Postcard from Sydney: Sydney’s Delta Winter

By Jodie Brough Sydney has been back in lockdown in response to an outbreak of the Delta variant since 26 June and this is now extended until August. It has been something of a shock to the system for the Emerald City, where life had increasingly returned to its normal sun-drenched complacency in recent months….

UK – Australia trade deal: Down Under coming out on top

The UK Government announced today that it has secured a free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia. Below, Sabine Tyldesley and Matthew Williams analyse the deal from both a UK and Australian perspective, identifying who the big winners are, and determining whether the deal is more symbolic or substantial. Perspective from Australia – By Matt Williams …

The greatest (trade) show in town?

By George Esmond Like a West End director, Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave his expectant backbenchers, cabinet colleagues, Australian counterparts, and the rest of the world a clear indication of Global Britain’s trading tune. “We are the party of Peel” exclaimed the Prime Minister, his reference to 19th Century Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel’s resignation…

Post-Easter from the Southern Hemisphere

By Brian Tyson How things have shifted in the three-odd months since the last update from Newgate’s Melbourne office to our UK cousins. And yet they remain ever so similar. Back in January, as the UK was in the midst of COVID lockdowns and a tough winter, we wrote of Australia’s relative benign position assisted…

Letter from Melbourne

By David Reeves Writing this February 2021 update for our friends and colleagues in the UK from Melbourne, Australia is a thin line to walk. On the one hand, Australia continues to be held up as a global case study for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite an early hotel quarantine bungle, Victoria has been lauded…

An Australian lesson in how to respond to a crisis

By Jamie Williams Australia has confirmed that it was come out of its first recession in three decades. The latest figures released today show that the economy grew by 3.3 percent in the third quarter – far higher than expected. Staggeringly, data also shows that the recovery represents Australia’s largest quarterly increase in GDP since…

Letter from Sydney

By Jodie Brough Hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us here in sunny Australia after an extraordinary year. There is a strong sense that the nation is on the upswing right now, with coronavirus cases in the community at a trickle and state borders reopening to travel.  Even a few weeks ago, masks…

A heated conversation

By Samantha Pogson Growing up in rural Australia, the debate of ‘turning on the heater’ wasn’t really something we discussed. However since I moved to England three years ago, I’ve noticed this can lead to quite the, dare I say it heated conversation.  According to my own personal research, if you’re from the north of…

Letter from… Sydney

By Matilda Hartwig Reporting in from the Great Southern Land where the weather is starting to warm and we are beginning to emerge out of what has felt like a very long winter.  Since the last time we checked in, a second wave of infection has wreaked havoc over the state of Victoria, where our…

Media protest hype masks Australia’s silent majority

By Ian Silvera Anti-lockdown protests may have dominated the news Down Under over the weekend, but the virus-related media hype and excitement was not reflective of the current Australian psyche.  The country’s silent majority actually support mask wearing (92% of Victorians back the measure) and 70% of Australians say they would definitely or probably choose to be…