Twirling towards freedom

Has Tony Abbott lost his cheer squad?
By Michaela McGuire
By Michaela McGuire
Reflecting on the failures of Australian politics and media
By Michaela McGuire
The week that was nonsense
By Michaela McGuire
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 dead. Yesterday’s editions of The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and...
Balancing the goodies and baddies in Abbott's first year
By Michaela McGuire
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 would always be “an element of tension in the relationship between...
By Michaela McGuire
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 bandaid. A bandaid. What is most infuriating are the reports of the...
The best and worst of the Minister for Social Services
By Michaela McGuire
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 annual conference in Melbourne before he withdrew this morning. What...
Proponents of anti-poor policies have ice in their veins
By Michaela McGuire
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 figure out how Charlie Sheen isn’t the voice of reason in all of this. For...
On Meredith and Golden Plains' No Dickhead Policy
By Michaela McGuire
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 of spandex that covered his entire face. The occasion was the annual...
By Michaela McGuire
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 the packing list Joan Didion had taped to her closet door throughout...
By Michaela McGuire
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 disappointed, that more hay hasn’t been made out of the Games in which...
By Michaela McGuire
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 nurture talent from a new generation of Australian comics. Last week...
By Michaela McGuire
After almost 24 hours of head-scratching, journalists all around the country have fairly uniformly labelled Clive Palmer’s press conference the most “bizarre” media event in parliamentary history. Last night Palmer, a man who has...
By Michaela McGuire
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 magazine is to explore the myriad kinks and preferences of sexually active...
By Michaela McGuire
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, “because people are still visiting Crown Casino.” The...
By Michaela McGuire
“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,...
By Michaela McGuire
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...

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