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28 March 2015

It was the only local meeting that I managed to get to in the NSW election campaigns. I expected the usual rough and tumble, with plenty of fiery heckling and… Read more

21 March 2015

It was more a rally of old hands recalling the glory days than a standard book launch. The venue was Sydney’s Gleebooks. The speaker was Michael Kirby, former august High… Read more

14 March 2015

In taking action for defamation Treasurer Joe Hockey is breaking a great Parliamentary convention, according to Mark Latham. He was speaking in Hockey’s electorate for the launch of his new… Read more

7 March 2015

The influential American journal Foreign Affairs has not published an article about Australian foreign policy for fifty years. Prime Minister Menzies was given space in 1965 at the time of… Read more

28 February 2015

It was one of the Prime Minister’s best speeches. He was clear, eloquent and convincing. Clear about the terrorist threats we face, eloquent about the liberal values we defend, and… Read more

21 February 2015

There were no milling TV crews or reporters at Peter Costello’s launch last week in Melbourne of the new edition of my Memoirs of a Slow Learner (Connor Court). It… Read more

14 February 2015

Quos deus vult perdere, prius dementat – with apologies to Boswell. (‘Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.’) I was one of those who wrongly predicted a far… Read more

7 February 2015

The remarkable thing about Tony Abbott’s speech to the National Press Club was how unremarkable it was. There were no great flights of oratory, no grand calls for Apologies, national… Read more

31 January 2015

The Queen has conferred knighthoods on the Americans Bill Gates and Norman Schwarzkopf. She appointed South Africa’s Nelson Mandela to the Order of Merit (along with John Howard.) Prince Philip… Read more

24 January 2015

Baffling that so many observers had so much trouble interpreting the recent Charlie Hebdo cover on which Mohammed is depicted declaring ‘Tout est pardonné’. Some saw it as a conciliatory,… Read more

17 January 2015

It must have been one of the last cartoons he drew before he was murdered. The editor of Charlie Hebdo – Stephane Charbonnier who signed his work Charb – sent… Read more

10 January 2015

If only Tony Abbott could bring the conviction and even eloquence he demonstrated in Baghdad to bear on the Budget back home! He was right to visit the Middle East… Read more

13 December 2014

It’s worth repeating. A British Prime Minister (the Earl of Derby) to Queen Victoria: ‘The definition of an Independent Member of Parliament is one who can never be depended on.’… Read more

29 November 2014

The ABC’s Australian Story (‘Just Call Me Bob’) about the former Prime Minister Robert James Lee Hawke touched on many of the right themes—the mix of larrikinism and intelligence that… Read more

15 November 2014

Right and proper that generous tributes are paid at a memorial service, even if sometimes undeserved or exaggerated. But what remains in my memory of the extraordinary Gough Whitlam service… Read more

Cover of the first edition of  Penguin’s ‘The Lucky Country’ - Albert Tucker

Don’s Party Tricks

8 November 2014

Back in the days when Young Donald was the life of the party, well before he became a National Sage and at times a Public Bore, one of his lively… Read more

25 October 2014

Among Gough Whitlam’s greatest moments were his acceptance both of his Dismissal in November 1975 and of his overwhelming rejection by the electorate in December. It took true stature. So… Read more

11 October 2014

What do we leave behind us when we die, asked the Prime Minister? Our deeds are quickly forgotten. Our goods soon decay. Our children, our finest products, soon become their… Read more

13 September 2014

Tony Abbott was right. As I hurried along Phillip Street in Sydney the other Sunday afternoon to the service in St James Church to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the… Read more

16 August 2014

The Quadrant dinner in Sydney was held in ‘a semi-secure, undisclosed location.’ Or so Roger Kimball, tongue-in-cheek, blogged back to his American followers. Perhaps he wanted to endow the occasion… Read more

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