Articles

The sandwich of mortality
The Saturday Paper Saturday 23 December

Who is Taiwanese?
Inside Story Friday 1 December 2023

Tendrils in the night
The Saturday Paper Saturday 11 November 2023

Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy
Inside Story Wednesday 1 November 2023

‘They treated me like an animal’: how Filipino domestic workers become trapped
Guardian Australia Thursday 26 October 2023

No winners in Murray-Darling Basin Plan
The Saturday Paper Saturday 14 October 2023

Australia’s public housing towers are regarded as dated and ugly. But what will happen when they’re gone?
Guardian Australia Monday 2 October 2023

The liminal garden
The Saturday Paper Saturday 30 September 2023

Daniel Andrews remoulded the state of Victoria – but the wheels were beginning to wobble
Guardian Australia Tuesday 26 September 2023

Why is the campaign for an Indigenous voice struggling? It’s not just the media
Guardian Australia Sunday 24 September 2023

Rupert Murdoch retires from News Corp with the media world he ruled ebbing away
Guardian Australia Saturday 23 September 2023

British-Australian man jailed in Philippines claims authorities fabricated evidence
Guardian Australia Friday 8 September 2023

The germinator
The Saturday Paper Saturday 12 August 2023

Victorians need to know why Daniel Andrews thought hosting the Commonwealth Games was a good idea
Guardian Australia Wednesday 19 July 2023

Détente with the daffodils
The Saturday Paper Saturday 8 July 2023

When the chips are down
The Monthly June 2023

ABC’s lack of ambition on coronation coverage left Stan Grant to shoulder outsized burden
Guardian Australia Saturday 27 May 2023

The moth vine encroaches
The Saturday Paper Saturday 27 May 2023

What Thailand’s election of a radical new government means for science
Nature Thursday 18 May 2023

New media’s idiosyncratic survivor
Inside Story Thursday 18 May 2023

I helped to build Taiwan’s Silicon Valley
Nature Monday 1 May 2023

Rupert Murdoch’s news empire knowingly lied. Can we just pause to take in how extraordinary that is?
Guardian Australia Monday 24 April 2023

Cultivating memories
The Saturday Paper Saturday 15 April 2023

Daniel Andrews’ media-free trip tells us something about China – and a lot more about journalists and the premier
Guardian Australia Wednesday 29 March 2023

‘Pretentious’, ‘hyperbolic’ and ‘irresponsible’: what was behind Nine newspapers’ Red Alert series?
Guardian Australia Friday 17 March 2023

Feeding on imperfection
The Saturday Paper Saturday 11 March 2023

Tanya Plibersek’s dispassionate ambition
The Monthly Thursday 9 March 2023

‘If I had run, I would have won’: the family pain behind Plibersek’s leadership call
Good Weekend Saturday 4 March 2023

Manila’s countless dead
The Monthly Wednesday 1 February 2023

The communal garden
The Saturday Paper Saturday 21 January 2023

The Philippines is losing its ‘War on Drugs’
Foreign Policy Wednesday 11 January 2023

Taiwanese flock to civil defense training ahead of potential Chinese invasion
Foreign Policy Monday 19 December 2022

The story of Daniel Andrews: dogged, divisive and enduringly popular
Guardian AustraliaTuesday 1 November 2022

The Daniel Andrews paradox: the enduring appeal of Australia’s most divisive premier
Guardian AustraliaSunday 30 October 2022

Penny Wong wants Australia to be more than a supporting player
Foreign Policy • Saturday 1 October 2022

Was Fraser right?
Inside StoryMonday 12 September 2022

Spring in Chaucer’s garden
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 10 September 2022

A quiet winter of neglect
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 18 June 2022

This is Not Journalism
Meanjin Quarterly • Winter 2022

Could this be the election in which News Corp’s impotence is exposed?
The Age • Monday 16 May 2022

In an age of unlimited information, what are voters actually Googling?
The Age •
Monday 2 May 2022

