Diary Australia

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…

Australian diary

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Veteran Canberra hand Laurie Oakes’ prediction of an early federal election was so qualified as to be the political equivalent…

Anzac Diary

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I am writing this diary from the Opera, not the theatrical sort, we are on a cruise ship anchored for…

Hong Kong diary

25 April 2015 9:00 am

After a year of living in Sydney, the smog in Hong Kong is a shock. I do not see even…

Australian diary

18 April 2015 9:00 am

My bladder is still fighting the NSW State Election. It is 5am and for the past six weeks this has…

Pollie Pedal diary

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The twin-engine turbo-prop lands in a downpour, skidding to a halt outside the terminal. ‘We haven’t seen rain like this…

Diary

4 April 2015 9:00 am

I have added a few days onto a London trip to visit my mum in South Wales, and as I…

Election diary

28 March 2015 9:00 am

It’s just six days before the Israeli elections. Bibi versus Buji and Tzipi. Labor’s Isaac ‘Buji’ Herzog and Hatnuah’s Tzipora…

Diary

21 March 2015 9:00 am

By the time the audience hear Lateline’s newly remixed opening song begin to play on Monday night, the show has…

Diary

14 March 2015 9:00 am

After I fell off my chair again, it was time to get ready for the launch of the Intergenerational Report…

Vietnamese Diary

7 March 2015 9:00 am

I had been loitering around some dreadlocked types, working up the courage to join the conversation, when the people smuggler…

Diarist’s Diary

28 February 2015 9:00 am

‘At a certain point, you go, there’s a human-being here and you would think this must be incredibly bruising.’ Greg…

Australian diary

21 February 2015 9:00 am

I blame the BBQ ribs. Rowan Dean, Peter Van Onselen, Troy Bramston and I had just finished a great dinner…

Oxford diary

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Oxford students being the custodians of Western civilisation, I expect a big rollup of young tweed eager for a dose…

Californian diary

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The American Republic has always been characterized by great political families. From earliest days, from the Adams and the Harrisons…

Zimbabwean diary

24 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s time to try my hand at currency exchange with the tourist touts of Zimbabwe. I manage to get one…

Intern’s diary

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Four months in Washington D.C., interning on Capitol Hill sounded pretty good to a kid who was addicted to The…

Holiday diary

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Holidays are a time to abandon the comfort zone and try new things. So when my mate Adam Brereton, an…

Lima diary

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Peru is a delight to the senses, from its fusion of ancient native and European, principally Spanish, cultures. This is…

Diary

13 December 2014 9:00 am

I’ve been to Kirribilli House only twice. John Howard had little time for the Melbourne media, and I suspect did…

Islamic diary

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Australia originally appeared to me in the form of a boyfriend. A fellow student brought him home one evening without…

Australian diary

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The Israeli’s and I didn’t get off to the best start. Maybe they just didn’t like the cut of my…

Indian diary

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Not your usual welcome. The duty manager at New Delhi’s Taj Palace Hotel greets me on arrival. Two sari-clad and…

Australian Diary

15 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Australia – love it and leave it’ says my t-shirt. The good news is that kindly sponsors are flying me…

Medical diary

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Among the delusions I use to warm myself in the bleak midwinter, channeling Dr Who is not one. But as…