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Cover 25 April 2015

25 April 2015
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Cover 25 April 2015 AU

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Devil in her ayatollahs

Looking like a cross between Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, our glamourous foreign minister last week rocked into – of all places – Tehran. Her mission? To convince the Iranian… Read more

25 April 2015

I see that another parliamentary committee has been grappling with the dispute between the government and Gillian Triggs, and the declaration by the government that it no longer has confidence… Read more

Hong Kong diary

After a year of living in Sydney, the smog in Hong Kong is a shock. I do not see even a glimpse of sunshine – just a wet, sickly haze.… Read more

BDS – the cool new term for anti-Semitism

25 April 2015

I’m a bit late to the party, but there was almost something amusing about an academic – a 15 year veteran of ‘peace journalism’ – leading a small anti-Israel crowd… Read more

25 April 2015

Malcolm Turnbull is never far from the front pages (or even the covers of men’s fashion magazines!) usually with stories about his popularity, competence, and prime ministerial drive. But no… Read more

War and jealousy

25 April 2015
Maestro John Monash: Australia’s Greatest Citizen General Tim Fischer

Monash University Publishing; Melbourne, pp.241, $29.95, ISBN: 9781922235596

Le Hamel was the site of an extraordinary triumph of allied arms early on the morning of July 4, 1918. Appropriately it was America’s Independence Day. Under the command of… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

25 April 2015

Even potty-mouthed Paul Keating considered Peter Walsh, who died this month, to be in a class above him for rough-house political invective. Blame ‘Old Sid Vicious over there’, Keating told… Read more

Culture buff

25 April 2015
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The garbage bins from MTC’s production of Endgame are being packed away at the Southbank Theatre to make room for something completely different and much more energetic. It’s the Sydney… Read more

In the bunker

25 April 2015
Bearing Witness: The remarkable life of Charles Bean, Australia’s greatest war correspondent Peter Rees

Allen & Unwin, pp.568, $33, ISBN: 9781742379548

Defending Gallipoli: The Turkish Story Harvey Broadbent

Melbourne University Press, pp.306, $33, ISBN: 9780522864562

Wars make myths; probably no-one understood that better than Charles Bean, Australia’s first true war writer and a person who did more than most to create our national identity. So… Read more

In the bunker

25 April 2015
Bearing Witness: The remarkable life of Charles Bean, Australia’s greatest war correspondent Peter Rees

Allen & Unwin, pp.568, $33, ISBN: 9781742379548

Defending Gallipoli: The Turkish Story Harvey Broadbent

Melbourne University Press, pp.306, $33, ISBN: 9780522864562

Wars make myths; probably no-one understood that better than Charles Bean, Australia’s first true war writer and a person who did more than most to create our national identity. So… Read more

Choosing to remember them

25 April 2015

Anzac Day embodies the violence, exploitation, repression, racism, and sexism of Australia’s past and present. Its prominence in our national life and story reflects ignorance, and its militarism is profoundly… Read more

Cameron is the only leader who can deliver an EU referendum. Why is he ashamed to say so?

25 April 2015
Nicola Sturgeon's party is dominating this election campaign (Photo: Getty)

The election campaign is becoming increasingly dominated by a small party whose raison d’être is to preach independence from membership of a union it claims is hindering national ambition. But… Read more

25 April 2015

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Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into the election campaign. The SNP manifesto promised to increase spending… Read more

Justin Marozzi

25 April 2015
Saddam's hangman, Mowaffak al-Rubaie (Photo: Getty)

Lunch with the man who hanged Saddam. My irrepressible old Baghdad friend Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Ealing neurologist turned Iraqi national security adviser, is on top form. This may not be unrelated… Read more

25 April 2015

Any answers? Nigel Farage accused the audience in the BBC opposition leaders’ debate of being left-wing. Need insulting an audience destroy a political career? — Former US Vice President Dan… Read more

Plutarch and Aristotle vs Lynton Crosby

25 April 2015

Attack Ed Miliband and sing up the long-term economic plan: that is the now obviously useless scheme devised by the Tory party’s strategy adviser Lynton Crosby, against the best advice… Read more

Florence weeps

25 April 2015
Troops at the Italian Front during World War I (Photo: Getty)

From ‘Soldiers of Italy’, The Spectator, 24 April 1915: It is winter in Florence. The sun shines, but snow lies low on Monte Morello, and the tramontana blows cold as ice, out of… Read more

25 April 2015

Enemies within Sir: I thought Matthew Parris was typically incisive in his last column, but perhaps not quite as much as the person who wrote its online headline, ‘Scotland knows… Read more

Gunboats are the humanitarian answer to Libya's refugee crisis

25 April 2015
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More than a thousand migrants have died attempting to get into Europe over the past week, including 900 who perished horribly, trapped in the hold of a Tunisian ship near… Read more

It really must be a mid-life crisis. I’ve fallen in love with a pony

25 April 2015
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Because I’m reckless, stupid and irresponsible, I normally get landed with the biggest, most obstreperous hunters. But the other weekend the riding school boss, Jane, decided to allocate me a… Read more

Why so many bankers secretly like Labour’s non-dom proposal

25 April 2015
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The interesting thing about Labour’s pledge to abolish non-dom tax status — a squib designed to trap Tories into expressing sympathy for the rich, in the knowledge on the part… Read more

David Cameron: 'I always manage to portray a calm smoothness or something'

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David Cameron is sitting underneath a sign that reads QUIET CARRIAGE, speaking loudly enough to be heard in the next carriage. He knows that even his closest allies are worried… Read more

A 1992 election-day lunch with the young David Cameron

25 April 2015
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I can claim a milligram of credit for David Cameron’s first star billing. In early 1991, standing in for the late John Junor on the Mail on Sunday and seeking… Read more