Diary Australia

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…

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…