Hugh Mackay has been studying Australian society for more than three decades, and has a number of interesting books and reports under his belt.
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What we witnessed in Canberra this week was not a Tony Abbott scandal but yet another media scandal.
Regular readers know that while The Spectator Australia has fairly catholic tastes in contributors, we are not normally inclined to do Julia Gillard any favours.
Our cinema industry could do well at the Oscars next month — depending on your definition of an Australian film
Ever since Julia Gillard squeaked into power after last year’s historic election, Labor’s mixed marriage with the Greens was bound to cause trouble.
If anything, the devastation is the fault of society’s obsession with climate change
As we went to press, the news out of the nation’s north was grim.
It is the sort of story that could have all too easily ended in disaster.
‘Tis the time of year for taking stock, for celebrating, and for wishes to come true.
Cancun, predictably, was a flop.
This just in: Nicolas Sarkozy is an egotist.
Writing in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, columnist Tim Blair recently had some fun with the news that David Williamson was writing a sequel to Don’s Party. The plot to Don Parties On: all his old Leftie archetypes gather once again to watch the 2010 election night returns. ‘Mate, I’ve got to hand it to you. You’ve gone to so much trouble. You’ve even got old videos of the 1969 election! Kerry O’Brien looks so young,’ Blair imagines Williamson’s character Mal saying. To which Don replies: ‘That’s the live broadcast.’
Alternative history is a great after- dinner game that allows the imagination to wander down all sorts of unexplored paths.
It is not remarkable that an atheist talks calmly about his imminent death.
Take it from a Year 12 student – we’re more interested in Dumbledore than deconstruction
It’s time for TedLeading conservative realist Owen Harries once said that ‘for extended periods of time in Washington one needs very good peripheral vision to see Australia on the world map’.
Writing in the Fairfax press this week, former Treasurer Peter Costello made an important point about the careers of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Adam Bandt, the young Melbourne barrister who recently became the first Green elected to the House of Representatives. Mr Bandt and Ms Gillard, he points out, have had nearly identical (radical left) CVs, at least during the early years of their careers.
In the field of popular psychology, the idea of the wisdom of crowds has gained increasing traction.
Some minutes before a scraggly Q&A audience member threw his shoes at John Howard, the former prime minister said he was ‘in broad agreement with the thrust’ of last week’s cover editorial in this magazine titled ‘Howard the Great’.
To some of his fellow Australians, John Winston Howard is a figure demonised almost beyond rational understanding.
Remember how the Gillard Labor government scraped back into power? In case you forgot, here’s a refresher course.
We Australians are known for punching above our weight on the world stage.