Leading article Australia

Misguided visionaries

1 April 2009 12:00 am

On the doorstep of 10 Downing Street this week, Prime Ministers Rudd and Brown claimed the G20 meeting in London to be ‘a decisive moment for the world economy’.

At large with a plan

25 March 2009 12:00 am

Our 25th issue caps the most frenetic fortnight of political activity in Australia since the 2007 federal election.

A chance for renewal

18 March 2009 12:00 am

On 21 March, Queenslanders have a choice between a stale 11-year-old Labor government and the untested Liberal–National opposition led by Lawrence Springborg.

Our vice-regal maverick

11 March 2009 12:00 am

Last year, the official secretary to the governor-general, Malcolm Hazell CVO, gave a speech in Wagga Wagga to shed light on the governor-general’s role.

Fix companies with capitalism

4 March 2009 12:00 am

Telstra’s announcement last week that chief executive Sol Trujillo will depart in June put corporate governance in the spotlight.

The politics of grief

25 February 2009 12:00 am

Individual reactions to this month’s tragic loss of life and property in Victoria show the widespread sympathy Australians feel for their countrymen in a time of crisis, no matter how far removed they might be in practice.

The easy folly of debt

18 February 2009 12:00 am

Victorians are still picking over their charred possessions and adjusting to a life without their loved ones: a real Australian crisis.

A nation in mourning

11 February 2009 12:00 am

Last weekend the rustic beauty of the Victorian bushland became a charcoal wasteland of suffering and despair.

In pursuit of hindsight

4 February 2009 12:00 am

Mr Bush’s departure from the White House has incited an unprecedented level of coruscating criticism.

Carbon brinkmanship

28 January 2009 12:00 am

On 24 January, Malcolm Turnbull launched the Liberal party’s first policy salvo of 2009, unveiling his response to the government’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).

Happy Holydays

24 January 2009 12:00 am

‘Not since 1990 have Australians approached a Christmas so fearful and uncertain,’ we wrote just before Christmas last year.

Reflections on Australia Day

21 January 2009 12:00 am

Monday 26 January will mark 221 years to the day since the colony of New South Wales was established.

The benefits of ageing

14 January 2009 12:00 am

This year marks the centenary of Australia’s old age pension, and it has seen a 50 per cent increase in applications.

Let the debates begin

7 January 2009 12:00 am

While 2008 will be remembered for its financial fireworks, 2009 will be about public policy debates: less memorable, maybe, but far more formative.

Fair, safe but scarce

29 December 2008 12:00 am

The Rudd government was elected in 2007 on the promise of industrial reform, or in our view, reaction.

Relax and be merry

15 December 2008 12:00 am

The Spectator Australia wishes its readers a Happy Christmas

Nothing new to learn

10 December 2008 12:00 am

The final sitting of federal parliament for 2008 witnessed a flurry of legislative, even theatrical, activity — short-selling restrictions were codified, ‘fair’ workplace reforms were proposed, same-sex couples were accorded more consistent legal treatment, all amid accusations of ‘humiliating backflips’ and opposition feline displays.

More feckless federalism?

3 December 2008 12:00 am

The Australian states have never raised enough money to pay for their natural constitutional chores — they vacated the field of direct income taxation in 1942, and their indirect ‘franchise fees’ on alcohol, tobacco and petrol were branded ‘excise’ duties by the High Court in 1997, and struck down.

In charge and on top

26 November 2008 12:00 am

Prime Minister Rudd ends his first year in office on a high, literally and figuratively.

A futile fixation with cars

19 November 2008 12:00 am

When the Prime Minister outlined his industry policy in the run-up to the November 2007 federal election — ‘I don’t want to be leader of a country that doesn’t make things any more’ — some feared an increase in industry subsidies.

Another Vote for Change

12 November 2008 12:00 am

While the world has been fixated by the United States’ historic presidential election, a more modest nation has voted for change.

A win for us, too

5 November 2008 12:00 am

The Spectator Australia on Barack Obama's victory in the US Presidential election

Time to refocus

29 October 2008 12:00 am

Spectator Australia on the government's tax measures

Get a grip, people

22 October 2008 12:00 am

Spectator Australia on the financial turmoil

The hazard of moralising

15 October 2008 12:00 am

The Spectator Australia on regulation in the banking sector