Rush to judgement

Inside Story, August 2017 Originally published in the Griffith Review  Nowra showground is a ten-minute walk from the centre of town: past Best & Less, Jolly Olly’s Discount Variety Store, the Postman’s Tavern and the Bowling Club, along a wide, tree-lined residential street. The gateway is a towering, seven-metre-high sandstone structure with four entrance archways, … Continue reading Rush to judgement

Housing affordability squeeze pushed down coast as city dwellers flee Sydney

ABC Online 28th February 2017 It's often prescribed as a solution for those struggling with the lack of affordable housing in cities like Sydney: just move to the country. However, those people living on low incomes in coastal regions of NSW are faring just as badly as city dwellers as they hunt for an affordable … Continue reading Housing affordability squeeze pushed down coast as city dwellers flee Sydney

Sex workers fight against stigma for equal justice

The Saturday Paper November 26, 2016 It starts out like any other booking. A woman advertises her services as a sex worker – usually online – and a man either calls or texts. She tells him what she’s offering and for how much, and, after agreement, they meet in a small apartment or studio close … Continue reading Sex workers fight against stigma for equal justice

Indigenous fishing rights caught in the net

The Saturday Paper 26th September 2015 In late winter, when the coastal wattle blooms yellow, Wayne Carberry knows it’s time to collect lobster. His education in the ways of the sea began as a boy. Camping on the coast with his extended family from the Walbunga clan, the elders taught the young the indicator plants … Continue reading Indigenous fishing rights caught in the net

Has Pro Surfing Finally Realised Sexism is Bad Business?

Daily LifeApril 23rd 2014After watching the women surf at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria over the weekend, one commentator was so impressed he called it one of the “best rounds of women's surfing ever," and offered Australian Sally Fitzgibbons the ultimate compliment in this male-dominated sport; she was as good as … Continue reading Has Pro Surfing Finally Realised Sexism is Bad Business?

Is it hard to surf with boobs?

Griffith ReviewEdition 40: Women and PowerApril 2013JUST after dawn on a grey muggy morning in February 2012, some of the best surfers in the world, along with their sponsors and event officials, gathered on a beach in southern Queensland, all eyes on the ocean. It was the first day of the opening event in professional … Continue reading Is it hard to surf with boobs?

The Truth About Mamdouh Habib

New Matilda, 2nd March 2012 A week before Christmas last year, the independent authority that acts as a watchdog over Australia’s Intelligence agencies handed the results of a year-long investigation to the Prime Minister. The investigation was into the involvement of Australian government officials in the illegal arrest, detention, and torture overseas of Australian citizen … Continue reading The Truth About Mamdouh Habib

Habib’s Victory Against The Shock-Jocks

Habib's Victory Against The Shock-Jocks New Matilda 27 February 2012 One of the most maligned figures in the Australian media, Mamdouh Habib, has won a long-running legal battle against some of his prime antagonists — securing a defamation payout from the employers of three of Sydney’s most popular radio shock-jocks. Coming down the steps of … Continue reading Habib’s Victory Against The Shock-Jocks