If you dismiss the slippery-slope argument against ‘assisted dying’, you’re not paying attention 

Euthanasia’s development in Holland and Belgium is a cautionary tale for those considering the idea here


Leading article Australia

Protecting Leftist dogma

29 August 2015

It’s hard to see what Dyson Heydon, Mark Latham and anal sex have in common, yet these are the three dominating political and cultural topics of the last seven days.… Read more

Clean-up required

22 August 2015

A Dyson cleaner is a slick, state-of-the-art invention, looking like an escapee from the set of Alien with its transparent body revealing its moving, dust-busting parts. Not cheap, Dyson have… Read more

The martyrdom of Bronwyn

15 August 2015

The destruction of Bronwyn Bishop’s career stands as a stain of shame on this parliament. The entire affair exposes the greed, cowardice, and hypocrisy of the current crop of politicians… Read more

Travel humbug

Bob Hawke famously observed that if you can’t govern yourselves, you can’t govern the country. Allow us to update this wise dictum: if you can’t control your own spending, you… Read more

Same old, same old

If there’s one thing Labor always does better than the Liberals, it’s party conferences. Even in Government, Liberal snoozefests attract barely a handful of press gallery journalists, but last weekend… Read more

Don’t raise taxes, cut them

While the media’s attention is distracted by Madam Speaker’s and other politician’s curious choices in executive travel, this week is pivotal in the battle of ideas that will decide the… Read more

Diary Australia


Catherine Priestley

29 August 2015

We’re off to see Tony Abbott launch When We Were Young and Foolish, Greg Sheridan’s… Read more

Matthew Abbott

22 August 2015

There are few things better than a week off work, flying to the far side… Read more

Sandra Lee

8 August 2015

We arrive in London on a glorious morning (Scout’s honour) with Londoners in a mild… Read more

Australian Notes

1 August 2015 Aus

The Prime Minister and the journalist Greg Sheridan go back a long way. The other… Read more

4 July 2015 Aus

Who won the wooden spoon for obtuseness among the swarm of the ABC’s apologists for… Read more

27 June 2015 Aus

I had occasion the other day to dig up a piece I had written 50… Read more

20 June 2015 Aus

It was back in the mists of time but I easily recall the day in… Read more

Raving right-wingery?

29 August 2015

If we are to believe the ABC then this Abbott government is somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun. It is a union-bashing, mysogynistic, Islamophobic, tax-slashing, international-law ignoring, cohort… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

29 August 2015

It is plainly absurd. As things stand, a judge in an Australian Court apparently has the power to reject an economically vital multi-billion dollar Australian coal export project on the… Read more

Conflict resolution

29 August 2015

After much inter-factional muscle-flexing, last month the ALP approved a resolution on Middle East policy at its National Conference in Melbourne. Some commentators argue that pro-Israel types should be pleased… Read more

The Conquest of Russia

29 August 2015

The death of Robert Conquest reminds us of the centrality of the term ‘totalitarianism’, probably the dominating characteristic of twentieth century history that he did more than any individual, with… Read more

Boycott the boycott

29 August 2015

I don’t know who essentially is pushing the Palestinians towards this story of an economic boycott of Israel; to the best of my knowledge, the Palestinians aren’t the ones setting… Read more

Radio gaga

22 August 2015

A series of programs on ABC Radio National, produced by a long-standing anti-Israel activist, has undermined the objectivity of the national broadcaster and exposed serious failings in its editorial process.… Read more

Guest Notes


David Flint

29 August 2015

It’s not so long ago that the commetariat was talking about the end of Qantas,… Read more

Peter Costello

11 July 2015

It’s a small but devoted group, the Friends of the 15th Brigade. Each year it… Read more

Robert Skeffington

20 June 2015

Like Oscar Wilde’s demand that ‘the man who could call a spade a spade should… Read more

Bottom Drawer

Bottom drawer

11 July 2015

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one panting over the… Read more

