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2 August 2014

You lookin’ for Joe?’ asked the road-worker, probably one of Joe’s constituents, as I parked and cast around for the venue of the launching of Madonna King’s Hockey. Not Your… Read more

26 July 2014

At first Moscow dubbed ‘unacceptable’ Tony Abbott’s brief speeches in Parliament and elsewhere on the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. Beijing called them ‘rash’. Prime Minister Abbott did… Read more

19 July 2014

Forget about a double dissolution. Tony Abbott knows it would not only help Clive Palmer. It would help Billy Shorten too. It would be good for the Palmer United party… Read more

12 July 2014

‘We have the full range of politics here tonight — from the hard Left to the soft Left.’ The ABC’s Chaser, Julian Morrow, was launching the BBC’s Nick Bryant’s The… Read more

5 July 2014

When bombed in England bluff Bob Menzies Gave way to paranoiac frenzies; And other news like this to gladden The unbombed soul of Artie Fadden… This fragment by the anarchist… Read more

28 June 2014

The back page of the New York Times put it well. It was an empty broadsheet page except for the words: ‘This is what happens when you silence journalists.’ But… Read more

21 June 2014

So despite being ‘well-meaning’ I am, according to Peter Manning in last week’s Sun-Herald, some sort of ‘racist’. This became clear to him during my recent appearance on Q&A. What… Read more

14 June 2014

Q&A is the ABC’s TV show on which on one famous occasion an anti-Iraq war activist threw his shoes at John Howard; which on another famous occasion had to apologise… Read more

7 June 2014

What can anyone do to change the world? Can any of us, for example, strike a blow that matters against a repugnant regime such as the Democratic People’s Republic of… Read more

31 May 2014

When told of the death of the philosopher David Armstrong, the Prime Minister Tony Abbott had this to say: ‘David was a fine man, a deep thinker and a fighter… Read more

24 May 2014

I first met David Armstrong early in 1947 when, recently discharged from the Navy, he arrived at Sydney University and enrolled in Philosophy 1. It was obvious immediately that he… Read more

17 May 2014

At going to press The Spectator Australia learnt of the death of David Armstrong, the greatest philosopher Australia has produced. As it happens, the March issue of Quadrant carried two… Read more

10 May 2014

You really have to go to Washington DC to see the decline and fall of the United States or at least of American science. — Dr Pat Michaels Are the… Read more

3 May 2014

So Malcolm Fraser’s new hero is Dr H.V. Evatt. This is how Robert Manne sees it in his long and revealing interview with Fraser last weekend about his forthcoming book… Read more

26 April 2014

I first came across Neville Wran back in January 1946. Just out of school but not yet enrolled in Sydney University, I stumbled on a student advertisement inviting everyone to… Read more

19 April 2014

Bob Carr’s Diary of a Foreign Minister is further evidence for those who need it. Years ago the late John Wheeldon, once a minister in the Whitlam government, was guest… Read more

12 April 2014

My modest proposal for the reform of the Labor party is to relieve Billy Shorten of his duties and make Senator Honest Joe (‘a lot of them are mad’) Bullock… Read more

5 April 2014

I am in John Howard’s corner rather than Tony Abbott’s on the great question of knights and dames. But the only people who work themselves into a lather on the… Read more

29 March 2014

Until recently the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement was on its last legs in Australia. Few Australians had heard of Jake Lynch of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and… Read more

22 March 2014

Cheers all round for Andrew Bolt who extracted an apology, however grudging, from the ABC for broadcasting false and defamatory slurs on him! One for the books! For a hundred… Read more

15 March 2014

An Aborigine, an Arab and a Jew enter a public bar. They look more worried than angry as they bear down on two Aussies who are having a quiet beer… Read more

8 March 2014

What an eccentric case the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane mounted against the federal government’s proposal to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act — the ‘Andrew Bolt clause’… Read more

1 March 2014

The Labor party and many journalists are scandalised (‘aghast’, ‘outraged’) by the Abbott government’s decision to accede to a request by Royal Commissioner Hanger for access to Cabinet papers concerning… Read more

22 February 2014

In his eloquent ‘Closing the Gap’ speech Tony Abbott’s call to all Australians ‘to open their hearts’ to Aborigines was far more effective than Paul Keating in his Redfern speech… Read more

15 February 2014

A new class war is being mounted between those who feel for Schapelle Corby in her long ordeal in an Indonesian prison for her marijuana offence and those who dismiss… Read more