Australia

Books Podcast: Clive James

24 August 2017 12:59

In this week’s Books podcast I speak to Clive James. Since he was diagnosed with leukaemia, Clive has been as…

How to deal with Pauline Hanson’s political stunts

18 August 2017 16:20

Before Trump or Farage, before Wilders or Marine Le Pen, there was Pauline. Pauline Hanson was the original rabble-rouser who…

The short path from censorship to violence

3 April 2017 12:10

The news that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has cancelled her speaking tour of Australia due to ‘security concerns’ should concern anyone who…

Let’s not overhype a free trade deal with Australia

7 September 2016 8:34

The best thing to say about the UK kicking off preliminary trade talks with Australia is that they’re a start. In…

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Why does nobody seem to care?

11 April 2016 10:25

We seem to be wilfully blind when it comes to nature. Right now, Australia is in the grip of an…

Despite terror and tragedy, the world remains a miraculous place

2 January 2016 12:30

I was on Kangaroo Island, in the great Australian Southern Ocean, when I heard about the terrorist attack on Paris.…

Michelle Payne’s Melbourne Cup win is proof that women jockeys can triumph – if they’re given the opportunity

4 November 2015 13:54

Much has been written in these pages – both by Robin Oakley and myself – about the lack of female jockeys in…

The Ashes: This Really Is As Good As It Gets

8 August 2015 18:44

All across the country this afternoon struggling club sides could cheer themselves with the thought that once their batsmen had…

The hounding of Cardinal Pell: things Australia’s liberal media don’t want you to know

30 May 2015 16:18

The attempt to implicate Cardinal George Pell in the Ballarat child abuse scandal is a virtuoso display of score-settling by…

An anti-cricketer’s tribute to Richie Benaud, a cricketing great who radiated televisual decency

10 April 2015 12:47

Cricket-captain-turned-cricket-commentator Richie Benaud died in Sydney this morning. He would have been 85 next October.  That last pair of sentences…

Plain cigarette packs will help Isis, says Tory MP. Somebody buy this man a tin-foil hat

12 March 2015 13:52

A Tory MP called Brian Binley has written an article suggesting that plain cigarette packs – which the House of Commons…

Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem

5 March 2015 10:50

Ukip has unveiled its new Aussie-style immigration policy, just a week after the latest bad immigration news for the government. The…

Is Twitter about to claim its first prime ministerial scalp?

8 February 2015 21:33

Within the next three hours, the seventeen-month reign of Australia’s conservative PM Tony Abbott may come to a crashing close,…

Removing Tony Abbott as Australian Prime Minister is pointless and reckless

8 February 2015 16:57

In the latest issue of Spectator Australia, the leading article lambasts the Australian Liberal Party for trying to remove Prime Minister Tony Abbott:…

Tony Abbott is no common sense speaking politician — just look at his comments on ISIL

17 December 2014 8:01

Wow. Anyone who still harboured the idea that Australia was led by no-nonsense, common sense speaking politicians should look away…

From Sydney to Peshawar – Islamic extremists are civilisation’s common enemy

16 December 2014 12:08

Yesterday it was Sydney. Today it is Peshawar. Yesterday a coffee shop. Today a school. Yesterday a lone gunman. Today a…

Australia finally feels the ripples of Islamist terrorism on its own shores

16 December 2014 11:11

It was a scene that Australians are hitherto unfamiliar with. Terrified civilians forced at gunpoint to press a black flag,…

In praise of Michael Clarke

6 December 2014 14:13

The cricketing world has begun its slow trudge back to normality. Phillip Hughes has been buried and conversation has, half-heartedly,…

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

20 October 2014 13:13

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of…

The sad but inevitable downfall of Kevin Pietersen. A tragedy in two innings.

13 October 2014 19:31

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography is the saddest book of its type I’ve ever read. By its end you begin to think…

The Down’s syndrome surrogacy story is horrible. But Britain has no right to sneer

4 August 2014 20:15

To look on the heartwarming side, Australians have shown that they are rather more humane as a nation than the…

Australia’s Tony Abbott has made history by abolishing the hated carbon tax

17 July 2014 12:56

A few years ago, the conventional wisdom down under held that Tony Abbott and his centre-right Liberal Party were crazy…

Tony Abbott fights the good fight for aborigines’ rights

27 June 2014 9:54

The status of aborigines in Australia has, to be frank, hardly crossed my radar until now. But that was before…

Tony Abbott, the Prime ‘Nerd’ of Australia

13 June 2014 14:25

There are two types of Australian male: the ‘julios’, a modern import who likes soft drinks and hair product, and…

Save our Royals from Australian paws

28 April 2014 8:46

How can we stop Australian politicians from touching up members of our Royal Family, in the manner of a libidinous…