Category: Journalism

In a hippie heartland, trying to sway the intractable anti-vaxxers

First published by Crikey, 13 July 2015 Mullumbimby, a hippie heartland since the 1970s, is one of those places where all the contradictions of rural life bump up against each other in the most incongruous of ways. To get there you pass through Queensland’s sugar cane belt from the north, or the dairy and cattle farms of the NSW coast from the south. But once you … Read More In a hippie heartland, trying to sway the intractable anti-vaxxers

Have you ever been Triggsed?

First published by The Hoopla, 25 February 2015 Tony Abbott has accused Gillian Triggs, the President of the Human Rights Commission, of losing the confidence of the Australian people. Accusations are flying that his government tried to move her sideways by offering her another senior role. The police have been called in. The whole sorry episode has raised questions about democracy, the independence of public servants, … Read More Have you ever been Triggsed?

14 Women dead this year and counting…

First published by The Hoopla, 19 February 2015 We are just seven weeks into 2015 and already 14 women have been violently murdered in Australia. That’s two women every week – much higher than Tony Abbott acknowledged last month when he said: “Every week, one Australian woman dies as a result of domestic violence.” The grim statistics are collected by the Counting Dead Women project, … Read More 14 Women dead this year and counting…

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Not a great day for celebrating

First published by The Hoopla, 8 March 2015 The traditional March 8 greeting of “happy International Women’s Day” feels like a particularly false note to sound this year. The headline story on Sunday on the Sydney Morning Herald’s website was about a woman who was assaulted in an alley behind a nightclub by the nightclub owner’s son. “Was a sick night – took a chick’s virginity,” the convicted … Read More Not a great day for celebrating

Pollie want a crack-up?

First published by The Hoopla, 2 March 2015 The endless Liberal leadership speculation was punctuated last week when Julie Bishop responded to a Today show interview question with an emoji face. And Mike Baird looked like he was auditioning for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, not for another stint as NSW premier, when he released a youtube video of himself reading mean tweets. Bishop and Baird provided rare moments … Read More Pollie want a crack-up?

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Annastacia Palaszczuk: Smashing glass ceilings

First published by The Hoopla, 1 February 2015 If, as looks almost certain, Labor forms government in Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk will become Australia’s first female state opposition leader to take her party to victory. Another glass ceiling will be smashed, another milestone notched up. Carmen Lawrence, Joan Kirner, Anna Bligh, Kristina Keneally and Lara Giddings all became premier when their parties were already in office, … Read More Annastacia Palaszczuk: Smashing glass ceilings

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Defying the odds on female genital mutilation

First published by The Hoopla, 4 February 2015 Khadija Gbla, who suffered female genital mutilation as a little girl, has given birth to a baby boy in Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital. It was the child she thought would never be born. Speaking exclusively to The Hoopla from her maternity ward, Khadija said of her new baby: “He is my own victory against FGM. It’s a miracle that … Read More Defying the odds on female genital mutilation

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