Features Australia

The shallow art of an insipid weirdo

13 December 2014 9:00 am

In 1964, Andy Warhol staged a major exhibition at the Stable Gallery, New York. Among the objects on display were…

Darkness descends on Patterson Lakes

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The jewel in Victoria’s Carrum electorate is the canal suburb of Patterson Lakes, a place well known to regular readers…

Gay marriage and the death of freedom

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Has there ever been a sweeter-sounding, more goosebump-inducing phrase than ‘Freedom to marry’? Everyone likes freedom (even illiberal politicians pay…

The Cashmere Steamroller

6 December 2014 9:00 am

In 1939 a Russian Jewish immigrant opened a small lingerie shop in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Spanning just 35 metres…

Kangaroos and Fertility

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Australia has a serious aging problem: our fertility rate is below the level needed just to keep the population steady…

The Silence of the Barnes

29 November 2014 9:00 am

I had the great good fortune to play varsity basketball at university in Canada back in my youth. I was…

Of myths and messiahs

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Recent praise and criticism of Gough Whitlam evoke two American leaders who, like Whitlam, won office as messiahs of hope…

Abbott’s ‘Goldilocks’ balancing act

22 November 2014 9:00 am

As the G20 concludes, Australia is in a Goldilocks position when it comes to the Asia Pacific. It has good…

Feminism: no longer a Left/Right divide

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I am not a clubable woman. I won’t even join a book club, because my contrarian nature would get me…

Breaking Republicans hearts

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Fifteen years ago, Australians rejected a proposal by the ruling class to ditch the Queen. This ignored all the great…

Natural bedfellows

15 November 2014 9:00 am

An interesting thing has happened to our cousins in the north – the prospect of Britain leaving the EU has…

Apparently it’s the world’s first one-sided war

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Something that is true of children is also true of journalists – if you reward bad behaviour, you’ll get more…

Birth of the sophisticates

8 November 2014 9:00 am

When Bob Dylan released The Times they are A-Changin’ in 1964, Donald Horne was putting the finishing touches to his…

Oh lucky man?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Nick Horne When Donald wrote his famous book he didn’t have the title in mind. Yes, he wanted to give…

Don’s Party Tricks

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Back in the days when Young Donald was the life of the party, well before he became a National Sage…

Women, Booze & Bedspreads

8 November 2014 9:00 am

It’s a pity Donald Horne didn’t call The Lucky Country ‘Women, Booze and Bedspreads’ instead.  Better still, that could have…

Clowns to the left, Jokers to the right

1 November 2014 9:00 am

In the early 1970s, Scottish pop group Stealers Wheel (featuring the late, great Gerry Rafferty) had their one international hit,…

Selfies are the new form of radical protest

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps we could have won WWII,’ a friend of mine mused, ‘by having Winston Churchill tweet photos of himself holding…

Whitlam’s dismissal – it’s not like it was all that unusual

1 November 2014 9:00 am

How many Australian governments have been dismissed by a representative of the Crown? Two, you might think – Lang’s in…

Heard the one about me…?

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Gough Whitlam is the greatest Australian I ever knew. I followed his career avidly, joining Labor at the same time…

Freedom’s just another word

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Do you tend to judge people by what they say or by what they do? Imagine you and your spouse…

Polishing Gough

25 October 2014 9:00 am

The last great, failed moderniser has gone. More of that in a moment. For now, let’s talk about me. I…

Whitlam – my part in his downfall

25 October 2014 9:00 am

My mother used to say ‘If you can’t say something nice about the dead, don’t say anything at all.’ Of…

The difference a day or a few foetal grams can make

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Whenever I hear of a piece of legislation as a possessive proper noun, I wonder as to the tragedy that…

Now it’s the tranny-state

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Why are trannies so touchy? So touchy that even that use of the word ‘tranny’ – which, yes, is designed…