Fifty Shades of Green

Commentary on politics, society and popular culture

Voters give Green light to resurgent party

“It’s not easy being Green.” Or, at least that’s been the claim of pundits eager to write-off the environmental party after a challenging few years. In 2012, the retirement of … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Personal attacks don’t advance the cause

Australian politics is certainly not for the faint-hearted and vitriol is levelled at politicians of all stripes. John Howard was famously described as a “lying rodent”, Julia Gillard a “bitch” … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sunrise Interview

It was great joining Larry and Sarah on Weekend Sunrise to discuss social media and the importance of living in the moment.

January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Confessions of a Facebook Addict

The New Year is a time for reflection and goal-setting, and so like any good Gen-Y’er, I shared my New Year’s resolutions on Facebook. As I basked in the approving … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Coming-out myths and why we fear fluid sexuality

Olympic diver Tom Daley created a media splash on Tuesday when he announced that he was having a relationship with a man. The response provides an interesting insight into community … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Exchange

It was great to join Rob and Christie on Foxtel’s The Exchange discussing Reality TV and its implications for society and culture.  

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Playing The Man?

Julia Gillard came under fire for playing the so called ‘gender card’, but a closer examination of the Rudd v Abbott contest reveals that it is her male adversaries who … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rudd’s Greatest Moral Challenge

Kevin Rudd has begun his second term as Prime Minister in much the same way as he ended his first, with back-flips and dog-whistles on immigration. Through his latest capitulation … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

War On Gillard Proves We Still Have A Long Way To Go

Julia Gillard may not be the best Prime Minister Australia has had, but she’s certainly the most resilient. During a gruelling 3 years she has endured a campaign of vitriol … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 11 Comments

Primaries Won’t Solve Our Political Problems

As the ALP battles to wrest control from the ‘faceless men’ of its party machine, Labor leaders from Steve Bracks to Mark Latham have argued for the co-option of US-style … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stand for Something or Fall for Anything

March 2013 will long be remembered by political tragics as a month of brutality that would surely have made Brutus himself wince. Labor’s botched leadership coup may have been Rudd-less … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Be Afraid, Very Afraid: Vigilantism and the Culture of Fear

Vigilantism is in vogue. Whether it’s TV hits like Dexter and Arrow, box-office heroes like Batman and Superman or even the outing of alleged criminals on social media, popular culture … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

One Nation Revisited?

Through their racist and homophobic remarks, candidates from Bob Katter’s Australia Party have certainly let the cat (or the Katter in this case) out of the bag in terms of … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Gillard-Abbott Paradox

Whatever the outcome of this year’s federal election, one thing is certain; most Australians will welcome the opportunity to finally end the bitter leadership struggle that has so consumed our … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment


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