The Guardian

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Roller derby could herald a revolution for gender equality in sport

Originally published in The Guardian on 18 June, 2014.  A pair of quads on the changing room floor. Photograph: Linda Nylind It’s famous for its fishnet stockings, quirky names, brutal mentality and a film starring Drew Barrymore. Sweeping across the country, roller derby is becoming an unstoppable phenomenon. Revitalised on the back of third-wave feminism, roller … Continue reading

Is libertarianism the best friend of queer communities?

Libertarianism is often criticised for being the politics of the straight white male. But does it actually offer LGBT people freedom the state can’t deliver? ‘One could reasonably claim that every major advance in LGBT rights has been fostered by – or is at least consistent with – libertarian ideals.’ Photograph: David Gray/Reuters The election … Continue reading

Rocky Horror Show: 40 years later, where is its world of ‘absolute pleasure’?

Originally published in The Guardian, 23 April, 2014 After months touring Australia, this Wednesday The Rocky Horror Showwill open in Melbourne for the final leg. Starring Craig McLachlan as Frank N’ Furter, the show has brought out its customary legion of fans donned in fishnet stockings, corsets, pearls and high heels. As the show finishes its tour, it’s … Continue reading

What’s wrong with choosing to be gay, anyway?

Originally published in The Guardian, 21 April, 2014 With the election of Mike Baird as the new premier, New South Wales is potentially about to embark on a sharp social conservative turn. Baird not only opposes same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption, but is he also anti-abortion and against heroin injecting rooms. In other words, he is the … Continue reading

March in March doesn’t offer credible alternatives

Originally published in The Guardian, 13th March, 2014 This weekend, protesters will be heading to the streets to participate inMarch in March across the country. Organisers have said the weekend of protest “signifies the people’s vote of no confidence in policies of the government that go against common principles of humanity, decency, fairness social justice and equity, democratic … Continue reading

Australia should show more respect to its public servants

Originally published in the Guardian, 18th September 2013.  We Australians love targeting Canberra, and the city’s public servants are the most obvious target of all. The exercise works for Abbott, who plans deep cuts in the sector. ‘Public servants are dedicated to building important infrastructure such as roads, rail and ports – infrastructure we all … Continue reading

A Malcolm Turnbull comeback would not be good for the left

‘Turnbull has taken on an almost hero-like persona within a particular part of the progressive community’. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP Originally published in the Guardian Australia, 19 July 2013 And so it has begun. Michael Short made the first real foray into the debate this week, arguing that the Liberals would be wise to replace Tony Abbott … Continue reading

Keep our coal in the ground

Originally published in the Guardian Australia, 14th June, 2013 Coal waiting to be loaded onto ships at the Gladstone harbour. Photograph: Simon Copland  I’m instantly stuck by the contrast. On one side, the landscape is beautiful. A river winds its way towards the ocean, until it hits a few islands sitting on the coast. Mangroves … Continue reading