Buddy can you spare a dollar?

Buddy can you spare a dollar?

This is just a quick post to drum up support for the AusVotes group blog that I’m running again for this federal election.

Those of you who’ve been following my personal blog for a long time would be familiar with similar group blogs that I ran in 2013 and 2016. The first one even won an award!

The AusVotes blogs have always been popular because they present a range of voices and discuss important policies as well as other elements of the election. All the writers volunteer their work and I do all the administration.

The reason for this post – other than to introduce you to the new blog – is to ask if you could throw a few dollars towards the fundraising campaign that I’m running to raise $450 to upgrade the WordPress platform that I’m using for the blog. The upgrade will allow me to give the writers more autonomy (upload images etc) and access to more functions. It will also remove all advertising from the blog.

So instead of buying that next takeaway coffee, could you spare us a dollar (or five) instead?

And don’t forget to visit AusVotes 2019. I have a feeling the blog will generate some very interesting – and valuable – discussions during the election campaign.

 

 

Why I wrote a book about Liberal women

Why I wrote a book about Liberal women

Image by Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax/Nine

Did I mention I have a book coming out this week? For those of you who aren’t on social media, this may actually be real news. So I thought I’d do a quick blog post to tell you all about it.

The book, On Merit, is about the Liberal Party’s “women problem”, but it also explores why Liberal women continue to perpetuate the myth that they should only progress within the party “on merit”.

I’ve set up a separate page on this blog to explain why I wrote the book, provide links to articles I’ve written on the same topic over the years, and also provide links to any articles or interviews about the book.

I hope you enjoy reading and talking about the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

How to survive Twitter

How to survive Twitter

Christmas Day this year marked the ten-year anniversary since I first joined Twitter. In many senses, that single act changed the course of my life.

If it wasn’t for Twitter, I’d probably still be working as a highly-paid corporate shill. Instead, I’m scratching out an existence as a writer in the gig economy. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Polite and not-so-polite exchanges on Twitter taught me to challenge my own views on a whole range of issues, to distinguish what I really thought from what I’d been told to think, and to find better ways of explaining these views to others.

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I have a book coming out in February 2019!

In February 2019, probably just before Australia lurches into the long-awaited federal election campaign, I’ll have a book coming out on the Liberal Party’s ‘women problem’.

On Merit is part of MUP’s Little Book series. It starts with the emergence of the ‘red shoe brigade’ following the Liberals’ recent leadership troubles, and looks at the use and abuse of the merit myth to suppress Liberal women. The book also explains why those same women have resisted calling themselves feminists, but are now using some of the sisterhood’s tactics.

I’m thrilled that MUP has taken a chance with a lesser known writer like me. So I’m hoping the book will do well.

It’s currently available for pre-order, in either paperback ($14.99) or e-book ($9.99).

If you’re a supporter of independent voices in Australian politics, please buy a copy!