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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Reading into the comments

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Earlier this week, political editor of The Australian Dennis Shanahan published a story headlined ‘Tony Abbott loses his carbon tax edge, says latest Newspoll’. It was, as stories in The Australian go, dry reportage of the …

Operation Sovereign Borders Briefing – A Christmas Island Special

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Operation Sovereign Borders press conference, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Dec 6, 2013 Thank you for attending this briefing. Some of your colleagues will no doubt complain that half an hour isn’t enough …

Killing them softly: The Coalition’s foreign policy adventures

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For the past week or so the world has been commemorating 50 years since President John F Kennedy was assassinated. I’ve read and heard a lot about Kennedy recently, that he was the first truly modern president, one who campaigned on style and charisma, …

Working 9% to 5%

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A side effect of the Coalition’s hyper-combative entry into government is that almost every issue has been cast as a battlefield in the resurgent culture wars. Since being elected, the Abbott government has moved to cast public debate in a stark …

The Good, the Bad and the Abbott

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In the dying days of the 2013 Federal Election campaign, Tony Abbott appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 to clarify what he meant when he’d earlier characterised the Syria conflict as “baddies versus baddies.” This sound bite, …

Comfortably numb: Watching Russell Brand from Australia

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Last week comedian and actor Russell Brand was called onto BBC Newsnight by Jeremy Paxman to defend his political credentials after guest-editing an issue of New Statesman, and unexpectedly tore the veteran journalist apart. Brand, best known …

Fighting Fire

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At the tail end of last summer, Tony Abbott was ridiculed for announcing on Twitter that he was on his way to assist his volunteer fire brigade. His detractors decried him as using a natural disaster as a nice backdrop for a photoshoot, his supporters …

Sonny Dickson reveals Apple’s secrets

The Melbourne teenager with the worldwide scoop

Entitlements and the edge of absurdity

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“This is getting to the edge of being absurd,” junior infrastructure and regional development minister Jamie Briggs told Sky News on Wednesday. Briggs was referring not to the slew of long lunches, music festivals, weddings, ski trips and …

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