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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Campaign Week 3: Kissing booth

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Three weeks of campaigning down, two to go, and there’s already enough material for a photo gallery of ‘Tony Abbott’s kisses and misses on the election trail.’ For a few anxious days there, it didn’t seem as though we’d …

Campaign Week 2: The Debate Team, Buddy Rojek and Sexual Education

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The Debate Team After a brief moment of delusion, it was apparent that the Leadership Debate was not going to be a discussion between two party leaders who would hold each other to account. And startlingly enough, it wasn’t the …

Campaign Week 1: Stephanie Banister, Jaymes Diaz and the class of 2013

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Religion, or “I can see Islam from my house!” During an interview staged in One Nation “poster child” Stephanie Banister’s backyard on Wednesday night, the Rankin candidate outlined her views for the benefit …

Fairfax’s obituary pages

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News Corporation delightedly broke the news this week that Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood declined to run a print ad campaign for a book published by News Corporation, chronicling the decline of Fairfax. Within this elaborate brain-twister lies an …

Big Clive’s big dinosaurs

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This week, Clive Palmer received approval to create another expensive tribute to a mid-90s blockbuster film he apparently hasn’t seen the ending to. This time, the billionaire is building the world’s largest dinosaur park. The Sunshine Coast …

Campaigning for class president: KRudd and the youth vote

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A few hours after being reinstated as Labor’s leader, Kevin Rudd began his bid to reclaim the youth vote. In his comeback speech he spoke about looking forward to his “rock around the country,” and said it was time for the youth to re-engage …

Queensland hushes up whistleblowers

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“The CMC will also no longer be used and abused for personal or political gain after it was found that it was being flooded with trivial, vexatious or misdirected complaints,” Queensland’s attorney general said yesterday when announcing …

Shades of grey

Julia Gillard

On Wednesday night a freshly deposed prime minister offered more insight into the problems that plagued her term in office than 3 years of opinion pieces and editorials combined. “The reaction to being the first female prime minister does not explain …

The Thinking Person’s Prime Minister

Tony Abbott

When I stumbled upon an article in The Age yesterday titled ‘Abbott, the thinking person’s prime minister,’ it did get me thinking. First, when I read the disclaimer at the end of the piece stating that the author is a former …

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