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The wrong trousers

In 1986, the year after he officially became an Eminent Person courtesy of both the United Nations and the Commonwealth, Australia’s 22nd prime minister lost his trousers in a Memphis… Read more


Trinity of mediocrity

This was the week when the stark contrast between the relative talents of the top three individuals in the federal government and the opposition were on proud display for all… Read more

21 March 2015

White Ribbon Sir: Tanveer Ahmed wrote an article in The Spectator Australia (14 March) about the various ramifications of the opinion piece he wrote for The Australian on 9 February… Read more


Lynch mob-ette

There is a disturbing current of vilification running throughout the Australian feminist movement. Even as Australians proudly celebrated International Women’s Day recently, it became clear an angry, vocal, left-wing group… Read more

14 March 2015

Praise indeed Sir: Congratulations on the best arguments, articles and editorial I have personally witnessed so far in the history of The Spectator Australia. Best issue yet. Neil Brown for… Read more


Rape of the Libs

Perhaps the commentariat now realise that they do not, in fact, run the country, and cannot replace prime ministers on a whim. Readers will recall we were quick to point… Read more

7 March 2015

Vale of Praise Sir: Michael Baume’s article on Iron Ore’s Vale of Tears (Business/Robbery etc 28 February) was the best I have seen on the subject in the Australian press.… Read more

28 February 2015

Bad behaviour Sir: A good number of years ago I was at the University of NSW with a pleasant fellow called Donald McDonald. I understand he went from there to… Read more

Tough talk

28 February 2015

‘Crack down on welfare rorters. Get tough on radical Islam.’ If there’s a whiteboard in the Prime Minister’s office (or his much-maligned Chief of Staff’s), and those words or some… Read more


Fair maiden

21 February 2015

It goes without saying that when one of our most popular columnists, Peter Coleman, instructs his band of loyal readers to check out a certain speech on a certain website,… Read more

21 February 2015

Japanese numbers Sir I refer to the article No Aussie Knighthood for Winston (31 January). Whilst I agree with the overall gist, the author must be corrected regarding the true… Read more

14 February 2015

Royal slip Sir: Philip Murphy’s ‘Sir’ Bob Carr of Italy article (Spectator Australia, 7 February) refers, in relation to Prince Philip being made a Knight of the Order of Australia… Read more

Hockey’s mojo

14 February 2015

If we continue down that path, we are going to leave future Australians with a lesser quality of life and I’m not going to pass the buck to future generations… Read more


Big gamble

7 February 2015

The determination by many in the media, even among conservatives, to hasten the demise of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership is as pointless as it is reckless. Pointless not because they… Read more


Knight takes Abbott

31 January 2015

Of all the potent weapons we never expected to see draw blood from lifelong political battler Tony Abbott, ridicule was surely at the top of the list. Mr Abbott has… Read more

31 January 2015

Non pas Charlie Sir: Like many people I too was shocked and horrified at the attack on the staff of Charlie Hebdo and other French nationals. I too said and… Read more