Hal G.P. Colebatch

Liberal values hi-jacked!

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The peculiar appointment of Mr Laundy

Slap in the face

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Voting to retain compulsory student union fees is a betrayal of core Liberal values

The ‘Alchemy of Distance’ trilogy

Hat trick

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Kipling once wrote a poem lamenting that the three-volume romantic novel (‘The old three-decker’) was said to be extinct. It…

Islamic extremism, Nazism and modernity

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Exposure to the liberal, modern, progressive world may not be enough to stem the lust for unthinkable barbarism

Three authors and Islam

23 January 2016 9:00 am

We may be shocked by the Islamists’ barbarity, but we can’t say we weren’t warned

One of the immortals

2 January 2016 9:00 am

I feel I have lost part of myself with the death of Harry Butler at the age of 85. Though…

Conservatives, maintain your rage

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Should Australian conservative Liberals simply lie back and think of Wentworth?

Turnbull sticks with ‘offend’ and ‘insult’

31 October 2015 9:00 am

His refusal to support the Bob Day changes to 18C will further alienate the new PM from conservatives

A whiff of WA Inc

17 October 2015 9:00 am

WA Inc. remains a noisome memory from the 1980s as the worst political scandal in WA politics and one of…

Dockside humour

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Thuggery on Australia’s waterfronts has a long and, er, proud history

Some boats shouldn’t be turned back

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Gough Whitlam demonised the Vietnamese boat people. We should be welcoming them to our shores.

Ends of the earth

18 April 2015 9:00 am

This story, second in a projected series (the first was The Thief Fleet, reviewed in these pages 8 December 2012),…

The rise of the politicians

28 September 2013 9:00 am

This book expresses what is being more and more widely felt in English-speaking and other western countries: government is becoming…

Fight to the death

16 March 2013 9:00 am

Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-Left Future By Mark Latham Black Inc Books, $19.95, pp 99 ISBN 9781863955973 This book, by…

The will to survive

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Pacific 360: Australia’s Battle for Survival in World War II By Roland Perry Hachette, $50, pp 512 ISBN 9780733627040 Here…

Flag of our fathers?

26 January 2013 9:00 am

This massive book begins by informing us, with questionable grammar and accuracy, that ‘Like most Australians the saga of the…

A leg at each corner

5 January 2013 9:00 am

It would be wrong to say the Australian Light Horse campaign in the Middle East against the Turks in the…

Inside the First Fleet

8 December 2012 9:00 am

Captain Arthur Phillip, Australia’s first governor, has always had a respected place in Australian history, but has remained something of…

Not one of us

21 April 2012 11:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull talks to his Monthly mate

Australian Books: A world without irony

18 February 2012 3:00 pm

Come the Revolution: A memoir By Alex Mitchell NewSouth Books, $39.95, pp 544, ISBN 9781742233079 This is the story of…

Australian Books: The heroes of Timor

5 November 2011 1:00 pm

The Men Who Came Out Of The Ground By Paul Cleary Hachette Australia, $24.99, pp 400 ISBN 9780733628184 Given that…

Australian Books: Cold War fallout

30 July 2011 12:00 am

Dismissal combines in one man’s fate two of Australia’s greatest political convulsions: the Petrov affair and the subsequent inquiry into Soviet espionage in Australia, and the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

Australian Books: Sins of omission

25 June 2011 12:00 am

This book is puzzling. Why has the author, a research fellow in history at Sydney University, spent seven years producing a book of nearly 800 pages about, according to his own narrative, an odious liar, neurotic and fraud, consumed by self-loathing, whose error-filled work has been long discarded by serious scholars?

Australian Books: No regime change here

28 May 2011 12:00 am

The Fable of All Our Lives confirms Peter Kocan’s position as the most powerful and original novelist writing in Australia today.