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What the ACT election tells us about our rulers in the Bubble

Last weekend’s ACT election results have again revealed how out of touch our nation’s capital city is with mainstream Australians.…

25 Oct 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Are the ADF’s pandemic operations breaching its own guidelines?

The Spectator Australia has seen a copy of the Defence Department’s un-redacted Defence Assistance to the Civil Community manual which…

24 Oct 2020

Our very woke Wallabies

Having gotten rid of their star black player, the Australian rugby team is set to take a knee at the…

23 Oct 2020

National Water Week reveals a policy drought

This is National Water Week.  Its theme is “Reimagining our Water Future”. Proclaiming water to be one of the seven…

23 Oct 2020

Judgement time

When does an error in judgement cost someone their job? It depends.    If it is Gladys Berejiklian, you are safe. If…

23 Oct 2020

The Murdoch Royal Commission is one man’s inadequacy

There is an unpleasant screaming and stamping of feet coming from isle three where a toddler has been divested of…

23 Oct 2020

Was Judas the world’s first socialist?

While readers of The Spectator Australia may not usually find themselves immersed in discussions of the Bible and theology, they would routinely have waded into important contributions here on…

22 Oct 2020

Wake up before the Woke wear you down

These are strange days when a woman cannot stand up for women’s rights.  It is wrong.  The bra-burners of the…

22 Oct 2020

The path between herd immunity and lockdown

In four decades working as an engineer and scientist, I have rarely known a more polarised time within the scientific…

24 Oct 2020

A historically accurate pollster puts the presidential race within the margin of error

Election polling has been largely consistent since the pandemic hit the US: Joe Biden is the heavy favorite. But one…

24 Oct 2020

Trump sealed the deal last night

First, let me pay brief homage to Kristen Welker, moderator of Thursday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.…

24 Oct 2020

Can dynastic restoration revive Lebanese fortunes?

Once more Lebanon is in crisis, and once more its leaders turn to what they most understand to solve things:…

23 Oct 2020

No logic please, we’re Leftists

Leftists have herd immunity to humour. Nowhere is this more evident than with ABC ‘comedy’ (there’s a series impending that…

24 Oct 2020

Hippocrates cancelled

How can they sleep at night? Or face themselves in the mirror in the morning? I ask the question ‘triggered’…

24 Oct 2020

My pick? A narrow Trump win

It is not just the usual suspects at the ABC and in the Fairfax press who seem to have Trump…

24 Oct 2020

Ciggie smugglers making a killing

A Malaysian woman was recently sentenced to two years in an Australian jail for orchestrating a sophisticated money laundering and…

24 Oct 2020

Falling for Daryl

In the 1954 horror film, Creature from the Black Lagoon, a monster emerges from a murky backwater of the Amazon,…

24 Oct 2020

As history fades into history

My son is more at risk of becoming a victim of the ‘march through the institutions’ than I ever was.…

24 Oct 2020

Cashless in Alice

Income Management and the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) have long faced opposition from those who claim that not allowing welfare…

Biden: Beijing’s candidate

Australia’s elites would prefer Beijing’s candidate, Joe Biden in the White House, it seems. But, unlike 2016, at least a…

24 Oct 2020

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Orson Welles

The journals of the plague year from the point of view of culture are getting weirder and weirder from Daniel…

24 Oct 2020

Opera Australia’s Attila before shutdown in March

Attila the Hun might have been hard to stop but Verdi’s opera Attila was stopped in its tracks at the…

24 Oct 2020

Too much of nothing

In the world of the arts, some things keep on even in this time of impossibility which the virus has…

17 Oct 2020

Josh Frydenberg

There has been a fair bit of bleating from sectors claiming to have been ignored in the Budget; in fact…

17 Oct 2020

Aussie Life & Language

Michael Scammell Coming out of Melbourne lockdown is like coming down from drugs. Or more precisely coming down from the…

The generosity of French doctors

My last NHS scan showed a shadow on a rib. The scan report couldn’t decide between a new cancer metastasis…

24 Oct 2020

I’m now considered a freak in New York

New York It’s nice to finally be in the Bagel, a place where the cows have two legs and no…

24 Oct 2020

I removed my mask and all hell broke loose

The girl in the posh soap shop put her right arm out, palm flat in my face, and shouted: ‘Stand…

24 Oct 2020

Tom Bower pulls his punches with his life of Boris Johnson

Tom Bower explains in his acknowledgements that this is not an authorised biography and he did not seek Boris Johnson’s…

24 Oct 2020

The gospel of separation according to Malcolm X

In late April 1962 Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed black man, Ronald X Stokes, during a disturbance…

24 Oct 2020

Sarah Maslin Nir enjoys the rides of a lifetime

The appeal of a book called Horse Crazy risks being limited to those who are. Yet many moments in Sarah…

24 Oct 2020

The scholars who solved the riddles in the sands

In 1835 the first two Egyptian antiquities were registered in the British Museum: a pair of red granite lions from…

24 Oct 2020

Cyber apocalypse: The Silence, by Don DeLillo, reviewed

Elaborated over a writing career that spans half a century — a career crowned with every honour save the Nobel…

24 Oct 2020

The power behind The Few: Rolls-Royce’s Merlin engine

Eighty years ago this summer Britain was facing its greatest moment of peril as Göring’s Luftwaffe attacked airfields, cities and…

24 Oct 2020

Looking for love: Ghosts, by Dolly Alderton

Of all the successful modern female writers documenting their search for love, none has been as endearing as Dolly Alderton.…

24 Oct 2020

We should never take our daily bread for granted

In the seventh and final chapter of this small but lingeringly powerful book, the author reveals his motivation for writing…

24 Oct 2020