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‘BRUISER! BRUISER! BRUISER!’: FROM SCHOOL GATE TO CAGE FIGHT - THE GUARDIAN, AUSTRALIA

Julia Schaefer’s fight name is Bruiser. “Because I bruise easily,” she qualifies. “Not because I cause bruises.”

But that’s probably not true.

ONE WAY TO CLOSE THE ‘MOTHERHOOD PAY GAP’ IS JOB SHARING - BBC WORKLIFE

Puffling encourages matches to meet for a coffee before progressing further; like dating, a match can look good on paper but might not work out in real life.

john marsden on the toxic parenting epidemic - the guardian, australia

But are we engaged in “toxic parenting” en masse? Or is it just a case of extremes worsening?

“No, I think this is a widespread problem,” Marsden says. 

to ban or not to ban: victorian school phone ban - the guardian australia

There is no way of knowing at this stage whether a state or country-wide ban will have any impact on cyberbullying, academic performance or students’ wellbeing.

opinion: A private school gets a castle library… - The guardian australia

The choice between sending children to a public or private school should be about the bells and whistles, not the basics.

student choice to deepen learning - Australian financial review

In the last week of first term this year, students at Geelong Grammar School’s Toorak campus were the subject of a live test.

THE AUSTRALIAN COMPANY THAT BANNED WORK ON WEDNESDAYS - BBC CAPITAL

On Wednesdays, while most of her friends are at work, Tiffany Schrauwen is on the tennis court, practising her backhand. The Melbourne project manager has a lesson all to herself at 09:00, and it can’t be bad for her game.

PORTRAIT: JOEY ASTORGA, PAPERBARK CHEF - THE SATURDAY PAPER

Astorga would rather not be called a head chef. Sure, if I have to write something down, write that. Like, if I need an official title. But it’s not how it works here. He doesn’t like to think of it that way

GETTING IT RIGHT - QANTAS MAGAZINE

Can a shampoo bottle help clean the ocean? A photocopier protect human rights?

tech is the best medicine - Australian Financial review, Weekend Fin

We're still figuring out what it means for the way we live, how the medical profession treats us, how public health is managed and how we are insured. How much information is too much?

A DROP IN THE OCEAN - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, WEEKEND FIN

From the shore, it looks beautiful. With Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background and boats politely bobbing in front of Lavender Bay's cliff-clinging mansions, the water appears almost smugly clean. On a scrap of sandy shore bounded by sandstone walls, Laura Stone is pulling kayaks to the water's edge.

adoption law changes in nsw - the saturday paper

Sandra fears a knock at the door. A knock from the Department of Family and Community Services to say they’re taking the kids. She fears that she’ll go to pick them up from school one day and they will have been taken.

PORTRAIT: MISS FILLY - THE SATURDAY PAPER

 Sometimes multiple piece poles that are poorly put together shatter and people can get impaled on them. Not like Vlad the Impaler impaled, but a little bit impaled. It’s a dangerous sport.

HOME CROWD - THE SATURDAY PAPER

This is deeply personal music in a deeply personal space, and no one is ducking to the bar for a round between songs. 

DISPATCH: SYDNEY'S SPECTATOR PROPERTY AUCTIONS - tHE ECONOMIST-1843 MAGAZINE

A smartly dressed woman with greying blonde hair bids an extra A$30,000. “Go mum!” shouts her daughter. Her son paces up and down, giving updates to someone over the phone: “Mum’s killing it.”

HOPE FOR HOMEBIRTHS - THE SATURDAY PAPER

Homebirth is still rare in Australia, accounting for only about 0.2 per cent of all births. Fear and regulation have pushed it to the margins of maternity care, where private homebirth is costly and public facilities are hard to find.

THE SMASHING SUCCESS OF RAGE ROOMS - The saturday paper

I watch the person with a dented baseball bat swagger on the CCTV. They are taking long strides within a small square room, their face obscured by a mask, the baseball bat waving loosely behind them. They lean back on their right heel and … Smack

HANDS ON DAD - sunday life magazine

Michael has energy. Lots of it. Running through the rain, he dashes crying baby Coen from the car into the house, returning to do the same with his big brother Remy. Once inside he scoops Coen up. It occurs to him that Remy hasn't peed for a while. And, yes, he needs to now.

Who's zooming who? - essay in 'the best music writing under the australian sun'

Kylie and I both knew that she wasn’t cool. That she was not. Not back then. Breathe. Breathe. It won’t be long now, breathe.

GONE WALKABOUT - THE MONTHLY

This is the last walkabout in London. 

CAMPAIGNS ABROAD - THE AGE

At 10.20am on August 9, the truck is nowhere to be seen. Somewhere in central London, it is weaving through red buses and black cabs, pulling behind it a giant poster about Tony Abbott's contract with Australia. But the Liberal Party team doesn't know where it is.

DROUGHT ESSAY: ORANGE - THE MONTHLY

“I’m going to die,” pants Jess Wright. “Good,” says Mrs Jennings. “Do it quietly.”

A SENSE OF HUMMUS - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

It’s late Saturday night at Newtown’s Istanbul on King and Patrick is making no sense. “You know,” he slurs. “When you find yourself in a bottle of whisky filled with oil and a bunch of liquid fat in a desert, you don’t really know what’s going on around you.”

she is somewhere - the monthly

All she could do was retreat. And she would sweat all the time. She was short of breath. She would shake. Her heart raced

more?! ok. 

GUMS AMONGST THE IVYThe Age

BOARDSHORTS ON SUNDAYThe Monthly

BEST THING ON TWO WHEELS The Age

SCHOOL FOR LAUGHS - New Statesman, UK

REVIEWS

REVIEW: 'BODIES' BY SUSIE ORBACH - The Monthly

REVIEW: LUDMILLA'S BROKEN ENGLISH BY DBC PIERRE - The Monthly

REVIEW: SET TV, ABC - The Monthly

PARENTING AND WOMEN'S ISSUES 

I DROPPED THE MENTAL LOAD FOR ONE WEEKSunday Life (Sun-Herald & Sunday Age)/Daily Life

AUNTS: THE ULTIMATE WINGWOMAN OF MODERN PARENTING - DailyLife/Sydney Morning Herald