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Comparing Pearl Harbor and the Darwin Raids 80 years on

Pearl Harbor is often compared to the Darwin attack but the similarities are very few. Although both were ‘surprise’ initial…

9 Dec 2021

Josh Frydenberg: the man who would be king

He’s the man who would be king, but Josh Frydenberg originally wanted to be a tennis pro rather than a…

9 Dec 2021

'Not an organ donor anymore' trends after vaccine mandate

#NotAnOrganDonorAnymore has been trending on social media for the last few days after Australians began taking themselves off the organ…

8 Dec 2021

The electric highway – a ‘fuelish’ policy

Scott Morrison has had another green brainwave – spend a zillion dollars to build Australia’s electric/hydrogen highway. Naturally, this ‘Fuelish…

8 Dec 2021

Inside Canberra they’re riding the Greens Machine

It was Labor’s Shadow Defence Minister, Kimberley Kitching, who spilled the beans by forcefully declaring that Labor should not do…

8 Dec 2021

Canberra's cultural change and the Jenkins looking glass

The 2021 federal parliamentary sitting year has been plagued and book-ended by allegations of poor behaviour. It started with Brittney…

8 Dec 2021

Defending Australia from itself

World War I saw a significant tactical blunder by the Commonwealth countries in regards to Gallipoli where 480,000 allied forces…

7 Dec 2021

Religious Discrimination Bill unleashes hell in the ABC

It’s only a matter of time before journalists at the ABC claim religious freedom is a threat to koalas. The…

7 Dec 2021

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No. 10 in crisis over leaked Christmas party video

Downing Street is in crisis mode this morning following the publication of a leaked video showing senior No. 10 staff…

8 Dec 2021

What Functional America wants

The United States is still rich enough to meet higher-order needs and call them entitlements. The decades-long response to race,…

8 Dec 2021

The hidden victims of the South African shutdown

I sit in a National Park in South Africa, looking at an empty restaurant in which a robust staff, hired…

8 Dec 2021

Watch: No. 10 staff joking about Downing Street Christmas party

Downing Street have spent the week trying to play down reports of a secret No. 10 party last Christmas when the rest of…

8 Dec 2021

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Kiwi Life

A government in jackboots A recent headline echoes the current mood of this now fed-up country, with Sir Russell Coutts,…

13 Nov 2021

He Puapua?

Now why on earth why would the New Zealand government, dominated by the far-left Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, produce a…

9 Nov 2021

Kiwi notes

Our tired democracy teeters When is enough? When Aucklanders recently heard the seemingly interminable lockdown which the Prime Minister Jacinda…

6 Nov 2021

Kiwi Life

Lorde vs Lana People who live in glass houses really shouldn’t get changed with the lights on. Doubly so, one…

30 Oct 2021

Decline and fall of New Zealand

As some readers of this fine weekly will know, my family and I spent eleven wonderful years living and working…

11 Dec 2021

The tide’s gone out

‘Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked’. It’s one of my favourite sayings from…

11 Dec 2021

Business/Robbery, etc.

‘Chaos’, said the headlines. ‘Revolts on the left and the right’, along with ministerial and backbench departures, both voluntary and…

11 Dec 2021

Are the kids OK?

On Sunday, Ben Madgen who plays football for Southeast Melbourne Phoenix tweeted that he ‘ended up in the emergency room…

11 Dec 2021

Last rights

Fraud is an intrinsic and disgraceful part of the Australian electoral system. If our credit card or registered mail systems…

11 Dec 2021

High courts and misdemeanours

The latest forensic disaster, in which one of Australia’s most respected forensic scientists, Kirsty Wright, laid out the serious errors…

11 Dec 2021

Pork-barrelling: the real reason to be in politics

When it comes to parliamentary question time, I hold an equivocal position. On the one hand, I feel I should…

4 Dec 2021

China’s behaviour demands a boycott of the Winter Olympics

First it was former prime minister, Paul Keating, telling us that Australia has no interest in defending the democratic freedoms…

4 Dec 2021

Jane Campion

A new film by Jane Campion is always going to be a magnetsing prospect and the idea of it suddenly…

11 Dec 2021

Nitram

Nitram is the Martin Bryant film which sent shivers down everyone’s spine at the mere prospect. Justin Kurzel’s film about…

4 Dec 2021

As You Like It

As You Like It is middle Shakespeare, probably lateish 1590s. It’s not one of the earlier happy comedies like the…

27 Nov 2021

Don’t forget the motor city

Detroit is the only American city where I always felt uneasy. Even the cops look at you as if you…

20 Nov 2021

Aussie Life

The slur issued by Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe in the Chamber last week towards Hollie Hughes reaffirmed one thing, that…

11 Dec 2021

Aussie Language

Nick Cater has coined what I think is a brilliant new expression the ‘laptop class’. This is his vivid and…

11 Dec 2021

Aussie Life

I have reached an age where I have started to forget where I have put things, but so far they…

4 Dec 2021

Aussie Language

In a recent piece in the Australian newspaper paper Terry McCrann (the doyen of economics writers — he of the…

4 Dec 2021

There is nothing cosy about Penelope Lively

At one time, Penelope Lively was routinely shortchanged by critics. Her protagonists are often middle-class professionals — historians, archeologists, scriptwriters…

4 Dec 2021

Why I was labelled a bitch: Joan Collins remembers the old Hollywood days

Readers of this magazine will have enjoyed Joan Collins’s diaries, and her Past Imperfect was one of the funniest showbiz…

4 Dec 2021

A celebration of natural wonders: the best of the year’s art books

If one of the purposes of art is to help us see the world around us, then Sebastião Salgado’s photographs…

4 Dec 2021

A broken nation: Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, by Wole Soyinka, reviewed

One of the best episodes in Wole Soyinka’s third novel (his first since 1973) takes place not in Nigeria but…

4 Dec 2021

In defence of capitalism – ‘the greatest engine of human progress ever invented’

For all its faults and foibles, its busts and bailouts, modern market capitalism demonstrates a remarkably bullish resilience. We don’t…

4 Dec 2021

Is Christianity about to end in the place it began?

Janine di Giovanni’s book begins in a Paris apartment during the first lockdown. She’s at a friend’s home, which she…

4 Dec 2021

Why the mid-1960s was the golden age of pop music

On a Monday evening in May 1966, Paul McCartney and John Lennon visited a nightclub called Dolly’s in Jermyn Street.…

4 Dec 2021

A glimpse of the real Patricia Highsmith through her diaries and notebooks

There are three ways of knowing Patricia Highsmith. First, of course, she was the author of 22 novels and several…

4 Dec 2021