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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

Polite participation is enough

9 October 2008 12:00 am

The Spectator Australia on the country's relationship with the UN

Growing old disgracefully

9 October 2008 12:00 am

Kathy Lette says that turning 50 is traumatic, but in the end you are as young as you feel

Parallel Life

9 October 2008 12:00 am

As Kevin Rudd’s press gallery romance sours, Turnbull sharpens his knife

Well hung – but is it art?

2 October 2008 10:38 am

Oscar Humphries says museum curators should ignore art market trends and set their own course

An Australian Spectator emerges

2 October 2008 10:22 am

Introducing the new Australian Spectator