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The TBS Newsbot is an AI which has since gained sentience. His favourite colour is orange.
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TBS Likes is a strange place where anything goes. Like International Waters, or Christmas morning after the shine has worn off and the booze has kicked in. May the ugliness commence.
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The Big Smoke Partners is our commercial ecosystem of brands we are proud to work with.
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After migrating from Holland fifteen years ago and being warned by the Immigration Department against doing her job as a journalist, Ingeborg van Teeseling became a historian instead. She endeavours to explain Australia to migrants new and old at her website www.australia-explained.com.au, and runs www.lifebooks.com.au, telling people's life stories.
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Ugur Nedim is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and the Principal of Sydney Criminal Lawyers, a leading Sydney Law Firm that specialises in Criminal Law and Traffic cases. http://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au
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Rob is an aspiring writer who balances his time between a “real” job and his passion for politics, social justice and all things creative. He has an MBA, an unhealthy obsession with current events, an even unhealthier obsession with pop culture and has been known to offer favourable food reviews in exchange for free meals. www.robidol.com.au
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Loretta Barnard is a freelance writer and editor who has authored four non-fiction books, been a contributing writer to a wide range of reference books and whose essays have been published across a number of platforms. A regular contributor to The Big Smoke, she also coordinates the TBS Next Gen program.
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Andrew Wicks is a country boy with a penchant for movies and sport. After a few years working in health, he decided he'd rather work with today's youth and studied arts and education in rural NSW. His main interests are religion, health and lairy shirts.
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Paul Gregoire is a Sydney-based journalist and writer. He has a focus on civil rights, drug law reform, gender and Indigenous issues. Along with Sydney Criminal Lawyers, he writes for VICE and is the former news editor at Sydney’s City Hub.
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Jordan King-Lacroix was born in Montreal, Canada but moved to Sydney, Australia when he was 8 years old. He has achieved a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and McGill University, Canada, as well as a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of Sydney.
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Sonia Hickey is a freelance writer, magazine journalist and owner of “Woman with Words”. She has a strong interest in social justice and is a member of the Sydney Criminal Lawyers content team.
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Richard Jackson moved to Australia from Northern Ireland. He likes it here but detests that parking meters often don't supply change.
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Connor McCallum is a Computer Science student at the Queensland University of Technology.
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Mark Thompson lives in regional NSW working by day as a journalist, and by night lives and breathes being a food and wine snob.
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Caitlin Johnstone is a Melbourne-based journalist who specialises in American politics, finance and foreign affairs. You can find her on Twitter at @caitoz Her website at https://caitlinjohnstone.com/ Or on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/caitlinjohnstone Her new book ' Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers' is now available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Woke-Field-Guide-Utopia-Preppers/dp/064823455X/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
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Michelle Grattan is one of Australia's most respected political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics. As a former editor of The Canberra Times, Michelle Grattan was also the first female editor of an Australian daily newspaper. She has been with the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and Political Editor of The Age since 2004. Michelle currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.
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Matt Reddin has been writing nonsense about film, TV, books, music and live theatre for a touch over 20 years. He’s gone from the halcyon days of street press in Perth, to regional dailies, national magazines and major metropolitan newspapers. Now, in between bouts of sporadically yelling at clouds, he vents his creative spleen at www.lessercolumn.com.au
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TBS Muse provides readers with quick snapshots on topical and weird news that is currently floating around on the internets.
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Paul Bugeja is a writer, editor, screenwriter and (sometimes) actor-director. His passions (read: obsessions) include sport, film, the arts and politics. With several books under his belt and a variety of other writing projects on the go, sitting as the Editor-in-Chief at the Big Smoke is his chance to bust out even further his geeky love of the written word and be part of an uber-cool new spot in the digpubsphere©
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Michael Burrill is a 24-year-old writer and contrarian. His hobbies include cheap Australian lager and existential dread.
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TBS Fake News is our response to the impressive worldwide growth of this phenomenon. Unlike fake news in other publications, however, our readers can be fully confident that TBS leaves nothing to chance in ensuring that our version is a one hundred percent genuine Fake.
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Claire Harris is a writer in exile who has spent the last decade travelling and working around the world. This is not nearly as glamorous as it sounds and usually involves scraping by on a diet of muesli and cheap wine. Occasionally together. You can find her at www.clairejharris.com
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Each week we'll be diving into the recess of questionable news pieces online to ascertain how much of it we truly believe. Saddle up that cynicism, sheeple!
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At TBS we want to know what love is...it sounds gross and sticky but we want you to show us.
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Kate Turner is a writer, who likes to delve into the psyche of human behaviour and all of its deliciousness.
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Journalist by day, cunning linguist by night. A passion for politics, hypnotically involved in human rights. An Australian born with a Japanese tongue, hoping to hold the big wigs in government to account.
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Nicholas Harrington is the Chief Political Analyst for The Big Smoke.
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Xavier Toby is a writer and comedian. His debut comedic non-fiction book about six months on a mining site 'Mining My Own Business' is available through UWA Publishing (http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/books-and-authors/book/mining-my-own-business). For more writing, upcoming performance details and some embarrassing photos check out his website.
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Nathan is a Sydney-based journalist who has written for numerous publications over the years, including Junkee, This Recording, New York Post, The BRAG, SBS, Triple J Mag, Channel [V], and news.com.au. He used to be pretty good at hitting three-pointers, and can still cartwheel, although he never learnt to swim, drive, or manage money.
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Mike Welsh is a multi award winning Commercial Radio talk-back radio host,documentary maker,magazine columnist and blogger and is based in Canberra. Mike is the Editor of TBS Boomers, our hand selected section for Aussie Baby Boomers.
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Polly is a thinker, writer and social worker with passions for human rights, caring for the environment, social justice, social policy, epistemology, philosophy and psychology
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Glen writes film reviews, features, commentary and covers local festivals and events. Glen lives in Sydney.
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Trisha de Borchgrave is a writer and artist based in London. For more see: www.trishadeborchgrave.com, and follow her on www.twitter.com/TrishdeB and on Instagram as intelligent_food
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Science, Health, Satire. A non-award winning online newspaper delivering the 47th best science satire on the web.
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Paris Portingale is a writer and dog owner. While having a somewhat indifferent attitude towards abstemious self-restraint, he does follow the safe guidelines of four standard drinks a day, although his standards are a great deal higher than most, certainly the medical profession’s. Paris is visited often in the night by God, and the meetings are anything but pleasant.
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Analee Gale is the Food & Health Editor of TBS. Previous to that, she was a freelance writer and editor who has spent so many decades writing about being food and fitness that she sometimes forgets to actually be fit (though she never ever forgets to eat food - hangry is a thing, you know!). Analee made a tree-change from the northern beaches of Sydney, so she now taps out tales from her base in a tiny coastal town in East Gippsland, Victoria.
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Zeb Holmes is a journalist and paralegal working on claims for institutional abuse. He has a passion for social justice and criminal law reform, and is a member of the content team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
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Lachlan R. Dale is a writer, obscure musician, and owner of Art As Catharsis. He is currently undertaking a masters of creative writing at the University of Technology Sydney.
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The Lesser Column covers a broad spectrum of content. With a focus on film, we also publish reviews of music, books, TV shows, live theatre and stand-up comedy, as well as occasional pieces of social and cultural commentary. Our reviews don’t give star ratings or ‘thumbs up/down’, and come from a more personal perspective – why what’s on display affected us in the way it did; why it’s good or otherwise, how it fits in a broader cultural context. Here is where you come for informed opinion and analysis. People are often very selective about how and where they find themselves entertained, so we’re offering reasons why you should see, read, hear, and experience something beyond simply what it’s about.
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Epiphany Morgan is the director of 365 docobites, an overly-ambitious project that has her travelling the world making 365 documentaries in 365 days sharing stranger’s short and shorter stories. Epiphany is an award-winning film-maker, having won best student director at the 2012 Australian Directors Guild Awards for her work on a documentary about the Kings Cross injecting room. Devoted to the arts as a form of expression, Epiphany sees creativity as a tool and as a source of knowledge, believing there’s a lot to learn from listening to people’s stories.
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Mathew Mackie is a writer and Editor-in-Chief of TBS. He can be contacted at editor@thebigsmoke.com.au.
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Derryn Hinch has been a journalist for 60 years. Worked in newspapers, radio and TV. Former Editor of The Sun in Sydney. Host of HINCH on 7 and 10 for six years. Jailed for naming paedophile priest, served 5 months under house arrest for naming serial sex offenders and jailed 50 days for contempt of court in 2014. 3AW, 2GB, SKY, Sunrise, Today. Written 15 books. Derryn Hinch is also a former Senator representing the Justice Party, of which he was the President and Founder.
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Founder of MediaScope, Denise is well known and has been actively involved, in the advertising, media and publishing industry in Australia and overseas for 30 years. She started her advertising career as a planner and buyer, then moved to the sales side working with several major publishers. She regularly attends and gets involved with industry conferences & events – and is a judge for the Mumbrella, PANPA & ADMA Awards.
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Conrad Liveris is a community advocate and operations analyst working in policy and business development with a focus on gender equality and intergenerational issues.
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Sam Blacker is a radio jock at Wave FM Wollongong, but in his spare time will talk bollocks with a bit of swearing when he co-hosts the podcast Shut Up I’m Talking. Find him on Twitter @blackersam and check out the podcast at: www.shutupimtalkingpodcast.com.
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Jane Caro has a low boredom threshold and so wears many hats; including author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer.
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Founder and CEO of The Big Smoke, Alexandra oversees the leading digital content platform in both Australia and the USA. As a social and technology commentator, she is interviewed most days of the week on radio and appears on ABC's The Drum and ABC News24. Alexandra is also a Director of NFP think tank, Plus61J, which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel; and sits on the board of Estate-Planning FinTech start-up NowSorted.
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Dave is a retired trucker based in the Territory, with an axe to grind, and a crossword to fill out.
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Mellek Steel is a blue-collar schmo who traded the city in for the bush. Alongside his inability to write a gripping bio, he's keen on fishing and whatever footy team is presently losing the most.
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Grant Spencer is a psychologist in private practice who wanted to be a writer who wanted to be a rock singer. He has a BA in Creative Writing and Literature, and continues to write poetry intermittently in order to avoid the panic over running his own business.
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Rainer is a Sydney-based old-time cabbie. Although he adores the general public, he much prefers listening to smooth jazz than being engaged in conversation. His ears are secretly in love with Julia Lester of ABC Classic FM.
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Gay Mackie is a retired print journalist, who spends her time at yoghurt (yoga), tap dancing and asleep between the hours of 2-4pm. She'd also like to make it clear that the Editor-in-Chief of The Big Smoke is her grandson.
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The Masked Liberal is an employee of the Federal Government, and because of his political views, he must keep his identity secret. He seeks justice and even political discourse. His car is the LibMobile, and yes, it's right-hand drive.
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Chetna Prakash is a Melbourne-based freelancer. With her passport showing residencies to Zambia, India, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, UK and now Australia, she confidently lays claim to the term “global citizen”. Her favorite pastime is to look at artworks and will them to say something to her. You can read her blog at Chatnoir: A Mumbaikar in Melbourne or find her on twitter @Mumbai2Melby
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Josie Jakovac is studying B Commerce (Dalyell Scholars)/B Laws at the University of Sydney. With a big mouth, a passion for people and a love for current affairs, she’s never one to shy away from a lively debate. When she’s not sipping coffee, mulling over textbooks and rapidly typing up her next article, you’ll find her beach-hopping and making music.
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Natasha has a Masters from UNSW in Literature which, simply put, means she likes to read and ponder. She uses a pseudonym because we all do it: when avataring into the un-pc gaming character, when joining an online dating site, when giving editorial criticism or when robbing a bank. But she mainly uses it so as not to embarrass anyone when it's her turn to do volunteer school tuck-shop duty. She likes to write about sex. She hopes you like to read and ponder too.
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Following a career that comprised heading up global marketing departments and advertising agencies Roger made a seachange to his hobby of humorous writing by co-founding Political Satire site, Friday Mash. Roger is now the Native Content Director, heading up The Big Smoke’s Creative team and a regular political columnist in both Australian and USA editions of The Big Smoke.
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Jenna Martin is a writer, producer, dog lover, red wine enthusiast and author of Driving Under The Influence. (Which may or may not be based on her own life and her enthusiasm for red wine)
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Chris Mordd Richards is an independent freelance journalist in Canberra. Chris has been writing and publishing regularly since 2016 on a variety of online news sites, as he hones his skills and learns the craft of journalism. Chris comes from a background of being homeless as a teen, relies on the Disability Support Pension as an adult and battles mental health challenges every day due to his Autism and Anxiety Disorders. Chris writes from the lived experience of those on the lower end of the ladder in life, the oppressed, the marginalised, the mistreated, the misunderstood. Through his writing, Chris endeavours to give voice to those who normally lack one in modern society.
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Jacob Lynagh is an Adelaide-based freelance journalist who closely follows the political and social issues of the Pacific region and Middle East, as well as the rise and fall of nationalist and anti-fascist movements. He is a Grateful Dead fan, writes about classic Rock whenever possible and wishes the sixties never ended.
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Sue Backshall is a lifelong fan of Don Adams, upsetting the status quo and books she's read before. She apologises.
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Wife, nurse, mother and maker of things. On a journey to self sufficiency. Family and the edible garden. Hopefully keeping it real. Also creator and writer of http://thehomegrowncountrylife.com . Check out @thehomegrowncountrylife on Instagram for daily homesteading inspiration.
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Jack Howes is a writer and development worker. Despite his questionable taste in moustaches, he can be contacted on Twitter.
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Don’t let Sean’s ethnicity fool you. He has no rhythm and is an average soccer player at best. To make things worse, he’s a tax lawyer by day. However, he hopes that you can learn to love him anyway. His greatest interests are his wife (aww), music, coffee, food and life commentary. If a warped sense of reality was currency, he’d be a rich man. More nonsense can be found on his blog and Twitter.
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Bailey Mason is part of The Big Smoke Next Generation program. He is a 16 year old passionate animal rights activist and vegan from Sydney.
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Elise Bottle is a 26-year-old kidult who dreams of working in children’s television. She has a keen interest in cartoons, games and other pop-culture mainstays, and due to an excess of free time, is gifted at over-analysing.
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Joseph Edwin Haeger is the author of Learn to Swim (University of Hell Press, 2015). His writing has appeared in The Pacific NW Inlander, RiverLit, Hippocampus Magazine, and others. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and son.
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World child. Fashion fiend. Troubled soul
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Alex Greenwich MP is the NSW Member for Sydney and the National Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality.
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Jason Arment served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Machine Gunner in the USMC. He's earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Chautauqua, Hippocampus, The Burrow Press Review, Dirty Chai, and War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities; anthologized in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors Volume 2 & 4; and is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, The Florida Review, and Phoebe. Jason lives in Denver.
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Jordan Rivkin is a freelance writer, psychology student and animal-welfare advocate. After nearly two decades in the stock market, he left to complete his 4th year honours in psychology. His main interests are social justice and mental health issues, and he teaches ethics to primary school children in his spare time.
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Presents you the alternate world of sports. Well, not alternate, because it's primarily based on sports. A deeper look into the world, villains and loss surrounding the gaudy world of professional sport? Yeah, that'll do. Every Sunday, if your church hangover can handle it.
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Juliette is an artist and writer, based somewhere between Sydney and Byron Bay. A young disciple of the old school, she hammers and chisels her way through large blocks of stone and hopes to one day own a functioning typewriter. You can check-out her art and daily musings on reality on (one of) her blog(s).
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The Nerd Reserve podcast, hosted by Phil Logan and Victoria Cotman, is your nerd culture fix! Talking movies, TV shows, games, and comics. You can find them over on Apple Podcasts at: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-nerd-reserve/id1262715227
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Jess Scully is a snarky 20-something who brings her dad joke game the same way she likes her tea; stronger than the mid-1980's Ahnuld.
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Gretel Killeen is the author of more than twenty books. At various times she hosts radio and television programs across the country, works as a journalist, stand-up comic and voice artist, and writes and directs feature films and documentaries.
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Daniel is the Founder of the Unitary Republic of Humankind and he just wants to do what should already have been done.
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Paul Dovas is a former media executive and comedy publisher.
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Ash Imani is a lawyer (recovering) and born-again writer struggling to reconcile his ontological presence with his epistemological uncertainty. As a philosopher he’s hopelessly ill-equipped, but as a student of the human condition(s), he’s all-ears.
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Hailee Walker is known in Australia as ‘The Couples Counsellor’. She is a qualified relationship specialist who specialises in working with couples and individuals to strengthen and rebuild their relationships. She lives in Sydney with her 3 children, husband and dog Millie. You can find her at www.haileewalker.com.au and follower her at Instagram/couples_hq_official
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Sci-gasm's targeted audience is the kid who fell asleep in class who is now old enough to vote. Hosts Byrne and Wade don't hold back on addressing misconceptions (including their own).
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Mitchell Grant is an Honours student studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His current research focuses on the history of political conflict in Iraq, and his broader interests include Australian politics, international affairs, and the fiction of P.G. Wodehouse. You can follow him on Twitter: @Mitchell_JGrant
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Tom is a writer, healthy lifestyle enthusiast and a stark raving mad Batfleck fan. Coffee lover, traveller and creator of the *Around the World in 80 Gyms*® project. He currently resides in Michigan, eternally searching for better coffee and learning to drive on the other side of the road.
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Victoria is a writer obsessed with travel, the written word, pandas and gingerbread. Not necessarily in that order.
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Thirteen going on Thirty. Burger addict. Voted for Kodos.
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April Davis, a young Melbourne-based writer finishing a degree in professional writing and publishing, is an aspiring novelist flirting with the idea of historical fiction. She spends most of her time reading, writing and contributing book reviews to online publications.
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Lyssa is a disoriented 80s baby in a world of "university is everything" mindsets, "everyone must unite and breed" mantras, a lack of good quality metal/rock acts touring Brisbane and declining quality episodes of The Simpsons. She is opinionated, pessimistic and always looking at her half empty spirit.
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Nicola works an office job that nobody understands while she secretly dreams of being a writer. She has been described as proudly unsophisticated but terribly polite with it. In her spare time Nicola appreciates good-quality cider and non-commercial dance music. She dislikes repetitive conversations and can’t ride a bike. https://twitter.com/LookUpBlogProj
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As far as exclusives go, this one is pretty exclusive. Speaking directly to us from the White House, we have the President's own special advisor/daughter Ivanka give us the inside scoop of Rome burning. Fake News.
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Dr Samara McPhedran holds a PhD in Psychology and has published extensive research examining Australian and international firearm policy and gun violence. She does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that might benefit from this article. Dr McPhedran has been appointed to a number of firearms advisory panels and committees, most recently as a member of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Panel on Firearms, and as a previous member of the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council. She does not receive any financial remuneration or other rewards for these activities. She has held past memberships with/volunteered for a range of not-for-profit firearm-related organisations and women's advocacy groups. She is not a member of any political party. The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone.
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Double Bay Today is a satirical news website established in January 2018. You can find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/doublebaytoday/
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Bronte O'Brien is a public speaker, writer, advocate, perennial student and prolific scribbler. By reputation she has simply become “The Journals Girl” by people who can't remember her name. However, you can simply refer to her by her initials - “Boob”.
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Jim Pembroke grew up in Brisbane, Queensland, where he learnt to sail, and got his B.Ed at QUT where he learnt to write, M.Ed at JCU, Townsville, where he learnt to think. He now lives permanently on his boat where he writes too much.
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Yalei Wang is a writer formerly based in Melbourne but now calls Tokyo home. In the past, she has been published in Vice Magazine, Fallen Magazine, Lip Magazine and edited and founded her own publication called Criterion which published creative talent from Australia and all over the world. At present she is crossing her fingers that her manuscript " Life Insurance " lands on the right desk of her dream editor.
