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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Articles by this author

Has Tony Abbott lost his cheer squad?
Team sports
How better to make sense of the state of the nation than through a sporting analogy? Sport is, ideally, the arena that showcases the nation at its best. Even those who remember...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media
A letter from Ubud
As the afternoon light fell away before a red moon rose over Ubud, Bali, last week, local school children conscientiously cleaned their textbooks in celebration of Saraswati, the...
 
The week that was nonsense
Perspective lost
On Tuesday night, 18-year-old Abdul Numan Haider stabbed two counter-terrorism police officers outside the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne’s south-east and was shot...
 
Balancing the goodies and baddies in Abbott's first year
Giving credit where credit is due
In a speech delivered to a crowd of journalists and lobbyists at the National Press Club’s 50th anniversary dinner in Canberra last Wednesday night, Tony Abbott said that there...
 
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...
 
The best and worst of the Minister for Social Services
Kevin Andrews, Natural Family Man of the Year
Kevin Andrews, minister for social services in Tony Abbott's Coalition government, was to be named Natural Family Man of the Year at this weekend's World Congress of Families...
 
Proponents of anti-poor policies have ice in their veins
Cold as ice
Over the past few weeks, as all of North America and Instagram have been taken over by people dumping buckets of iced water over their heads, I’ve been trying desperately to...
 
On Meredith and Golden Plains' No Dickhead Policy
Beyond the pale
A few years ago, in late December, I was standing on a dairy farm’s sunny hillside a few hours’ drive outside of Melbourne, watching a man try to drink beer through a tight layer...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Clive Palmer feeds chooks, Canberra goes bizarro
After almost 24 hours of head-scratching, journalists all around the country have fairly uniformly labelled Clive Palmer’s press conference the most “bizarre”...
 
Let's talk about censorship, baby
Archer Magazine bills itself as Australia’s first journal of sexual diversity. Using a combination of arty photography and revelatory think pieces, the charter of the...
 
House Rules
On a Thursday morning in July 2012, in a near-empty Supreme Court room in Melbourne, Justice Paul Coghlan said that three Crown Casino bouncers should be tried as soon as possible...
 
Raiding the Piggy Bank
It’s been a fortnight since the most vicious budget in recent memory, and it has this week been suggested that it will affect not only the old, the sick, the poor and the...
 
Remember When Hypocrisy was Offensive?
Treasurer Joe Hockey has made good on his threats to launch defamation proceedings against three Fairfax newspapers. The “Treasurer For Sale” story that ran...
 

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