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Scotland always was a foreign country

20 September 2014

You will know by now if Scotland has decided to go it alone. I don’t, because at time of writing the independence referendum is still a few days away, and… Read more

Islamist barbarity can have widespread appeal

20 September 2014

In the wake of Islamic State’s murderous blitzkrieg, Barack Obama has vowed the United States will fight to destroy the militant group ‘wherever they are.’ Holding off IS’s advance might… Read more

Time to cull this plague of dunces

20 September 2014

Labor is probably right in saying that fee deregulation will reduce the number of students attending university. One certainly hopes so. Undergraduate study in Australia is so affordable and accessible… Read more

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Just wait ‘til they get their hands on ebola

13 September 2014

Here we go again. Remember the global concern in the years after 11 September 2001 about the possibility of terrorists gaining access to biological agents and releasing them upon civilian… Read more

Not so terrible after all, Muriel

13 September 2014

Quickly: what’s your favourite Australian film so far this year? Trick question, of course. You probably haven’t seen any. As usual, Australia has released a few good films in the… Read more

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Rescuing Tony’s baby

13 September 2014

It has been a year since Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister. Since coming to office he has delivered on two of his most important election… Read more

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It’s time – to recognise it was Menzies, not Gough

13 September 2014

Almost half a century after leaving the building, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies is back. Old Parliament House is staging a celebration of the leader who spent 32 years within its… Read more

Clive Palmer Addresses National Press Club

Bottom Drawer

6 September 2014

And tonight the Gold Logie goes to… the one and onlyClive Frederick Palmer!  This unapologetic human headline has eaten up more newspaper column inches over the last year than Silver… Read more

Labor – the gift that keeps on giving

6 September 2014

Tony Abbott owes Julia Gillard a big thank-you hug and kiss for his election a year ago, and on the eve of the victory anniversary he should embrace her again… Read more

It’s the high achievers, stupid

6 September 2014

THE sun was shining, spring had sprung and all was right with the world. The “unelectable” Tony Abbott had delivered Labor its worst primary vote in 100 years and the… Read more

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Reform interruptus

6 September 2014

The climb to Dead Horse Gap is an act of defiance against the law of gravity. Tony Abbott rode it in April 2010, churning his largest cog in slow rhythm… Read more

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Visits London

Better than those other bastards

6 September 2014

I’ve told Tony Abbott I always have this consolation when work seems grim: I may not be great, but the bastard who’d replace me would almost certainly be worse. So… Read more

Bottom drawer

30 August 2014

The reaction of liberals and conservatives to the Abbott Government dropping its plans to reform Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act was in equal measure angry and dismayed. Culture… Read more

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Mavericks and ratbags threaten the NZ Nationals

30 August 2014

When he announced in March that New Zealanders would go to the polls on September 20, Prime Minister John Key could have confidently anticipated a cruisy ride. Economic growth was… Read more

Gorton vs McMahon: the secret memo

30 August 2014

Former Prime Minister John Grey Gorton walked into the office of his successor, Billy McMahon, on the afternoon of 12 August 1971. Both men knew that a showdown between them… Read more

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Smash the Islamic State

30 August 2014

Apologies to the fiercely Marx-minded readers of The Spectator Australia, but: a spectre is haunting the West, the spectre of interventionism. One may recall Irving Kristol’s famous remark that neoconservatives… Read more

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Shorten comes clean

30 August 2014

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has revealed police have cleared him of an allegation that dates back nearly 61 weeks. Canberra police say the investigation has been finalised and no… Read more

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Ebola – the next move?

30 August 2014

Ebola is not the last major epidemic we will experience in the endless game of chess we are forced to play with the microbial world where we seem destined to… Read more

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Visits London

Bottom drawer

23 August 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared war on Scotland. On the front page of the Times no less. In an interview with that great London paper – covering everything from… Read more

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Sex, lies and rock ‘n’ roll

23 August 2014

The Brevet Sergeant from the Sex Crimes Unit who came to my office late in 2010 hastened to assure me that there were no allegations against me. He simply wanted… Read more

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Touting for abuse

23 August 2014

For well over a year now, the Royal Commission on child sex abuse has been trundling its inquisitional way around the country like Judge Jeffreys and his assizes. Soon its… Read more

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Tony’s baby deserves a bright future

23 August 2014

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme is a prescient policy. Efforts to kill it off, both from within his party and from without, are at best short-sighted, at worst envious.… Read more

Gillard Defeats Rudd In Leadership Battle

Tony Abbott – the new David Cameron?

16 August 2014

I remember when Tony Abbott won the leadership of the Coalition by one vote of caucus. I was a fan. Here was someone who was prepared to take a stand… Read more

Abbott Flies Into Sydney To Campaign With Three Days To Go

Drowning in a sea of factional self-interests

16 August 2014

Are Tony Abbott and Mike Baird drowning or just waving? By not reaching for Liberal hero John Howard’s lifeline of fundamental reform of the NSW Liberal Party, they may be… Read more

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I’m being stalked by Facebook

16 August 2014

I don’t recall how it happened but some time ago I got signed up for Facebook. Why I’m not sure because I have never used it, partly because I find… Read more