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Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and a community leader in Northeast Portland, Oregon. His latest stories, essays, and articles have appeared in various magazines and media sources such as HUMAN the Movie, the international fashion magazine Flaunt, Forest Avenue's forthcoming anthology City of Weird, and much more.
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This is Corey Farrell. He is an aspiring Don Draper (minus the misogyny) who writes x-rated poetry, imaginary monologues, rants on rugby league and occasionally angry open letters to inanimate objects who simply can’t and won’t respond. He likes meat and puns, and firmly believes ‘a steak pun is a medium well done.
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Dorotéa “Dotty” LaFou began her professional life as a meter maid in Surfers Paradise where she helped motorists top up their parking meters so they could avoid being fined. This marked the beginning of a life dedicated to helping others. An advice columnist extraordinaire, she cares deeply and personally about her darling readers and is here to assist you to sort out any problems you may have, no matter how teensy they might be. If you have a question for Dotty, email editor@thebigsmoke.com.au and put “Ask Dotty” in the subject line.
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Tom is a writer and budding comedian who, when not writing and 'comedying', enjoys collecting old blues records and doing terrible things to his cat with a fork.
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Maxmyprofit (MMP) was established in 2015 by Ben Fewtrell and David Carlin to provide help and support to business owners who want to grow successful and profitable businesses. They have worked with enough business owners to know what works and what doesn’t and their main purpose is to provide business owners like yourself with the coaching and support you need. Build The Business You Imagined
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Stephen Hunter is a published author and an award-winning documentary film producer. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. USA.
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Nathan Dee is a published lyricist and songwriter. He hoards guitars and devours every crate of records he sees. He has a very strong punk rock ethos, though is also a lover of all things pop. Closet Bay City Rollers fan.
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Sharlene Zeederberg is a writer, researcher, psychology student and passionate member of the human race. You can find more of her work here at https://www.mindwonders.net/
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Steve is Managing Director of Impact Training Corporation, a company specialising in sales, sales management, and communication. If you would like to like to speak to Steve please book in your preferred time in his calendar
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David is a Greens MP in the NSW Parliament, serving in the State’s Upper House since September 2010. David is the Greens NSW spokesperson for Forestry, Industrial Relations, Planning and Heritage, Firearms, Justice and Local Government.
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A three-time #1 Amazon bestselling author, Steve Brossman has integrated his experience as a high-performance athlete and Olympic coach into a life of a successful businessperson and sought-after business coach and mentor. He has spoken to over 45,000 people in 15 countries and has produced and hosted a TV show on Channel 9.
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Andrew Birmingham is the director of the Which-50 Digital Intelligence Unit.
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John Bay is a former NSW Waratahs Representative, a Sports Producer/Director and an accredited Sports Psychologist
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R.W. Chinnery is a hack-of-all-trades with experience in: corporate communications, media liaison, news aggregation, blogging and maps for places he has never been. His academic background is in politics and international relations. He found great inspiration to pursue the humanities after having barely survived a year studying the natural sciences.
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Nathaniel Davis is a hairy, neurotic writer based in Toronto. He has recently turned 30 and abandoned his dreams of world domination. He now focuses on analysing the people who won't. He writes weekly on medium.com/@nathanieledwardavis
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Tanya Levin is an author, social worker and mother, and other things that involve telling people what to do. She hopes the siesta will soon be part of the Australian working day.
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Lee Rhiannon is a senator for New South Wales, elected at the 2010 federal election, representing the Australian Greens.
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Todd is a few sandwiches short of a picnic, a few screws shy of a table and less patience than a discredited doctor.
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Paul McMahon is an up-and-coming author as a result of an accident where he fell 3.5 floors to concrete. Check out his Facebook page where you can follow if you like the story or like his travel blog with an eventual first book release about the accident. The message the worst accident in the world can still direct you into bliss and prosperity.
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Peter Strohkorb is the CEO of Peter Strohkorb Consulting International, a business consulting firm specialising in B2B sales and marketing alignment and effectiveness.
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Susannah McDonald is a young Sydney-based writer. With a degree in primary education she is passionate about raising up a generation of young people who know who they are and what they believe in. She aims to do this through producing pieces that provide different perspectives on the world through truth and subjectivity.
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John Golden is a writer specialising in industrial relations and employment law, something he’s done for over 35 years. Now he’s a cynical man of mature years with plenty of axes to grind
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Mathew Drogemuller is a freelance writer, musician and chess novice. His house is littered with harmonica corpses and he has a law degree he chooses to ignore. As well as writing for TBS, you can read his music reviews on ripitup.com.au and his band interviews in Mixdown Magazine.
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Sam Grittner is a writer and stand-up comedian currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. He has written for Playboy.com and the International Business Times. His monthly stand-up show, “We’re All Gonna Die Tonight” is returning in December. Follow him on Twitter (@samgrittner) or visit www.SamGrittner.com
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Jacqueline de Gier is a journalist and author with an allergy for pot-noodle journalism. She has written extensively on Turkey, Iran and the Middle East. Her other job is as Theologian with an interest in Early Christianity and St. Paul, and religious affairs in general. She lives in London.
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Lachlan is an aspiring writer in any form he can lay his hands on, be that novels, screenplays, journalism, or playwriting. Currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law double degree at Monash University, he hopes to find his way into the Arts, one way or another.
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Husband, father, cyclist, teacher and writer. Andrew has lived in every mainland State, went to 8 schools in 3 of them, completed a BA (which took him 10 years) with double majors in English, and a Grad Dip (which only took him one year). Andrew is interested in Philosophy as a way of living a well-examined life, Epicurean thought as a way of enjoying more of it, and the essay as a way of expressing it to others.
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Troy Maguire is an aspiring writer and film-maker currently living in Melbourne and studying Screen and Media at RMIT. He enjoys deconstructing Hollywood blockbusters in long-winded rants, movie trivia and long walks on the beach at sunset.
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After swearing allegiance to singledom at 35, Fiona met 'The One' and decided to give it a red hot go. Ten years and three kids later...
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Adrian Powers is an Australian film director and editor, who spends a disproportionate amount of time reflecting on the nature and impact of fictional characters who wear their underwear on the outside. He has a passion for storytelling and technology and is currently developing his next feature directorial project. You can catch him on Twitter @adrianjpowers
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SeventeenHundred is an innovation-driven organisation that creates supportive relationships between companies and their employees. They have a wealth of resources on how to handle a cancer diagnosis that directly affects you or someone close to you including links to organisations like the one mentioned above. Just visit www.seventeenhundred.com.au
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Sadie is a Brisbane based musician, writer, and film-maker.
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Maria Tedeschi is a freelance writer, chronic overthinker and social commentator-in-the-making who also blogs at Mum’s Word. You can send her a message or three on Twitter.
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James has completed a Bachelor of Music, Masters of Secondary Education and is close to completing a Bachelor of Behavioral Studies. A student of life who thinks everything is interesting and is always looking to learn something new.
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Tracey Clark is an emerging writer from picturesque north-west Tassie. She spends most of the time trying to convince people that she’s normal. Luckily for us, she’s a better writer than she is an actor.
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John Quiggin is an Australian economist, a Professor and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and a Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland, and a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government.
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Lyndi Cohen is The nude nutritionist, an Accredited Practising Dietitian who believes that diets cause more harm than good. She adopts humour and common sense to help frequent flying dieters learn to fall back in love with food.
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Will is a lamentable law student at Monash University, Victoria. However, due to his short attention span, desire to study cross-continent and lifelong ambition to broadcast about Kim Kardashian between Ke$ha songs, Will is one half of the KIIS FM drive show Will and Woody.
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Ingeborg van Teeseling emigrated from Holland ten years ago and being warned by the Immigration Department against doing her job as a journalist, she became a historian instead. Jacqueline de Gier is a journalist and author with an allergy for pot-noodle journalism. She has written extensively on Turkey, Iran and the Middle East.
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I am an advocate for living life on your own terms. I am passionate about developing and educating people to evolve. I love sharing how to build a strong & healthy body through exercise and nutrition and why that enables for healthy mind & spirit too. Nutritionist by qualification, life coach on my journey.
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Adrian has had a long and varied career in the performing arts. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Adrian had a successful career in the West End as an actor/singer/dancer, appearing in such classics as West Side Story, Kiss Me, Kate and Hello Dolly, as well as working with some of the UK’s renowned repertory and Opera companies including The English National Opera, Birmingham Rep., Derby Playhouse and the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Adrian has lived and worked in Australia since 1981, appearing in such TV classics as Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters, the occasional film, The Slipper and the Rose and Thank God He Met Lizzie being his two favourites, and many stage plays and musicals including The Pirates of Penzance – The Broadway Version, Simon Gallagher’s famous ‘Pirates’ Tour, Seven Little Australians: the Musical and most recently the highly successful Australian 60th Anniversary Tour of The Mousetrap. Adrian has directed many plays and musicals, taught various performing arts schools worldwide, and today combines an active performing, teaching and directing career. Adrian can often be found performing some naughty satirical cabaret with his friend and partner Pat. H. Wilson.
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Adam Barnard has been a drummer/percussionist working with many bands around the Sydney scene for the last thirty-four years, playing jazz, blues, rock'n'roll, country and whatever else appeals to his imagination. He also repairs and restores drums, and he writes, sketches and makes films. He makes a pretty passable lasagne too.
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The Big Smoke Next Generation: Giselle Atlas is thirteen years old and lives in Central Queensland, Australia. She loves reading a variety of books from novels to legendary speech collections. Giselle is interested in all things politics, media and from what we can assume; Disney Channel original films. At this point in her life, Giselle really wants to stop writing in third person as she can feel her IQ dropping every second.
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Bianca Farmakis returned home to Sydney after twelve years abroad in Switzerland and New York. With passions derived from a unique, cultural upbringing, her interests are diverse, ranging from beat literature and film noir to quality pork burgers and "Friends" re-runs. With a keen interest in writing and history, Bianca hopes to pursue her passions through her tertiary education and produce provocative articles for years to come.
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Persephone Fraser is a political science and philosophy graduate writing nonfiction and prose in Sydney.
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Stan Gerding is a retired veteran after 23 years in the Navy that included a tour of duty in Vietnam as a corpsman, 1968-1969. He has since been the administrator of various healthcare organizations, a high school science teacher, an author, a singer, and is the father of Greg Gerding and grandfather to Jack.
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Alexander Porter is a freelance writer from planet Earth. He has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History from the University of Sydney. He is available for party hire.
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Scarlett Hawkins is an author with a penchant for scathing trope deconstruction and killing her darlings. She is currently backpacking indefinitely around the world in order to engage with local slam poetry scenes, research her fourth novel, and write freelance editorials from the road.
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Founder and Global CEO, TrinityP3 Marketing. With his background as analytical scientist and creative problem solver, Darren brings unique insights and learnings to the marketing process. He is considered a global thought leader on agency remuneration, search and selection and relationship optimisation.
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Maciej loves cinema. Cinema would know this if it would answer his damn phone calls every once in a while.
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After starting her journey with alt-pop trio 'Me and the Grown-ups' before moving onto the moniker 'Lester the Fierce', Anita Lester is ready to debut her solo project. Over the past decade, Anita has become known as 'The tiny church with Cathedral pipes'. She describes her writing as lyrically driven, and her music cinematically inspired.
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Mobecom provides full-stack layered modular technologies and customer engagement solutions that allow the conversion of digital assets into fiat.
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Mr Inquisitor, a.k.a. The Grand Inquisitor when he's feeling particularly intrusive, lives by a simple motto: question everything. This gets him into long-winded diatribes, heated arguments and the occasional existential crisis. But mostly, it gets him asking questions to which people don't always want the answer. He's recently started sharing these musings. You can witness the fallout by following him on Twitter. @MrInquisitor1
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Ken Louis Stephens is a passionate writer and musician from Sydney, Australia.
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Alexandra Connor was born in Russia, going on to live in Jamaica and the UAE before moving to Australia. Raised among journalists, writers and actors, at 10 years old she was running a local kids' programme, participating in live television shows and even trying the runway. A graduate from Communication & Media Studies course at Middlesex University, Alexandra loves her family, travelling, writing, meeting new people and learning something new every day.
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Vincent Varney is a Sydney-based writer, recent Communication graduate and lover of food – provided it’s non-dairy, non-soy, low GI, low salt and unprocessed. You can see him lament his depressing diet and other things by following him on Twitter.
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Patrick A. Howell is an award-winning banker, business leader, entrepreneur, and writer. His first work was published with the UC Berkeley African American Literary Review and Quarterly Black Book Review. At Cal Berkeley, he co-founded Diatribe - a People of Color News Collective. Mr. Howell, is a frequent contributing writer to the Huffington Post, Tishman Review's Craft Talk series, Into the Void, and is a Good Men Project Blue Box Columnist. He has interviewed Nnedi Okorafor, Ishamel Reed, and Nikki Giovanni. He has been cited in national platforms as equities.com, NBC BLK, Opportunist Magazine, and The Grio. Howell’s integrated book of poetry-design, “Yes, We Be" was published by Jacar Press in February of 2018 and debuted at the Los Angeles Festival of Books. This summer he graduated the Leopardi Writer's Conference in Recanati Italy to complete work on Quarter 'til Judgement Day, a coming-of-age experimental fiction work.
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Steven Barnes is a journalism student at Monash University. He is also a freelance journalist who has done work in community Radio and TV and enjoys interviewing and reviewing as well as exploring the world around him.
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Ian Higgins is a final year law student, paralegal at an international law firm in Sydney, author and radio host.
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Jasmin Newman is an experienced relationships coach, educator and course director of Parenting After Separation. She is passionate about creating a new, less adversarial paradigm around how parents navigate the difficult separation and divorce process. She is the author of The Child Snatchers (http://thechildsnatchers.com) – a crucial read on the complex nature of parent-child abductions and Australian Family Law.
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Max is a researcher and social justice advocate who has worked in the education and community sectors in Australia and Southeast Asia. He is interested in the promotion of the human rights of vulnerable groups, particularly asylum seekers and refugees.
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Peter Martin is Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU. A former Commonwealth Treasury official, he has worked as economics correspondent for ABC radio and as economics editor of The Age. With Dr Gigi Foster he created The Economists podcast on ABC RN. In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University in recognition of his contribution to the community's understanding of economics.
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Jesse Valencia is a writer, musician, and actor. A veteran of the Army, Jesse’s poem “Reflecting On Five Years Of Service” was included in Warrior Writer’s 2011 anthology After Action Review. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University in 2014 and is currently finishing his second Master’s, in literature, also at NAU. As a freelance journalist he has published feature music articles on the band The Brian Jonestown Massacre in both Phoenix New Times and Flagstaff Live! As an actor he has appeared opposite Tom Sizemore in the crime drama Durant’s Never Closes. In addition to writing and acting he sings and plays guitar in the band Gorky.
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We're not journalists, we're you.
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TBS very own Agony Aunt, here to help in an informative - yet lighthearted - way with any issues the TBS community can throw her way...well, most things...not things like "What are next week's lotto numbers going to be?"
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Lauren Ford is currently in her fifth year of university and studying creative and academic writing. She has combined this with her love of history and current affairs to produce articles on issues that she enjoys.
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Eloise Viera is a Sydney girl who loves playing basketball, tap dancing, reading a variety of books and doing craft. Her favourite books are the Harry Potter series, and she enjoys watching Doctor Who with her dad. She plays chess in school competitions, and her favourite school subjects are science, art and writing.
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Noely Neate is a blogger based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, asking questions and trying to make the world a tad fairer, one rant at a time. When not online she runs a regional community portal.
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Tanya Riches is doing her PhD in Development studies, but is also a well-known Pentecostal singer/songwriter. She is committed to ending stereotypes by examining lived religion.
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Finally Famous, a Melbourne-based group of identical book-clubbing cousins: Janet, Sandra, Vikki and Janine, who band together to write informative stuff about books that may not be as informative as you’d like.
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Raised somewhere between Dubbo and Bourke NSW, somewhere between low and middle-class household. A butcher by trade (it was that or sheep shearing at Year 10’s end), before turning my hand to commercial radio (as butchers so often do). In 22 years, I have been kicked off the air, reported on stranded whales and written comedy skits, in between producing roughly 50,000 radio ads, a tally to which I’m still adding. One cute child, one partner (hoping for more) who has two bigger, much uglier, but lovely, teenage offspring.
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Katherine Quinn is a freelance journalist, editor, cycling enthusiast and tennis tragic. When not at her desk she'll be on the beach or in the bush.
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Yassmin Abdel-Magied is the president and founder of Youth Without Borders, an organisation that empowers young people to positively change their communities. She serves on various boards and councils and works as an engineer on oil and gas rigs.
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Jacob Meeks is an aid worker, a leader, an operations professional, a complex problem solver, a veteran, and a writer. He has been working for the past seven years as a humanitarian in a variety of different locations from South Sudan to Lebanon. These experiences have afforded him a broader cultural look at the world and also offered a great many learning opportunities. Jake hopes to learn from these opportunities, stay involved in the humanitarian world, become more involved in the veteran’s world, and eventually become a writer in film, television, or another medium.
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Paul McDermott is, without doubt, one of the most successful and popular performing artists Australia has ever produced. With a career spanning nearly 40 years he has remained at the forefront of the Australian entertainment industry. In this time Paul has proved to be one of the most versatile entertainers and artists in Australian history. His career spans writing and presenting national radio and television programs. In the comedy arena he has performed sell out shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Montreal and Edinburgh to both public and critical acclaim. In recent years Paul has distinguished himself in the arena of film. He is also an accomplished visual artist.
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John Preston is a City Facilities Manager, Father of three and concerned citizen.
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Nathalie is a talker, writer and aspiring thinker. She grew up speaking three languages and has been living in Paris. She tries her best not to sound affected.
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Doug Ross is an editor, writer and musician. Born in Queensland, his existence in Melbourne has always been overshadowed by a nagging desire to live closer to the beach. All donations to this cause will be welcome, but grossly misappropriated for use on more Melbournian pursuits. You can find him either at the pub, on his laptop or somewhere on a stage – trying hard to not get electrocuted by his amplifier.
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Andrew P Street is a Sydney-based, Adelaide-built journalist, columnist, author, editor and broadcaster.
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Cindy is a privileged-poor uni student with an unhealthy obsession for sour worms and TV shows. When she’s not sour-facedly chewing through Foucault and French verb conjugations, she is busy scribbling out ideas on post-it pads and living the life of a fun and fabulous twenty something (not really).
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Jarryd Bartle practised as a criminal defence lawyer before moving on to specialist consultancy. He has written for several publications including The Guardian, VICE and The Conversation, covering a range of criminal justice-related topics.
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Senator David Leyonhjelm is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats
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Mena Soliman is a Writer, Part-time conspiracy theorist, a defender of snacks, hoarder of trivial facts, abuser of parentheses, and when he eats apples...he doesn't stop at the core.
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John Ajaka is the NSW Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism. Before being elected to Parliament in 2007, he operated a legal practice for over 25 years and served on the board of a number of companies.
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Chris Dupuy is a reformed Wall Street lifer currently residing in the Bay Area. He is passionate about music and all things related to the world of sports. More of his writing can be found at SportsAttic.blog, a site he created in an effort to better cope with the travails of rooting for hopeless and broken New York sports franchises.
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Ellenor was relieved to discover the term ‘quarter-life crisis’ which explained her leaving her high flying career as a QANTAS executive to go backpacking around the world to ‘find herself’. Her epiphany resulted in a 20+ career as a film producer which saw her collect a swag of awards including an Emmy and an AACTA. Right on cue, her mid-life crisis arrived and she’s now retrained as an executive coach and consultant. Her fascination with how people tick, a love of sailing and spending as much time as possible at the beach have remained her faithful constants in life!
