About Me

I am a journalist and writer living and working on Gadigal land in Sydney, Australia. I write about politics, inequality, education, and the arts. I believe  journalism has a crucial role to play in the preservation of democracy at time when it is under threat.

Latest Work

Theatre review: Julia, Sydney Opera House

This is what happens when a playwright, an actor, a director and a creative team, all at the top of their game, come together.

The play is about Australia’s first, and so far only, woman Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. It begins and ends with what has become recognised as Gillard’s defining parliamentary performance – the famous 2012 misogyny speech. It traces her personal and political life from her childhood in Wales, to her ascension in politics, and the influences that shaped and guided her

Dance review: Ascent, Sydney Opera House

The Opera House is jam-packed for the much anticipated opening night of Sydney Dance Company’s (SDC’s) latest offering, Ascent. The evening starts off safely with a piece choreographed by SDC’s artistic director, Rafael Bonachela. I Am-ness is the usual expected display of skill, training and artistic excellence from the company.

The ensemble demonstrates a powerful intracorporeal energy affecting and transferring those energies between each other amid a delicate soundtrack of strings by Latvia

Theatre review: Blue, Belvoir St Theatre

Thomas Weatherall’s raw, heart-breaking monologue Blue is a remarkable debut. He does not shy away from life’s most challenging and painful experiences – death, heartbreak, grief, suicide – but manages to traverse these heavy subjects with such a tender vulnerability, one cannot help feeling uplifted and hopeful, despite the tears shed by many in the audience, including this reviewer.

Weatherall says his play – the result of four years of collected writings – is ‘not a cry for help, or an exerc

Interview with Mei Mak

This week we feature an interview with Mei Mak as part of our series to spread awareness of liver health. Mei Mak is a lived-experience speaker and HEPHero who has been involved with LiverWELL since 2017.

Mei Mak’s advice for people living with hepatitis is to be brave and curious. She urges people to try not to feel shame about having a liver condition and encourages them to seek out information and education about liver health.

Mei was diagnosed with hepatitis B after a routine blood test. H

Celebrating Our Livers This October!

This October marks Liver Awareness Month 2022, where we highlight the importance of liver health and raise awareness of liver diseases, such as hepatitis.

Across the month, we feature a series of videos and interviews that profile those working in liver health, and those with lived experience of liver disease. Articles and video interviews are by Sarah Liversidge, Journalism student from RMIT University.

This week, we feature Chloe Pedley, Manager of our Health Promotions Team.

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Million-dollar injection to treat region's nursing aches

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the funding would create state-of-the-art training facilities for up to 160 students enrolled in South West TAFE's diploma of nursing.

Minister Tierney said some equipment had already arrived in preparation for the 2023 year and would help entice students to stay in the region.

"We need our young people here in a critical mass so we have strong capability and capacity in our regional towns and cities.

"...We need young people in particula

'Grey army' flocks to city's aged care sector

REWARDING WORK: Carers Sandra Meehan and John Benington at a Christmas in July lunch. They said they enjoy giving back to the community by working in aged care. Picture: Morgan Hancock.

"We've had an influx of people in their late 50s and early 60s coming to work for us. They are the most wonderful people," she said.

"After what we've seen during the pandemic, no one wants their loved ones inside a residential aged care setting if they can help it," she said.

A majority of Australians aged

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I live and work on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I acknowledge their elders past, present and emerging, and their ongoing custodianship of this land. I recognise the land is unceded and a treaty has never been signed.