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    Writing tips. Procrastination. Thursday, April 16th, 2015
    For all the controversy I’ve gotten into with Twitter, I’ve never received an email from their legal department. Until two weeks ago. Attached to the email was correspondence alerting me the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s lawyers were threatening to sue them (and me) for a meme I had tweeted from my account. I’ve removed the ...
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    The Narcissism Of Motherhood Monday, April 13th, 2015
    I never wanted to ‘become a mother’ I decided to have a child. It was 1994. I’d been living with Marz for a few years and someone asked if we were going to have children. I was 26. It had never dawned on me. So I said to him ‘We’ve been together for a few years but we’ve ...
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    20 things I tell myself when I write Monday, April 13th, 2015
    No matter how slow you’re going you’re lapping everyone on the couch. Art is never finished. It’s just abandoned. Do what you can where you are with what you have. Perfect is the enemy of good. Do something today your future self will thank you for. When you don’t know what to do, do anything. Writing sucks. If you only wrote ...
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    Why I love running Gunnas Sunday, March 15th, 2015
    Catherine, I wanted to send you this email, with no expectation or want for a reply, just to tell you how grateful I am that one week ago I came to your Gunna’s Masterclass. When I came to class I was on my second-last day of 5 weeks of annual leave.  I didn’t have a lot planned ...
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  • feminist_feature
    Feminism in Twelve Easy Lessons Saturday, March 7th, 2015
    LESSON NUMBER ONE Beware of anyone using the words ‘respect’, ‘traditional’, ‘family values’, ‘honour’, ‘unacceptable’, ‘morality’, ‘uncalled for’, ‘inappropriate’, ‘unnecessary’ or ‘offensive’. Particularly beware of the word offensive. It’s code for ‘Pipe down princess, back in your box’. Offence is taken not given and more harm is created by taking offence than giving it. Offence is subjective. Just because you are ...
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  • Hibiscus_feature
    HIBISCUS published in Paper Sea Quarterly Issue #2 Sunday, March 1st, 2015
    In a bouncinette.  My feet splashing in a bowl of water. Golden light sneaking through the leaves warming patches of my legs. No top. Or perhaps a cotton singlet.  Under a hibiscus tree. Festooned with flowers the color of musk sticks. Nappy. Bottle. I must have been about a year old. I smelt BBQ. The lush and exotic ...
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  • marriage_feature
    Marriage. What a crock. Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
    I’m against gay marriage. I’m against straight marriage. I’m against marriage full stop. Why are we hanging on to this relic of an anachronistic system (which still reeks of misogyny and bigotry), established so men could own women to ensure their estates and titles were passed on to their kids – sorry, their sons? Maybe ...
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    The day my dear little Charlie started school, February 2, 2009 Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
    IT’S 9.45am and I’m drinking champagne, eating muesli and crying alone in my house. Big, fat, salty, wet tears rise up from a place in my belly. I feel another wave of emotion envelop me. Embrace me. Slowly. Will I dive under this one or will I ride it? Can’t stop the waves. Better try ...
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  • Funny-in-Australia_feature
    Australian Citizenship Tests Monday, January 26th, 2015
    You can shove your citizenship test up your poxy date. No one has the right to decide what being Australian is. I was born here and I have no idea. But I do know what it isn’t, and what being Australian isn’t is testing people on what they know about some white pen-pusher’s idea of ...
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    Campbell Newman gets cops to heavy Deveny over Twitter comments Friday, January 9th, 2015
    Yesterday the cops came over. I wasn’t here. They left their card with my teenage son who was home from school. I assume watching porn and mastubating into socks. The cops told Dom to get me to give them a call. They were from the criminal investigation unit. It was one of those flat knacker days ...
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