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The Spectator Australia https://www.spectator.com.au The oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. Thu, 20 Jan 2022 12:34:01 +1100 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Cover 22 January 2022 AU https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/01/cover-22-january-2022-au/ https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/01/cover-22-january-2022-au/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://www.spectator.com.au/?p=10709407 What to read next: Bridge | The Battle for Britain | Hating

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Aussie Life

I live by the sea and like walking along the coastline including scrambling over the rock ledges in Noosa National Park. All the way from Noosa to Sydney it is possible to find wave-cut platforms etched out of the sandstone towards the bottom of the cliff faces. The sandstone is

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A woke diary

The Covid lockdown has confined me to the house for long periods. My wife is downstairs working on a new novel. I’m upstairs working on film scripts. Often days go by when we meet only in the evenings, though I sometimes phone her and suggest we have lunch together on

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Frozen

The Winter Olympic Games will be held from February 4-20 in a ‘green, safe and simple’ way, and for that reason will prove ‘splendid and successful’. Don’t take it from me. Take it from someone who knows: Xi Jinping, the paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China, who handily

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The reckoning has begun

The West’s Covid-19 strategy of lockdowns, mass vaccinations and extreme curbs is losing credibility by the moment, even if various wannabe-despots are slow to realise it. Despite vaccination levels running at 70 per cent and above in many Western nations, Covid cases are at record levels across the UK, Europe,

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Dangerous ideas

‘Australian Lamb. More tender than border control’ quips an ad in the annual campaign run by Meat and Livestock Australia in the leadup to Australia Day. Another says, ‘Everyone’s welcome at our BBQ. Not Djoking.’ A third shows desperate Aussies using a national lamb rollout to barbeques across the nation

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Playing to the peanut gallery

I did get a chuckle the other day when Dr Nick Coatsworth, former deputy chief medical officer and infectious diseases specialist, described the Australian Medical Association as a peanut gallery. He did so in response to yet another Chicken Little press release from the AMA about Australia’s booster vaccine program

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