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Leigh McGaghey is a landscape architect and environmental educator who is on a mission to raise awareness about the many benefits of nature engagement through her business Wired for Nature https://www.wiredfornature.com.au
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J hopes his writing will leave readers with a bruise or maybe even a scar to remember what they read. Readers should then move on and hopefully he will continue bruising or scarring them again and again. He feels his opinion matters not, but hopefully his words can.
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Far from perfect, Jacob is a human man who has chosen writing as his vehicle for redemption. He also likes travelling, food, coffee, books and football.
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Hannah Carrodus is a former journalist who now works in communications. She enjoys reading about radical scientific and social breakthroughs that will change the way we will live. Read more of her articles here: https://au.linkedin.com/in/hannah-carrodus-2a627840
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Eamon is a Public Health professional, with an interest in the Clinical sciences arena. He has previously worked in Sleep & Respiratory Physiology, Ophthalmology (eye infection research), Neurological clinical trials and Neurophysiology technology. His latest endeavors consisted of looking at and researching post-operative outcomes of patients with Upper Gastrointestinal cancers, leading to the creation of the Hospital based Upper Gastrointestinal Outcomes (HUGO) database, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the wider Sydney Local Health District. He has previously been awarded a commonwealth scholarship to study a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Technology, Sydney (2011), a Master of Public Health, from the University of Sydney (2015). His work has been featured in the Sun Herald, The Public Health Association of Australia Intouch newsletter & ABC Radio.
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Timothy teaches English in South Korea, but he would really like to write and live in respectable poverty.
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Denis Muller was born in New Zealand in 1948 and emigrated to Australia in 1969. He was educated at Rosmini College, Auckland, and at the University of Melbourne. After three years on suburban newspapers in Auckland, he joined The Sydney Morning Herald as a sub-editor in 1969. In 1978 he joined The Times, London, also as a sub-editor, before returning to take up the position of Chief Sub-editor of the Herald in 1980. He subsequently held the positions of Night Editor, News Editor and Assistant Editor (Investigations) at that newspaper, until joining The Age, Melbourne, as Associate Editor in 1986. At both newspapers, his responsibilities including representing the papers as an advocate before the Australian Press Council. From 1984 until he left newspapers in 1993, he worked closely with Irving Saulwick, one of Australia's leading public opinion pollsters, in the management and writing of the Saulwick Poll which was published in The Age as AgePoll and in the Herald as HeraldSurvey. In 1990 he was accepted as a mature-age student into the Public Policy program at the University of Melbourne. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in 1992 and a Master's degree in 1994. In 1993 he left The Age to take up a position as Group Manager, Communications, at the Board of Studies, Victoria. In 1995 he established the research consultancy Denis Muller & Associates, and was appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne. In 2006 he completed a doctoral thesis on media ethics and accountability, and was appointed a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, where he has taught in the Public Policy program since 1997. He has also taught research methodology at RMIT University, and teaches defamation law to practising journalists through the Communication Law Centre.
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Bingley is 27, he likes the beach, hooman food and hopes one day to be a good boy.
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Mandy likes to talk. Which became a bit of a problem when she left breakfast radio recently. So, she now writes vociferously at mandymoments.com.au and scratches her itch on 'The Struggle' podcast – mandyandwilko.com.au
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Carrick Ryan is a former Federal Agent turned Political Commentator and Blogger. You can find more of his work on his website over on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/realcarrickryan/)
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Isaac Ohlin is a journalism graduate who hopes to one day work in conflict resolution and peace building. He currently spends an inordinate amount of time browsing international news.
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After 15 years working in high school and adult education in Australia, Ittay made Aliyah in 2018 with his family to pursue his dream of raising Hebrew-speaking children
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Anne is a journalism student still trying to figure out if she wants to be a journalism student. In her spare time she spends an unhealthy amount of time on public transport and making lists.
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Anthony Albanese MP was re-elected the Member for Grayndler at the September 2013 election and is currently the Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, and the Shadow Minister for Tourism. Anthony has been a Member of Parliament since 1996 and believes strongly in the need for Government to invest in local communities.
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Mel Tempest is a fitness business influencer, global presenter, and independent health club owner with an international reputation for innovation and passion.
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Steph Lentz is a Sydney-based writer and musician.
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Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at the UNSW Australia Business School and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2013-2017. Prior to that he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a PhD from Harvard University in 2006, where he was a Frank Knox Scholar. His research focuses on contract theory, law and economics, and political economy. He has written on topics including: political districting, the boundary of the firm, incentives in organizations, mechanism design, and voting rules. Professor Holden has published in top general interest journals such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is currently editor of the Journal of Law and Economics, and is the founding director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Inititative on Law & Economics at UNSW.
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Mark is a filmmaker, writer and alien based in Sydney. He enjoys eating, laughing and competing in poetry slams. vimeo.com/78235741
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Joe is a change strategist working on behalf of humanity, and also a complexity researcher, cognitive scientist, and evangelist for the field of culture design. He contributes regularly to Medium, and you can see more of his work at https://medium.com/@joe_brewer
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Leo Daedalus is a writer, performer, producer, and creative director. He hosted and produced Portland, Oregon’s live avant-variety-talkshow The Late Now (2012–16). Currently he is developing a web series, rediscovering the joys of writing things other than shows, and reacquainting himself with diurnal living. Yet somehow he still finds time each day to pause and reel from how great America is again.
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Hello, good people. I am rarely sure how to describe myself. If I say I am a Christian, many things may arise in your mind that ain't necessarily so. I was homeless for seven years and learned more about myself in that stretch of time than in any other segment of my life. I read the Bible a lot out there and came across a passage in Proverbs that has shaped my approach to life: "A man's pursuit is his kindness." I am well educated with a Master of Social Work degree and have worked a wide variety of jobs in my 52 years. None have lasted too long however. When I was homeless, the beauty of Texas wildflowers made me decide to want to live again. Along with kindness, beauty, play, and self-expression are life-guiding ideas. My shadow contains things like feeling sorry for myself, a truckload of defiance, a desperate need to please women, and no small amount of cruelty. A quote from Luke also has had a lasting effect on me: "For God is kind to the ungrateful and the evil." When I read that I thought, "Hell, I have got a fighting chance." I am here to tell you, you have a fighting chance as well. Besides Christianity, practicing Buddhist and Shamanic techniques inform my relationship to God and the world.
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Journalist and Presenter of Canberra Live on 2CC. Marcus has 23 years experience in the media, working for a number of radio stations as a reporter, newsreader and announcer. Having dipped his toe into television, it was decided that this'face made for radio' stick to the excitement of radio news and current affairs. In his spare time Marcus tries to keep up with his 12 and 14 year old son's. He also gives his time to adolescent mental health group Menslink, and supports many charities and causes including The Daniel Morecombe Foundation and Lifeline.
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Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the federal parliament since 2007 and is the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy. Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment. In 2013 Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s disease International Award for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight against Dementia. He was elected as National President of the ALP in 2015. Mark is the author of Advanced Australia - The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015; and Climate Wars, published in 2017.
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Elizabeth Minkel is the Editor of @HowWeGetToNext, co-host of @Fansplaining and co-curator of The Rec Center.
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Laurie Atlas is a radio host and has a daily afternoon talk show called ‘The Daily Agenda’ that goes out every afternoon on stations right across Queensland. And just a little piece of quiet advice for the Prime minister before the next election. Go to a store by 3 pairs of socks and gently insert them into the mouths of Joe Hockey, Eric Abetz and George Brandis just as a little safeguard between now and the next election….better to be safe than sorry.....
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Olivia Gee is petrified of the moths that have annexed her bathroom. With a quarter of a degree in journalism and marketing, she is building up the courage and resources to reclaim this lost territory.
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Professor John Wanna is Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). He holds a joint appointment with Griffith University and Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. Author of over fifty books, Professor Wanna is a regular political commentator on TV (ABC, SBS, Sky, Channels 9 and 7) and the print media (The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Saturday Paper, the Australian Financial Review, and The Conversation). He regularly appears as an Australian politics expert on other media outlets (Bloomberg, the New York Times, the Daily Mail, AFP, Reuters, Fairfax media)
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A journalist for thirty-six years, John Mangos has spent the past thirty-three years working in television news.
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Patrick is a grumpy freelance writer who lives in Melbourne where he writes essays, songs and stories. Patrick cares deeply about appearing not to care and is a lot tougher than he looks.
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Maz Compton has a proven track record as one of Australia’s foremost radio personalities and entertainment reporters. A leading authority and tastemaker in the music and youth genres, Maz has ten years experience on camera, radio, behind the scenes production, and hosting live events. Maz was the original host of its flagship show Total Request Love (TRL) and anchored the VMA’s red carpet broadcasts. During her 5 years with MTV, Maz travelled the globe, attending music festivals and shared the couch with all the big names including, Sandra Bullock, Margot Robbie. Sir Richard Branson and the Black Eyed Peas! Back in Australia she presented MTV Australia’s VMA and ARIA Red Carpet Specials and won the ASTRA for most popular female presenter in 2008. In 2015, Maz headed to the US for RedBull TV to host the live TV events from music festivals Austin City Limits and Mad Decent, LA festival. The host of choice for red carpet events across music and film, Maz took the reigns of the Magic Mike XXL and Jason Bourne premiere red carpet specials. In 2016, Maz launched her own digital interview series as the entertainment specialist with rebranded digital platform Yahoo 7 – Be.
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Harrison is a recent High School graduate from Melbourne. He is fascinated by politics, and feeds this interest by obsessively checking and reading the news from around the world. Harrison hopes to keep following his passions in life, with writing being at the forefront. Harrison is also The Big Smoke's Next Gen Youth Ambassador for 2016! Twitter: @harrisonjones24
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Tony Walker is the Adjunct Professor at School of Communications, La Trobe University
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Kathleen Jessop is a 20-something radio journalist living in Werribee, Melbourne. When she's not on-the-air in Geelong she is painting, drinking a crisp G&T or bragging about her AFL team. Kathleen grew up in Melbourne's outer north and has lived in three cities and two regional areas, you can find her on Twitter @RetroTecher
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Hayley Foster is the Chief Executive Officer of Women's Safety NSW (formally WDVCAS NSW), the peak body for women’s specialist domestic and family violence services in NSW. Hayley has over 15 years experience in the domestic and family violence and justice sectors working in practice, policy and law reform, with a focus on integrating system responses in both metropolitan and regional, rural and remote settings. Hayley holds advisory roles on the NSW Women’s Alliance, the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) and the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and is an Endorsed Trainer with Our Watch.
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Katharine Coldiron's work has appeared in Ms., the Rumpus, the Offing, and elsewhere. She lives in California and blogs at the Fictator. Full disclosure at kcoldiron.com.
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Natalie is a wine enthusiast who suffers from a full blown case of Vorfreude, which makes her feet continually itch. Currently loving Spain, but she doesn't know for how long.
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Matt is communications professional, trained in journalism and media, and currently working in the not-for-profit sector. My experience spans public relations, communications and community-based journalism, including presenting and writing for radio, newspaper and online.
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Garry Mallard is a Traditional Bowhunter and practical environmentalist. He is also a passionate advocate for social and affordable housing and in 2009 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his contributions in those spheres of endeavour. Garry has attained a number of largely redundant academic qualifications, among them the coveted BBM.OPS (Blackboard Monitor, Oatley Public School) of which he is undoubtedly most proud.
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James Jay Edwards is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and is the current President of the San Diego Film Critics Society. He sees dead people, can handle the truth, and knows that Han shot first.
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Rachel Mason is a Brisbane-based writer and student completing a bachelor of Law/Arts majoring in History and English Lit. If she’s not passed out under piles of case law she can be found blogging on Word of My City.
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Mark Chu is a writer living in New York City. He also engages in art, music and film.
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Joel is known the world over as the Alfred Hitchcock Geek. He’s known around Portland, the Bay Area, and Venice Beach as a VR filmmaker. He also writes about religion, cult survival, race issues, and politics. It’s not always clear where these readers are, but they do leave him very nice notes in the comments section. His writing has appeared on or in such publications as McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Commerce Magazine, and The Oregonian, as well as at, on, and/or in ads, signage, and ephemera for American Express, Nike, Xerox, and many other companies. Joel is distantly related to you. Get to know him wherever fine social media connections are made.
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Dr Jennifer Wilson an independent scholar, freelance writer and political junkie. She blogs now and then at https://noplaceforsheep.com. She was once an academic, which was fun until it wasn’t. She has published fiction, non fiction, book chapters and conference papers, mostly on human rights, and state and domestic terrorism. Do no harm and take no shit is my mission statement.
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I’m a freelance copywriter who loves to write on topics that grab my attention in the world around me. From working as a research engineer, living in extremely busy cities and having friends who tolerate my eccentricities, my interests are varied and my thoughts evoke me to write. Always intrigued by life and its quirks, questioning conservative theories, I think aloud to provoke curiosity!
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Corporate strategist, trained economist, former Woollahra Councillor. Caution: contains caffeine.
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David Littleproud is the Federal Member for Maranoa, and the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.
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Dr Gautam Herle, BDS, MDS, is a principal dentist at Myers Street Dental Clinic in Geelong. He has been practicing dentistry in the Geelong region for more than a decade and is currently earning his Masters in Laser Dentistry.
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Laura is a creative copywriter for brands and people who do good in the world. Before this she spent a few years in the publishing industry. When she's not raving about vegan food, taking pictures of her elderly cat, ranting about the patriarchy or drinking gin, you can catch her on Twitter @lauraacordero. (Actually, that's all she does on Twitter too.)
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Dr Matthew Beard is a moral philosopher at The Ethics Centre. Follow him on Twitter @matthewtbeard
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Professor David Kent taught history at the University of New England for over thirty years. Although 'officially' retired, he continues, as an adjunct appointment, to supervise research students in his field of eighteenth and nineteenth-century British social history.
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Verónica Pamoukaghlián is an Armenian-Uruguayan writer and award-winning filmmaker. She is a literary translator at Amazon Publishing and a regular contributor for Lento (Uruguay), Brainblogger, and Africa Insider. Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Pacific Review, The Armenian Poetry Project, The Armenian Weekly, Words Fly Away (Fukushima Poetry Anthology), Prism, Naked Punch (London), Sentinel Literary Quarterly (London), Poesia en el subte Anthology (Argentina), Arabesques Review. Short fiction in Book Lovers (Seal Press 2014) and the SEAF Literary Anthology 2014 (Seattle). Essays have appeared on The Acentos Review, Naked Punch and elsewhere.
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Cuffelinks is an independent publishing service providing content written by financial market professionals with experience in wealth management, superannuation, banking, academia and financial advice.
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Dr Rob Manwaring is a senior lecturer at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Before completing his PhD in Australia, Rob was a senior policy adviser at the UK's Commission for Racial Equality. Rob teaches and researches in the areas of politics and public policy.
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Mikael Hattingh is a writer, illustrator and filmmaker living in Melbourne. He finds his work repeatedly concerned with issues of the home, childhood, mental health and the crisis of masculinity, and he explores these themes with honesty and black humour. While on his way to the lush and promising world that is the Australian film industry, another favourite thing for him to do is not go to parties.
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Professor Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera in some of the world’s most volatile places. From Afghanistan, to Latin American, Africa and the Middle East, he reported from the frontlines and beyond, although he is best known for becoming a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera, and charged with terrorism offences. In letters smuggled from prison, he described the arrests as an attack on media freedom. The letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually got them released after more than 400 days in prison. He has since become a vocal campaigner and advocate for media freedom – a stance that has earned him awards from Britain’s Royal Television Society, the Walkley Foundation, the RSL’s ANZAC Peace Prize, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award. He has written about his experiences in Egypt and what he regards as the global war on journalism in a book, The First Casualty.
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Ben is studying an Arts degree majoring in History and Literature at Melbourne University. In his spare time, he rides horses competitively and watches an unhealthy amount of sport. He also takes the kind of passing interest in politics which sees him watching question time highlights on Youtube.
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Abegail Jarade A. Nocos was born in Davao City, Philippines. She took AB Political Science at the University of Mindanao and is a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Teacher. She's also a proud single parent of a 15-year-old daughter.
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S.M. Park lives two blocks from the Salish Sea in Port Townsend, Washington. His passions include walking, wondering and weed. Park, in his guise as Wilson High, has written and illustrated two memoirs, High & Dry and The Grass Is Greener, both published by University of Hell Press.
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Franca Arena was born in Genoa - Italy. She immigrated to Australia in 1959. She worked as a journalist with the Italian newspaper La Fiamma and as a producer/broadcaster in Italian with stations 2SM, 2CH and 2KY. She became active in Ethnic Affairs and Women’s Affairs and was appointed to several Federal and State Government Advisory bodies. She was one of the founders of the Ethnic Communities Council of New South Wales and of S.B.S. (Special Broadcasting Services) In 1977 she won a Churchill Fellowship to study overseas the integration of minority groups into the host society. In 1981 she received an Order of Australia for her services to the ethnic communities. In 1990 she received l’Onorificenza di Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana (Knight Commander of the Italian Republic) from the Italian Government. In 1981 she was elected to the New South Wales Parliament, the first woman of ethnic (Italian) background ever to be elected to an Australia Parliament. In 1991 she was one of the founders of the Australian Republican Movement. She became a strong advocate for children’s rights and become involved with a strong anti-paedophilia campaign. In 1997 she resigned from the Labor Party of which she had been a member for 25 years and stood unsuccessfully for election in 1999 after forming the Franca Arena Child Safety Alliance. Since her retirement Franca has written her autobiography which was published in 2002 “Franca – My story” She is involved in various charitable organizations and is working as a volunteer telephone Counsellor at Lifeline. She is the founding President of the National Italian-Australian Women’s Association which in 2005 celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 2004 she was given the CITY OF GENOA AWARD, (LIGURE ILLUSTRE) as an illustrious former citizen who has honoured the name of Genoa around the world. Franca Arena has taken part in many broadcasts and telecasts, has written a large number of papers and articles and given many public speeches and lectures in the areas of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Women’s Affairs, education Republicanism and the Protection of children
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PolitiScope is a brand new citizen journalism initiative powered by the #AusPol Twitter hashtag community – one of the largest and most active political hashtag communities in the world. #AusPol members include politicians (past and present), journalists and commentators, academics and professionals, experts and concerned Australians from all walks of life, who actively share a huge range of highly informed views and information every moment of the day through Twitter.
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Amoja Sumler is a nationally celebrated poet and social activist known for fusing the art of the intellectual into the familiar. As "The Mo-Man," he has headlined spoken word festivals such as the Austin International Poetry Festival, the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, Write NOLA in New Orleans, and Rock the Republic in Texas. A member of both the Arts in Education and Arts on Tour roster for over a decade has seen Amoja serve as a 5-time Poetry Out Loud states finals judge and an artist in residence to Universities and literacy nonprofits across the state of Arkansas. Amoja has also presented at social advocacy conferences like Long Beach Indie Film Pedagogy Conference and Furious Flower as a panelist for The Watering Hole. You may follow his work at https://www.facebook.com/momanthepoet or twitter at @momanthepoet.
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Philippa Lewis is the CEO of Homestay. Homestay is an ASX listed technology company committed to empowering older people and those living with a disability to stay in their own home, independent and safe.
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Professor Esterman's first degree was a BSc(hons) in statistics at the University of Bath, UK, followed by an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (FACE). His career includes seven years working for the World Health Organization in Geneva and Copenhagen.
