Out of step with the times 

Malcolm Fraser was the last of the Keynesian Liberals - and the only one to lose an election on economic management


Leading article Australia

The wrong trousers

In 1986, the year after he officially became an Eminent Person courtesy of both the United Nations and the Commonwealth, Australia’s 22nd prime minister lost his trousers in a Memphis… Read more

Trinity of mediocrity

This was the week when the stark contrast between the relative talents of the top three individuals in the federal government and the opposition were on proud display for all… Read more

Lynch mob-ette

There is a disturbing current of vilification running throughout the Australian feminist movement. Even as Australians proudly celebrated International Women’s Day recently, it became clear an angry, vocal, left-wing group… Read more

Rape of the Libs

Perhaps the commentariat now realise that they do not, in fact, run the country, and cannot replace prime ministers on a whim. Readers will recall we were quick to point… Read more

Tough talk

28 February 2015

‘Crack down on welfare rorters. Get tough on radical Islam.’ If there’s a whiteboard in the Prime Minister’s office (or his much-maligned Chief of Staff’s), and those words or some… Read more

Fair maiden

21 February 2015

It goes without saying that when one of our most popular columnists, Peter Coleman, instructs his band of loyal readers to check out a certain speech on a certain website,… Read more

Diary Australia


Sam Lipski

28 March 2015

It’s just six days before the Israeli elections. Bibi versus Buji and Tzipi. Labor’s Isaac… Read more

Emma Alberici

21 March 2015

By the time the audience hear Lateline’s newly remixed opening song begin to play on… Read more

Joe Hockey

14 March 2015

After I fell off my chair again, it was time to get ready for the… Read more

Australian Notes

28 March 2015 Aus

It was the only local meeting that I managed to get to in the NSW… Read more

21 March 2015 Aus

It was more a rally of old hands recalling the glory days than a standard… Read more

14 March 2015 Aus

In taking action for defamation Treasurer Joe Hockey is breaking a great Parliamentary convention, according… Read more

7 March 2015 Aus

The influential American journal Foreign Affairs has not published an article about Australian foreign policy… Read more

The totalitarianism of marriage equality

28 March 2015

Elton John has managed to leap back into the limelight by calling for a boycott of luxury fashion label Dolce & Gabbana. His plea for the trophy wives of the… Read more

Memories of an Eminent Person

28 March 2015

For three decades I have been dreading the day Malcolm Fraser would die. Not because I was a huge fan; quite the opposite. Having written an infamous article in the… Read more

Tony, Bibi, and the commentariat

28 March 2015

The Prime Minister is doomed. On that, the commentariat, the elites and the whole political class are unanimous. He has gone too far. He is an international embarrassment. The polls… Read more


Out of step with the times

28 March 2015

Malcolm Fraser had little time for Milton Friedman. When the Nobel Prize winning economist visited Australia in April 1981, the businessmen who paid for his trip hoped his macroeconomic wisdom… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

28 March 2015

It was not only an evident reluctance to embrace economic reform that blighted Malcolm Fraser’s eight years of government and allowed the Hawke-Keating duo falsely to claim the reform initiative… Read more

Tony, Nigel, and the older voter

28 March 2015

‘Let them eat cake,’ is the comment which is supposed to have guaranteed Marie Antoinette a seat on the guillotine express. It may be a tad soon to cite Tony… 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

7 March 2015

There is an awful feeling of déjà vu with Federal… Read more

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

Culture Buff

Donald McDonald

28 March 2015

We’re all keen on infrastructure at the moment so it’s worth remembering what an astounding… Read more

Donald McDonald

21 March 2015

In her memoir Must You Go?, Antonia Fraser records an exchange between her husband Harold… Read more

Donald McDonald

14 March 2015

Nowadays we don’t often look to modern Greece for inspiration except for its physical beauty… Read more

Donald McDonald

7 March 2015

So familiar, Miriam Margolyes seems like one of us. Well, she is actually, because she… Read more

Tales to tell

14 March 2015
The Best Australian Stories 2014 Amanda Lohrey

Black Inc, pp.288, $29.99, ISBN: 9781863956963

The short story has long been a staple of Australian literature but has had something of a rough ride in the past few years. Many publishers, averse to risk in… 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