Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars Sam Vincent

Black Inc, pp.272, $30, ISBN: 978186395682

An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? Geoffrey Robertson

Random, pp.294, $35, ISBN: 9780857986337

It takes a certain type of courage for a writer to complete a book and then admit that he does not really know what the conflict it describes is about.… Read more

Lazarus is back

18 October 2014
The Menzies Era; the years that shaped modern Australia John Howard

Harper Collins, pp.707, $59.99, ISBN: 9780732296124

Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley, still quips that John Winston Howard is his nemesis. This does not prevent the ambassador telling perhaps the best story about Prime… Read more

In the big chair

11 October 2014
Triumph and Demise: The Broken Promise of a Labor Generation Paul Kelly

Melbourne University Press, pp.560, $50, ISBN: 9780522862102

My Story Julia Gillard

Random, pp.512, $50, ISBN: 9780857983909

Even those of us of a conservative bent hoped that the election of the Rudd government in 2007 would constitute a landmark, a welcome change, a new beginning. Looking back,… Read more

Racy reading

4 October 2014
Quarterly Essay: A Rightful Place: Race, Recognition and a More Complete Commonwealth Noel Pearson

Black Inc, pp.72, $19.95, ISBN: 9781863956819

In a field which is often characterised by polemics and hand-wringing, Noel Pearson has emerged as both a considered thinker and an active doer. So when he puts forward a… Read more