Guest Notes

Australian notes

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Jousting over unicorns was not the most fanciful moment in Canberra this month as the Opposition brings forth one fantastically…

Bush notes

27 February 2016 9:00 am

‘Most dynasties are defined and circumscribed by region,’ goes a 2001 op-ed in the Washington Post. ‘The Roosevelts rode as…

Australian notes

20 February 2016 9:00 am

This is the last reshuffle before the election, we promise. No more resignations, no more scandals, no more inter-party warfare.…

Primary notes

30 January 2016 9:00 am

My heart sank when I read the PM arrived in Washington, DC just a few days after I left. God…

Hungarian notebook

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Where better to hold a one-day conference on ‘Islamic Radicalism and the West’ than in the Great Hall of the…

Yuletide notes

12 December 2015 9:00 am

I can’t help it, call me soppy or simple, but I can’t help but get a lump in my throat…

Asian notes

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Shopping in the Asian capitals has long been a lure for tourists but I was taken a little aback when…

Republican notes

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Our best defence against jihadism? Abbott Until those acts of appallingly primitive barbarism in Paris, the events surrounding Prince Charles’…

Australian notes

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Poms in the Park To Twickenham for the Rugby World Cup. To Wembley for England’s (soccer) football world cup qualifier…

Australian notes

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Australia – the new Italy? There are lies, damned lies and statistics as often referenced. To this I would add…

Drunken notes

24 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m a bit drunk, so let’s just get this over with: I love Malcolm Turnbull. Now, hold your tomatoes, proles.…

Blue blood notes

10 October 2015 9:00 am

My sole dream in life is to be a champagne socialist. It irritates me no end that there’s no apparent…

Australian notes

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Everything is tense as I get into the car. None of us can believe it. ‘What’s the latest?’ I ask.…

Aux bien pensants

29 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s not so long ago that the commetariat was talking about the end of Qantas, at least as an international…

Fromelles notebook

11 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s a small but devoted group, the Friends of the 15th Brigade. Each year it gathers at the Melbourne graveside…

Beltway Notes

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Like Oscar Wilde’s demand that ‘the man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one’…

Diplomatic Notes

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Paris this spring was still beautiful, but tense. Post-Charlie Hebdo, 8,000 smart, almost chic, soldiers supplement the edgy French police.…

Monumental selfie

Student notes

9 May 2015 9:00 am

‘Manchester first, or Glasgow?’ I ask Steph. She shrugs. ‘As long as we get to the Doctor Who exhibition in…

London notes

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I can see the London Eye from my hotel room, but for a panicky, hungover moment this morning I thought…

Hollywood notes

11 April 2015 9:00 am

I have directed 13 feature films in the US and now, for the first time, have shot one in Los…

Deadly notes

3 January 2015 9:00 am

‘The Aussies work out everythin’ backwards,’ says Wilson the Texan in Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, and there’s…

Christmas notes

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Some Australians have forgotten how to speak their truth. Some have lost their ability to hear the truth. This is…

Voice notes

13 December 2014 9:00 am

AFTER a year dabbling in radio, I listen to other people’s voices with a new ear. It is like suddenly…

Surrogacy Notes

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Even the most ardent supporters of surrogacy admit that the present situation in Australia is a mess. Commercial surrogacy is…

Railway Notes

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Home on the farm, or so it is meant to be this year but of late it has been everything…