Diary Australia

New Zealand Diary

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Someone spilled duty-free liquor by the baggage carousel. I am flying and then bang: I land at Auckland airport. My…

Mother country diary

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Being a wife has privileges. They’re called in-laws. And it was within that spousal remit that I recently headed to…

Diary

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Tony Abbott became the seventh Australian Prime Minister to select a PM’s XI to play against a major touring team,…

Notes from a gap year

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When taking a gap year, it is meant to be just that. A year. Alas, I’m into my second year…

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11 January 2014 9:00 am

‘A bunch of Y-front wearing pansies’ is how one of my conservative friends describes the Abbott government. It’s an interesting…

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4 January 2014 9:00 am

As Australia faces a new year of fiscal restraint, sobering economic news and reduced circumstances, it’s interesting to reflect on…

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14 December 2013 9:00 am

The editor rings in a sweat. Tony Abbott was to have written this diary but dashed off to South Africa…

Notes from a Media tart

14 December 2013 9:00 am

One of the drawbacks of writing for a magazine as esteemed as the Spectator Australia is that you are assumed…

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7 December 2013 9:00 am

One of the joys of travelling to outposts of the Anglosphere is that it’s often much more British than Britain.…

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30 November 2013 9:00 am

I flew from London into Sydney, then Melbourne, to make three dinner speeches in a row. Through nerves I never…

Notes from abroad

30 November 2013 9:00 am

When someone ten years your junior asks you to drop your pants you know it’s going to be an interesting…

Conrad Black’s diary: Sydney, Murdoch, Paxman and other stories

23 November 2013 9:00 am

What a pleasure it was to be back in Sydney this month after an absence of 14 years. That city…

Notes from abroad

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Flying across the Pacific, I am reading two new works from the recent explosion of books on the outbreak of…

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16 November 2013 9:00 am

On my second afternoon in Australia I found myself in the heart of Sydney, strolling past Circular Quay with Baron…

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9 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Terrifying.’ ‘Scary.’ The ABC’s Annabel Crabb is worried about the rise of digital media and the slow yet steady decline…

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2 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s 1.45 a.m. and I can’t sleep: jet lag. We returned early yesterday morning from the UK — my first…

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26 October 2013 9:00 am

We have chartered a ferry to take our 180 guests from Circular Quay to Fort Denison for the dinner to…

Chris Kenny's Diary

19 October 2013 9:00 am

As it ticked over midnight and into my wife’s birthday, I crossed to Paul Murray Live on Sky News from…

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12 October 2013 9:00 am

 Wellington. When think tanks launch their reports, reactions are typically divided. Fair enough: our goal is to present innovative analysis…

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5 October 2013 9:00 am

I have been spending the week in Rome, having breakfast and dinner most days with Pope Francis I. Literally. How…

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28 September 2013 9:00 am

The first time I met Quentin Bryce, I was a scruffy 17-year-old law student decked out in the obligatory undergraduate…

Brian Loughnane's diary

21 September 2013 9:00 am

For me, the worst day of any campaign is election day. After three years of intense, all-consuming activity the phones…

An Abbottphobe’s diary

21 September 2013 9:00 am

I remain in rehab following the election nightmare. When the all-shining, coiffed, permed and waxed Abbott family appeared at the…

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14 September 2013 9:00 am

My home city of London is famous for producing two of the world’s longest-standing and best-written political magazines. You are…

Diary

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Tony Abbott has long been a gift to journalists, particularly those writing for readers in Britain. At the start of…