Nova Peris and our witch-hunt mentality

Nova Peris and our witch-hunt mentality. For The Hoopla.

Why women of the right will never call themselves feminists

feminist-motherOver the five years I’ve been writing about politics I’ve steered clear of feminism: mostly because I don’t really know much about it. I didn’t do gender studies at high school or university and, perhaps most importantly, it was never raised as an issue at home.

My parents never told me I had a natural disadvantage in life because I was female. Not once, ever.

But I was told many, many times that if I studied diligently, did well at school and university, and worked hard at my chosen vocation, I would be successful and, by extension, happy.

Before you jump to conclusions about my privileged Tory upbringing, let me explain.

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Like it or not: everything is politics

Like it or not: Everything is politics. Weekly column for ABC The Drum.

By ignoring sexism we abandon Rosie Batty

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 2.13.31 pmBy ignoring sexism we abandon Rosie Batty. This week’s column for The Hoopla.



I mention in this post the Parliamentarians Against Family Violence group co-convened by Tim Watts MP. Here are the speeches given at the launch of the group.

Labor misreads the politics of ebola

Labor misreads the politics of ebola. Weekly column for The Drum.

The questionable loyalty of Anthony Albanese

The-Guardian-logoThe questionable loyalty of Anthony Albanese. For Guardian Australia.

Abbott: The brawler lurks beneath

Abbott: The brawler lurks beneath. Weekly column for The Hoopla

Conservatives also face sexism – yes, really

Conservatives also face sexism – yes, really. Weekly column for The Drum.

Who, Hockey? Panic?

Who, Hockey? Panic? Weekly column for The Hoopla.

Julie Bishop: right woman, wrong time

Julie Bishop: right woman, wrong time. Weekly column for The Drum.

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