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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We Don’t Live Here Anymore

Asylum seekers

"Australia is no longer in Australia's migration zone" sounds like an Onion headline, but unfortunately it's straight out of the government's playbook. Yesterday, Parliament voted to excise the Australian mainland from Australia’s …

Women of Calibre


Seemingly every other day now, one of my friends posts something on a social media site about how worried women should be if Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister come September 14. Every time Abbott makes a clumsy comment, the reason I’m filled with …

Waiting on the Barbarians


I’ve been traveling for almost two months now. My boyfriend and I joke that we’re on a tour of economic ruin; the United States, now Portugal, next stop Greece. Now, I’m not the kind of traveler who pretends to learn the local customs …

The Queensland Experiment

Campbell Newman

When you grow up in Queensland, it’s a given that your experience of politics is going to be a little different to the rest of the country. To my friends and I, politicians like Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Pauline Hanson and later, Bob Katter, were like …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

White Noise

Asylum seekers

Last week, the Associated Press announced that it was banning the term ‘illegal immigrant’ from its stylebook. Many major news organisations in the United States had already vowed to stop using the term, believing that it dehumanised those …

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Sleep No More


“Just go,” a friend urged me. “And don’t ask any questions.” I first heard about the show last year, long before I’d booked a flight to New York. As details of my trip firmed up, I remembered my friend desperately …

Culture of Complaint (refrain)


Before the country relaxed into a four-day weekend there was some complaining to do. Best to get it out of the way before the Easter break to free up a bit of time to whinge about bottleshops not being open on Good Friday. Complaint is a long-celebrated …

Death in the Newspaper

Criminal justice

I’ve been overseas for a few weeks now and have pretty much gotten used to being out of sync with the news back home. The daily headlines don’t appear until the sun is setting where I am, and my Twitter feed is full of news from the US and the …

Mardi Gras

It makes a difference when something’s caught on tape. It’s a lesson that NSW police are reacquainting themselves with after 18-year-old Jamie Jackson was thrown to the ground by a police officer during Saturday night’s Mardi Gras festivities. The …