Focus on gaffes misses the real issues
The Age •
Monday 18 April 2022

Independents and the balance of power
The Monthly •
April 2022

The dark curse of lantana
The Saturday PaperSaturday 12 March 2022

Novak Djokovic didn’t have to be the biggest news story in the nation this week
The Age • Saturday 15 January 2022

Life as a wayward gardener
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 18 December 2021

Diversity deferred, again?
Inside StoryThursday 16 December 2021

Here we go again
Inside StoryThursday 25 November 2021

Taking the arrows
Inside StoryFriday 12 November 2021

Cracking the code
Inside StoryMonday 25 October 2021

Information warfare
Inside StoryFriday 8 October 2021

We need to think about post-lockdown rights
The Monthly • October 2021

Cultivated tastes
The Saturday PaperSaturday 25 September 2021

The Australian versus the Press Council, again
Inside StoryThursday 16 September 2021

Bullying must end, but it can’t all be tweet nothings
The Age • Wednesday 15 September 2021

News Corp’s shift on emissions reveals limitations of power
The Age • Tuesday 7 September 2021

The premier, the crime boss and the ABC
Inside Story Thursday 2 September 2021

Muddying the waters
Inside Story Tuesday 31 August 2021

As COVID returns to Felmington’s public housing estate, the response is markedly different
The Age • Saturday 7 August 2021

Freedom of speech or promotion of lies? Who gets to decide what’s true?
The Age • Saturday 7 August 2021

Is Sky News taking Australia by storm?
Inside Story • Thursday 5 August 2021

‘Trust the science’ is the mantra of the Covid crisis – but what about human fallibility
The Guardian • Saturday 24 July 2021

Can Mark Scott transform universities?
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 24 July 2021

Bylines and bygones
Inside StoryFriday 16 July 2021

Potted rules for indoor gardening
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 10 July 2021

‘We thought we were Australian’: Melbourne tower lockdown lives on in legacy of trauma
The Guardian • Sunday 4 July 2021

The watchdog that sometimes barked
Inside StoryFriday 2 July 2021

JabSeeker
The MonthlyJuly 2021

From blood clots to Craig Kelly, is the media reporting Covid responsibly?
The Guardian • Wednesday 30 June 2021

What Four Corners did and didn’t do
Inside StoryWednesday 16 June 2021

Conciliation on Murray-Darling
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 12 June 2021

Murray Darling towns warned dams not the answer as river flows wane
The Age • Tuesday 8 June 2021

When bravado trumps reporting
Inside StoryTuesday 1 June 2021

Withdrawal of defamation action a win for the ABC, not Christian Porter
The Age • Tuesday 1 June 2021

Good news week
Inside StoryFriday 21 May 2021

War in the newsrooms
Inside Story • Tuesday 11 May 2021

The arc of justice
Inside Story • Saturday 24 April 2021

Journalists need to take social media responsibilities seriously
The AgeFriday 16 April 2021

Gourd almighty
The Satuday PaperSaturday 10 April 2021

Up the river
The MonthlyApril 2021

What has QAnon got to do with Australians?
The Age • Sunday 28 March 2021

Australian media’s latest export
Inside Story • Thursday 25 March 2021

Q for conspiracy
Meanjin Quarterly • Tuesday 16 March 2021

Cabinet slammed shut: whither our federation
inkl Friday 12 March 2021

Muting the messenger
Inside StoryFriday 12 March 2021

Australian agricultural associations that rake in millions should have charitable status revoked, tax expert says
The Guardian • Monday 7 March 2021

Shift in gender balance means abuse claims are being taken seriously
The Age • Saturday 6 March 2021

Cautious or craven? The saga of Four Corners program on Morrison and QAnon has laid bare fractures within the ABC
The Guardian • Saturday 6 March

Melbourne doctors under review for promoting discredited Covid treatment
The Guardian • Monday 22 February

To save journalism, flawed regulation is better than none
inklMonday 22 February

Google’s search engine not as good as its competitors for news, research finds
The Guardian • Wednesday 3 February 2021

Trump ban signals tipping point for social media platforms
The Sydney Morning Herald • Wednesday 13 January 2021

Summer in the garden
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 19 December 2020