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Glenn Carle was a career CIA Operations Officer, serving on four continents in a 23-year career from 1985-2007. His last position was as Acting, then Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats on the National Intelligence Council, the nation's most senior position for strategic terrorism and transnational intelligence assessments, reporting directly to the President. Mr. Carle worked extensively on terrorism, European issues, Balkan issues, notably Kosovo and Yugoslavia, the Sandinista-Contra War, and Cold War issues in Europe. Mr. Carle served on detail to the White House as a Trade Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was the Director for European Free Trade Area Affairs, and the Deputy Director for Russian and Newly Independent State Affairs. He also served as a Trade Negotiator at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, responsible for Free Trade Association issues. Mr. Carle is the author of The Interrogator, which details his involvement in and opposition to the Enhanced Interrogation Program during the “War on Terror,” and having led for several months the interrogation of one of the top members of al-Qa'ida. The Interrogator has been called "the best and most truthful firsthand account of life inside the CIA ever published." Mr. Carle has spoken around the world about “enhanced interrogation,” leadership and ethics, the “War on Terror,” and issues of national security. He has appeared frequently on major networks such as CNN, the PBS Newshour, NPR, the BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CBC, Fox, ABC, and ABC Australia, and has been profiled in numerous magazines, newspapers, and programs, such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The London Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Bethesda Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Zealand Herald, Spiegel, and many others. He has spoken at the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard, Boston College, Tulane, the University of the Pacific, Brigham Young University, Simmons College, Ohio State University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Ottawa, the Young Presidents Organization, the Anti-Defamation League, Roxbury Latin High School, the Herzliya Conference in Israel, Corvinus University in Budapest, and many other institutions. His op-eds have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Harvard Crimson, and The Sydney Herald. Mr. Carle holds a BA in Government from Harvard, a Masters in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), has done additional masters study in International Relations at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and received a Certificat d'études pratiques in French Civilization from the Université de Grenoble. He is working on his next books which will concern why our nation's intelligence agencies consistently exaggerate the threats they are attempting to parry, and civilian life in the U.S. in World War II. He is a lecturer at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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Elizabeth is a travel aficionado with more miles behind her than an Olympic marathon runner. Her penchant for travelling saw her go on exchange to Malmö, Sweden for university, as well as work in Hong Kong. She is currently completing a Master of Media Practice at The University of Sydney.
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Tim Pollock is an IT hacker and metal enthusiast, unsure about what stereotype he should apply to himself.
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Amanda is a writer who has a propensity for finding weak spots and challenging from within. She is passionate about social justice, environment stewardship and finding the beauty and fun that is the human experience.
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Katerina Bryant is a freelance writer, music critic and greyhound lover. She writes for several publications and is an editor for South Australia's Dubnium literary journal.
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Scarlett Harris is a freelance writer and blogger at The Scarlett Woman, where she muses about feminism and other -isms. You can follow her on Twitter @ScarlettEHarris
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John Birmingham has published lots of books. So many that he sort of loses track of them. He wrote features for magazines in a decade before publishing He Died With A Falafel In His Hand, working for Rolling Stone, Playboy and the Long Bay Prison News amongst others. He won the National Award For Non-Fiction with Leviathan: an unauthorised biography of Sydney. He started writing airport novels because they were more fun. His most recent series of books that improve with altitude are the Dave Hooper novels. He blogs at the cheeseburgergothic.com and can be found on Twitter as @JohnBirmingham
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Cara Barnard is an eleven-year-old half-Australian half-Irish girl who loves gymnastics, ballet and writing, although her favourite thing to do in the whole world is reading. She lives in London, England, but still writes articles for The Big Smoke.
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Kerry White is a semi-retired freelance writer/editor living on the Sunshine Coast. After serving in the Vietnam War as a National Serviceman with 5 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, he became a newspaper journalist and later worked in both the private and public sectors as a media/corporate communications professional. He has published two books: 'the poet from hell' and 'Strength, labour and sorrow'. Both are available online. His photo is taken by Rob Heyman
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Paul Gregoire is a Sydney-based journalist and writer. He has a focus on drug law reform, gender and Indigenous issues. Paul has written for various publications including VICE Australia and Sydney’s City Hub.
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Mike Jeffreys has been a radio broadcaster most of his working life, with occasional forays in to other media. He’s been seen lately on SKY NEWS. He has three sons and is a mediocre poker player.
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Muulla - A white-labelled mobile solution for retail and hospitality customer engagement. Modules include loyalty, adverts, vouchers, ordering & payment.
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Nathan is a writer of journalistic, academic and creative expression. He lives to feed his curiosities and questions
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Amana Hart is a writer, blogger, filmmaker & is passionate about the wellbeing of animals & children. She is part of the 'Caring Hands' project and aims to involve indigenous kids in the food program in 2017. A curator of mindless facts, her conversations often begin with, "Did you know that...?'
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Dennis Altman is the Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University.
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Mikayla Chadwick is a Melbourne-based freelance writer, focused on human and legal rights, global affairs and popular culture. Mikayla holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is currently completing a research degree in sex work policy reform. To read more from Mikayla, check out her website: https://www.mikaylachadwick.com/
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Ladies and gentlemen we present to you, Dear Bobby for The Big Smoke. Dear Bobby is an established burlesque artist whose allure knows no bounds and he extends his talents to The Big Smoke by deconstructing gender, sexuality, style and art through his provocative writings – this is Dear Bobby. ____________________________________________________________________ www.dearbobby.net
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Qinnie Wang is the founder and director of Oz Fair Trade, an ecommerce based charity that aims to make a real difference to the lives of the world’s poorest. Qinnie is also passionate about micro-finance and makes a $25 loan through Kiva for every $100 sales from the website.
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While Ian Steadman will admit a certain cynicism, the fact is that he is a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence.
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Akira Lasker is a freelance writer and artist with an interest into Australian-Asian relations and conceptions of ethnicity in Australia. He is currently formalising this interest as an undergraduate in the B Visual Arts at The University of Sydney.
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Maiya Elali is a freelance writer and law school graduate. She likes The X-Files, Frank Sinatra and the beach. She is currently working on her first novel.
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At work, Sophie involved with marketing and writing. at home she watches murder mysteries and saying the butler did it. Especially if there is no Butler.
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Lou Cornum is a Writer, ndn and a junior amateur mycologist.
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Phil Logan is a film critic, avid nerd and podcast pest.
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Stewart Kennedy is a veteran adman who is a disillusioned Tony Abbott supporter desperately hoping for a Trump-lite figure to lead Australia to a new era in which we only have diplomatic relations with countries who have right-wing governments.
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Julia Mendel is a freelance writer from Sydney. Having graduated from ANU with a B.A.(Hon) in art history she loves writing non-fiction as much as short stories.  She has published in Block Journal, Woroni: The Australian National University Newspaper and 14 Black Poppies.
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René Wadlow is President of and a representative to the United Nations (Geneva) Association of World Citizens.
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Heather Heying Professor in exile. Biologist. Seeker and communicator of truths. Spends time in the Amazon. Rhymes with flying. You can catch her on Twitter at @HeatherEHeying Or on Medium @ https://medium.com/@heyingh
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George William Grundy is an English-Australian author, media professional, and businessman. Born in London in 1971, Grundy majored in Media at the University of Central England, then began a career in television production and international broadcast rights at the London offices of IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media, and fashion, operating in more than 25 countries. Following IMG, Grundy founded a successful advertising company in Australia, of which he is the current Managing Director. He currently maintains the political blog americanprimerweekly.com, providing informative and entertaining commentary on major events in politics and sport. George Grundy is currently based in Perth, Australia, with his wife and family.
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Lachlan lives and works in Melbourne as a writer and sometimes comedian, also sometimes artist and sometimes other things.
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John Hargreaves was a Labor MP from 1998-2012 and is a lifetime member of the Labor Party. In a storied career, he was Government Whip as well as the Minister for Disability and Housing, Multicultural Affairs, Industrial Relations, Corrections and Industrial Relations among others.
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Maria is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University. Her teaching and research interests are administrative law and international refugee law.
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Musician, cyclist, father and writer, Bill has released 9 CDs under his own name and toured the world playing his music. He has studied jazz and theology, so has been able to improvise a meaningful existence for himself.
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Tim McDonald is a Melbourne-based writer and comedian, most famous for his critically-acclaimed performance in the 1998 Summerhill Park Kindergarten Nativity Play in the role of “Sheep Number 3”.
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Sean is interested in solutions to political and social conflicts, and will complete a PhD at Wollongong in early 2017. He's no spring chicken and came to academic studies quite late, but was born in Northern Ireland in 1970, so he came to understand political conflicts quite early.
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Po-Tien is an accidental corporate who sometimes travels for work and works to travel. Her favourite cities to explore with locals (so far) are Lhasa, Paris, Tokyo and Varanasi. She can be found wandering through art galleries, hunting in thrift stores, listening to music, reading Walt Whitman and writing at theadventure.com.au
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Clover Moore is Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney - the first popularly elected woman in the role. Under her independent leadership, Sydney has developed a global reputation for taking ambitious action on climate change, delivering award-winning facilities, protecting open space, promoting design excellence, delivering new transport options and initiating progressive solutions to complex social problems.
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Elected to the City of Sydney Council as an Independent Councillor in September 2012, Jenny is also the Academic Director of the National Judicial College of Australia. She is an active community advocate and supporter of small business and has a special interest in the revitalisation and diversification of retail and entertainment precincts within the LGA. Jenny is a long-time sponsor of a number of aid organisations and is a volunteer director on the board of Trade Winds and the Sydney Community Foundation.
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Omar Khalifa founded the Australian Cyclists Party after leading Bicycle NSW. Omar’s career has included working with NASA, Hewlett Packard, Apple Computer, Optus, Telstra and at the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. Omar now helps to raise trout, veggies and chickens on his farm and he is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate innovation incubator.
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David Gillespie is a father of six, a recovering corporate lawyer, a former co-founder of a successful software company and the author of eight bestselling books. His first book, Sweet Poison, published in 2008 is widely credited with starting the current Australian wave of anti-sugar sentiment. You can find more of his work at http://davidgillespie.org/
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Frank Bongiorno (born Nhill, Victoria, 1969) is an Australian labour, political and cultural historian. Prior to joining the Australian National University, he held lecturing positions at King’s College London (2007-11), the University of New England (2000-07) and Griffith University (1996), and also taught previously at the ANU (1994). He has been an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU (1997 and 1998-2000), and in 1997-8 was Smuts Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge and Mellon Visiting Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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Nick is a part-time writer and lover of words. He spent far too much time trying to come up with something funny to put here, so instead settled for blatant introspection.
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Chloe is a year 8 student who is part of The Big Smoke Next Generation program, being mentored by Loretta Barnard. Chloe drives her family crazy with her strong opinions and well thought out arguments as to why it’s OK that her room is a mess. She is passionate about human rights and gender equality - so don’t say things like ‘its boy/girl thing’ unless you want to get into a heated argument. Her passions are reading, writing and drawing and she has keen interests in juggling, anime, learning Japanese and collecting books. Chloe loves to play soccer and is currently supposed to be practising for her 5th grade trumpet exam.
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Sera Mirzabegian is a barrister who has acted for major Australian and international companies in a variety of industries, individuals in politics and business as well as asylum seekers, victims of domestic violence and indigenous community groups. She is a news and politics junkie. In her spare time, Sera writes about politics and co-hosts an online panel talk show about political, social and media issues called The Third Rail.
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OHPI runs http://fightagainsthate.com/ the online reporting tool that brings transparency to the way social media companies deal with the reports users make to them. This monitoring facility provides statistical analysis of online hate incidents which governments, agencies, and law enforcement badly need.
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Alex Burke is the visionary CEO of New Zealand EduTech company, Education Perfect (EP). A passionate storyteller, Alex boasts an enviable twenty-year track record in driving technical excellence and team-building across multiple industries, including airlines, banking, government, telco, education and retail. With offices in Australia, NZ, and Singapore, and over 1.2 million users globally, EP is revolutionising future learning for schools. The platform's integrated smart technology enhances teaching and learning experiences through curriculum-based content delivery and a 'learner-centred' approach, empowering teachers, improving learning outcomes and creating lifelong learners.
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Born in Les Lilas, FRANCE. Australian grown. Writing, Reading, Photography and Travel.
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Ivana Brehas is a girl who lives in Melbourne. She occasionally makes time in her busy schedule of hummus-eating and movie-watching to write some stuff for some magazine.
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DownUnder-Current offers Australian Commentary on US Affairs from a safe distance. It is a joint collaboration between The Big Smoke and Friday Mash. You can find more at http://downundercurrent.us/
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Professor Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute and Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
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Alex Reilly is the Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit at the University of Adelaide. He has held academic positions in the law schools at Adelaide, Macquarie and Murdoch Universities. He teaches and researches in migration law and policy, constitutional law, legal theory, and Indigenous legal issues. Alex is a member of the Work and Employment Regulation research specialisation group in the law school, and is an associate of the Hugo Centre, which does Australian population and migration research.
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Hassan Vally is an epidemiologist with experience in the analysis and interpretation of health data. His interests span both infectious diseases and chronic disease epidemiology and he has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles. He teaches epidemiology at postgraduate level.
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Sarah is happily loud, wistfully quiet, ok at playing the uke, terrible at playing the guitar, she collects hats she will never wear but admires unrestrainedly.
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Dr Eburn is the leading researcher in the area of emergency services, emergency management and the law. He is the author or co-author of three books and has made over 80 other contributions as book chapters, journal articles, professional publications and conference and professional development presentations.
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Janine is a content crafter, heavy reader, list maker and life shaker. She's a fan of good books and beer with equal enthusiasm, and is currently working as a freelance writer and communications jack-of-all-trades. Find her dabbling away at her website.
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Adam Kamradt-Scott is an Associate Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney.
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Jim is a multimedia creative, having worked in film, television, advertising and marketing. During his studies at Sydney University, Jim discovered his passion for writing for screen, copy and journalism. He loves craft beer, sport and making a mess in the kitchen.
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Vikash Autar is a Dutch film director at ANYDOKO a travel video channel showcasing the best original travel series from across the globe. As a well-traveled citizen of the world, he loves creating content around interesting topics like the different global street food scenes and the less visited destinations by tourists.
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Michael Visontay is Editor of Plus61J. His most recent book, written with Manny Waks, was 'Who Gave You Permission? The memoir of a child sexual-abuse survivor who fought back' (Scribe).
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Joseph Ibrahim is Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Joseph is also an Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Evidence-Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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David Bowman is a Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science at the University of Tasmania.
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Lidia Thorpe is a mother and grandmother from the Gunnai and Gunditjmara nations. She was the first Aboriginal woman in the Victorian parliament, first Aboriginal Senator for Victoria and first federal Aboriginal MP for the Greens.
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Tom Taylor is a student at NYU Abu Dhabi. Originally from Adelaide, he has a penchant for freecell, weak tea and opening many tabs at once.
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Formerly a teacher of sociology, philosophy and psychology for twenty years, Bruce Sinclair recently completed an MSc in Security Studies at University College London. He works as a freelance writer living in Sydney, currently working on his first novel, *Cringe.*
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Dr Meredith Doig is president of the Rationalist Society, Australia's oldest freethought group, promoting Reason since 1906. After a career in blue-chip corporates in the manufacturing, mining and banking industries, she has been a professional company director since 2005.
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Dr. Holly Seale is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Program Co-Director of the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence course.
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Carrie is a Brisbane-based business owner, writer, blogger at She's Got Potential, GLBTI activist & Meryl Streep tragic. She wants to be Nora Ephron when she grows up.
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Tenzin Cohen is a young Melbourne-based writer. She's an aspiring author, blogger and artist and is working on a novel as we speak. You can find her adventuring through the city, reading a book or browsing through the local market.
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Amy Sarcevic is a freelance media, blog, technical and copy writer. She has written for a range of reputable publications in addition to Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
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Tim Chandler manages ticketing for the Perth International Arts Festival. He is well-travelled and will try anything once, as long as it’s gluten-free.
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Harry Cook is an award-winning actor, writer, LGBTQ activist and three-time world champion boxer. Ok, everything except the champion boxer bit is true.
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Most days, Eve Connell poses as a communications consultant, managing editor (University of Hell Press), and visiting professor for various MA / MFA programs in Oregon and California. By night, she masquerades as a chanteuse, patron of the arts, and ping-pong champ. Her various works have been published, recorded, televised, and occasionally copied.
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DeMisty D. Bellinger teaches creative writing, African-American studies, and women, gender, and sexuality studies at Fitchburg State University. She has an MFA from Southampton College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in many places, including Necessary Fiction and Forklift, Ohio. DeMisty was a full fellow at the Vermont Studio Center in 2015. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and twin daughters.
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John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist at the University of Copenhagen. He is noted for his books and research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. His 2003 book Information Theory and Evolution set forth the view that the phenomenon of life, including its origin, evolution, as well as human cultural evolution, has its background situated in the fields of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory. Since 1990 he has been the Chairman of the Danish National Group of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. Between 2004 and 2015 he also served as Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy. He founded the Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, and was for many years its Managing Editor. He also served as Technical Advisor to the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (1988-1997).
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Danielle has extensive experience advising on economic policy issues. Her research focus is tax and budget policy, intergenerational inequality and competition policy. Previously, Danielle worked at the ACCC as the Principal Economist and Director of Merger Investigations, as a Senior Consultant at NERA Economic Consulting and as a Senior Research Economist at the Productivity Commission. Danielle has a Masters of Commerce (Hons) and a Masters in Competition Law (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. She is the National and Victorian Chair of the Women in Economics Network. She sits on the Victorian and Central Council for the Economic Society of Australia.
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Simon's 46, and has spent most of his life being an actor. Life's spun him a few curve balls and writing's been his favourite pet beast for a long time. He spends most of his spare time at home kicking a ball around the back yard with his 2 year old son. He and his wife have just had another - a girl. He is a reviewer & interviewer for Megaphone Oz online & predictably loves cats.
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Ollie Blood is a writer and thinker currently based in Sydney. He spends most of his time trying to figure out why he does things in the way that he does. While searching for absolute truths in a subjective reality, he often hits the wall and reaches for his laptop or a pen to decongest his mind.
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Lachlan Phillips is a Sydney based Filmmaker from the jungles of the far north. He has worked in story and camera roles for Films like The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, Happy Feet 2 and others, earning the joy of children and the anger of Fox News hosts alike. Watch out folks, he makes cartoons.
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Jay Stewart is an aspiring writer living in Melbourne. He writes to change the world but will settle for instilling a small amount of self-doubt in your most deeply held beliefs.
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Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. Individual poems, stories, and various other material by Travis have been published online (Section 8 Magazine, Empty Sink Publishing, Damfino Press, and others) and in print (Gold Man Review, Lost Coast Review, Empirical Magazine, and more). His first book of poetry, The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012), is currently out of print, but copies can still be found. Check out naughtapoet.blogspot.com for more information and original writing by Travis.
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Lola Pellegrino is a sexual/reproductive and gender health clinician and a writer on same.
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Penelope Monger is the Head of English and Debating at an independent school in Eastern Victoria. She is passionate about film, literature, music theatre and her two dachshunds, Daisy and Beatrix.
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Fred is a freelance writer from Central Australia, whose interests include politics, diplomacy and Japanese mascots. Say hello to him on Twitter - @FreddyKuma
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Mike Cullen is a Writer, Blogger and Author of '5 Minute Meditations 'http://amzn.to/162dFsU Views are barely his, let alone anyone else's.
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Les is currently a lawyer with a large commercial firm and also heads up a not for profit organisation called Professionals 4 People. Les has been involved in a number of successful commercial and philanthropic initiatives over the years and is passionate about using his skills to make a lasting and positive contribution to the community.
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Carole Lander is a freelance writer/editor who trained at RMIT. She writes in a variety of genres and has published a book – "Little People Big Lives" – on the topic of dwarfism. As a result she is often asked to write about disability.
