Diary Australia

Australian Diary

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A warm muggy November evening in Canberra is threatening rain. At the National Library of Australia, a stone’s throw from…

Australian diary

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Hoots of derision greeted me when I began predicting at the beginning of the year that Donald Trump would win…

Diary

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Like most Aussies, I don’t rate Canberra high on my To Do List, but for it I will say this:…

Q&A diary

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Spring returned to Sydney for the long weekend, just in time for me to spend three days incarcerated indoors packing…

UK Diary

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Not all words are equal. People who speak or write for a living are more aware than most that some…

Riot woy’s war diary

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…

Diary

8 October 2016 9:00 am

I arrive at Melbourne airport for my midnight flight with an unfortunately timed cold. My lack of sleep after Canberra’s…

Diary of a parliamentary nobody

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Upon debut as a columnist some explanatory notes are surely in order. Like the American columnist George F. Will I…

Diary

3 September 2016 9:00 am

As I was leaving the sweaty Q&A set at the Docklands Studios in Melbourne, a lefty dweeb in the audience…

Australian diary

27 August 2016 9:00 am

It is always a pleasure to catch up socially with Tony Abbott whose steadfast friendship I have enjoyed for over…

Australian diary

13 August 2016 9:00 am

It is census night and what a controversial thing this census is turning out to be. The twitter feed is…

Diary

6 August 2016 9:00 am

I have just one week in London, exchanging the harsh Perth winter for the UK’s summer evenings. I am surprised…

Australian diary

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Boarding QF1 three days after the federal election with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s shredded Liberals still pondering his bizarre election…

Dishlicker’s diary

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Mr Tom, pet greyhound of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia (1762-96), shared a bed with her lover, the colossal…

Cuban diary

16 July 2016 9:00 am

‘Vas bien Fidel’ (going well Fidel) are the words emblazoned across a government building facing the Revolution Square in Havana.…

Election diary

9 July 2016 9:00 am

As a first time candidate in a volatile election, with a member retiring after 43 years, I was keen to…

Soaking wet at Songkran

9 July 2016 9:00 am

The sex trade and an old tradition make for unusual bedfellows

Australian diary

2 July 2016 9:00 am

I’m reminded annually when I’ve nothing to wear on St Patricks Day that green is not my colour. Also during…

Campaign diary

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I am encouraged to read my Senate colleague David Leyonhjelm’s Campaign Notes describing his party’s growing support. My experience has…

Diary

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Around the world in 280 hours for work. Jules Verne would have been proud of me. In Britain, I arrived…

Australian diary

28 May 2016 9:00 am

April 2012. News Limited newshound Steve Lewis and I are hustling to a meeting at the ABC’s headquarters in Ultimo.…

Australian diary

21 May 2016 9:00 am

I landed back into Canberra at the end of Budget week after a month travelling the Mediterranean with my mother,…

Diary (Part II)

7 May 2016 9:00 am

On the day I left Australia after an enjoyable month at the Centre for Independent Studies, the Guardian newspaper (which…

Campus diary

23 April 2016 9:00 am

I have always firmly believed that the role of a university is to foster scholarly pursuits. To those who have…

Diary

16 April 2016 9:00 am

On arrival in Sydney for a stint with the Centre for Independent Studies, I am ensconced in the bourgeois bohemia…