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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Remember When Hypocrisy was Offensive?

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Treasurer Joe Hockey has made good on his threats to launch defamation proceedings against three Fairfax newspapers. The “Treasurer For Sale” story that ran in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The …

The Best Day of Our Lives

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I’ve seen the disaster that this government has done for itself by saying one thing and doing another, Jon. I don’t want to be like that. I really don’t. If we do win the election and we immediately say, oh, …

Cambodian Holiday

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Last week Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told Fairfax Media that he was trying to expand the “club” of nations willing to take refugees who, despite being apprehended by Australia, will not make Australia home.  This week Phnom …

Blockheads

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The Lego Movie, the computer animated adventure comedy by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, is a masterpiece. It is an American-Australian co-production, and while the accents and voice actors are American, the moral of the story, that ordinary Lego …

Having fun with your ABCs

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The ABC is expected to settle a defamation case with News Corp columnist Chris Kenny this week, following ABC Managing Director Mark Scott’s formal apology for controversial sketch that aired last September on The Chaser’s The Hamster Decides …

Knights and Dames: A decisive step backwards

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Tony Abbott yesterday announced a bold, innovative plan to deal with pressing issues from the past century. Without consulting his cabinet or party room, the Prime Minister has decided to reinstate the old honours system that was done away with in 1986. …

MH370: The story without closure

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‘Families of Missing Flight Passengers Just Hoping Media Gets Closure It Needs.’ As reported by The Onion, speaking on behalf of the families of the 239 individuals on board flight MH370, Sarah Wan made the following statement: “The …

Scott Ludlam’s West Wing moment

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I flew to the United States this week, and when I switched my phone on in LAX all of my social media feeds were buzzing about a political speech that’s straight out of The West Wing, or, more recently, Borgen. On Monday night …

Television villains

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Within two days of visiting New York City for the first time, like millions of young Australians before us, my boyfriend and I vowed we would move there as soon as possible. It wasn’t the food though, that had us trawling real estate listings, or …

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