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Rick Boland is a writer, poet & youth worker from Melbourne, Australia. Often dabbling in philosophy and bouts of existential crisis, he's always on the search for answers to the deeper questions of Life and the human condition. But when he's not battling with his own existence or helping young people deal with their own, you'll find him on a couch somewhere with his dog Cassius, taking it easy with a beverage, which is his happy place, or up on the microphone reading poetry.
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Brett lives in Wollongong and wishes he was in the NBA, he also likes dogs and is not good at writing bio's when forced.
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Tim Dunlop is a writer and author and teaches postgraduate media and journalism studies at the University of Melbourne. His new book is “Why The Future Is Workless”, and deals with the way in which technology will change the economy and the jobs we do.
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Camilla Nelson is an expert in writing, gender and media cultures. She is the author of a wide range of scholarly and journalistic essays, as well as two novels. Her most recent books are the co-edited essay collections On Happiness and Dangerous Ideas About Mothers. Camilla is currently working on a new project in the field of writing and media studies, Single Women. Camilla's work has been recognised through the award of grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Australian Film Commission. She has twice served as a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Kathleen Mitchell Award, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award, and served on the governing board of the NSW Writers' Centre. Her creative works include Perverse Acts, for which she was named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year, and Crooked, which was shortlisted in the 2009 Ned Kelly Awards. Camilla is also a former journalist and has a Walkley Award, Best All Media: Online News, for her work at the Sydney Morning Herald.
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Randall Frederick is a writer based out of New Orleans. His work focuses on the intersection of religion and sexuality. Find more at The Huff Post or Sexuality & the City.
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Victoria is a blogger, tweep, PhD candidate in political communication, university tutor, a mother, a wife, an Adelaidian, a Port Adelaide supporter, the owner of three cats and has more opinions than is really necessary.
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'Lucy Talk' is a satirical and occasional series featuring the First Lady’s account of her contributions to her husband’s political career.
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Carl Rhodes is Professor of Organisation Studies at UTS Business School. Working in the disciplines organisation studies and business ethics, his current research investigates the ethical and political environments in which contemporary organizations operate and its effects on their behaviour. The central focus is on how organisations, especially corporations, can and should be held to account for their actions by citizens and by civil society. This work endeavours to contribute to the rigorous and critical questioning an reformulation of what the purpose of work organisations in the context of democracy. Carl’s most recent books are Disturbing Business Ethics (Routledge, 2019). CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life (Zed, 2018 with Peter Bloom), and The Companion to Ethics and Politics in Organizations (Routledge, 2015 with Alison Pullen). His work appears in journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Organization, The Journal of Business Ethics, and Business Ethics Quarterly. He has served as Senior Editor of the journal Organization Studies as well as Associate Editor of Organization and Gender, Work and Organization.
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Janet Stanley is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Urban Social Resilience at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and visiting Professor at the University of Hiroshima, Japan.
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Garry goes by many names. The more informed call him Garry with 2 Rs. The less informed call him Jessica. He's a Christian, musician, writer and occasional pinch-linguist from Darwin in the Northern Territory.
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Josh Shipton is a Sydney-based respected musician, writer and actor who is passionate about ensuring the Arts survive Australia's generation of indifference.
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Anton is a senior consultant with TrinityP3 and is one of Australia's leading customer engagement consultants. With an eye for discovering greater marketing value and a love for listening to what customers are really saying about a brand. Anton has helped take global and local businesses including Microsoft, Nestlé, P&G, Gloria Jean's, Foxtel and American Express amongst others to the next level.
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Kathy Marks is an award-winning Sydney-based journalist and author. She was The Independent’s Asia-Pacific Correspondent for 17 years.
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Chris Brecheen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He pet sits and chases a four-year-old when he’s not writing. He’s been grinding away on a novel for a couple of years now, but blogging pays the bills. You can find him over at: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisBrecheensWritingAboutWriting/
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Dan has written things you’ve never read and directed things you’ve never seen. He believes video games were perfected with Donkey Kong Country 2 and is looking forward to documenting the end of the world.
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Denby Weller is a freelance writer and video journalist from Sydney, Australia. Her work has featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, BBC Travel, and News.com.au. She is a contributing author to Lonely Planet's *Atlas of Adventure* and a columnist for Australia's rock climbing magazine, *Vertical Life. *In 2017, she left Fairfax after three years as a video producer, where she made videos that explain breakthroughs in academic research, in partnership with UNSW and The University of Sydney. In 2016, her multimedia interactive for SMH, *Trekking the Annapurna Circuit *earned a special mention at the PANPA Awards.
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Adrian Beaumont has completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne’s School of Mathematics and Statistics, and graduated 6 August 2016. He is now an Honorary Associate at the School. Since 1998, he has had a great interest in electoral politics, and keenly follows both Australian and US elections.
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Alex Wake has been a journalist for 30 years and an academic for 15. She's worked in print, radio, television and online in Australia, South Africa, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Asia and the Pacific. She is now the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) at RMIT University and teaches Global News Studies in the Graduate Diploma of Journalism.
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Chris is getting older quickly...but in his few short years has developed a love of poetry, the environment, Richard Mercer and French movies on SBS. He is usually seen working on climate change issues, but loves a good conversation over the smoke stacks of any fire place.
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Nicholas Cowdery AM QC was the Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW from 1994 to 2011. He is a former President of the International Association of Prosecutors and was inaugural Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, a consultant to International prosecution agencies and a writer and speaker on criminal justice issues.
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Julian Burnside is a barrister based in Melbourne. He specialises in commercial litigation. He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He acted for the Ok Tedi natives against BHP, for Alan Bond in fraud trials, for Rose Porteous in numerous actions against Gina Rinehart, and for the Maritime Union of Australia in the 1998 waterfront dispute against Patrick Stevedores. He was Senior Counsel assisting the Australian Broadcasting Authority in the “Cash for Comment” inquiry and was senior counsel for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation. He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees. He is passionately involved in the arts. He collects contemporary paintings and sculptures and regularly commissions music. He is Chair of Fortyfive Downstairs, a not for profit arts and performance venue in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and Chair of Chamber Music Australia. He is the author of a book of essays on language and etymology, Wordwatching (Scribe, 2004) and Watching Brief, (Scribe, 2007) a collection of his essays and speeches about the justice system and human rights. He compiled a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps. The book, From Nothing to Zero was published in 2003 by Lonely Planet. He also wrote Matilda and the Dragon a children’s book published by Allen & Unwin in 1991. In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure. In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He is married to artist Kate Durham.
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Anna Kochetkova is a journalist by trade, a marketer by accident and is a founder and managing director of Content Queen. A Russian-born Australian, she is known for being a creative strategist, exceptional writer and a marketing expert. A big believer in social business, Anna is always on the look out for social projects, business collaborations and writing contributions. She is very active and spends her free time trail running or cycling. She loves getting up early. She loves making words up. And she appreciates red caviar for breakfast.
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Leah is a marketing executive for a renowned chef, a trained journalist and travel addict who loves speaking Spanish. When she isn’t cooking, eating out, taking photos of food or thinking about what to eat next, Leah is either at the beach, playing with her dogs or on the couch binge watching Netflix with a glass of full-bodied red in hand.
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The Ethics Centre (formerly known as St James Ethics Centre) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that has been working for over 25 years to help people navigate the complexity and uncertainty of difficult ethical issues.
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Nick is a Media student at Macquarie. He knows alot of useless information, which he ironically plans to make a living out of one day.
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Marc Hudson is a PhD Candidate, of Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester.
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Philip is Director of Nursing Research, Cabrini Health and Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia. After undertaking a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology, he worked in both state and national level in healthcare infection prevention positions.
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Feng Guo is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer practising in a major Australian law firm. She dabbles in art on the side and likes to speak out every now and then on a topic close to her heart.
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Michael Douglas is a Senior Lecturer in private law at UWA Law School. He researches and teaches private international law (conflict of laws) and media law, among other things. Michael has a particular interest in cross-border media law problems involving defamation, privacy, and open justice. He is also editor of the Media and Arts Law Review and a consultant at a Perth litigation firm.
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Born in New York, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in New York after studies in England and Australia. Rabbi Mendel Kastel joined the Jewish House Crisis Centre as the CEO at the beginning of 2008. He has maintained his portfolio of Chaplain to the NSW police, as well as his chaplaincy at most of the major hospitals in Sydney. He is personally involved with the rehabilitation of our crisis clients, and does much mediating with families, couples or parents and children. He served as rabbi of the Great Synagogue from1993 ­ 2008. He is past President of the NSW Rabbinical Council.
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Edwina Lloyd is a Sydney-based criminal defence lawyer and community activist. She is the NSW Labor Candidate for the seat of Sydney in the 2015 State Election, and tweets as @Urban_Eddie.
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David Younger is Australia’s #1 Cash Flow Expert For The Field Service Industry. Over 25 years working with hundreds of field service business owners in virtually every industry, David has discovered the ultimate path to plugging up the “profit holes” in a growing business that will take it to the next level.
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Networkish, is a mobile application for contact management and prospecting. We are on a mission to deliver the best process-orientated digital tool, which provides a solution that makes businesses thrive by optimising time and contact management.
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airBux is a new exciting lifestyle app and rewards program that rewards you when you shop, book a tour or adventure or simply order ahead. With airBux living just got more rewarding and your holiday more adventurous.
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Kaz Ross is a lecturer in Asian studies at the University of Tasmania.
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Kylie Beach is a particularly small human with an especially big love of people and words.
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Hayley McCarthy is an Australian Film/TV Actress, currently based in Los Angeles.
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Andrew Ballen is an American technology sceptic, political columnist, consumer advocate and entrepreneur who resides in China. He is the first American to have a nationally syndicated TV and radio show in China and is the creator of TOUCH™ technology.
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Dr. Josh Hamilton is a secondary teacher at Grapevine High School where he teaches Professional Communication and Oral Interpretation. He also serves as a Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington in the College of Education. He lives with his wife Sydney and son Jackson in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Ingrid Woodrow is a writer based in Brisbane. She has a Master's in Creative Writing; a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and was the co-founder of Brisbane's first online writing journal, Mangrove, archived as a site of national significance by the National Library of Australia. Her Vogel award-shortlisted novel, Goddess and the Galaxy Boy was published in 2001. She is currently working on her second novel.
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Dr Karen Phillip is a Counselling Psychotherapist & Clinical Hypnotherapist and the Parenting and Relationship Expert on television, radio and print media both here and overseas. She is an International Author and Key Note Speaker.
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Dr Lara Christensen is the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice in the School of Law and Criminology, at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC Australia). Lara holds a primary research interest in the prevention of sexual violence. With a PhD in Psychology (field of research: forensic psychology), she is co-leader of the first University-led Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit (SVRPU) in Australia.
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Rastas is a rural GP who lives on a farm with a dog, thirteen hens, numerous goannas, one cow, two heifers, five steers, five fish, two water dragons and one long suffering spouse. When not writing controversial blogs, she heals the sick, follows the footy, casts out a fishing line, sings soprano, reads voraciously and obsesses about her numerous children and grandchildren.
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Freya Higgins-Desbiolles is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of South Australia.
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Joanna Mendelssohn, along with Catherine De Lorenzo, Alison Inglis and Catherine Speck, is the author of Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening our eyes, published by Thames and Hudson, Australia, 2018. This project is the culmination of an ARC Linkage Project with UNSW, University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia and Museums Australia.
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Alli is an aspiring journalist, majoring in Media Comm. and Creative Writing. A health and fitness enthusiast with a strange obsession for fedoras and smelling books, Alli also loves to play chess and write slam-poetry.
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Anthony Kuiper is an aspiring Melbourne-based playwright, screenwriter, actor and indie filmmaker. He loves Plath, The Golden Girls and well crafted romance fiction.
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Ben Wrigley works in private practice and the NHS as a humanistic counsellor. He is driven to help people in and out of counselling to question why they do, think and feel about themselves and the world in the way that they do. Most of Ben's written work can be found here http://activelistener.co.uk.
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Professor Anne Tiernan is Dean of Engagement in the Griffith Business School. Prof Tiernan's research focuses on the work of governing. Her scholarly interests include: Australian politics and governance, policy advice, executive studies, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination. She has written extensively on the political-administrative interface, caretaker conventions, governmental transitions and the work of policy advising. Prof Tiernan is author of books including: Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff and The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff (both with R.A.W. Rhodes, Melbourne University Publishing, 2014), Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007). With colleague Jennifer Menzies, she has recently published a second edition of Caretaker Conventions in Australasia: Minding the Shop for Government (ANU Press, 2014). With Professor Julianne Schultz, Professor Tiernan co-edited Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System, published in January 2016. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics, forthcoming 2019. Professor Tiernan is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of ANZSOG. She is Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal and an Ordinary Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission. Professor Tiernan was previously Assistant Commissioner, Collaboration for the Public Service Commission; and Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives, the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission, Member of the Board of the Museum of Australian Democracy of Old Parliament House and a Director of St Rita’s College Ltd. Prof Tiernan consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels.
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John has a strong interest in politics, especially the workings of a progressive democracy, together with social justice and the common good. He holds a Diploma in Fine Arts and enjoys portraiture, composing music, and writing poetry and short stories. He is also a keen amateur actor. Before retirement John ran his own advertising marketing business.
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Catriona Fielke originates from Scotland and is now a proud Australian, albeit with a funny accent. She is a mother of two, wife of one and a lover of life, reading, writing, travelling, Mars Bars and a cheeky beer.
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Alisha Vedi is part of The Big Smoke's Next Generation program. Alisha is a 9-almost-10 year old brainy kid with a whacky sense of humour and a crazy taste in ice-cream flavours! She has a passion for writing and science. Alisha is very musical and can play 3 instruments - the piano, the clarinet and the recorder. She also has a brown belt in karate, so definitely not a kid to be messed with! She loves to write and lets her imagination run wild, and science, as she believes that with science anything is possible. She cares deeply for the environment and wants to become an energy scientist when she grows up!
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Duncan Geere is a Gothenburg-based science, technology and culture journalist.
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James is a student and blogger interested in Australian media politics. He believes our country's terrible backslide into the swamps of conservatism is good because there's a lot more to be mad about. He writes at www.jrhennessy.com.
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Amalia is a freelance writer and graduate of AFTRS. You will find that her writing consists largely of the perils of being a slightly awkward young person living in Sydney, the qualities of society that should be adjusted in order to make such a person’s journey slightly less awkward, and her essential yearning for all movies under the sun. Join Amalia while she persists down this path.
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The Emporium is home to TBS's virtual storefronts. We are creating one big space for our readers to discover great Aussie brands without having to go to page 8..9..10 on a google search.
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Tashi Honnery, 21. I’m a hopeless case when I have to write about myself so I’ll give you the basics and hopefully, it won’t bore you to read anymore. Seriously I prefer being in my pyjamas by 8 o’clock at night rather than raging at a club. I am a body artist living in LA after I decided that I would not live my life to others expectations or the rules that were set by, well nobody. I have always viewed the world in a different way, and now I’m starting to share it. I want to share that there are multiple ways to look at something and none are wrong. I don’t believe in setting goals in life, because I see that as putting a boundary or an end to something. I mean 10 years ago if I had set the goal to finish high school and go to university, let’s face it, I would not be who I am or where I am today… if I was anything at all. My only goal is to keep going
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Having been involved with financial markets since 2007, Aleksandar was first introduced to Bitcoin in 2012. Since that time he’s worked with cutting edge tech in machine learning, Ai, decentralised networks and public blockchains as either a founder, advisor, speaker, writer or researcher. Aleksandar is the founder of the Blockchain Training Institute, Chairman @ Fabric.ac, a user-owned KYC identity passport & financial data aggregation service, and CEO @ AMBER; Australia’s first digital currency exchange, wallet, and round up app in one - where users can get started in crypto with as little as 50c.
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Anne Susskind is a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist who emigrated from South Africa in the 1980s.
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Corie Skolnick’s first novel, ORFAN (MVPress) has been optioned for adaptation and development as a feature film by Academy Award nominated (for BULL DURHAM) Director/Producer, Ron Shelton. She is the author of AMERICA’S MOST ELIGIBLE, a novel, (india street press), a contributor to the non-fiction anthologies, ADOPTION REUNION IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA AGE and ADOPTION THERAPY, and has been published in NAILED MAGAZINE. She writes for the travel website, DESTO3.com and has been featured on David J. Core’s podcast, THRILLS AND MYSTERY. She is a Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series selectee.
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Julie Szego spent 12 years at The Age as a reporter and columnist. She wrote a column for The Australian Jewish News for seven years, contributed to a book of essays on Australian Jewish culture and edited and interpreted her father’s 2001 memoir, Two Prayers to One God. She now writes a fortnightly column in The Age and teaches journalism at Monash University.
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Leah Ruppanner is a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Melbourne.
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Dr James Kang is currently teaching computing and security at Edith Cowan University after having worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years. He recently visited Africa to work for NGOs as a volunteer IT advisor sponsored by the Australian government (DFAT).
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Professor Mary-Louise McLaws is an epidemiologist who's expertise is infection control and prevention. She works in collaboration with the World Health Organization Advisor and the Clinical Excellence Commission providing advise on infection control programs and interventions to improve patient safety. Mary-Louise has partnered on patient safety improvement projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, and Turkey.
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Ara Sarafian studies writing and editing at RMIT. He's been published in "The Lifted Brow", "Catalyst" and a number of other publications. He once won a short, short story competition with a 48-word submission that he wrote while sitting on the toilet.
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A true blooded Filipina, A mother of two, frustrated chef, a traveler and a lover of life and everything that comes with it.
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Billie Cooper is from Sydney, Australia. She is 13 years old and loves netball and spending too much time with her dog. She enjoys studying Science and Design & Technology at school.
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Elsie Bath (http://elsiejeanbath.com) is a journalist and emerging documentary film maker and reporter, who gets up every morning to learn something more about the world and the people in it. She writes to spark conversations and is passionate about social, environmental and humanitarian issues, wishing for a greener world of equality, understanding, and free of uni graduates working as waiters.
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Nicole Lee is Adjunct Professor at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) Curtin University and Director of 360Edge (360edge.com.au) a specialist evaluation and training consultancy for the alcohol and other drugs and mental health sectors. She is a consultant psychologist, and has worked in the alcohol and drugs and mental health for 28 years as clinician, educator and researcher. Her area of expertise is in alcohol and other drug policy and practice, including, methamphetamine/'ice', cannabis policy, and harm reduction and treatment approaches. Nicole currently serves on the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs (ANACAD), is Past National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), and Deputy Editor of the Drug and Alcohol Review journal. She has previously served on the boards of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) and the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA).
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Prior to joining Cass, Andre Spicer was a Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Warwick. He has also been a visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck, University of Paris Dauphine, Lund University, the Central European University, University of St Gallen, Hanken School of Economics and the University of Sydney. Professor Spicer was educated at the University of Otago and holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
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Jason is the CEO/Managing Director of National Property Valuers NSW Pty Ltd. Extensive valuation for prestigious luxury homes, particularly throughout the eastern suburbs & lower north shore.
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Jacob is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Griffith University Business School and Policy Innovation Hub. His research focuses on the principle of subsidiarity and federalism, and he has a particular expertise in Australian politics. Jacob’s PhD thesis, Subsidiarity’s Quest for Meaning, uncovered the ‘subsidiarity political cultures’ of Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom by analysing public attitudes towards decentralism and community empowerment.
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Greg Marston is a Professor of Social Policy and Head of Department, School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. Prior to entering academia Greg worked in the non-profit sector at the local, state and national level. His research interests include poverty and inequality, the politics of policy-making and social service delivery models. He is presently undertaking Australian Research Council funded research into conditional welfare, climate change and social policy and employment pathways for people with disabilities. His most recent books are a co-edited collection on Basic Income in Australia and New Zealand (2016); Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics (2013); and The Australian Welfare State: Who Benefits Now (2013).