How the making of Brett Sutton got him through pandemic and kept Premier’s faith
The Age • Saturday 28 November 2020

When the rivers run dry
The Monthly • November 2020

ASIC under pressure
The Saturday PaperSaturday 31 October 2020

The facts don’t support claims of a Brett Sutton cover-up over emails
The Guardian • Friday 23 October 2020

The Hunter Biden story is a crucial moment: does Twitter care more than News Corp about fact-checking?
The Guardian • Thursday 22 October 2020

Spring hopes eternal
The Saturday PaperSaturday 17 October 2020

‘Culture of fear’: why Kevin Rudd is determined to see an end to Murdoch’s media dominance
The Guardian • Saturday 17 October 2020

One hundred days of Andrew’ press conferences: What do they tell us about journalism?
The Age • Sunday 11 October 2020

Why Australia runs out of vital medicines
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 10 October 2020

Dfat admits email Addresses of almost 3,000 Australians stranded overseas released in breach
The Guardian • Thursday 1 October 2020

Victoria hotel quarantine inquiry: systemic issues more urgent than individual blame
The Guardian • Tuesday 29 September 2020

Moves to build economic security
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 19 September 2020

Scott Morrison’s friend, his Indigenous charity and the millions in defence contracts
The Guardian • Monday 5 September 2020

The unconventional charity run by Scott Morrison’s ‘dear friend’ Leigh Coleman
The Guardian • Friday 4 September 2020

Australia experiencing critical shortage of antidepressants, contraceptives and HRT
The Guardian • Saturday 8 August 2020

Murray–Darling could need Reserve Bank-style regulator
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 8 August 2020

‘New mode’ for Covid-19 board
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 1 August 2020

Mysterious Mr Power, architect of our recovery
The Saturday Paper • Saturday 25 July 2020

‘It was paternalism’: how government support for Melbourne’s locked down public housing blocks fell short
The Guardian • Saturday 11 July 2020

Some Melbourne tower residents still waiting for supplies including nappies and medication
The Guardian • Wednesday 8 July 2020

‘They change the rules’: confusion reigns for frightened and stressed Melbourne public housing residents
The Guardian • Tuesday 7 July 2020

Today show dumps Pauline Hanson for ‘divisive’ remarks about Melbourne public housing residents
The Guardian • Monday 6 July 2020

Melbourne towers’ sudden hard lockdown caught police, health workers and residents off-guard
The Guardian • Sunday 5 July 2020

Melbourne’s ‘hard lockdown’ orders residents of nine public housing towers to stay home as coronavirus cases surge
The Guardian • Saturday 4 July 2020

Govt tight-lipped on ACCC Murray–Darling Basin water report
Saturday Paper • Saturday 4 July 2020

Politics and water do mix
Inside StoryTuesday 25 June

Winter’s bounty
Saturday Paper • Saturday 20 June 2020

The unfulfilled promise of lithium mining
Saturday Paper • Saturday 13 June 2020

The end of the university boom
Saturday Paper • Saturday 23 May 2020

Patients frantic over mysterious global shortage of HRT medications and contraceptive pills
The Guardian • Friday 22 May 2020

Adam Bandt, the personable hardliner
The Monthly • May 2020

Alan Jones: end for the shock-jock whose views on women, race and climate pandered to his tiny audience
The Guardian • Wednesday 13 May 2020

Australian media’s fight for press freedom should be a lesson to journalists worldwide
Nieman Reports • Tuesday 5 May 2020

The real reason our shelves were empty
Saturday Paper • Saturday 2 May 2020

As Australia takes on Google and Facebook over news content, the world is watching
The Guardian • Tuesday 21 April 2020

Real long-term thinking on TV would mean Netflix and Stan are treated the same as free-to-air
The Guardian • Tuesday 16 April 2020

Andrew Bolt and the ABC: did the reporting on George Pell step over a line?
The Guardian • Tuesday 15 April 2020

Autumn in the garden
Saturday Paper • Saturday 28 March 2020

AAP is Australian democracy’s safety net – its closure will affect us all
The Guardian • Tuesday 3 March 2020

