Neil Brown

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25 March 2017 9:00 am

The government deserves two cheers for its changes to Section 18C which may do something towards restoring free speech. But…

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18 March 2017 9:00 am

My sadness at Bill Leak’s death is compounded by the fact that I never met him. But his influence on…

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4 March 2017 9:00 am

All good things come to an end and in my case I am rapidly coming to the end of one…

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11 February 2017 9:00 am

Until a few days ago I was planning to start this column with: ‘Have you noticed how the heat has…

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4 February 2017 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I told you about two particularly nasty and brutal attacks on our local jewelry store in…

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28 January 2017 9:00 am

One day about 20 years ago, I was walking down Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, giving a word of encouragement here…

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21 January 2017 9:00 am

I should stop saying I am appalled by every new horror that arises in public life; there are so many…

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14 January 2017 9:00 am

The Sussan Ley scandal highlights the monumental problem facing the Turnbull government in restoring its public standing to anything remotely…

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31 December 2016 9:00 am

Here at the Spectator Australia Electoral Reform Unit, we certainly had our hands full in 2016, what with Brexit, and…

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10 December 2016 9:00 am

My christmas stocking fillers An exciting group of new and emerging writers exploded onto the literary scene in 2016. So,…

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19 November 2016 9:00 am

Of all the hare-brained ideas that governments come up with, the deal with the US to take refugees from Manus…

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12 November 2016 9:00 am

I have a terrible confession to make. No, it is not that I was a bully at school, or even…

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5 November 2016 9:00 am

The FBI certainly stirred up the US election when it announced it had found more of Hillary Clinton’s emails on…

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29 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps all is not lost. There might yet be hope for the education of our youth. Like many people, I…

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22 October 2016 9:00 am

Brandis is right, gleeson is wrong Normally, I would not get involved in disputes concerning politicians, as they should be…

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8 October 2016 9:00 am

It seems just a mere few weeks ago that I was toasting a crumpet in the prefects’ room at St…

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17 September 2016 9:00 am

One day when I was a member of the federal parliament, a surprising thing happened to me. Until then, if…

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10 September 2016 9:00 am

Pollies’ dictionary The Australian National Dictionary has just published its second edition with lots of new words that have worked…

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13 August 2016 9:00 am

It is good to see that proposals for electoral reform keep coming in. Some of them are designed to prevent…

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23 July 2016 9:00 am

Melbourne is rejoicing today in a wonderful literary hoax that rivals the 1943 publication in Angry Penguins of the spoof…

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9 July 2016 9:00 am

Malcolm Turnbull has certainly made a name for himself since he became leader of the Liberal party. The party that…

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2 July 2016 9:00 am

Now the election is over, here are our Awards for noteworthy service given to the democratic process over the last…

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25 June 2016 9:00 am

I don’t agree with the mainstream media that the election campaign has been dull and boring, except when the media…

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18 June 2016 9:00 am

It would be odd if this column did not make some comment on progress in the federal election campaign which,…

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28 May 2016 9:00 am

No-one should have been surprised when Greens Senator Richard Di Natale was sprung last week for paying his three employees…