2019 8 Be in­formed for the big year ahead

The big­gest an­tic­i­pated sto­ries of 2019 and the team who will bring them to you

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Jan­uary The Aus­tralian Open

Mel­bourne will be in the spot­light once again this Jan­uary as it hosts the 107th Aus­tralian Open. All eyes will be on Roger Fed­erer as he de­fends his ti­tle, as well as ris­ing star Naomi Osaka, the re­cent US Open cham­pion over Ser­ena Wil­liams. Our sports jour­nal­ists will bring you all the on-court ac­tion.

The Aus­tralian’s Aus­tralian of the Year

Be­fore the Aus­tralia Day Coun­cil an­nounces its 2019 hon­our roll on Aus­tralia Day, we in­vite our read­ers to nom­i­nate their choice for our Aus­tralian of the Year by email­ing [email protected]­tralian.com.au. The win­ner will be an­nounced in The Week­end Aus­tralian on Jan­uary 19.

Fe­bru­ary Back to study

As stu­dents re­turn to their stud­ies, stay across the lat­est in ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy and learn­ing tech­nol­ogy with our ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ists Tim Dodd and Sian Pow­ell.

Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Royal Com­mis­sion Re­port handed down

When Ken­neth Hayne hands down his fi­nal re­port on Fe­bru­ary 1, turn to the na­tion’s best bank­ing and fi­nan­cial ser­vices writ­ers (in­clud­ing Alan Kohler, John Durie, Richard Gluyas and Glenda Kor­po­raal) to un­der­stand the fall­out.

Par­lia­ment re­turns to Can­berra

Fe­bru­ary 12 will be the first ‘sit­ting day’ of 2019 for both the Se­nate and House. Join the best team in the press gallery for un­ri­valled cov­er­age of the na­tion’s pol­i­tics.

March Brexit - will they or won’t they?

The UK is due to leave the Euro­pean Union on March 29. The world will watch on as British MPs vote to back the cur­rent Brexit deal. Get the best cov­er­age on the ground from our news part­ner The Times of Lon­don, and un­der­stand the trade and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions im­pact for Aus­tralia with for­eign ed­i­tor Greg Sheri­dan.

April A Royal ad­di­tion

Are the hopes of a repub­lic dashed? Last year’s visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex ig­nited a resur­gence of pub­lic in­ter­est in the monar­chy. Aus­tralians will look on with in­ter­est as Meghan and Harry’s first­born ar­rives this Euro­pean spring.

Fed­eral Bud­get

Scott Mor­ri­son has an­nounced an early bud­get for 2019. Un­der­stand the win­ners and losers for the com­ing fis­cal year with in­depth anal­y­sis from our eco­nomic ex­perts Adam Creighton and Judith Sloan.

May Fed­eral elec­tion

Based on Scott Mor­ri­son mov­ing the Fed­eral Bud­get for­ward to April, pun­dits pre­dict the elec­tion will be called shortly after, in May. Turn to The Aus­tralian for the most ex­pe­ri­enced po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors in the coun­try in­clud­ing Paul Kelly, Chris Kenny, Niki Savva and Den­nis Shana­han.

The Archibald Prize

Strik­ing, thought-pro­vok­ing and of­ten con­tro­ver­sial, Aus­tralia’s favourite por­trait com­pe­ti­tion re­turns for its 98th provoca­tive year. Join our cul­ture vul­tures for re­ac­tion and com­men­tary as the Art Gallery of NSW an­nounces the win­ner and run­ners-up.

June Women’s World Cup in France

Stay in­formed with the prepa­ra­tions of Sam Kerr and our Matil­das as they take on Italy in the first round of the Women’s Soc­cer World Cup in France.

G20 sum­mit in Ja­pan

Join na­tional af­fairs ed­i­tor Si­mon Ben­son and for­eign ed­i­tor Greg Sheri­dan for their in­sight­ful anal­y­sis of one of the year’s most im­por­tant global sum­mits, held on June 28-29.

July Hot 50

Each year our food and wine ex­perts, led by John Leth­lean, col­lab­o­rate to pro­duce The

Aus­tralian Hot 50 – a list of the hottest restau­rants around Aus­tralia. Not only are their re­views al­ways a plea­sure to read, but you also have the chance to win din­ner at the hottest es­tab­lish­ments through our sub­scriber ben­e­fits pro­gram, The Aus­tralian Plus.

Tour De France

This year’s Tour de France be­gins in Brus­sels on July 6 and rolls over the fin­ish line in Paris on July 28. We’ll keep you on top of the ac­tion as Bri­tain’s Geraint Thomas fights to hang on to his prized yel­low jer­sey.

Au­gust The Ashes

After last year’s ball tam­per­ing scan­dal, and a dis­ap­point­ing sum­mer, emo­tions will be run­ning hot­ter than ever as Aus­tralia de­fends the cov­eted Ashes tro­phy in Eng­land. Join cricket spe­cial­ists Peter Lalor, Gideon Haigh and Adam Gilchrist as they of­fer their com­men­tary and anal­y­sis on and off the field.

Sep­tem­ber The Rugby World Cup

Rugby union’s show­piece event kicks off in Tokyo on Sep­tem­ber 20 with six weeks of thrilling, bruis­ing play to fol­low. Do our Wal­la­bies have a chance, or will the ram­pant Ki­wis run away with it again? Turn to our world-lead­ing rugby cov­er­age – in­clud­ing ex­ten­sive com­men­tary from Wayne Smith and Wal­la­bies leg­end John Eales.

Oc­to­ber Footy fi­nals

Whether you pre­fer your sports­men in jer­seys or guernseys, look for­ward to a feast of footy with the AFL Grand Fi­nal on Sep­tem­ber 28 and the NRL Grand Fi­nal on Oc­to­ber 6. Join our ex­perts as they bring you the ins and outs of the games, the play­ers and the be­hind-the-scenes machi­na­tions that you’ll be talk­ing about un­til next sea­son.

Novem­ber Hal­l­i­day’s Top 100 wine list

Fol­low­ing months of in­ten­sive tast­ing, James Hal­l­i­day re­veals his Top 100, pub­lished ex­clu­sively in The Aus­tralian. APEC Hosted in Chile, the 2019 meet­ings will fo­cus on the dig­i­tal econ­omy, re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity and women’s role in eco­nomic growth. Turn to

The Aus­tralian for re­port­ing on the key out­comes and anal­y­sis of the meet­ings held through this im­por­tant re­gional con­fer­ence.

Cam­paign­ing for 2020 US Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion be­gins

With Don­ald Trump al­ready set­ting his sights on a sec­ond term, and fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the 2016 race, the 2020 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is sure to be en­thralling. Be there from the be­gin­ning with our Wash­ing­ton-based US cor­re­spon­dent, Cameron Ste­wart.

De­cem­ber A sum­mer of sport

From the Box­ing Day Test to the Syd­ney to Ho­bart race and the next Aus­tralian Open, sum­mer presents al­most too much sport to watch. Our sport­ing cor­re­spon­dents will en­sure that you don’t miss a thing.

Es­sen­tial sum­mer read­ing

For the per­fect time by the pool, turn to The Aus­tralian’s Sum­mer Liv­ing se­ries. With the best in travel, food and wine, books, tech­nol­ogy and more, you’ll find a rich vein of reads to put your feet up with.

Road trip lis­ten­ing

Make long drives fly by with our award-win­ning pod­cast se­ries, in­clud­ing award win­ning pod­casts The Teacher’s Pet, Lost in Lar­rimah and Bowrav­ille. Dis­cover new ev­i­dence un­cov­ered in these world class in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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