Diary Australia

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…

Lost in the bush diary

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Not too much should be made of my enforced overnight under the stars, halfway down the western slope of Mt…

New kid’s diary

2 April 2016 9:00 am

One of the advantages of filling a casual vacancy in the Senate is the short lead time between being chosen…

Stop the presses!

26 March 2016 9:00 am

For seasoned consumers of Australian media, watching what are surely the last chapters of Fairfax as we know it be…

Indonesian diary

19 March 2016 9:00 am

On a flight to Indonesia, I am seized by trepidation. In a previous life my flights north were often rushed…

Roman Diary

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I love Rome. I love how the old is woven into the new, so the ruins of some dead medieval…

Pink ball diary

30 January 2016 9:00 am

As a lover of cricket and history, the chance to witness the first-ever day-night Test match was something I was…

Australian diary

23 January 2016 9:00 am

‘We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.’ As ever, Oscar Wilde was right. Block…