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23 August 2014

Disgraceful 18C retreat Sir: The articles by Brendan O’Neill (A Dark Day for Australia 9/8) and James Allan (Tony Abbott – The New David Cameron? 16/8) perfectly convey the disgrace… Read more

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Mathias on message

23 August 2014

As is now widely accepted, and was pointed out in this magazine shortly after Budget night (‘The budget isn’t the problem; it’s the way it was sold. Or rather, the… Read more

Back to Iraq

16 August 2014

It’s twelve years and eleven months since a single graphic image punched us in the guts with such force. Then, with smoke billowing from two New York skyscrapers, themselves symbols… Read more

16 August 2014

Debating Israel Sir: I want to respond to Alan Gold’s article ‘Betraying Israel for the Muslim Vote’ in the August 9th issue of The Spectator Australia. He says “…the NSW… Read more

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Two worlds colliding

The imagery was faintly disturbing. A powerful whitefella sits in the middle of a group of Aboriginal elders, themselves surrounded by an intrigued tribe of locals, many with painted faces,… Read more

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Ukrainian quagmire

‘We will not be deterred in our efforts to get on to that site and retrieve the bodies of Australians who were killed,’ proclaimed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop from the… Read more

Qualities of a leader

Decisiveness. Perseverance. Effectiveness. These are the three key words being bandied around by the world’s top diplomats to describe Australian leadership in the United Nations following the tragedy of the… Read more

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You read it here first

In the digital age, weekly print magazines are not supposed to break stories, especially before the actual events have taken place. But sometimes one gets lucky. We refer to our… Read more

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Hip, hip hooray for Tony Abbott’s carbon tax repeal

Barring any more sudden Ricky Muir-like surprises, it looks as if the Senate will repeal the carbon tax; so allow us a little gloating. When the Australian edition of The… Read more

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Our best newspaper

In polite company, it is now well known that the Australian’s claim to be the best newspaper in Australia is not to be uttered unless accompanied by a knowing roll… Read more

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Mugged by reality

When American neoconservatives rose to intellectual prominence in the 1970s, they were invariably described — not least by themselves — as ‘liberals mugged by reality’. Four decades later, that definition… Read more

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21 June 2014

Malcolm was hopeless Sir: The attempts by Mungo MacCallum (‘Turnbull lives on’, 7 June) and Richard Ferguson (‘One of us’, 14 June) to paint Malcolm Turnbull as a future prime… Read more

Hillary and us

So it was the quail what done ’er in. Asked to give an example of the ‘outrageous sexism’ that brought down Julia Gillard, all wannabe US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton… Read more

14 June 2014

Old cabby’s tale Stephen Rommei’s London cabby story (Diary, 7 June) reminded me of catching a cab one cold night with a few compatriots back in the Seventies. The driver… Read more

Tanya powder keg

Yet again, Tanya Plibersek has shown herself ill-equipped for the critical and sensitive portfolio of foreign affairs. Launching into a crass and erroneous attack on Tony Abbott, the woman who… Read more