Australia

The real value of the Australia trade deal

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If Britain had been unable to agree a trade deal with Australia, then Brexit really would have been pointless. The…

Why the BBC believed Martin Bashir

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If it is true, as Lords Hall and Birt told a Commons committee this week, that Martin Bashir succeeded in…

The political advantages of the UK-Australia trade deal

16 June 2021 8:50 am

The UK government has agreed its first bespoke trade deal since leaving the EU. After Boris Johnson met with Australian…

We don't have to swap sovereignty for trade

16 June 2021 7:55 am

A new court will be established with powers over both countries. Labour and product laws will be harmonised. Flags with…

The Australian trade deal is about more than just trade

19 May 2021 8:55 pm

What happens with an Australia trade deal won’t just reveal how serious this country is about free trade but also…

Boris must stand up to farmers – and back the Australia trade deal

18 May 2021 8:47 pm

Farms will be devastated. The countryside will be ruined. And we will all be forced to eat weird food that…

Britain’s vaccine success was supposed to lead to freedom. What happened?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Britain’s vaccine success was supposed to lead to freedom. What happened?

Why is New Zealand afraid of criticising China?

2 April 2021 2:27 am

It is becoming harder and harder to ignore China’s aggressive behaviour. As I say in the magazine this week, China…

This fabulous play is like a Chekhov classic: The One Day in the Year reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The One Day In the Year is an Australian drama about the annual commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.…

Facebook has called the Australian media’s bluff

19 February 2021 12:59 am

In 2021, it’s not uncommon to hope that everyone involved in an argument can lose, or to suspect that pretty…

I’m living in a country that won’t let me out

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who’s been through customs Down Under isn’t surprised by the region’s OTT response to Covid. Having been X-rayed before…

Why are trans activists and a Melbourne bookstore trying to cancel me?

10 February 2021 2:44 am

Imagine my surprise to wake up this morning to be told that Readings book store in Melbourne had posted an…

Isolation nation: how Australia is dealing with its pandemic

10 February 2021 1:12 am

At 6.20 p.m. on Friday evening, Scarborough Beach, an oceanside suburb of Perth, looked like it always does: families picnicked…

Australian border closures would work for Britain. Here’s why

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Closing the borders worked Down Under. Could it work here?

The human costs of an ‘Australian-style’ quarantine system

26 January 2021 7:00 pm

Richard Curtis’ iconic Love Actually airport scenes may fall on the wrong side of saccharine, but they capture something of…

Could the Australian approach to Covid work in Britain?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The government’s most important economic policy is its vaccination programme. The speed at which people are immunised will determine when…

The burden of guilt: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, by Richard Flanagan, reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Thanks to the Booker Prize, Richard Flanagan is probably the only Tasmanian novelist British readers are likely to have heard…

Transport to Australia was the saving of Carmen Callil’s family

12 December 2020 9:00 am

If 2020 has given us something to talk about other than Covid, it’s been history — and, more precisely, to…

The case for Chinese reparations

5 December 2020 9:00 am

It is time we started to talk about reparations. I am not of course referring to the demands made by…

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Twitter is in China’s pocket

3 December 2020 6:01 am

Twitter has been quick on the draw when responding to tweets by President Trump in the last month, as he…

It isn’t always easy to give money away

3 October 2020 9:00 am

I always felt sorry for my father, then president of a chronically strapped educational institution, for having ceaselessly to approach…

Forlorn Plorn: The Dickens Boy, by Thomas Keneally, reviewed

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Parents are always terrified of bad family history repeating itself. Prince Albert dreaded his son Bertie turning into a roué…

Hugging China hasn’t done us any favours

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Like nearly everything named a ‘scandal’, ‘affair’ or given the post-fix ‘gate’, almost nobody now remembers the Dalai Lama affair.…

Not merely funny but somehow also joyous: Sky One's Brassic reviewed

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Danny Brocklehurst, the scriptwriter for Sky One’s Brassic, used to work for Shameless in its glory days — although if…

The Amazon Prime doc that will convert anyone to cricket

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Imagine rooting for the Australian cricket team. If you’re Scottish, Welsh or Irish — or Australian obviously — it might…