Summer Gardening
Saturday Paper • Saturday 7 December 2019

Questions raised over Scott Morrison’s declaration he is not a New Zealand citizen
The Guardian • Saturday 26 October 2019

Penny Wong: could Australia accept a gay asian woman as PM?
The Guardian • Sunday 29 September 2019

The Lambie interview: inside her power play
Saturday Paper • Saturday 21 September 2019

Spring Garden Tasks
Saturday Paper • Saturday 7 September 2019

What the ACCC thinks about journalism
Inside StoryTuesday 30 July 2019

The Winter Garden
Saturday Paper • Saturday 29 June 2019

Duterte’s opposition in disarray following Philippines mid-terms
The InterpreterTuesday 21 May 2019

In Angeles City, all politics is local
Inside Story • Wednesday 15 May 2019

‘Rodrigo Duterte is my idol’: Inside the Philippines election from Manila’s slums
ABC • Sunday 12 May 2019

Journalist Maria Ressa and the Philippine election
Saturday Paper • Saturday 11 May 2019

‘Do you ever think about me?’: the children sex tourists leave behind
The Guardian (UK) • Saturday 2 March 2019

Suppression orders aren’t perfect but journalistic hubris won’t fix the problem
The Guardian (Aus) • Wednesday 27 February 2019

For sale: a local paper near you
Inside Story • Sunday 3 Feburary 2019

The revolution continues
Inside Story • Monday 31 December 2018

The ACCC’s plan to reshape the media landscape
Inside Story • Tuesday 11 December 2018

“There is this woman, Charmian Clift. And I have to dress up like her and go out and be her”
Inside Story • Friday 21 November 2018

How Nine and Fairfax sat the wrong test
Inside Story • Friday 9 November 2018

ABC board is weak and lacks legitimacy, but it should not be sacked
The Guardian (Aus) • Friday 28 September 2018

Guthrie and Milne: no friends of the ABC
Meanjin • Wednesday 26 September 2018

The end of Fairfax as we knew it
Inside Story • Thursday 26 July 2018

“Here we are, living it again, as though we didn’t learn our lesson”
Inside Story • Wednesday 4 July 2018

The unassuming Australian nun taking on Rodrigo Duterte
The Guardian (Aus) • Saturday 16 June 2018

Looking for trouble
Inside Story • Friday 18 May 2018

When the politics got personal
The Monthly • December 2017

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Meanjin Quarterly  •  Winter 2017

Fallen angels
ABC Radio Earshot  •  Tuesday 13 December 2016

Duterte’s dirty war: A trip to the Philippines reveals the human cost of the war on drugs
The Monthly  •  December 2016
Winner  •  2016 Quill Award for Best Feature.

Is Michelle Guthrie tuned in to the ABC? The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear
The Monthly  •  September 2016

Lost Boy Found
SBS  •  26 June 2016
The story of Kot Monoah, whose long journey to Melbourne’s western suburbs began when his family fled the second Sudanese Civil War.

After the story: What did an award-winning story on the children of Australian sex tourists achieve?
The Monthly  •  24 Mar 2016
A follow-up to the award-winning feature ‘Fallen Angels’.

Right-wing refugee: the rise of Rita Panahi
SBS  •  8 Feb 2016

‘The Long Letter to a Short Love, or …’
Meanjin Quarterly  •  Summer 2015
Germaine Greer’s 30,000-word unsent love letter to Martin Amis.

‘Fallen Angels: The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines’
The Monthly  •  July 2015
Winner  •  2015 Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism)
Winner  •  2015 Quill Award for Best Feature.
Finalist  •  2015 Walkley Award for Feature Writing (over 4000 words).

‘Chasing the Truth’
The Sunday Age  •  13 Nov 2011
Commentary on the federal government media inquiry.

Second Life: Mark Scott Embarks on Another Five-Year Term
The Monthly  •  July 2011
An assessment of the ABC Managing Director’s record, and his likely future.

Who Should Look After the Cities?
Inside Story  •  June 2011
The Federal Government plans to get back into the urban planning business.

