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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our Little Secret….. There’s No Excuses For It…..
A few weeks ago, my friend and colleague Monique Schafter gave me a heads up that a documentary on pedophilia that she’d been directing would soon be airing on the ABC. Entitled “Our Little Secret”, Monique’s documentary follows the personal survival story of Chas Fisher and his pursuit to determine what makes some people sexually […]
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 […]
Gaynor accuses Army Chiefs of promoting Child Abuse – Further attacks LGBTI Officers
Normally I don’t like writing when I’m angry, but when you run into dehumanising comments like the one I’ve reposted below from Bernard Gaynor’s website, sometimes you can’t help but feel slightly emotional when working on a story. Malcolm is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army but also masquerades as Cate. He thinks […]