Bottom Drawer

27 June 2015

Nick Jensen threatens to divorce in protest of gay marriage… Read more

Bottom Drawer

13 June 2015

Oliver Cromwell was, apparently, not a fan of Magna Carta.… Read more

Bottom Drawer

30 May 2015

To be fair to the Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD,… Read more

Culture Buff

Donald McDonald

29 August 2015

The oldest professional orchestra in Australia with the longest continuous history, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra… Read more

Donald McDonald

22 August 2015

Last week’s opening by the Sydney Theatre Company of The Present was a high water… Read more

Donald McDonald

15 August 2015

‘I Love a Piano’ sang Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, courtesy of Irving Berlin, in… Read more

Donald McDonald

8 August 2015

It was at a Ball at the Trocadero in August 1955, sixty years ago this… Read more

Pollie peddling

15 August 2015
A Letter to My Children Christopher Pyne

Melbourne University Press, pp.245, $32.99, ISBN: 9780522867985

The Money Men: Australia’s 12 Most Notable Treasurers Chris Bowen

Melbourne University Press, pp.379, $34.99, ISBN: 9780522866605

When Christopher Pyne’s A Letter to My Children was launched, a bunch of radical students mounted a violent demonstration. The actual cause was rather vague (it always is) and, after… Read more

Salad days

8 August 2015
When we were young & foolish: A memoir of my misguided youth with Tony Abbott, Bob Carr, Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Rudd & other reprobates Greg Sheridan

Allen & Unwin, pp.366, $34.99, ISBN: 9781760113391

If you enjoy reading Greg Sheridan’s Diaries in this magazine, you’ll love this book. The author, a 30-year veteran journalist at the Australian, has his eyes and ears perpetually on… Read more

For your own good

1 August 2015
Liberty, Equality & Democracy Chris Berg

Connor Court, 2015, pp.206, $24.95, ISBN: 9781925138566

I grew up queer in Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland. Bjelke-Petersen was populist, racist, and religious: he hated socialism, but the Queensland of my youth also had Australia’s only free hospitals. You couldn’t… Read more

Steyin’ alive

18 July 2015
The (Un)documented Mark Steyn Mark Steyn

Regnery Publishing, 2014, pp.448pp, $29.95, ISBN: 978-1621573180

What are the odds that one of the world’s best political commentators happens to be an expert on the songs of Cole Porter? Or that he knows more about Frank… Read more

The first Clive Palmer

20 June 2015
Joh for PM Paul Davey

NewSouth, pp.328, $29.99, ISBN: 9781742234335

When former Liberal Prime Minister, John Howard, was finishing off his autobiography Lazarus Rising in 2010 I asked him whether it would contain any political bile. ‘Yes. But just one… Read more


Winning the Cold War, losing the culture wars

23 May 2015
Memoirs of a Slow Learner Peter Coleman

Connor Court, pp.190, $29.95, ISBN: 9781925138269

On the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe day, many Eastern Europeans boycotted celebrations in Moscow, marking the day with a sombre ceremony in Gdansk, Poland instead. It is a… Read more

Crank Case

16 May 2015
The Case for Palestine. The Perspective of an Australian Observer Paul Heywood-Smith

Wakefield Press, pp.160, $24.95, ISBN: 9781743053300

Paul Heywood-Smith QC has written a weak case for Palestine. A much stronger book was there to be written, but the author’s cranky perspective mars his ability to present it.… Read more

Local hero

2 May 2015
The Real Archbishop Mannix: From the Sources James Franklin, G.O. Nolan, Michael Gilchrist

Connor Court, pp.300, $29.95, ISBN: 9781925138344

Mannix Brenda Niall

Text Publishing, Melbourne, pp.464, £50.00, ISBN: 97819221821

Some of us habitually quote Orwell’s correct comparison of producing first-person prose to ‘dosing yourself with some … very deleterious and very habit-forming drug.’ But concerning Daniel Mannix, first-person prose… Read more