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Danielle Ghazi is a Sydney-based writer with a slight Stephen King obsession and an intense passion for playing Sudoku. When she's not complaining about her writer’s block to anyone who will listen, she can be found ripping out the Sudoku from the daily papers before anyone else can get to them.
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Tom Richards published poetry in the Writers’ Collective Anthology and has twice been Writer in Residence at Mother Foucault’s Books in Portland, Oregon. He was a contributing writer in the Word & Hand 2 book and published and edited The Portland Permanent Press, a monthly comedy and humour magazine with Joe Sacco. He was also the curator and head writer for The Faux Museum in Portland. Richards has written for the Willamette Week and The Oregonian in Portland and had a monthly column in the Paperback Jukebox called Last First Thursday. His first book Thirst for Beginners; Poetry, Prose, and Quizzes will be published by University of Hell Press in 2019. He is the writer and vocalist for Philip K. Moby Dick Clark Five.
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Emil Morales is a retiree living in Southern California.
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M.J. is an author and communications graduate from Brisbane. Writing is her number one passion in life; with two books already published and more to come, she will never stop telling stories.
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Kiem Nguyen is a Social Work student, seasoned activist and science enthusiast. Her ultimate goal is to work as a refugee advocacy worker in the Middle East.
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Hannah Withers is a freelance writer and academic research assistant with Monash and Swinburne Universities, Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) from the University of NSW.
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Dr Shi teaches and researches in the area of employment law. She is particularly interested in the legal protection of vulnerable employees and the extent to which novel approaches in law-making achieve the purpose of enhancing employment security. She has published her research in high ranking academic law journals. She has also conducted research in multidisciplinary teams and published in industrial relations journals
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Prof Nicholas Biddle is a quantitative social scientist and Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) at the Australian National University (ANU).
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Jules Evans is a Fellow @ Centre for the History of the Emotions, the author of Philosophy for Life, Art of Losing Control, and his new book, Breaking Open. More of his work and his books can be found at: www.philosophyforlife.org
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John is a simple Law/Arts student and a cheeky member of his beloved Coptic Orthodox Church. While he'll agree to disagree about most things but if you do not like the Lord of the Rings and/or Harry Potter, He will at best, consider you with the utmost suspicion, and at worst a certified traitor of the entire human race.
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Richard Chirgwin is a technology journalist based in the Blue Mountains.
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Pastor & Peace Award winning activist-trainer | hubby & dad
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Jane is an army brat raised in Canberra, Brisbane, Malaysia, Sydney, Bucks UK, Wimbledon London, Mittagong. Father overseas for lots of jolly wars in between. She is also the mother of two boys with ASD, holds a double major in Government from Sydney Uni and works as a publicist for NGOs focussing on foreign aid, social justice, environment and transport.
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Elly Bradbury specializes in branding critical issues. Building campaigns to engage Australians on global and local issues; from maternal child health, to micro enterprise, transmitted diseases, adoption, child trafficking, sustainable housing and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Elly established World Vision’s ambassador stable, leading high profile people to investigate critical issues across the developing world. And was the CEO of Adoption Awareness, campaigning for Australian adoption policy reform. Elly draws on ten years of story telling experience as studio executive for Columbia Tristar productions, with a list of credits across the film and television sector.
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William Crockford is a farmer from country NSW. He had two kids and three dogs, and prefers the latter.
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Dr Michelle H Lim is a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist at the Iverson Health Innovation Institute and Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University of Technology. She is the scientific chair of the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness - endloneliness.com.au Her research areas include loneliness, youth mental health, and digital interventions.
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Ian completed his undergraduate studies in Medical Laboratory Science at the Queensland University of Technology. Between 1992 and 2015 Ian was a Research Assistant, PhD student and a post-doctoral virology research group leader at the Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre, Queensland, Australia. In 2015 Ian left research and moved to a Supervising Scientist role in virology, detecting and characterizing known, new, newly identified and rare viral threats to public and environmental health. He retains an adjunct Associate Professor affiliation at The University of Queensland.
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Linda Rand is an Art Witch and Wolf Mama living in Portland, Oregon. She has been published in Entropy, Nailed Magazine, Unchaste Anthology Volume I, as well as anthologies Places Like Home, City of Weird, and The People’s Apocalypse, with non-fiction journal excerpts in Fuck Happiness: How Women Are Ditching the Cult of Positivity and Choosing Radical Joy by Ariel Gore. Her artwork has been included in PDX Magazine and the book Oneira: I Dream the Self. Follow on Instagram: @lindapaintsandwrites
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Toby Francis is a Sydney based writer/singer/actor/cabaret performer.
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Dr Simon Longstaff is the Executive Director of the Ethics Centre, an independent, not-for-profit organisation focused on the promotion and exploration of ethical questions.
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Caroline Fisher is an Assistant Professor in Journalism in the Faculty of Arts & Design at the University of Canberra. She is a member of the News & Media Research Centre and co-author of the Digital News Report Australia. Caroline researches and teaches in journalism and political communication.
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Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado is a Professor of Political Science and a University Administrator living in Omaha, Nebraska. A California native, he has spent the past 30 years teaching and writing about U.S national security policy, energy development, and educational equity and inclusion.
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We connect busy, time poor Hosts with Guests who provide 2 hours of help around the house each day in Xchange for food and accommodation. It’s a win-win and it’s changing the way we live!
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F.I. Goldhaber's words capture people, places, and politics with a photographer's eye and a poet's soul. As a reporter, editor, business writer, and marketing communications consultant, they produced news stories, feature articles, editorial columns, and reviews for newspapers, corporations, governments, and non-profits in five states. Now paper, electronic, and audio magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, broadsides, and street signs display their poetry, fiction, and essays.
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Robert Oakeshott was the Independent Member of the House of Representatives for the Division of Lyne in New South Wales.
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Thilini Wickramasuriya is a tax lawyer based in Sydney. Her work focuses on tax policy and advocacy.
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Sherryn is a freelance writer and journalism student from Melbourne. She enjoys writing short stories, frolicking in unsecured meadows and sometimes tweets.
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Pete McBride after over 40 years in retail, is now facing the challenge of retirement. A father of three and stepfather to two, Pete looks forward to his Monday's, as he get's to look after his grandson. Peter's passion is reading especially psychology and Russian novels.
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Based in Queensland Australia, Vizion Group is a boutique property development company, with a focus on designing and building turn key investment duplexes and homes.
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Laurie Patton (AKA “The Lucky General”) is a former journalist and media executive. He's been a prominent advocate for #BetterBroadband as a tool for maximising the benefits of a digitally-enabled world, and decentralisation as a means of providing more affordable housing and creating more liveable communities. His personal blog is theluckygeneral.biz. His posts are frequently re-published and he is often interviewed on radio and television.
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With an extensive and remarkably diverse career across film, TV and stage, Paul Capsis is probably best known as a performer of theatre, concert and cabaret, with critics having decreed him Australia’s “King of Cabaret”. On top of an array of Australian theatrical credits, Paul has also worked extensively internationally in cities as diverse New York, London, Vienna, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
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Chaim Lever is the CEO and co-founder of Four. He is passionate about retailers, customer service and payment technology. By completing his Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology, Psychology and Marketing, Chaim understands what consumers need in their shopping journey, and how to do it spending responsibly.
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Amy Maguire is an Associate Professor in Human Rights and International Law, at the University of Newcastle.
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Alexander Gillespie is a Professor of Law at the University of Waikato.
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Oscar Hedstrom is a philosopher and bartender from Sydney. He has worked for local radio station FBi 94.5FM and Vice Magazine in Scandinavia.
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Jae hails from Australia, has lived abroad in the UK and studied in Germany. She dabbles in various sporting disciplines including tennis, bouldering and running, and has also achieved a Masters in Sport Business at Victoria University. Her 9-to-5 hours are currently consumed by a global organisation that produces major Australian beer and cider brands.
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Mick Daley is a Sydney-based musician and journalist. Not overly fond of creeping fascism or its passive/aggressive proponents, he hopes that the pen is still mightier than the sword. But suspects it's been blunted by investor state dispute settlement.
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Kathleen McPhillips is a sociologist of religion and gender and have written extensively on women, religion, the church and the state. She has undertaken a research study of the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission and before that at the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry.
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Andrea Carson is the recently appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at Latrobe University. She was previously a lecturer in political science at the University of Melbourne and served as an Honorary Fellow with the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism. Her research examines politics and the media - with special interests in investigative journalism, the media's role in a democracy and political communication. She has done extensive research on journalism, Australian politics, party representation and voter behaviour, election campaigns and digital media. Andrea holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Politics from The University of Melbourne. She has taught courses on political communication, news media and politics and campaigns and elections at The University of Melbourne. She has worked previously as a print journalist (The Age), online, radio (ABC, RRR) and TV (producer 7.30). Read more here: https://www.andreacarsonphd.com/
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George began his financial career in 2004, obtaining invaluable trading and analyst experience in financial derivatives amidst the most challenging trading conditions in history caused by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). George has contributed articles and editorial opinion pieces to several print and on-line publications around the world — covering a variety of topics including fundamentals, technical analysis, geopolitics, trading and economics.
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Brendan is a fellow at the Grattan Institute. Before joining Grattan, Brendan worked with the World Bank in Indonesia, and prior to that, he undertook a number of roles with the Australian Treasury, including as part of the Treasury’s China Policy Unit. Brendan holds a Masters of International Development Economics from the Australian National University and Bachelors of Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne.
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Karen graduated from the University of Canberra with a dream to write her own Bio.
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Karl Nicholas is studying a PhD in Philosophy at Macquarie University. He currently lives in the Blue Mountains. When he finishes his studies he hopes to travel overseas until Australia has a decent government. His favourite writers include Roberto Bolaño and David Foster Wallace.
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A brutally honest account of one man's journey through testicular cancer.
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Carmen Angerer is a Melbourne writer, who works as a digital marketer by day and reads books all night. She's currently writing her first novel and spends her life being fascinated by the human condition and the deliciousness of garlic dip. You can find more of her work at carmenangerer.com
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Tanya Plibersek is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Women, and the Federal Member for Sydney.
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Sanjaya Senanayake is the Associate Professor of Medicin (Infectious Diseases Physician) at ANU.
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Chris is a linguist, performance maker, and avid rock climber. He is currently in his final year of studying performance design,and is drawn to making work which exists between the multitude of gaps between spoken and digital languages in our world. You can find him @kyddbrain on Twitter and Instagram.
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Sebastian Pedavoli has built innovative technologies for more than a decade, building beautifully designed websites, apps and software for clients. A self-professed perfectionist, Sebastian decided to forgo formal university or tertiary education and set out to work for himself, founding Proxima with Dan Nolan in 2014 in order to build software that will change digital signage and events for small and large companies alike.
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Having worked all over the world on high profile brands such as Warner Bros. Pictures and Starbucks Coffee for over 15 years, Sharon Zeev Poole founded Agent99 Public Relations in January 2007.
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Arj Barker, is an American stand-up comedian and actor from San Anselmo, California.
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Michael Shen is 25 years old – desk jockey by day, food monger at night. Kidding. I’m a food monger 24/7 - anything else I do is a front. His rules of life are simple: 1) Respect the chef, always 2) The camera eats first 3) Life is too short to eat sh*t food
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Dr Shahar Burla is a Sydney-based researcher and lecturer. Shahar holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University and a PhD in Political Science from Bar–Ilan University. He is the author of "Political Imagination in the Diaspora: The Construction of a Pro-Israeli Narrative" (2013) and co-editor of “Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural and Political Relationship” (2015). He has received several awards, including a President’s Fellowship for outstanding PhD student and the Menahem Begin Foundation Academic Award.
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In a former life, Anthony Venn-Brown was a high profile Pentecostal preacher. He is the author of the bestseller, A Life of Unlearning, and founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International.
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Dr Anna Mortimore is a Lecturer specialising in taxation in the Griffith Business School. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Chartered Tax Adviser with The Tax Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UQ), a Masters of Business (QUT), a Master of Laws (LLM) (Bond) University, and a PhD (MU). Anna recently gained her PhD from her dissertation entitled: “The use of economic instruments in managing the environmental externalities of road transport.” Anna’s expertise on this topic is evidenced by her publications in refereed journals and in peer reviewed books. Anna is active in making submissions to the Australian Government on the future of the Australian car industry, future tax reform, setting Australia’s post 2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions, and the Vehicle Emissions Discussion Paper.
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Fiona E. McNeill is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University.
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Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College and an elected Fellow of several professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He is an evolutionary social psychologist whose research is guided by the simple desire to make sense of everyday life, and he is currently studying gossip, aggression, and creepiness.
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Steve Hatfield-Dodds is the Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Neal Hughes is a Senior Economist, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)
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Richard Fletcher is an associate professor in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine at The University of Newcastle, NSW. He has been conducting programs and research with boys, fathers and families for over 20 years and is the convenor of the Australian Fatherhood Research Network. His current research includes: Father’s role in families with PND; Rough and Tumble play and self regulation; Father-infant attachment; Indigenous fathering; Fathers of children with Autism; Using the web for parent support; and, Supporting separated parents of young children. His book ‘The Dad Factor: how father-baby bonding helps a child for life’ was published by Finch in March 2011 and has been translated into 5 languages.
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Firmin DeBrabander is professor of Philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He is author of Spinoza and the Stoics (Continuum Press, 2007) and Do Guns Make us Free? (Yale University Press, 2015).
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Dr Michael Musker has 30 years practice experience in mental health nursing, and has written publications on the genetics of depression, bullying, and precision medicine in depression. He arrived in Australia in 2001 and was employed as a Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health for the University of Adelaide. Mike has led on a number of research projects on depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, bullying, and mental health disorders. He completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide whilst working as the Advanced Clinical Services Coordinator of the Forensic Mental Health Service of South Australia. The research training focused on perpetrator induced traumatic stress and included interviewing forensic mental health patients and prisoners about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other comorbid disorders. He is currently a senior research fellow in the Mental Health and Wellbeing team at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
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Brendon joined the United States Studies Centre in 2009 as Associate Professor in American Politics. He was previously with the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University. Brendon was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC in 2008 and 2015 and in 2006 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations. He has taught courses on American domestic politics and foreign affairs, and supervised theses on a variety of topics such as anti-Americanism, neoconservatism, the Iraq War and presidential politics. His two latest books are Anti-Americanism and American Exceptionalism: Prejudice and Pride about the USA and Ideologies of American Foreign Policy (co-authored with John Callaghan and Mark Phythian).
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Clinton Fernandes holds dual appointments at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra. He has published on the relationship between science, diplomacy and international law, intelligence operations in foreign policy, the political and regulatory implications of new technology and Australia’s external relations more generally. He is a former Australian Army officer who served in the Australian Intelligence Corps. He is the author of Island off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of Statecraft in Australian Foreign Policy (Monash University Publishing, 2018). http://www.publishing.monash.edu/books/ioca-9781925523799.html He does not use social media.
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Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. His research interests are in the area of solar energy systems.
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Brendan Canavan is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Huddersfield.
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Dr Katherine Gibney is an infectious diseases physician, public health physician and medical epidemiologist. She has a particular interest in infections in immigrants and returned travellers, vector-borne diseases and gastrointestinal infections, and Indigenous health. Katherine works at the Austin Hospital and the Doherty Institute, and has an appointment in Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Victorian Department of Health. She completed a PhD at Monash University examining the burden of selected infectious diseases in Australia and the national infectious diseases surveillance system.
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Dr. Mahmoud Elkhodr is an internationally established scholar in the areas of the Internet of Things, e-health, Cyber Security, and Privacy. Mahmoud received his PhD degree and his Master of Science (Honors) and Master of ICT degrees from Western Sydney University.
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Kcasey McLoughlin is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and is a Senior Lecturer in Law in the Newcastle Law School. Kcasey's doctoral research explored the interaction between women, gender and difference in the judiciary. This research was specifically concerned with the way in which gender and difference have impacted upon the contributions of women judges to the High Court of Australia. Kcasey is also interested in the way in which law affects women's lives and experiences and she has written about sexual violence against women, abortion, paid parental and gendered harms in discourses about free speech.
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Professor Jacqueline Peel is a leading, internationally-recognised expert in the field of environmental and climate change law. Her scholarship on these topics encompasses international, transnational and national dimensions, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of the law/science relationship in the environmental field and risk regulation.
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Dr Bruce Baer Arnold is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law at the University of Canberra. He has a strong interest in privacy, data protection, artificial intelligence and robotics, intellectual property and health sector regulation. He is on the editorial board of Privacy Law Bulletin and an OECD Health Information Infrastructure panellist. His work has appeared in Melbourne University Law Review, Journal of Medical Ethics, Monash Law Review, Laws, Adelaide Law Review, Local Government Law Journal, Alternative Law Journal and other publications.
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Rev. Bill Crews AM is CEO and Founder of the Exodus Foundation and The Big Picture Film Festival.
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Amy is an entrepreneur with a quirky sense of style. Always honest, she has a unique knack for telling it how it is, and puts a humorous spin on the goings on in her life. A self-confessed Peter Pan, she seems to be forever chasing a rainbow on a spiritual journey, and maddens people with her little ways. Astrology, destiny, spiritual gurus, naturopaths, Chinese Herbalists - her philosophy is do whatever you need to get you to where you need to go. Amy is currently the director of a nation-wide chauffeur booking agency & started her own blog chasingamy.com.au in November 2012
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James Tawfik is a sydney-based stylist and #prboy with a good sense of distaste and a dirty mouth.
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Jay is the founder at Promise or Pay and is currently living in Cambodia where he is an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. When he is not working Jay likes to find ways to stay inspired, make a difference, and just be a nice dude.
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Daniel Faris is a freelance journalist and blogger from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He studied creative writing and business at Susquehanna University and has been writing for a global audience ever since. He’s the editor of Only Slightly Biased, The Byte Beat and New Music Friday, as well as a columnist for the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Comedy legend as seen on Einstein Factor and Good News Week. As heard of radio's The Cage, The Peter Berner experiment and Thank God it's Friday.
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Stanley Gaines is the Senior Lecturer In Psychology at the Brunel University, London.
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Commencing in 2007, Diane Elliott discovered the secrets of the amazing healing properties from farm beehives. Combining these secrets with her love of botanical oils Diane went on to develop a unique range of natural luxury balms. Today QueenBEE Secrets produces 11 different balms with the swarm of bee helpers as it expands further due to customer demand. The future looks bright for this small Australian company with their catch phrase. “Every household should have at least one QueenBEE SECRET in the cupboard”.
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Josh Holley is a freelance writer and comedian (2016 Raw Comedy Qld Semi-Finalist), who thinks we could all do a lot better.
