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Prime Minister Tony Abbott To Reduce Threshold For Paid Parental Leave Benefit

The fall and rise of Anglo-Australia

3 May 2014

The edition that the Bulletin brought out in 1988 to commemorate Australia’s bicentenary ended up being both a literary treasure trove and a historical time capsule. In its pages are… Read more


I leave a sunburnt country

27 July 2013

My compatriots have not always been kind in their assessment of your country. ‘When I think of Melbourne, I vomit!’ wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, rather cruelly. ‘Everyone complains of the… Read more

Bella vista: the view from the Seidler House

Buried treasure

1 June 2013

My wife has a happy habit of surprising me on birthdays, so when she told me to clear the diary beyond noon one winter Friday I knew subterfuge was afoot.… Read more

A Pom’s Notebook

4 May 2013

I confess to feeling a special thrill when, at the unveiling of the Australian squad for the Ashes, I discover I am on the only Englishman in the room. Needless… Read more

The ball and the man

12 January 2013

On Warne By Gideon Haigh Penguin, $35, pp 224 ISBN 9780670076604 Which side would hoist that fragile terracotta urn were it contested not by the players on the field but… Read more

Michael Clarke: an appreciation

15 December 2012

In the Parade of Champions, the cordon of statues around the MCG, Dennis Lillee is memorialised at the point of delivery, airborne, with elbow cocked, eyes set, locks windswept and… Read more

Diary Australia

17 November 2012

Never before have I watched a US election unfold from this corner of the planet, but what a vantage point it offers. The most high holy day in the American… Read more

Wounded Wallabies

20 October 2012

Were the satirist Chris Lilley ever to distil the excesses of modern-day sport into a single comic character, Quade Cooper would be the perfect muse, from the tats to the… Read more


21 April 2012

Could it be that after a ten-year hiatus Sydney is rediscovering its mojo? Definitely there is a charge in the air, like Flemington on Derby Day, as the revamped Museum… Read more

The power of the word

17 March 2012

As Bob Carr’s press popularity shows, journalists will always love a politician who can write Watching the Canberra Press Gallery’s swooning response to the appointment of the new Foreign Minister… Read more

Will UK Labour borrow the ALP’s bloody knife?

11 February 2012

If you wish to understand the essential difference between the Australian Labor Party and their British cousins, look beyond that discarded letter ‘u’ and consider the following number: the ALP… Read more

Squaring the oval

31 December 2011

Day three of the Second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval in December 2006 lives in the memory for two history-altering events. England’s Ashley Giles rather haplessly dropped Ricky Ponting… Read more


5 November 2011

Resplendent in canary yellow and looking as if she is just about to set off for a Melbourne Cup lunch, Kerri-Anne Kennerley floats into the Green Room at Channel Nine… Read more

A bad case of World Cup envy

15 October 2011

Watching 26 men take to a rugby field rather than full complicate of 30 is a little like reading The Latham Diaries with the expurgation of all the swear words.… Read more

The blessed union bears fruit

10 September 2011

In rugby’s rejuvenated form, there is no better footballing spectacle One can only imagine the contradictory emotions of rugby – loving Australian republicans on the morning of Sunday, 7 November,… Read more

It’s political, not personal

18 June 2011

Australia’s politicians might be pretty clean, but even local commentators can see the limitations of their worldview There is a certain breed of Australian intellectual, to repeat the vivid phraseology… Read more

A thorough examination of the body politic

5 June 2011

My advice for anyone hoping to fully understand the reporting of next year’s US presidential election would be to invest in a glossary of American sporting terms. The horse race… Read more

Foreign Notes

23 April 2011

What with the floods, fires, cyclone and earthquake, London had started calling me the BBC’s pestilence correspondent. What with the floods, fires, cyclone and earthquake, London had started calling me… Read more

The blessed union bears fruit

26 February 2011

It is the sporting equivalent of listening to the Sydney Symphony perform Mahler with the brass and percussion section locked in the green room; dining at Tetsuya’s with the confit… Read more

Howard continues to reign

20 August 2010

The former PM’s voice is rarely heard because his unspoken influence on the political landscape is so powerful, says Nick Bryant The Nine Network missed a trick when it dispatched… Read more

The (new) Australian ugliness

30 June 2010

Our politics is increasingly tribal, argues Nick Bryant — no wonder leaders are devoured by the pack If at times of great national drama book titles could be requisitioned and… Read more

Australia, you’ve got global interest

2 June 2010

It’s surprisingly hard persuading Canberra’s leading political figures to talk to the international media, says Nick Bryant By far my most unforgettable moment from the last federal election came one… Read more

Broken Hill v. Notting Hill

21 April 2010

In London, they share a place of birth; in Oxford, they share an alma mater; and in Lycra, they share a passion — even if David Cameron’s idea of a… Read more