Barry Everingham

Republican and royal watcher


Woolcott on WikiLeaks: idle diplomatic gossip overblown … and maybe useful

December 3, 2010 2

Australia’s most experienced diplomat has branded the reaction to the leaking of diplomatic cables in the WikiLeaks scandal as "overblown" and says most of the information is nothing more than gossip.

Another vintage ‘let’s get Rudd’ story

November 10, 2010 4

Rudd's not a gatecrasher, a DFAT source says. His enemies, and there are many, should get over him and let him get on with his job and his life.

Despite two Fs and a J, Wills just won’t get the top job

February 3, 2010 2

William for king, William for governor-general: it just won’t happen -- and it just shouldn’t, says Barry Everingham: the monarchy has no place in contemporary Australia.

Vanstone and Gus the weimaraner invite Rudd to a sleep over

July 8, 2009 2

With the imminent arrival of Kevin Rudd to Rome, Crikey understands that current Ambassador to Italy Amanda Vanstone actually invited the Prime Minister to stay.

Resignations, bites and worse: Vanstone drops the ball on G8

June 22, 2009 1

In retrospect, perhaps the former Senator Amanda Vanstone and her attack dog Gus were not the ideal choices to represent the people and government of Australia.

Vanstone on the hunt for the dog leaker

June 17, 2009 6

While in Australia recently, our honourable Ambassador to Italy Amanda Vanstone spent some time grilling immigration officials in a bid to track down the Italian cop who blabbed about her bitey dog, Gus.

Vanstone’s dog puts the bite on Pakistan

March 25, 2009 17

Amanda Vanstone's dog has created diplomatic waves, writes Barry Everingham.

UN on Downer’s Cyprus appointment: get him “out of our hair”

January 6, 2009 1

It seems our Alexander was active in the dying days of the Howard regime in securing for himself a tax-free sinecure from the UN, writes Barry Everingham.

Three cheers for bonny prince Charlie, hip hip hooray

November 14, 2008 2

While the 60th birthday of the Prince of Wales will largely go unnoticed in his mother's colonial outpost, Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy have worked themselves into a frenzy, writes Barry Everingham.

Diplomatic protocol trashed by the PM’s young Turks

November 3, 2008 6

The 'G20" phone call never would have happened if the PM had followed protocol, writes Barry Everingham.

Vanstone may have to walk over mafia visa

September 23, 2008 6

If the John Howard Liberals took money from the Exclusive Brethren then why would alleged Mafia dollars be refused? asks Barry Everingham.

DFAT bemused at Downer choice

July 1, 2008 13

Laughter mingled with disbelief this morning as news Alexander Downer's appointment filtered through to DFAT, writes Barry Everingham.

Amanda gives Rome a makeover

March 19, 2008 6

We now know why Amanda Vanstone has been dilatory in doing what what she's basically paid for - she's been too busy replacing the traces of class and flair created by the wife of her predecessor, Tanya Woolcott, writes Barry Everingham.

The spare heir sees action; second in line stays home

February 29, 2008 4

Blowing Prince Harry's cover in Afghanistan was foolish, but unlike his brother and his forbears, at least the young Prince earned his pay, writes Barry Everingham.

What has happened to society?

November 9, 2007 1

OK, call me a grumpy old man but for Christ's sake what has happened to society? Why is it that today's "A lister" arrives at parties with a hairdresser and drug dealer in tow, writes Barry Everingham.

DFAT in damage control after Downer ‘blackmails’ Japan

November 2, 2007

The normally unflappable diplomats in the Japanese Embassy in Canberra are enraged by yesterday's outburst by Foreign Minister Downer criticizing Tokyo for withdrawing support for the so called war on terror, writes Barry Everingham.

Is Linely the man in latest Royal scandal?

October 30, 2007

The latest imbroglio into which the British Royal family have sunk concerns not a minor member, but the favourite nephew of the Australian head of state - David Linley, son of Elizabeth's sister, the late Princess Margaret, herself no stranger to controversy, writes Barry Everingham.

Woolcott: ‘Appeals to latent racism … a cancer’

October 16, 2007 5

Former UN ambassador Richard Woolcott will tonight launch an attack on the Howard government when his latest book is launched in Melbourne by former premier Steve Bracks, writes Barry Everingham.

Hyacinth and Howard no speakies after Laura’s no-show

September 3, 2007

Our DFAT mole has reported that things in Canberra got very nasty last week when the spotlight was turned on our Second Lady and Lord Downer of Bagdad and Kabul following the American First Lady's call to Janette saying she wouldn't be coming' down.

Di a giddy, neurotic trollop? No, an angel, says our Barry

August 31, 2007

As the world remembers Princess Diana on the tenth anniversary of her death in a Paris road accident and as she is still mourned by millions of ordinary people who had never met her yet whose live she touched in miraculous ways.