Michaela McGuire

Michaela McGuire
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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Perspective lost

Climate change

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. 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

Crying high


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

Tony Abbott

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 …