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My union card

I’ve just cancelled my membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the union that represents journalists. I’ve been a member since 1993. Before that, I was a member of equivalent union in New Zealand. For 28 years, one of … Continue reading

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Milan, New York, Altona: Agnes Denes forest restoration

In a few weeks, students from Altona Primary School will plant 100 swamp she-oak, shoestring acacia and salt-tolerant, local provenance river red gums at a sewage treatment plant on Queens Drive, Altona. Their work represents the first steps in what … Continue reading

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Farewell to the land of newspapers

  ‘This is essentially the land of newspapers,” wrote journalist and flaneur Richard Twopeny in Townlife in Australia (1883). “Nearly everybody can read, and nearly everybody has the leisure to do so … the proportion of the population who can … Continue reading

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RIP Age print plant at Tullamarine

Late one Friday night, almost exactly a year ago, I watched the gigantic web offset Manroland presses roll at The Age’s exquisite print plant at Tullamarine. I arrived at the end of the first edition broadsheet run and watched the … Continue reading

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Women, media, mathematics

When Tony Abbott announced his Cabinet last month journalists rightly lambasted our new Prime Minister for the lack of senior women in his team (one woman, 18 men) but what happens if you turn the question around and ask: who … Continue reading

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