Diary Australia

Australian diary

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It is not often that I feel sorry for a politician however Bill Leak’s portrait of Bill Shorten as a…

Migration diary

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Two days after the Paris attacks I arrive in Vienna for a United Nations meeting on human trafficking. Every one…

Paris diary

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Earlier in the week I’d been in London, Oxford, Dublin and Brussels for a series of meetings and speaking commitments.…

Australian diary

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Some months back, head of government duties meant that I had to decline an invitation to give the Thatcher lecture…

Australian diary

7 November 2015 9:00 am

St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral is a Melbourne landmark. Opposite Flinders Street station, it marks the entry to the city from…

Australian Diary

24 October 2015 9:00 am

My Sunday starts watching the Wallabies take on Wales. My boys and I are transfixed by the gutsy display of…

Australian diary

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Abu Dhabi is not a place anyone should go voluntarily – which, in retrospect, made my presence there all the…

Australian diary

3 October 2015 9:00 am

When I signed up to work for the Catholic Church, I was delighted to see a clause in my contract…

Australian diary

26 September 2015 9:00 am

The Fort Worth Hilton’s concierge could not have been more helpful. ‘Welcome to the land of liberty,’ he said, after…

Diary

19 September 2015 9:00 am

I returned to my work as a Crown Prosecutor for the first time in a year. (In fact it was…

First person diary

12 September 2015 9:00 am

I hate first-person journalism, always have. In my early – olden – days as a copy boy with News’ Daily…

Australian diary

5 September 2015 9:00 am

On the eve of Germany’s reunification we were in the East German countryside and lunched in the small town of…

Diary

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We’re off to see Tony Abbott launch When We Were Young and Foolish, Greg Sheridan’s new book. How a pair…

Nottingham diary

22 August 2015 9:00 am

There are few things better than a week off work, flying to the far side of the world to watch…

Diary

8 August 2015 9:00 am

We arrive in London on a glorious morning (Scout’s honour) with Londoners in a mild state of preparation and celebration,…

Downing Street diary

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Ridiculously premature talk of Prime Ministerial succession, commentary by John Howard on the need to secure national borders and a…

Austin diary

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Visiting accountant turned property investor Kate Braybrook and building tradie husband Mark, who have relocated from Melbourne. Looked at 20…

Royal diary

18 July 2015 9:00 am

The first time I met the Queen, I was eight years old and she was visiting my school, in Brentwood,…

Diary

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The last Parliamentary fortnight before the winter recess begins with the focus on national security, amid claims that the Abbott…

Tajikistan diary

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Talking politics in Central Asia is often unwise, so I try to bring it up casually. ‘Oh you won’t believe…

Catalan Diary

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Before there was Nineteen Eighty- Four and Animal Farm, there was Homage to Catalonia written by George Orwell in 1938.…

Australian diary

6 June 2015 9:00 am

I land six weeks after the Israeli elections and only a few days ahead of the British ones. Jerusalem’s political…

Budget Diary

30 May 2015 9:00 am

There was a big story last week. It involved ministers, the media and the long arm of the law. Coverage…

Australian Diary

23 May 2015 9:00 am

At the end of the week of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s second Federal Budget, I recalled the caustic observation about the…

Budget diary

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Just under two weeks until Budget. The office inbox is flooded with the first anti Budget campaign. Campaign tactics are…