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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

The art of persuasion

6 December 2014

‘Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated, to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.’ These words, written by one of Madison Avenue’s finest,… Read more

Advising Abbott

29 November 2014

All of a sudden the world and his pet poodle purport to have crucial advice for Tony Abbott, as the prime minister struggles in the polls and comes under effective… Read more

An avalanche of achievements

22 November 2014

Under what strange law of nature is it that the more successful a political party is, the further it slumps in the opinion polls? This must be the question plaguing… Read more

G’day G20

15 November 2014

Where the United Nation’s tends to wallow in popstar navel-gazing, climate change self-flagellation and tedious bouts of Israel-bashing, it is reassuring to have one international forum that might actually make… Read more

Farming carbon

8 November 2014

And so the great farming nation that rode to prosperity on the sheep’s back and through harvesting wheat now looks to turn its hand to farming, um, carbon. How this… Read more

Diary Australia


Andrew Bolt

13 December 2014

I’ve been to Kirribilli House only twice. John Howard had little time for the Melbourne… Read more

Qanta Ahmed

6 December 2014

Australia originally appeared to me in the form of a boyfriend. A fellow student brought… Read more

Laura Jayes

29 November 2014

The Israeli’s and I didn’t get off to the best start. Maybe they just didn’t… Read more

Australian Notes

13 December 2014 Aus

It’s worth repeating. A British Prime Minister (the Earl of Derby) to Queen Victoria: ‘The… Read more

29 November 2014 Aus

The ABC’s Australian Story (‘Just Call Me Bob’) about the former Prime Minister Robert James… Read more

15 November 2014 Aus

Right and proper that generous tributes are paid at a memorial service, even if sometimes… Read more

8 November 2014 Aus

This year the world will enjoy its greatest grain crop on record. Let me say… Read more

Wicked versus Stupid

13 December 2014

Why is it so hard for those with ‘lefty’ political sensibilities to be funny when they write about politics? And why do those with ‘righty’ political sensibilities so frequently surrender… Read more

The real War on Christmas

13 December 2014

One of the long, drawn-out religio-cultural battles in the United States is over Christmas. In fact, it’s a War on Christmas. Conservative and evangelical commentators claim the festival is facing… Read more

King hit by the moral crusaders

13 December 2014

At the Milton Hotel in Newtown in inner-Sydney, near the corner of King Street and Missenden Road, a young man, Daniel Ryan, consumed four beers on a Saturday afternoon. An… Read more

Abbott’s vow of silence

13 December 2014

Without even a John McTernan to guide them, the Liberal Party of Australia has generated a communications debacle which would have made the Scotsman proud. The media lock-down with which… Read more


The shallow art of an insipid weirdo

13 December 2014

In 1964, Andy Warhol staged a major exhibition at the Stable Gallery, New York. Among the objects on display were his Brillo boxes; wooden sculptures that replicated exactly the cardboard… Read more

Darkness descends on Patterson Lakes

6 December 2014

The jewel in Victoria’s Carrum electorate is the canal suburb of Patterson Lakes, a place well known to regular readers of this magazine. Patto reflects its upwardly-mobile residents’ material success:… Read more

Guest Notes


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

Anne Gallagher

29 November 2014

Even the most ardent supporters of surrogacy admit that the present situation in Australia is… Read more

Bottom Drawer

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

Bottom drawer

22 November 2014

It was a sight to behold. Scott Morrison was suddenly… Read more

Bottom drawer

1 November 2014

In November 1992 I accompanied the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney,… Read more

Culture Buff

Donald McDonald

13 December 2014

The arts are alive and well heading into 2015   To follow a career in… Read more

Donald McDonald

6 December 2014

We’ve established that capital city festivals are for other people. Their principal purpose is to… Read more

Donald McDonald

29 November 2014

John Hearder was a society photographer whose studio and display window were on Castlereagh Street… Read more

Donald McDonald

22 November 2014

Andy Warhol is the star but Roy Lichtenstein is the master. That’s the quick take… 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

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

Head Beaters

27 September 2014
Not for Greens Ian Plimer

Connor Court, pp.275, $39.95, ISBN: 97819251138191

Optimism Bob Brown

Hardie Grant, pp.272, $39.95, ISBN: 9781742707662

Ah, democracy. The informed will of the majority. If only the practice was as simple as the theory. When it comes to issues such as climate change, one starts to… Read more