Michaela McGuire is a journalist and the author of Last Bets: A True Story of Gambling, Morality and the Law and the Penguin Special A Story of Grief. Visit her blog, Twirling Towards Freedom.
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Has Tony Abbott lost his cheer squad?
On Ebola, where the bloody hell are we?
Whether because of design, incompetence, ignorance or a complete absence of empathy, Australia’s response to the Ebola outbreak has been wholly inadequate at best and laughable at worst.
Last week, Senator Jacqui Lambie asked Defence Force Vice Chief …
Full of it
Let’s talk about shit. Our leaders talk it, our prime minister is full of it, and for one of the G20 leaders, it’s a key piece of policy.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Brisbane for the G20 after a quick victory lap of the world, …
A letter from Ubud
Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media
The week that was nonsense
Giving credit where credit is due
Balancing the goodies and baddies in Abbott's first year
Hamid Kehazaei and the whispering in our hearts
What is saddest about the brain death of 24-year-old Iranian man Hamid Kehazaei is what could have saved him: a pair of shoes, or some basic medical treatment. Perhaps just a bandaid.
What is most infuriating are the reports …
Kevin Andrews, Natural Family Man of the Year
The best and worst of the Minister for Social Services
Cold as ice
Proponents of anti-poor policies have ice in their veins
Beyond the pale
On Meredith and Golden Plains' No Dickhead Policy
For the past couple of years, I’ve been steadily racking up frequent flyer points, jetting around Australia and the world to host literary salons. I’ve memorised my own version of the packing list Joan Didion had taped to her closet door throughout …
Hometown heroes at the Empire Games
The Commonwealth Games have begun in Glasgow, a fact that has been largely buried in the news cycle by the horrors of Gaza and flight MH17.
I am surprised, even a little disappointed, that more hay hasn’t been made out of the Games in which Australia …
Rooting for the ABC
In October 2013, ABC TV and Screen Australia announced a call out for ‘Fresh Blood’, an initiative that offered twenty aspiring comedy creators grants of $10,000 to nurture talent from a new generation of Australian comics.
Last week, the …
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