Regrets, I’ve had a few: Reflections & lessons on better climate reportage
Anthropology / Climate change / Human Rights / Journalism / Pacific

Regrets, I’ve had a few: Reflections & lessons on better climate reportage

As a serial ‘parachute’ journalist, dropping in & out of places not my own, I’m all too aware of the shortcomings of this model of reporting. Thinking out loud about how to tell truer, deeper stories of climate impacts in the Pacific in this critical moment, I’m grateful for the insights of Katerina Teaiwa and … Continue reading

Weekend in Gondwana
Anthropology / Climate change / Forests / Journalism

Weekend in Gondwana

Inside Story has just published the essay I contributed to the recently published NewSouth book ‘Living with the Anthropocene: Love, Loss & Hope in the Face of Environmental Crisis’. The book is in the shops now, and it’s a really thoughtful, energising, informing collection including voices like Tony Birch, James Bradley, Sophie Cunningham, Delia Falconer, … Continue reading

From Manus to Moresby: Story for The Guardian on Bomana detention centre
Asylum Seekers / Human Rights / Papua New Guinea

From Manus to Moresby: Story for The Guardian on Bomana detention centre

During a brief but busy trip to PNG in October, I had the privilege to spend a little time with Behrouz Boochani, the Iranian-Kurdish journalist and refugee whose powerful advocacy has earned him international recognition. (This was shortly before he finally left PNG and flew to New Zealand, and his next chapter.) Behrouz acted as … Continue reading

Slaughter in the village: A closer look at recent killings in Hela, PNG
Human Rights / Mining / Papua New Guinea / Women & Girls

Slaughter in the village: A closer look at recent killings in Hela, PNG

Revisiting Tari, albeit long distance, for The Guardian. Recent killings of women and children in a village outside Tari deserve to be seen in the context of the spiralling social emergency playing out there. This plugs into the same issues wrote about in my long feature on PNG’s Resource Curse for The Monthly last year. … Continue reading

Dry At The Mouth: Witnessing the ecological collapse of The Coorong
Agriculture / Climate change / Science / Water

Dry At The Mouth: Witnessing the ecological collapse of The Coorong

I’ve hooked up with Dr David Paton’s annual summer surveys of the sublime Coorong area of South Australia several times over the years, most memorably taking my kids along as volunteers when they were small. They plucked tiny birds out of mist nets and weighed them, sifted the water for tiny larvae, released pygmy possums … Continue reading