Spectator

The Spectator was established in 1828, and is the best-written and most influential weekly in the English language. Our writers have no party line; their only allegiance is to clarity of thought, elegance of expression and independence of opinion. Our writers opinions range from left to right, their circumstances from high life to low life. None make any pretence at being impartial: our motto is “firm, but unfair”.

The Spectator Australia was launched in October 2008 and includes the current edition of the iconic British magazine plus lots of pages of additional Australian content and editorial edited by Rowan Dean.

Thou shalt not steal the truth

On 11 May 2017, under the auspices of Dialogue4Peace, I, together with Egyptian Copt, Nadia Ghali, were the main speakers at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre in a debate with Bishop Browning and his colleague, Saudi-...
Gal as wonder woman

When racism’s not racism

Excuse me. I always though Wonder Woman came from the Amazon island of Themyscira. Apparently not. She’s Jewish. Israeli. And that, according to Fairfax writer Ruby Hamad, is a problem: Last week, Wonder Woman...
Richard Di Natale at a press conference

The Greens Israel problem

n some respects, the NSW branch of the Young Greens ought to be congratulated for their honesty. As reported in the Daily Telegraph, their decision to boycott activities and communication with Australia’s on...
Front page from palestine post when state of israel declared

Israel Notebook

On the Israeli side of the Syrian border, near al-Quneitra, you can watch the war. From my vantage point on the hill, I see a town held by Jabhat al-Nusra and another held by Nusra’s enemy, Bashar al-Assad’s re...

The Jews of Asia?

For months I have been peddling my vociferous obsession with Korea onto unsuspecting friends and colleagues. What began as an innocent foray into Japan’s lesser-known neighbour through the world of k-pop and k-...

Hawke’s myopia

Bob Hawke is a respected former Labor PM, but in a recent article in the AFR he incorrectly elevated Israeli settlements in the West Bank as the major barrier to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians...
Warren Mundine in Israel

Australian notes

I’ve just returned from my fifth trip to Israel in the last decade. It prompted me to recall a conversation between two young Aboriginal friends of mine: ‘Why is Warren is so involved with the Jewish community?...
Israel flag flying in Jerusalem

Israel is Jewish

At a time when Australian Christians have been celebrating Christmas and the New Year and Australian Jews marking the Festival of Light, Hanukkah, it is perhaps timely — particularly when Israel faces, relentle...