2019 8 Be informed for the big year ahead
The biggest anticipated stories of 2019 and the team who will bring them to you
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.
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.