Australia

Tony, Pauline and Cory

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The best chance of sound and honest government returning to Australia will be the emergence of, if not a grand…

The refugee fetish

18 February 2017 9:00 am

On February 8, the Australian published a full page advertisement paid for by 72 organisations calling for the evacuation of…

Picking judges

18 February 2017 9:00 am

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats in the United States are about to engage in political warfare about who will…

Lapping it up

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Last time around they managed to put her in gaol. Now they are rolling out the red carpet. Pauline Hanson…

Book lover’s notes

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The hot days of summer inspire two impulses, a good clean up, curiously called a spring clean, and the desire…

Hawke’s myopia

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Bob Hawke is a respected former Labor PM, but in a recent article in the AFR he incorrectly elevated Israeli…

Vincent van Gogh Wheat Field with Cypresses, Saint-Rémy, 1889. The National Gallery London

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Make sure you are in Melbourne between late April and early July to see the important Van Gogh exhibition coming…

Australian diary

18 February 2017 9:00 am

After such a long hot summer it is oddly refreshing to be back in Canberra for the start of the…

DC diary

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The Trump presidency is less than 48 hours old as I wing my way from Los Angeles to Washington DC,…

Conservative notes

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Conservatism is the new Punk The other day, I logged onto eBay and ordered a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.…

Deplorable notes

18 February 2017 9:00 am

First, an apology. In my cover story last week (‘The Cory revolution’) I implied that Miranda Devine supported the Turnbull…

Turnbull’s PPL lesson

18 February 2017 9:00 am

One of the mistakes that plagued Tony Abbott during his period as Prime Minister was his stubborn commitment to the…

Mr Trumble’s dumb deal

11 February 2017 9:00 am

President Trump was right. It was a ‘dumb deal’, dumb for both Australia and the United States. First, it was…

The Cory revolution

11 February 2017 9:00 am

It’s hard to imagine that, less than five years ago, Cory Bernardi was Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary. The role suited…

Hanging on the telephone

11 February 2017 9:00 am

January 29, 2017 might be remembered by Australians and Americans as the day when the President of the United States,…

Women’s tennis is a joke

11 February 2017 9:00 am

In the warm afterglow of the festival of tennis that was the Australian Open, and the glorious men’s final match…

The Jackal vote

11 February 2017 9:00 am

I have argued before that New Zealand and Australia might combine their defence forces, providing New Zealand pulled its weight…

Business/Robbery etc

11 February 2017 9:00 am

At last a rational solution to Australia’s government-generated economically-crazy job-destroying energy crisis? Or just more pie in the sky from…

Brief candle

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of PM…

Inbuilt obsolescence

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Once upon a time, Australian politics was known for its stability. Long periods of one party or another in office,…

Brown study

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Until a few days ago I was planning to start this column with: ‘Have you noticed how the heat has…

James Cook items, Treasures Gallery, NLA, Canberra

11 February 2017 9:00 am

If you missed the 100 Objects from the British Museum on display at the Museum of Australia, don’t despair, there…

Brexit notes

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Things have changed Only Harrogate, York and Leeds voted Remain in the European Referendum in Yorkshire last year. This was…

Jumping ship

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Talk of Cory Bernardi’s ‘betrayal’, or of him ‘ratting out’ on his colleagues, is disingenuous twaddle at best. As we…

Indigenous indulgences

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my…