‘Sex Before Soccer: SBS’
The Monthly  •  June 2011
An assessment of the present and future of Australia’s second public broadcaster.

‘Crises of Faith: The Future of Fairfax’
The Monthly  •  Feb 2011

‘Exodus: The International Student Sector’
The Monthly  •  Nov 2010

‘Duty of Care’
The Monthly  •  Aug 2010
An investigation into the impact of the Hepatitis C cluster at a Melbourne abortion clinic.

‘Dangerous Precedent: The Melbourne model’
The Monthly  •  Mar 2010
An investigation into the impact of the University of Melbourne’s reforms.

‘Sustaining a Nation’
Griffith Review  •  Edition 27
A journey through the Murray-Darling basin and reflections on food security.

‘Public Broadcasting Looks for a Future’
Inside Story  •  Jan 2009
The Pay TV Industry has opened a new front in its battle with free to air.

‘Chill Winds’
Inside Story  •  Dec 2008
Amid the backslapping, this year’s Walkley Awards dinner highlighted the threat to quality journalism.

‘A Cry in the Night’
Griffith Review  •  May 2008
Conflict between Africans and police on the public housing estate in Flemington.

‘Buried in the Labyrinth’
Griffith Review  •  Winter 2007
A story of danger and frustration at the hands of bureacracy.
Finalist  •  2007 Walkley Awards for Magazine Feature Writing.

‘The War on Democracy – Conservative Opinion in the Australian Press’
Sydney Morning Herald  •  8 Dec 2006
Review of book by Niall Lucy and Steve Mickler.

‘Beyond the Comfort Zone’
Griffith Review  •  Autumn 2006
An exploration of the public-private schooling debate.

‘Fitting the Bill’
The Age  •  12 Nov 2005
A profile of Australian Workers Union National Secretary Bill Shorten.

‘Media column’
The Age  •  Mar – Dec 2005
Published monthly in The Age‘s Media and Creative section on Mondays.

‘The Nation Reviewed’
The Monthly  •  Issue 8  •  Dec 2005 – Jan 2006
Comments on the inaugural broadcast conference of The ACMA Broadcast Conference 2005

‘Fear and Loathing at the ABC’
The Monthly  •  Issue 1  •  May 2005

‘Ties that bind’
Griffith Review 8  •  Winter 2005

‘Crikey Sells Out’
The Age  •  5 Feb 2005

‘Life without Reputation’
Griffith Review 5  •  Spring 2004

‘Habits of Disdain: Myth, Evidence and Culture Warrior’ (The Overland Lecture)
Overland 172  •  Spring 2003

‘In the Name of the Father’
The Age  •  22 Nov 2003
A profile of Philip Ruddock.

Review of Speaking for Myself Again, Four Years with Labor and Beyond by Cheryl Kernot
Sydney Morning Herald  •  3 Aug 2002

Anthologies & Periodicals

‘Beyond the Comfort Zone’
Published in The Best Australian Essays 2006 (Black Inc., 2005), edited by Drusilla Modjeska.

‘Ties that Bind’
Published in The Best Australian Essays 2005 (Black Inc., 2005), edited by Robert Dessaix.

‘Inside the ABC’
Published in Do Not Disturb – Is the Media Failing Australia? (Black Inc., 2005), edited by Robert Manne.

‘Helen Garner: The woman with the Hammer in the kitchen drawer’
Published in The Best Australian Essays 2001 (Black Inc., 2001), edited by Peter Craven.

‘The night of the fruit pickers’
Published in Out West (Harper Collins, 1996), edited by John Dale.
Republished in Australian Summer Stories 2 (Penguin, 2000).

‘The Press Gang’
Published in The Best Australian Essays (Bookman Press, 1998), edited by Peter Craven.

‘Why Clare is not a yahoo’
Published in Mother Love 2 (Random House, 1997), edited by Debra Adelaide.

Book chapters

‘Using public records in Journalism’
Published in Investigation and Research (Pearson Education, 2002), edited by Stephen Tanner.