Tony Abbott

The sentimental socialist

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Having done something similar myself, I wondered how Bill Shorten would handle the challenge of a campaign biography. My book,…

Tony Abbott Addresses Media Following His Defeat As Prime Minister

Australian diary

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Some months back, head of government duties meant that I had to decline an invitation to give the Thatcher lecture…

Matt Damon in Davos (Photo: AFP/Eric Piermont)

Davos Diary

1 February 2014 9:00 am

‘Shaping a better world’, the theme for this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, was nothing if not…

Progress and its critics

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The Lucky Culture and the Rise of an Australian Ruling Class By Nick Cater HarperCollins, $29.99, pp 309 ISBN 9781743098134…


29 December 2012 9:00 am

It was my third visit to Afghanistan or, rather, to the fortress of Tarin Kot where most of the Australian…

Tradition meets change

24 November 2012 9:00 am

An Indian Summer of CricketBy Malcolm McGregor Barrallier Books, $39.50 ISBN 9780987168559 For those who think that sport can be…

Notes from abroad – 28 July 2012

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Private meetings shouldn’t normally be discussed but it’s permissible, I think, to break this rule in order to reflect well…

London Diary

19 November 2011 1:00 pm

I was in Britain last week for the International Democrat Union conference, the bi-annual meeting of the leaders of nearly…


5 February 2011 12:00 am

Tony Abbott opens his Diary

Almost an indigenous monarchy

4 December 2010 12:00 am

Support for the royal family is not the product of any ‘British race patriotism’