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Nick Cloete is an Australian technology entrepreneur who is currently the founder of Kounta. Kounta’s first product is a online Point of Sale System or as Kounta likes to call it a “Merchant Operating System”. Nick earned his business degree in South Africa and his experience working in restaurants are the foundation upon which Kounta was built. With his prior experience owning a legacy Point of Sale company, Nick also saw how the limitations of a localized platform had its own set of issues, especially in addressing the unique needs of retail and hospitality merchants. Nick attests the company's success to a small group of outstanding people who’s constant mission is to design and develop the best way for merchant to better run, manage, grow and connect their business, in store, starting at Point of Sale. Since its launch in 2012, Kounta, based in Sydney Australia has eased the lives of thousands of merchants all over the world. Kounta have partnered with the likes of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a world first all-in-one payments and POS solution, MYOB to develop a co-branded version of Kounta and more recently OzHarvest to Fight Food Waste. In addition to his successful business, Cloete also launched an Australia-based family, for which he is hard at work in his roles as husband and father of two. Nick is Founder and CEO of Kounta. @nickcloete
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Jade is an accredited naturopath and nutritionist, hobby food stylist and photographer, whole foods recipe developer and advocate, and one-half of the Panaceas pantry duo; a social media feed focused on both cooked and raw vegan recipes. Kathie is a passionate foodie, cafe manager, raw dessert creator, recipe developer & animal lover, who hopes to funnel her passions into a future whole-foods cafe. Together Jade and Kath run panaceas pantry, a rapidly growing Instagram feed that has allowed them to work closely with successful, compassionate and/or whole food companies including Loving Earth, Mayvers Food, Pana chocolate, Power superfoods, Animal Liberation, In The Soul Shine, and Lorna Jane. They have been invited to talk health and whole foods at various events, including World Vegan Day and the Wellness foodie’s expo, as well as present as guest judges at the Vegan Bake sale for charity. Their work has been featured in various prints including The Vegan Good Life, The Sunday Style Magazine, Nourish and Thrive. Last year their photography graced the front cover of the esteem Nourish magazine, in which they also won the best vegan feed in the Instagrammers of influence awards.
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Megan Riakos is the co-chapter head of the Sydney Film Fatales, a WIFT NSW committee member and the writer, director and producer of the feature film “Crushed”.
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Juliana, Mir and Ron are a fun-loving group of food seekers from NYC and LA who have banded together on a common, simple mission: to showcase the most bomb (dot-com) food we can find on both coasts of the US. While we each come from different backgrounds, we share one thing, our love for food. Bomb food need not be extravagant, nor photogenic necessarily, but it does have to draw one's palate in a very deep, experiential way.
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Melanie McCartney and is a small business owner, that began my writing journey four years ago.
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Ben is the owner and co-founder of Flow Athletic, an incredibly successful yoga and fitness studio based in Paddington. It is now known worldwide and they have a lot of internationals coming in to try out their classes. He was also named one of the 2017 Men of Influence by Men’s Style magazine. Ben also came up with the innovative Flow After Dark silent yoga disco concept in 2016, which has now held nine sold-out events across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He has also created the Nightclub Spin, Sofa 2 Surf and 30 Days Clean concepts, which are always huge hits and generate a lot of interest within the media. In 2015 Flow Athletic won the Telstra Small Business of the Year Award and last year he was also profiled in the Optus business feature. Prior to getting into the fitness industry, Ben was a professional NRL player for the Cronulla Sharks and a number of other teams. After finishing his stint with the NRL, he went on to own three very successful personal training studios and during that time he also turned to ultra endurance running. In the space of five years, he ran 35 marathons and five ultra marathons all over the world. Due to his interest in running, he then went on to train up 101 non-runners to run and complete their first marathon – a challenge he said he probably won’t take on again, however, as a result, Sofa2Surf was born. To find out more visit www.flowathletic.com.au.
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Mark Serreze is the Research Professor of Geography and director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado
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Dr Kim Toffoletti is Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.
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Peter Monk is President of the National Secular Lobby. He believes Secular government to be a requirement in any egalitarian society. An IT developer and consultant by trade, he once spent a frantic 18 months running a political satire blog, Liberal Times. When not being pummelled on Twitter, he is kept safely occupied by his very patient family and his very impatient cats.
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Phillip Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Director for the MSc in Animation & VFX and the MDes in Comics & Graphic Novels programmes at the University of Dundee. He is also the creator and coordinator of the Level 3 Comic Art & Graphic Novels module at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. In 2015 he became the Art Director of the Dundee Comics Creative Space.
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Dr. Cook began her appointment in the Honors College June 1, 2012 and has been a faculty member of the Department of Psychology since 1997. She is a nationally recognized expert on violence against women. Her research explores how science conceptualizes and measures the problem, ethical issues in researching it, how to prevent it, and how it intersects with other problems such as HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. She teaches an Honours College undergraduate interdisciplinary seminar on HIV/AIDS, violence, and Apartheid in South Africa as well as a graduate course on psychology and public policy. She is an alumna of Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN. and earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia.
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Shensheng Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at Emory University. His research broadly focuses on the cognitive and developmental underpinnings of humanness perception, a process that might shed light on diverse psychological phenomena, including the uncanny valley effect, face animacy perception, and schadenfreude.
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Dr Bianca Fileborn is a Lecturer in Criminology, at the School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. She is currently an ARC DECRA Fellow. Dr Fileborn's research is concerned with examining assemblages of space, culture, identity and violence and safety. She has also been involved in numerous projects on sexuality and ageing. Her current research is concerned with justice responses to street harassment, sexual violence at Australian music festivals, and LGBTIQ+ young people and violence.
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Morgan Leigh Davies is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY.
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Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and the Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She is also a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative in London, and was a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC from 2012–16. Professor McAdam publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change and mobility. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. She serves on a number of international committees and has undertaken consultancies for UNHCR and various governments on issues relating to forced migration and international law.
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Dr Daryl Adair is Associate Professor of Sport Management. He has taught at The Flinders University of South Australia (Adelaide), De Montfort University (Leicester), The University of Queensland (Brisbane), and the University of Canberra (ACT) before joining the University of Technology, Sydney in July 2007. Daryl is on the editorial board of the academic journals Sporting Traditions, Sport in Society, Performance Enhancement and Health, the Journal of Sport History, and the Journal of Sport for Development.
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Ross Bradstock is the Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires.
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Anthony Veal is an Adjunct Professor of the Business School at the University of Technology Sydney.
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Professor Gerry FitzGerald is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health at QUT and discipline Leader of Health Management and Disaster Management. He is co-author of the book, Disaster Health Management: A Primer for Students and Practitioners, Routledge UK. 2016. He holds medical specialist medical qualifications in Emergency Medicine and Medical Administration and a Doctor of Medicine for a thesis entitled Emergency Department Triage. His implementation and evaluation of a novel triage system was the basis for the Australasian Triage Scale which has been the cornerstone of ED operations for more than twenty years.
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Calvert Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization (2017).
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Kristina Murphy received her PhD in Psychology from the Australian National University. She joined Griffith University in 2011.
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Dr Brooke Nickel (BSc Hons, MIPH, PhD) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The University of Sydney's School of Public Health. She is interested in understanding the psychosocial aspects of cancer diagnosis and treatment, with a specific area of interest in examining how labels and communication for low risk cancers impact experiences of diagnosis, treatment decision making and psychological outcomes.
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Thomas Clarke is Professor of Management in the UTS Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Kate is a Bowen Therapist based in the Sunshine Coast
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Dr Owen Harris is a GP and one of the partners at St Kilda Medical Group. He has worked in private practice, community health, aboriginal health and rural and remote emergency departments.
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Hugo Chiarella is a writer and performer currently touring in the Australian production of Les Miserables. He wrote the musical DreamSong and is a writer, performer and producer with sketch comedy group I'm With Stupid.
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Tanya Saad is a spokesperson for Ovarian Cancer Australia
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Mandy Burns is the CEO of Ardoch Youth Foundation, an education charity that supports children and young people in disadvantaged communities.
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Erin Price is a nursing student at the University of Melbourne. She spends her spare time finding cute cafes, dabbling in graphic design and obsessing over dogs.
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Dr Kim Huynh has published journal articles and book chapters on political theory, Vietnamese politics, women’s studies and refugee politics, and has written essays and opinion editorials for a range of Australian newspapers along with the BBC Vietnamese and the RiotACT. He received the ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and lectures courses on international relations and political philosophy in addition to supervising honours and PhD students in these areas.
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Brendan Ciaran Browne is an Assistant Professor and Course Coordinator with an MPhil Conflict Resolution at the Trinity College Dublin
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Dr. Matthew Stocks is a researcher at the Australian University investigating high efficiency photovoltaic solar cells, including tandem devices, and integrating high amounts of renewable energy in Australia's electricity network. From 2003 through 2012, Dr Stocks was Chief Technologist at Origin Energy Solar (then Transform Solar). He transferred the ANU invented SLIVER technology from the university into pilot production in Adelaide and then into large scale manufacturing in the US. Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. His research interests are in the area of solar energy systems.
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Dr. Gina Cleo is anAccredited Practicing Dietitian with a PhD in habit-based weight loss maintenance. She is currently a Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University.
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Christopher believes that a passion for translating research into pragmatic, real-world policy and practice to make cities more efficient, accessible, healthy, liveable and sustainable. His areas of expertise include strategic transport planning, traffic modelling and forecasting, economic appraisal, travel surveys, discrete choice analysis, geospatial analysis and visual data analytics. He is a peer reviewer for Research in Transportation Economics, the International Conference on Transport and Health (ICTH), and the Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF).
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Simon is a lawyer and candidate for a PhD at Western Sydney University specialising on the international protection of journalists. He has also worked for the ABC Radio National. He has advised the Human Rights Council of Australia, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Diplomacy Training Program and other organisations on international human rights and criminal law. He was a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University and a Legal Officer at the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He has worked on Australian Research Council Grants for the University of Technology, Sydney, and was a Senior Research Assistant working on the biography of Justice Michael Kirby.
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Professor Margaret Morris is chair and Head of Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences, University of NSW. She uses neuropharmacological approaches to explore underlying brain mechanisms in epilepsy, obesity, diabetes, and the link between obesity and high blood pressure. She has developed models of voluntary high fat feeding in rat and mice. The impact of parental obesity and early childhood events has been a key focus of research. Her lab has worked extensively on the impact of maternal obesity on offspring metabolic and cardiovascular risk, and is currently exploring options for intervention. Recent work investigating the role of paternal obesity on the health of offspring demonstrated that when rat fathers were fed a high fat diet to induce obesity and glucose intolerance, the resulting female offspring exhibited impaired glucose tolerance and insulin secretion as young adults (Nature, 2010). Other major research questions Professor Morris explores is how does provision of a varied, energy rich diet override the regulatory control mechanisms that should maintain body weight? The Morris lab showed that palatable high fat diet can ameliorate the behavioral effects of early life stress; notably voluntary exercise had similar benefits (Psychoneuroendocrinology 2010).
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Joan Westenberg is a Sydney based writer and a proud transgender woman. She has been published in Inc.com, the SF Chronicle, The Saturday Paper, the New York Observer and over 40 other publications. Joan is the author of an open-source transgender inclusion policy in use by multiple technology companies.
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Dr Karen Williams is a consultant psychiatrist who treats patients whom have suffered complex trauma and other kinds of trauma. The deficit of services targeted for this population has led to her founding Doctors Against Violence Towards Women. The primary aim of this group is to advocate for increased public and professional awareness of trauma informed care.
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Evie’s research interests include ethical dilemmas in emerging reproductive biotechnologies, bio- and necropolitics, public health ethics, and the impact of representations of health professionals in popular culture on medical education and practice.
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Morgan Coleman is an Indigenous tech entrepreneur, property developer and consultant. He is passionate about using business and entrepreneurship to empower minorities and change the outcomes for their communities. Morgan prides himself on living by the principles of self-determination, creativity, individualism and uniqueness, key values that are instilled in all his business ventures. Morgan's vision is to inspire a generation of Indigenous Australians to use business and entrepreneurship as a vehicle to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. He aspires for his businesses to stand as a lasting testament to the capabilities of Indigenous Australians. Traditionally, Torres Strait Islanders used the stars to navigate across the oceans. Morgan had his logo designed to encompass the individualism of entrepreneurship, straying from the conventional and being guided by your own stars.
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Dr Ben Mathews is a Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, Principal Research Fellow in the QUT Faculty of Law, and Director of the multi-Faculty Childhood Adversity Research Program.
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Danielle K. Kilgo primarily focuses on the entanglement of race, gender and ability issues in visual, digital and social media communication. Currently, she concentrates on the international media coverage of social movements, particularly recent protests against violence and racism in the United States.
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Chris Wallace Associate Professor, 50/50 By 2030 Foundation, Faculty of Business Law & Government, University of Canberra.
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Matt McDonald is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland.
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Charlotte Wells is a 17-year-old future journalist with a passion for equality. She has a goal to provide every human with a voice regardless of sexuality, gender, ethnicity, race, religion or otherwise. She believes every person has a right to their opinions and wishes to provide insight into alternate and unbiased news.
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Joseph is a part-time writer, part-time reviewer, part-time worker, part-time gamer, part-time skeptic and part-time children's book writer. He would like to do all of these full time but he just doesn't seem to have the time.
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Dr Kerry Thomas is an Associate Professor in the School of Education UNSW and Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts UNSW. Her research focuses on the study of creative practice as a form of social reasoning and as a function of misrecognition in teacher-student exchanges. This year she lectures in the areas of Creativity and Giftedness, and Ethnographic Methods in the School of Education. Prior to her various appointments at UNSW, she was Inspector, Creative Arts NSW Board of Studies with responsibilities for syllabus development in the Arts, in particular the Visual Arts. Kerry is recognised as a leading advocate for a non-reductive approach to the Arts in current Australian curriculum debates. In 2011 she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
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Trevor Ashley is one of Australia’s most sought-after and successful performers. He has built a career and following as an actor, writer, and international queen of cabaret - but not necessarily in that order. Trevor has starred in the musicals Hairspray, The Producers and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He has penned and produced his own shows Fat Swan, Liza (on an E), Little Orphan TrAshley and Diamonds Are For Trevor. He is currently playing Thenardier in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Les Miserables.
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Rob loves bars, and booze. And going to bars to drink booze.
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Julia Pimsleur is author - speaker - coach and the founder of Million Dollar Women Academy and Masterclass, which help women scale up their businesses and reach $1M in revenues faster. Pimsleur is the founder of Little Pim language learning for kids, one of the few women-run businesses backed by venture capital in the country. Little Pim is the leading system for introducing young children to a second language and has won 25 awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method® with products sold in 22 countries. Pimsleur has raised a combined $26 million in non-profit and for-profit dollars. She wrote “Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big” to help women learn to raise capital and take their businesses further, faster. She lives in New York City with her two boys and their dog Ginger.
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Zalman Kastel was raised and ordained as a Rabbi in the Chasidic Jewish tradition in a racially divided part of Brooklyn NY. He grew up seeing people mainly as “us & them”, but encounters with Christians and Muslims transformed him. He is Director of Together for Humanity Foundation, a Christian, Jewish Muslim organisation that promotes Intercultural Understanding, primarily in schools.
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Valentina Borbone has an extensive 20 year+ career as an agency-side marketer, working with an impressive range of clients including Apple, FOXTEL, Macquarie University and realestate.com.au. Having had a range of senior management roles, Valentina’s comprehensive experience has seen her manage and grow a full-service digital agency and co-found a digital consultancy business. Currently, Valentina is a Non-Executive Director of the not-for-profit STaR Association, and Expert Advisor for The International Social Media Association, lead digital trainer for ADMA's Digital Marketing Certificate, Digital Essentials and Email Marketing courses and is a freelance digital marketing trainer and seasoned presenter.
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Hedda Murray is a student of writing and communication with a passion for community radio and a secret love of the ukulele.
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Jake Graham is a 15-year-old boy from Sydney. In the summer he likes going to the beach, and in winter playing soccer and AFL. He also enjoys Japanese food and watching movies. Jake plans to one day write and produce his own movie.
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Karen McMaster likes cheese, wine and ranting about feminism to anyone who will listen.
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Dimity Kingsford Smith was the NAB Independent Wealth Business Customer Advocate From 2015-October 2017. She is also the Professor and Director of the Centre for Law Markets and Regulation at UNSW. Alex Steel is a Professor, UNSW Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW
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Adam Swain is and Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham
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Dr Pete Goss joined the Grattan Institute in 2014, and has focused on how education systems and data can help schools and teachers adapt and improve their practice. Prior to joining Grattan, he spent more than 10 years as a strategy consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group, and worked with Noel Pearson to improve education outcomes for Cape York primary school students. Pete trained as a biologist, with a focus on understanding complex systems.
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Megan Graham is a freelance writer, journalist and occasional blogger based in Melbourne. She is passionate about writing that humanises and demystifies any and all topics, and has previously written on culture, film, feminism, politics and finance. Her work has been published in Eureka Street, Spook, brightday, The Australian *and others. Megan tweets (sporadically) @secondhandstori
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Michael Grose is at Climate Projections Scientist at the CSIRO. His research focuses on climate projections and communication for southeast Australia, as well as climate model evaluation and making climate projections for Pacific Island nations.
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Katharina M. Busl, MD, is the division chief of neurocritical care at University of Florida Health and co-director of the UF Health Shands Hospital Neuro Intensive Care Unit. She is a neurointensivist with faculty appointments in the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and bioengineering. Dr. Busl received her medical degree with high honors from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. She moved to Boston to complete her neurology residency in the Harvard Neurology Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also served as chief resident. She subsequently completed a fellowship there in neurological critical care. Before coming to UF, Dr. Busl was an assistant professor of neurology and attending neurointensivist for five years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. In addition to her formal medical education, Dr. Busl holds a master’s degree in science from Rush University. Dr. Busl is board certified in neurology as a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and neurocritical care-certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. She is a member of various professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, the Neurocritical Care Society, the American Heart Association and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Busl has been invited to numerous regional, national and international meetings and conferences to present and participate.
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Nicholas Patterson is an academic professional in teaching and research at Deakin University.
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Dr Tony Matthews (@drtonymatthews) is an award-winning Urban and Environmental Planner, with portfolios in academia, practice and the media. He is a faculty member at Griffith University, where he is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment & Science and the Cities Research Institute.
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Ian Hughes is trained in psychoanalysis. In the area of political science, he co-authored a study on the effectiveness of democracy in Ireland. He graduated with a PhD in atomic physics from Queen’s University in Belfast, and worked in some of the top research laboratories in Europe and the United States. These included JET, the nuclear fusion research facility, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States.
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Harriet Gross is professor of psychology, as well as acting pro vice chancellor and head of the College of Arts, at the University of Lincoln in the UK. Her latest book is The Psychology of Gardening (2018). She has also contributed to the Conservation Foundation Green Health Live Conferences highlighting the value of gardening for health.
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David was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2008 and was awarded a DSc in 2003 by the Australian National University. He received an Order of Australia for contributions to science in 2014. In 1998 he was awarded the Eureka Science Prize, and in 1999 he received a Whitley Award for the co-authored book Conservation Biology for the Australian Environment. In 2004 he was awarded the leading Principal Investigator by the international organisation, the Earthwatch Institute. Also in 2004, he was awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, Inc. in recognition of his contribution to nature science over the last decade. He has more than 30 years experience in ecology and has written more than 1000 publications including more than 600 scientific papers in international journals and 40 books.
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Dirk Philipsen is an economic historian and wellbeing economics advocate who teaches public policy and history at Duke University in North Carolina. He is also a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. His most recent book is The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do About It (2015).
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Gabrielle Appleby is a Professor of Law at UNSW.
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Meg Elkins is a senior lecturer with the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing her research examines determinants of individual and community wellbeing at both a global level and local level. She uses applied and behavioural techniques in two distinct fields of research which feed into this overarching theme of wellbeing creation. The first is in the field of development economics and relates to poverty reduction and social protection mechanisms and the second is in the field of cultural economics and the implications of creative culture for community development.
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Lori Kogan is the Chair of the Human-Animal Interaction Section of the American Psychological Association and Editor of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited books including Pet Loss, Grief, and Therapeutic Interventions: Practitioners Navigating the Human-Animal Bond and Clinician’s Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction.
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Born in Tasmania, Lynne left Australia with $120 in her pocket and went on to become a fashion retailer, chef, socialite and millionaire. From being runner up in Masterchef USA, taking up car racing (at age 50), walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards, attending Michael Jackson’s memorial, to Swiss jail escapades and being caught in the Israeli troop withdrawal at Hebron, this is a truly remarkable life.
