Diary Australia



14 January 2017 9:00 am

My two sons, aged 16 and 14, are at the wonderful stage where, in the sharp-humoured traditions of Australian larrikinism,…


Java diary

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Outdoors, Jakarta’s heat and humidity were oppressive. Inside the 6th World Peace Forum (WPF), most delegates were in heated agreement…


Beijing diary

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

Standing next to the large lobby Christmas tree in ‘Sunjoy Mansion’ where the Australian has its modest office in Beijing,…


Christmas diary

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I couldn’t ask for a present this Christmas. First, what’s left for a conservative to wish for after this astonishing…

Photo Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

European diary

3 December 2016 9:00 am

In the pretty medieval city of Wroclaw one highlight is the pierogis – the fat, soggy dumplings Poland is famous…


Australian Diary

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A warm muggy November evening in Canberra is threatening rain. At the National Library of Australia, a stone’s throw from…


Australian diary

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Hoots of derision greeted me when I began predicting at the beginning of the year that Donald Trump would win…



5 November 2016 9:00 am

Like most Aussies, I don’t rate Canberra high on my To Do List, but for it I will say this:…

Tony Abbott Attends Q&A Program

Q&A diary

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Spring returned to Sydney for the long weekend, just in time for me to spend three days incarcerated indoors packing…


UK Diary

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Not all words are equal. People who speak or write for a living are more aware than most that some…


Riot Woy’s war diary

8 October 2016 9:00 am

It seems just a mere few weeks ago that I was toasting a crumpet in the prefects’ room at St…



8 October 2016 9:00 am

I arrive at Melbourne airport for my midnight flight with an unfortunately timed cold. My lack of sleep after Canberra’s…


Diary of a parliamentary nobody

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Upon debut as a columnist some explanatory notes are surely in order. Like the American columnist George F. Will I…



3 September 2016 9:00 am

As I was leaving the sweaty Q&A set at the Docklands Studios in Melbourne, a lefty dweeb in the audience…


Australian diary

27 August 2016 9:00 am

It is always a pleasure to catch up socially with Tony Abbott whose steadfast friendship I have enjoyed for over…


Australian diary

12 August 2016 11:00 pm

It is census night and what a controversial thing this census is turning out to be. The twitter feed is…


6 August 2016 9:00 am

I have just one week in London, exchanging the harsh Perth winter for the UK’s summer evenings. I am surprised…

Australian diary

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Boarding QF1 three days after the federal election with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s shredded Liberals still pondering his bizarre election…

Cuban diary

16 July 2016 9:00 am

‘Vas bien Fidel’ (going well Fidel) are the words emblazoned across a government building facing the Revolution Square in Havana.…

Election diary

9 July 2016 9:00 am

As a first time candidate in a volatile election, with a member retiring after 43 years, I was keen to…

Soaking wet at Songkran

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Songkran is not the best time of year to be a correspondent in Pattaya. It’s not that the story you’re…

Australian diary

2 July 2016 9:00 am

I’m reminded annually when I’ve nothing to wear on St Patricks Day that green is not my colour. Also during…

Campaign diary

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I am encouraged to read my Senate colleague David Leyonhjelm’s Campaign Notes describing his party’s growing support. My experience has…


11 June 2016 8:00 am

Around the world in 280 hours for work. Jules Verne would have been proud of me. In Britain, I arrived…

Australian diary

28 May 2016 9:00 am

April 2012. News Limited newshound Steve Lewis and I are hustling to a meeting at the ABC’s headquarters in Ultimo.…