Australia

What the Tories can learn from Australia’s election upset

22 May 2019 5:45

It is hard to exaggerate the level of shock caused by Scott Morrison’s Australian election victory. The re-election of the country’s Liberal…

How climate change decided Australia’s election

20 May 2019 10:21

Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten will forever have the ignominious label of the man who lost the unlosable election –…

Scott Morrison’s ‘miracle’ win in the Australian elections

20 May 2019 8:48

‘I have always believed in miracles,’ Scott Morrison beamed. Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister was addressing a victory rally after…

The Spectator Podcast: return of Ukip

26 July 2018 16:53

It’s safe to say that Brexit negotiations haven’t gone smoothly. The Tories are down in the latest polls, but Ukip…

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…