Diary Australia

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5 October 2013 9:00 am

I have been spending the week in Rome, having breakfast and dinner most days with Pope Francis I. Literally. How…

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28 September 2013 9:00 am

The first time I met Quentin Bryce, I was a scruffy 17-year-old law student decked out in the obligatory undergraduate…

Brian Loughnane's diary

21 September 2013 9:00 am

For me, the worst day of any campaign is election day. After three years of intense, all-consuming activity the phones…

An Abbottphobe’s diary

21 September 2013 9:00 am

I remain in rehab following the election nightmare. When the all-shining, coiffed, permed and waxed Abbott family appeared at the…

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14 September 2013 9:00 am

My home city of London is famous for producing two of the world’s longest-standing and best-written political magazines. You are…

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7 September 2013 9:00 am

Tony Abbott has long been a gift to journalists, particularly those writing for readers in Britain. At the start of…

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31 August 2013 9:00 am

Australians worry too much. You don’t dress warmly enough, especially on chilly airplanes. Your coffee isn’t as great as you…

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24 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s the Friday before the first weekend of the election campaign and one day to go before the launch of…

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17 August 2013 9:00 am

Holy hellfire: the Law of Unintended Consequences struck me out of right field for the first full week of the…

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10 August 2013 9:00 am

In a life garlanded by few and modest distinctions, I do enjoy, I suspect, one that is unusual. As we…

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3 August 2013 9:00 am

The rhythms of my new life are becoming clear. Waking early for exercise, not a morning call. Immersing myself in…

Palace diary

27 July 2013 9:00 am

At exactly 9.45 p.m., glasses charged, we stand while a toast is proposed to the Queen. ‘The Queen’, we all…

Ashes diary

20 July 2013 9:00 am

 Nottingham, UK When I previewed the Ashes series in England in these pages two weeks ago I erred on the…

Mark Scott's diary

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Al Forsyth, a man who has crossed the Kokoda Track nearly 90 times, told me not to worry, to trust…

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6 July 2013 9:00 am

The phones have stopped ringing. It’s eerie and doesn’t feel right. The usual mischief-makers have stopped taking calls and answering…