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Wake up and smell the coal smoke

Originally published in SBS News, 27 February, 2014 For two and half weeks now a huge fire has been burning at the Hazelwood coal mine near the town of Morwell in South-East Victoria. It’s ironic if you think about it. With global warming increasing the risk of severe fires in Australia, the fires have now taken … Continue reading

Fuck yes or fuck no? The Winter Olympics

Originally published in Limited News, 19 February, 2014 Winter Olympics – FUCK NO – Ed Butler. Do you remember that kid at school? The one who, lacking the talent, smarts, good looks or social graces of more popular children, they decide, in their determination to fit in, to do everything the cool kids do, only … Continue reading

Boycotting the Sochi Olympics would have made things worse for Russia’s gay community

Originally published in Mammamia, 7 February, 2014 Should Australia have boycotted the Sochi Olympics? As we head into the Sochi Olympics this week, a cloud continues to hang over the games. Russia’s anti-gay and lesbian crackdown has made international headlines, bringing into question the right of the country to host the Olympics. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin, … Continue reading

Philip Seymour Hoffman and the way we talk about drug abuse

Originally published in Limited News, 4 February, 2014 It has been a tragic start to the week. On Sunday actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York.  Seymour Hoffman was absolutely one of my favourite actors – a sentiment I believe was probably felt around the world. He was widely … Continue reading

Keystone Pipeline report a ‘sham’

Originally published in New Matilda, 4 February, 2014 The final environmental report for the controversial Keystone Pipeline was released over the weekend. It’s no more than a fig leaf for a horrendously dirty project, writes Simon Copland The weekend saw another milestone in the debate over the proposed Keystone Pipeline, which would ship tar sand … Continue reading