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Hefner didn’t invent the sexual revolution, he took credit from women

On the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, the ABC asked me to consider his legacy. I wrote that it was second wave feminism that drove sexual liberation for women, while Hefner was more interested in controlling women. This article was first published online by the ABC on 29 September here. On a warm weekday afternoon in Sydney recently, I rested on rocks by … Read More Hefner didn’t invent the sexual revolution, he took credit from women

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…

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?


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

The Lindt siege wouldn’t have happened if they had been armed?

First published by The Hoopla, 18 December 2014 This wouldn’t have happened in Texas. That’s what pro-guns Senator David Leyonhjelm has said today, calling Australia “a nation of victims” because they are not able to defend themselves with guns. The Liberal Democrats senator told ABC radio today that “one or two” of the hostages probably would have had a concealed weapon, and that Man Haron … Read More The Lindt siege wouldn’t have happened if they had been armed?

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