Submission to the Senate Inquiry into arts funding

The new National Program for Excellence in the Arts guidelines state that it will not fund individual artists. The funds with which it has been created have been cut directly from programs in the Australia Council that did. This is a direct loss to individual artists at all stages of their careers, and will result in the creation of less art, less accomplished art, and less representative art from across the community.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl is an MRA?s wet dream. Look, I enjoyed much of the novel. Gillian Flynn writes a highly?readable?sentence, and the text is a masterclass in the use of the unreliable narrator. I enjoyed David Fincher?s film interpretation of it, too, even though I already knew where its plot twists would lead. Watching it?on the… Continue reading Gone Girl

On the rise of Scott Morrison

The signing of the new refugee resettlement contract between Australia and Cambodia last week had all the makings of a political farce. Before the gathered dignitaries were able to toast the new arrangements, a full tray of champagne flutes crashed to the floor. Morrison and Cambodia?s Interior Minister Sar Kheng clinked lonely glasses amid growing… Continue reading On the rise of Scott Morrison

In pursuit of a political argument for exercise

I?ve been a bit low lately. I?ve had knee problems since the half-marathon and for a few weeks I didn?t run at all. Even my bicycle seemed to be constantly in for repair, which meant hideous train rides to and from work every day. I got sick. Then I got sick again. The Melbourne Writers… Continue reading In pursuit of a political argument for exercise

On offense

1. At the 2012 Sydney Writers? Festival, at the Overland panel on the Tent Embassy, a woman in the front row put her hand up to make a comment. She understood Indigenous people were angry, she said. She understood that horrible things had happened. But she felt personally offended by what she perceived to be… Continue reading On offense


Sometimes the water gets so muddy it?s impossible to see through the swirling dirt and debris looms dark and sudden though the murk. Sometimes you have to wait for the silt to settle to clear your head. For what it?s worth: Sexism is not simply reducible to the prejudice of individuals. Individual misogyny is not… Continue reading Addendum


Most of my heroes have been arrested. Many have stood on the wrong side of the law. And the law has not always stood for truth. The law has stood for control, dominance, and sometimes even manipulation. Law, at it’s best, has served to protect. Yet it has also served as a means of restricting… Continue reading Boom


We live in a society that has no adequate images anymore, and if we do not find adequate images and an adequate language for our civilization with which to express them, we will die out like the dinosaurs. ?Werner Herzog I read The Neverending Story when I was a teenager. I hardly remember the plot… Continue reading Muzzle