The Spectator Australia rss

13 December 2014

Gay Marriage Sir, I don’t give a tinker’s curse about gay marriage (Brendan O’Neill 6 Dec.) and am tired to death of hearing about it. However I do eagerly await… Read more

Morality tales

13 December 2014

‘And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?’ A question, originally set to an agreeably festive tune by one John Winston Lennon, that plagues most of us at… Read more


The art of persuasion

6 December 2014

‘Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated, to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.’ These words, written by one of Madison Avenue’s finest,… Read more

6 December 2014

Friend or foe? Sir: The editorial piece ( Spectator Australia, 29 Nov.) and following article by James Allan deal broadly with the matter of displaying unity with a government in… Read more


Advising Abbott

29 November 2014

All of a sudden the world and his pet poodle purport to have crucial advice for Tony Abbott, as the prime minister struggles in the polls and comes under effective… Read more

29 November 2014

Creative writing Sir: When Geoffrey Robertson gets it wrong he is calamitous. He ends his Diary note defending ‘a young librarian who in some felonious way misused a computer in… Read more


An avalanche of achievements

22 November 2014

Under what strange law of nature is it that the more successful a political party is, the further it slumps in the opinion polls? This must be the question plaguing… Read more


G’day G20

15 November 2014

Where the United Nation’s tends to wallow in popstar navel-gazing, climate change self-flagellation and tedious bouts of Israel-bashing, it is reassuring to have one international forum that might actually make… Read more

8 November 2014

Well-meaning Whitlam Sir: Over recent months we have been subjected to an unprecedented amount of vainglory from the ALP and its handmaidens in the print and electronic media. The Whitlam… Read more

Farming carbon

8 November 2014

And so the great farming nation that rode to prosperity on the sheep’s back and through harvesting wheat now looks to turn its hand to farming, um, carbon. How this… Read more



1 November 2014

The title of Australia’s First Popularly Elected Female Prime Minister is still up for grabs, and the obvious two contenders are Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek. As John Howard has… Read more


Whitewashing Whitlam

25 October 2014

The tears flowed in time for the seven o’clock news, a bizarre long march all the way from new parliament house to old was enacted by the motley crew who… Read more


25 October 2014

Cultured Brisbane Sir: Re Culture Buff 11 October. One sore point. I could do without the patronising remark about Brisbane and festivals. ‘Even Brisbane!’ Brisbane has had a Musica Nova… Read more

Getting shirty

18 October 2014

Several recent events highlight the fragile faultlines between jingoism, patriotism and national security; a fissure that the Left are desperate to crack open into a major chasm in the seemingly… Read more


Redeeming Joe

11 October 2014

There is a grain of truth (for once) in Julia Gillard’s assertion that for Peter Costello ‘it was easy to be Treasurer’. Certainly, the debt Paul Keating left behind pales… Read more