Hal G.P. Colebatch

Hal G.P. Colebatch, LLB PhD, won the Australian Prime Minister’s prize for History for Australia’s Secret War: How Unions Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II, and the West Australian Premier’s prize for The Light River. He received an Australian Centenary Medal for Writing, Law, Poetry and Political Commentary, the only award for this combination of activities.


An Anglican ‘Narrative’


Celebrated British columnist Michael Wharton (“Peter Simple”of the Daily Telegraph) once wrote to the effect that the Anglican Church seemed determined to drag itself down to a level so far beneath contempt that there was no expression to adequately describe it. Readers may contemplate the following story — I mean “narrative” — and decide for […]

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Conservatism Down Under Hijacked and Amputated


It is now a year since the leftist Malcolm Turnbull seized the leadership of the Australian Liberal (i.e. conservative) Party and the Prime Ministership of Australia from the genuine conservative Tony Abbott, in a coup as conscienceless as it was stupid, and proceeded to set both the party and Australian conservatism on the road to ruin. […]

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Australia’s Islamophilic Prime Minister


Australia’s new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who gained power over the Liberal (i.e. conservative) Party and government by a dishonorable intra-party coup, is continuing to delight the left and disgust the conservatives of his own party. He has done conservatism in Australia enormous damage. In the damage he has also done to standards of honorable […]

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Oldham a Triumph for the Left


There is virtually no crumb of comfort to be salvaged for the non-Left side of politics from the results of Britain’s Oldham by-election last Thursday. Labour has increased its share of the vote from 54.8% to 62.1%. This can only be seen as an endorsement of extremist hard-left leader Jeremy Corbyn after 12 weeks in […]

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An Imam’s Rise Down Under


A new page in Christian civilization’s prolonged moral suicide note to the world is under consideration in Australia. It is a small symbolic matter, with much weightier matters behind it. The Australian Army is removing the 102-year-old motto “In this sign conquer” from the hat badges of army chaplains, apparently because it is offensive to […]

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The Last Conservative in the Anglosphere Gone


When the conservative Liberal Party’s Tony Abbott was elected prime minister of Australia two years ago, I wrote a piece for TAS (“A Winner Heard Round the World”) hailing the fact that one English-speaking country at least was now led by a conservative who meant it. It makes painful reading today. Not because Abbott disappointed […]

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Ben Carson Has It


A year ago I wrote a piece arguing that Ben Carson would be an excellent vice president, but he needed more political experience before filling the Number One spot. It was arguably very impudent for me, an Australian, to advise Americans on their political leader, though, like the rest of the civilized world we Aussies […]

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The Pope and the Punches


I have only just discovered Pope Francis’s remarks (thank you Mark Steyn) in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “Insult my mum and I will punch you.” Although this is fairly old news, it seems to me to be bizarre enough, coming from such a source at such a time, to warrant some […]

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Death of a Janus-Faced Prime Minister


Malcolm Fraser, the strange, bewildering ex-Conservative Prime Minister of Australia, has died aged 84. Fraser will be remembered favorably by the right sort of people for four things. He rid Australia of the terrible Whitlam Labor Government, when that government had, for the first time in history, put Australia’s democracy into real danger; he reduced […]

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Goodbye to Britain’s Deterrent?


I have written in a number of places about the parlous state of Britain’s defense and the present and previous governments’ culpable failure in this regard. The Royal Air Force, for example, has gone from 17 fighter squadrons to just 7 of all types in fifteen years. Its bombers, the Nimrod long-range patrol aircraft and […]

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