Fred Nile under fire for Facebook post about Charlotte Dawson abortion

Michaela Whitbourn Published: February 24, 2014 – 12:29PM The Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile has come under fire for a controversial post on his party’s official Facebook page linking the death of Charlotte Dawson to a pregnancy termination during her marriage to Olympic swimmer Scott Miller. Late on Sunday, a photograph of Dawson was…More

Open Letter to Fred Nile about bullying Charlotte Dawson

Dear Mr Nile, I was disgusted to open Facebook this morning and see your post linking Charlotte Dawson’s death to her decision to have a termination. In your original post you said: “Many I am sure are now aware of the tragic ending to Charlotte Dawson. It highlights how depression and self-harm can affect anyone.…More

A decomposing rat – or happy fourth birthday to my prison trauma

There is a dead rat lying in the gap between my psychiatrist’s building and the medical centre next door. It’s a big rat, at least 30 cms head to butt. It’s been there for a long time, skin is rotting off it in silvery shreds, white stick ribs glowing behind and between them. There’s pot…More

Made the Varuna PIP shortlist!

Back in 2011 I decided that I wanted to win this thing called the Varuna Publishers’ Introduction Program. Basically it’s a way to bypass the slush pile and get your manuscript read by an editor at one of the big publishing houses. So I overcame the crippling fear of rejection and submitted. And it seems…More

What I’m working on right now

I have come down with something. A virus? Bacterial infection? Biological warfare? Whatever it is, it is hurting my brain. Today and tomorrow are rock solid writing days and I cannot use the snot-spew explosion to get out of work. I am reasonably certain that any words that come out today will need to be…More

Dear 2010

Dear 2010, I’m not very happy with you. I feel like you welshed on our bet, like you painted me a lovely picture but then took a giant dump right in the centre of the canvas, like you stole twelve whole months from me, twelve months I’ll never get back. Shaking my fist at you,…More