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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

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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

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We are all Israelis now

4 October 2014

‘ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree,’ asserted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in a fiery speech to the United Nations. ‘When it comes to… Read more

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Silver fern leaf

27 September 2014

The extraordinary victory of John Key and his National party in New Zealand’s recent election came as a relief to many on both sides of the ‘dutch’ (including, of course,… Read more

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27 September 2014

Waiting to die Sir: Forgive my delay, only getting around to reading the UK content of the 12 July issue of Spectator Australia now. Referring to the euthanasia debate –… Read more

Burkean activism

20 September 2014

‘For those who are political advocates within Palestine itself, I will never know the bravery that comes with putting your life on the line and at risk, in engaging in… Read more

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13 September 2014

Leave her alone Sir: I refer to the article “Shorten comes clean” by Rowan Dean on page vii of The Spectator Australia 30 August. Having endured three years of malicious… Read more

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Death cults and dole bludgers

6 September 2014

Twelve months ago, it all seemed a little too easy. Fix up Labor’s mess, stop the boats, scrap the pointless carbon tax, get the fiscal house back in order and… Read more

30 August 2014

Placing refugees Sir: Tony Abbott seems to have fooled The Spectator. Your editorial (23 August) gives plaudits to the Australian Government because it has made 4000 resettlement places available to… Read more

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Cloning Scott

30 August 2014

Ultimately, prime ministers can only ever be as good as the front bench talent they have selected permits them to be. The success of the leader is built upon a… Read more

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