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.

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...