A few days ago, The Guardian’s Fred McConnell asked a question that’s left me thinking pretty seriously about the society that I’m living in today. Namely, does Sydney have a progressive enough environment that LGBTI people, particularly Trans-people, can feel loved and safe within. Now to most people that would be a pretty straight-forward question, […]
2014 ~ Some thoughts from a year of being myself….
If there’s something that I’ve always wished for throughout my life, it’s been the ability to always be myself all day and every day in ways that I could only dream of previously imagining. From exploring the utter highs and lows of humanity through to the journeys of family, joy, sorrow and love, I’ve always […]
A journalist’s reflections on Sydney’s “Day of Days” in at Martin Place….
By Kate Doak If there’s one thing that will stay with me for many years from the afternoon of the Lindt Cafe Siege, it’ll be the memory of seeing families strolling up the length of Martin Place and taking “selfies” from just beyond the confines of the police barricade. Like moths being entranced into the […]
A View to a (Political) Kill – A photographer’s view of ICAC’s Operation Spicer….
With ICAC’s Operation Spicer having recently drawn to a close, many people around New South Wales (and Australia as a whole) have been wondering over recent weeks just how deep the taint of corruption has reached within both state and federal politics over recent years. From coal loaders & “Black Ops” in Newcastle through to property development […]
A Transgender journey “In My Shoes” – To Parliament House in Canberra and back again…..
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting a short film on Transgender Youth to a group of politicians, staffers and other dignitaries at Parliament House in Canberra. This group, otherwise known as the “Parliamentary Friends of LGBTI Australians”, focuses heavily on improving the lives of all Australians who are a part […]
Morrison responds to questions over his Platinum-etched Sri Lankan tea set…
By Kate Doak. The Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has responded to questions surrounding a gift that he received from the Sri Lankan Secretary for Defence and Urban Affairs Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa earlier this year during a Joint Working Group function on asylum seekers between Australia and Sri Lanka. In a very carefully worded statement to The Deadly […]
Morrison receives gifts from Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence officials
The Immigration Minister Scott Morrison received a seventeen-piece platinum-etched tea set as a personal gift from the Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence and Urban Affairs, Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the 22nd of April 2014, according to his latest declaration to the Parliament via the Registrar of Member’s Interests. Within his declaration, Mr Morrison stated that he […]
Grinning and Bearing it… Hartcher and Tinkler leaving ICAC in photos….
Every so often you run into a media scrum at the Independent Commission Against Corruption where everything just becomes chaotic to the extreme. Whenever that happens, you can either grin and bear it like Nathan Tinkler sensibly did last week by walking in and out of ICAC via the front door and have the drama […]
Here we go again…. Politics, Impartiality and the ABC
Over the past 24 hours, there’s been quite a stir within the Australian media about a series of comments that Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently made on the Sydney radio program of 2GB’s controversial morning shock jock, Ray Hadley. Utilising parts of the interview to pander to some of his more vocal supporters (and ABC […]
Missing the story – Indonesia’s been asking for and using “Phone Tapping” technology for years
Over the past few days I’ve been getting rather bemused by the phone tapping scandal that’s been hiting the Australian and Indonesian Governments. However the events surrounding this scandal haven’t surprised me anywhere near as much as some of the comments that have been made about it. Namely, that Indonesia didn’t have a clue that […]