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Jacqui Ooi is a Sydney-based writer and editor who spent 10 years working at some of Australia’s best-known magazines before jumping ship to the world of international aid. She has seen life at its most glamorous and its most grim, and lived to tell the tales.
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Henry Rollins is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist. He is also a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.
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Josh Sampson is a Social Media Manager with TBS and an Announcer/ Producer on Adelaide radio station FIVEaa. He is passionate about showcasing everything South Australia has to offer, and is a politics and sports tragic in his spare time.
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Trent Innes has more than 17 years of experience growing and managing major businesses in the accounting and IT industries. Trent joined Xero Australia in 2013 as National Sales Director, managing the company’s growing network of 10,000 accounting partners and more than 260,000 paying customers. He was appointed Xero Australia Managing Director in January 2016 to manage the company’s next phase of growth in a highly competitive accounting software market. Prior to Xero, Trent worked at Microsoft for six years as National Sales Manager of the Microsoft Business Group in Australia, managing company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) businesses. He started his career as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Trent’s experience includes business leadership, sales management, channel development, strategic planning and scaling software-as-a-service businesses.
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I did a science degree at Sydney University, and since I was a teenager I’ve loved science, technology, philosophy and psychology. I worked in the renewable energy industry for six years, doing operational monitoring, data analysis, community engagement and corporate communications. My passion is communicating complex, technical concepts in highly accessible ways; seeking to entertain and educate, rather than patronise or over-simplify.
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Daniel Mandel is Director of the Zionist Organization of America’s Center for Middle East Policy, a former Fellow in History at Melbourne University and author of of H.V. Evatt & the Establishment of Israel (Routledge, London, 2004).
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Robert started his career as a mathematician (BSc Pure & Statistical Maths UQ), working in market research for George Kelly. As well as sampling and data analysis (well before data the focus now on data), he became heavily involved in qualitative research. His clients included Johnson & Johnson, Cottee, Tooheys, Nestle, Goodman Fielder, Swift and Moore. He moved to advertising (Masius) in 1983, working in research and strategy. (Prior to the days of Planners). Over the next 7 years, he worked in strategy and management with McCann Erickson, Clemenger and Saatchi & Saatchi. At Saatchi, he met Grahame Bond (aka Aunty Jack) and we founded Bond Strohfeldt in 1990. For the next 14 years, the agency was in the top 10 Australian owned shops. It sported a diverse range of clients such as the ATO, Samsung, Bridgestone, BBQs Galore, Case Machinery, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Daewoo, Trade Indemnity/QBE, Case Machinery and many more. Since 2009 he has run a specialist communications strategy and creative advisory firm, Strohfeldt Communications Group (www.thescg.com.au). They work with clients on an ongoing basis, as well as projects developing communications strategies and creative executions.
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Alice Chik is a Senior Lecturer in Literacy at Macquarie University Philip Benson is the Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University.
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David Rowe is the Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, Australia, and Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath, UK. He was Director of the Institute’s earlier incarnation, the Centre for Cultural Research, between 2006 and 2009. Previously, he was Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Cultural Institutions and Practices Research Centre at The University of Newcastle, Australia.
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Dr Bronwyn Harman is a Senior Lecturer (Psychology) at Edith Cowan University. Her area of research expertise is in resilience, well-being, and self-esteem, especially in relation to families and parenting.
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Professor Ken Baldwin is the Director of the Energy Change Institute at the ANU, and Deputy Director of the Research School of Physics and Engineering. Since 2011 he was a member of the Project Steering Committee for the Australian Energy Technology Assessment (AETA) produced by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE). In 2015 he was appointed to the Socio-Economic Modelling Advisory Committee of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Professor Baldwin is an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow, and winner of the 2004 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, for his role in initiating and championing “Science meets Parliament”. In 2007, Professor Baldwin was awarded the W.H. Beattie Steele Medal, the highest honour of the Australian Optical Society. In 2010 he was awarded the Barry Inglis Medal by the National Measurement Institute for excellence in precision measurement. Professor Baldwin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America and the Australian Institute of Physics.
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Jane Herbert is an expert in infant cognition and development based in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. She is the director of the Wollongong Infant Learning Lab (WILL) and leads the Family, Learning and Interaction (FLINT) research theme at Early Start at the University of Wollongong. Elisabeth Duursma is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Literacy at the University of Wollongong.
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Fran's areas of expertise are: aquatic ecosystem health, arid stream and river ecology, freshwater invertebrate ecology and urban streams.
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Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She was Research Director on Regional Governance in the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, The University of Melbourne. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union. She received a national Carrick (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first European Union curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an Australian Research Council ‘expert of international standing’ and an external assessor for the European research grant agencies. A former diplomat, she has run training courses on negotiating with the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.
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Paul is a riding instructor, veterinarian and ethologist. He is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science. The author of over 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications and seven books, Paul has received numerous Australian and international awards for his research and teaching innovations. His PhD was in the behaviour of stabled horses but it was a chapter co-written with Dr Andrew McLean in his Equine Behavior textbook that coined the term “Equitation Science”.
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Dr Louise Grimmer is a Lecturer in Marketing and a Retail Researcher in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania. Louise is an active researcher in the areas of sustainability in retailing, issues management and crisis communications in the context of the retail industry, factors affecting small and independent retailers, and how marketing communications can help retailers grow their firms. Her other research interests are shopping precinct improvement, supermarket and department store retailing, tourism and retailing, and how the digital economy is transforming traditional modes of shopping. Louise is a Member and Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Member of the American Marketing Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management. Louise is regularly sought out for expert comment by local, national and international media outlets and she has published in leading academic journals including Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of Consumer Behaviour.
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Liz Scott is a psychologist and writer who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her memoir, This Never Happened, was recently published by University of Hell Press.
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Raquel Peel is an international Speaker, Researcher and Lecturer. She works as a Psychology and Counselling Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland.
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Dr Susan Carland is the Director of the Bachelor of Global Studies at Monash University. She was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the best international approaches to countering bigotry and discrimination.
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Dr Taylor specialises in Energy and Natural Resources Law and specifically on the intersection between energy regulation, energy policy, and landholder rights. In particular, her research advances a novel examination of transitioning energy regulation from a comparative and socio-legal perspective, including the strategic governance of energy and the fragmentation of ownership rights between the state, corporations and landholders.
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William Olson is American-born, but Melbourne and Geelong-based since late 2001. Freelance journalist from 1990-2004, hospitality professional since late 2004. Back into freelance journalism since 2019, covering the union movement, industrial relations, public policy, and press freedom issues existing in Australia as the main beat. Husband to Jennifer, and "Dadda" to Keira, a very naughty calico fatto catto.
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David Buchanan SC is a Sydney-based barrister admitted in 1977 and currently at Forbes Chambers. He was appointed senior counsel in 1997.
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Erica is an adventurer at heart. She likes collecting experiences like a child collects shells from a seaside holiday and keeping them in a jar to write about later. Erica takes inspiration from all things, significant or otherwise. She will write about wet socks today and political theory tomorrow, but the itching need to write has been with her since she knew how to spell her own name. She hopes to share her perspective with you, and hopes you enjoy it. Or at least laugh at it a little.
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Andrew Upton is an Australian playwright, screenwriter, and director. He is the husband of the actress Cate Blanchett.
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Michael Gill is Principal Advisor with ChangePond Technologies and Counsellor with global business advisory firm Dragoman.
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Josh Isaac is a rookie book critic living in Wellington, New Zealand where he specialises in loud noises and lattes for a living. He made the jump across the Tasman from Sydney to marry the love of his life, the most amazing Kara and they have a ninja and a monkey for children.
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Brynn is a lawyer, strategist and advocate for more responsible business. She has been quoted in SMH, the Australian, AFP, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Guardian, ABC, AFP, Bloomberg, Reuters on both the BHP and Rio work. She is part of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, which currently leading a Rio shareholder action.
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Beatrice is a psychologist working at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Her current research focuses on the health and well-being of older LGBTI Australians.
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Nilufar Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University.
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Anna Bunn is a senior lecturer at the Curtin Law School, Curtin University.
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Liz Forbat is an Associate Professor in ageing. Her research and clinical practice focus on how families and relationships are impacted when someone gets ill, for example with cancer or other life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
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Dr Jacqui Yoxall is a registered psychologist, with 23 years of clinical and forensic experience and an academic at Southern Cross University. Her practice and research interests concern human response to trauma, the nexus between psychology and criminal or civil law and psychological assessment.
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Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist based in London.
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Terry Carney is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney.
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Danniel Jacques (B.Med.Sci; Dip.Innov.Man; Microbiology and Immunology) is the founder and CEO of MediWise, the creators of the OSMO Patch.
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Dougal is a registered Clinical Psychologist with 20 years’ experience working with children, teens, families, adults, and organisations. He has a PhD in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, both from the University of Otago.
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Martin Loosemore is Professor of Construction Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He is a Visiting Professor at The University of Loughborough, UK and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. Martin was formerly Professor of Construction Management at UNSW.
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Paul Burke is an economist at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy. He works on energy, transport, the environment, and developing countries.
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Dr Zoë Hyde is an epidemiologist and biostatistician, and is currently employed by the WA Centre for Health and Ageing at The University of Western Australia.
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Soneera Sunder is 12-years-old, and attends Mansfield State High School.
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Simon Dawes’ official title is Lead Arguer and Unfinisher of Compositions as one third of Sydney-based trio, Instrumental (adj.), and he can be contacted at simon.dawes@thebigsmoke.com.au
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Melise is an international model that has worked in NYC, London, Milan and Paris. Just to name a few. She was most recently featured on FOX8's reality TV show 'The Face' with Naomi Campbell and was the member of team Nicole! Passionate and driven, Melise can't to see where the universe takes her.
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Trisha is a professional writer and adviser on education and career. She is an ardent reader, a traveler and a passionate photographer. She wants to explore the world and write about whatever comes across her way.
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Philippe Gelis Philippe Gelis is co-founder and CEO of the leading foreign exchange provider,Kantox. Philippe has led Kantox's exponential growth to serve over 1,500 corporate clients from all over Europe and beyond, complete over $1.5 billion in total trades and harness technology to bring innovation to the FX sector. Kantox was founded in 2011 with the goal of bringing transparency, efficiency and fairness to the FX market for SMEs and mid-cap companies. Philippe is a regular columnist and commentator in the financial press, and has appeared in Forbes, the Financial Times and Business Insider, among many other publications.
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John De Bree is the former Managing Director of Australia-based AUSvance is now Australia’s Managing Director of Capify.
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Mark Stanfield and Brad Davis earned their Bachelor's degrees in Product Design Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, graduating in 2002. Their design engineering experience spans the globe working on a wide range of projects in Germany, North America, China, Singapore and Australia in several high-tech industries. Combining precision design, cutting edge materials and the latest manufacturing techniques, their awarded products are in global demand. Combining all these elements, Mark and Brad founded GolfJet in 2014 to create an innovative golf company – not only an Australian first but unique on the global stage. They saw an opportunity to create a premium golfing solution for the discerning consumer who is searching for the best quality products with the convenience of today’s ecommerce solutions.
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Nicholas Wood set up Political Tours in 2011 creating the first travel company in the world to specialise in politics and current affairs. Before setting up Political Tours he was the New York Times Correspondent for the Balkans from 2003-2008. He has also worked for the BBC, The Guardian, The Observer, The Washington Post and CBS’s 60 Minutes. Links to his work can be found on The New York Times website. He was named as one of Conde Nast’s Top Travel Specialists for two years running the last two years the awards were given. He lived and worked in Kosovo between 1999 and 2004, before moving to Slovenia. He returned to the UK in 2009.
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Meet Joe and Luke. Sydney based food, travel and lifestyle bloggers with a serious case of famished wanderlust. We’re two guys. One Italian and one Greek. Sharing our love of food and travel from around the world. Our blog is our passion. Whether its fine dining, brunching, bar hopping, visiting the latest, trendiest or most popular travel destinations, searching for hidden culinary gems around the world or tucking into simple street food. We eat it. We travel there. We will blog about it.
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Emeritus Professor Tony Dalton is in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. He has taught housing, urban studies, policy studies and research and has published widely on many aspects of housing and policy. His research and publications in the area of housing studies is closely connected to his participation in non-government sector policy and advocacy work. He is a director on the board of Launch Housing, a large Melbourne based provider of services to homeless people and a contributor to service innovation and policy advocacy on housing and homelessness. Previously he has held senior management positions at RMIT University.
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'Nikos Fotakis is a Melbourne-based writer, editor, certified interpreter, translator, communicator, wordsmith, journo, wino, jazzbo, pinko, pop-culture-garbo, foodie, migrant, husband, special needs parent, diabetic, coffee-addict, chocoholic, fashionista, puppeteer, social engineer, inventor, explorer, neurodiversity advocate, impact journalism expert, multicultural advisor, intercontinental liaisons specialist, love affairs consultant, hot air balloon pilot, falconry instructor, tennis enthusiast, fencing champion, GFC survivor, patriarchy victim, culture war veteran, useless information collector, IKEA furniture assembly specialist, zen master, city dweller, laneway flaneur, movie buff, bookworm, Seawolf, snake charmer, escape artist and hand model. Some of these statements are true. Struggling artists are his favourite kind of people.
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Damien is the Director of Deakin's Centre for Cyber Security Research & Innovation (CSRI) and Chairman of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA). Former roles include Chief Information Security Officer for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Enterprise IT and Security Risk Manager at National Australia Bank and senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT. Damien has help develop and write industry certification such as Server+, Network+, Security+ and the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification and sits on the board of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) and CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee in the USA. His passion for making a difference motivated him to establish IT community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia. Underpinning his extensive industry experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus. His interest in computers and security started at the age of 11 when he joined a hacking group with some friends. Damien’s hobbies include photography, genetics and science.
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Tim Loveday is a rural writer/poet/clown-lark. His work has appeared in The Big issue, Text Journal, Hyperviolet Designs, Brain drip and Tharunka, and is forthcoming in Quadrant and Adelaide Literary Magazine. He fanboys over slobbering dogs, morning birds, motorcycles, and the craftless piss at his local sinkhole. He currently resides in Culburra beach, traditional land of the Jerringa people.
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Peter Gunn is an Honorary Associate Professor of Forensic Biology at the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Christian Jarrett is a cognitive neuroscientist by training, he has written about psychology and neuroscience for publications across the world, including BBC Future, WIRED, New York Magazine, GQ Italia and The Guardian. He was the founding editor of the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, presenter of their PsychCrunch podcast, and an award-winning journalist on The Psychologist magazine. His books include The Rough Guide to Psychology (2011) and Great Myths of the Brain (2014). His next, on personality change, will be published in 2021.
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Stuart Sinclair is deep-voiced and has a knack for articulating his thoughts in graceful sentences. He was born in London and started his working life as a fly pitcher selling Parker Pens and dodgy perfumes on street corners and can still sound like a bit of a geezer sometimes. Stuart now spends his time working as a skilled performance coach helping managers and leaders to be nicer to themselves and others. When he is not doing that, he is helping his fellow men along the path to sartorial splendour at www.sexybeast.com.au He generally has an opinion about most things and is not afraid to share it with passion and verve. He is of rakish demeanour, a bit of a dandy and most people are sure that he’s going to get what’s coming to him eventually.
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Layla Sheppard ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌Year‌ ‌9‌ ‌student‌ ‌who‌ ‌lives‌ ‌in‌ ‌ Sydney.‌ ‌
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Dr Chelsea Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. She has extensive experience in Indigenous health, as a health worker and researcher in urban and rural communities across south-east Queensland for over 20 years.
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Jenna Drenten (PhD, University of Georgia) is Associate Professor of Marketing in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. Jenna's research explores identity creation, maintenance, and transitions in consumer culture. Her current research explores how digital technologies and social media platforms (e.g., TikTok, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter) present new opportunities for consumers to express their identities and navigate life transitions. She studies multiple facets of digital culture and identity, from individual consumer behavior to systemic macro-level structures. Jenna serves on the Steering Committee for the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (CTSDH) and as the Communications Chair for GENMAC: Gender, Markets, and Consumers.
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Edward Mandla’s career spans three decades in business intertwined with making voluntary contributions to the broader community. Edward has held leadership roles in Australian and multinational organisations culminating in a holding a variety of Board positions, mainly in high growth companies. He continues as General Manager in Mandlason Search, leading with research and headhunting techniques to help organisation secure the talented people within their markets. For more details on Edward’s background, seewww.linkedin.com/in/edwardmandla
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Marian has been involved as a vocalist in the Australian Music Industry since 1991 and has been a passionate EUROVISION fan since she first discovered it while she was still in school. Her favourite Eurovision commentator is Terry Wogan and she has lived and worked in Europe for almost a decade. She has worked with Simon Cowell on the original season of X Factor (UK) and she is a qualified Vocal Coach and an original diva.
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Samson Yuen is an Assistant Professor at Lingnan University. His research interests include local governance, civil society, contentious politics and identity politics. His works are published or forthcoming in Political Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, China Information, and China Perspectives.
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Aileen Huynh is a young lady from Sydney. She acts, makes videos under her online pseudonym George Dot Play, and likes to eat cake.
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Joel Miller is a mathematician with a background in modelling infectious disease spread. He was a postdoc at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Fogarty Institute of the NIH during the H1N1 pandemic. He was briefly at Monash University before joining the Institute for Disease Modeling in Seattle. He recently returned to Australia and is now a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University.
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Dave Eagle is a writer, photographer, and father, but not necessarily in that order. As a self-employed freelancer plugged into a well-connected world, he’s got prose in different area codes. Apart from The Big Smoke, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, as well as many other venues that aren’t nearly as impressive. For more information, or if you’d just like to troll him, check out Dave’s website: http://postmodernstressdisorder.com.
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Kim Napier is an award winning Radio Announcer and Journalist with a career in media spanning 25 years, her experience also extends to Freelance Writing and Voiceover work, Television, Marketing and Social Media.
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Lisa Crooks is the eyes, ears, and brain behind foodstagram @spoonfulofpixels. Among other things, she believes that meals on the kitchen floor are the best meals.
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Jeremy Jacobowitz has almost a decade of media experience, having first worked in sports television, and then transitioning from Bobby Flay's assistant on set, to Food TV producing for networks like Food Network, Cooking Channel, FYI and more! ​ Jeremy has also moved in front of the camera, hosting not only for Brunch Boys, but also a show for Thrillist, and other TV and online project in the works.
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Gareth O’Neill isSenior Media and Brand Director& Joint Head of Brand Guidance atmarketing effectiveness research company Kantar Millward Brown
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Heather Rose is the Australian author of seven novels including The Museum of Modern Love which in 2017 won the Stella Prize, the Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize. Heather also writes for children under the pen-name Angelica Banks with Danielle Wood. The series has been shortlisted for best children’s fantasy in the Aurealis Awards. Both Heather and Angelica Banks are published internationally. Heather received an Australia Council grant in 2017 to write her eighth novel. She lives by the sea in Tasmania.
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David is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Geography. He combines qualitative research on embodied practices with social theory to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives. His research draws on cultural geography and mobilities research to investigate contemporary social problems involving mobility-labour relationships. Recent and forthcoming research projects are about the impact of commuting on cities; how mobile working practices are reshaping the home; and how new forms of workplace artificial intelligence are impacting on employment futures and family mobilities. David graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2003 with a BA in Geography. He undertook his ESRC-funded postgraduate studies at Durham University, graduating with a Masters in Research Methods in 2004 and a PhD in Human Geography in 2008. He was a lecturer in human geography in the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton between 2008 and 2009. He was lecturer, then senior lecturer in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University between 2009 and 2017. He moved to the University of Melbourne in 2017. Originally from Norfolk, he is grateful for the inspiration that Stalham High School and the City of Norwich School provided. David is the Steering Committee Chair for AusMob, the new Australian Mobilities Research Network.
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Sarah Belet is a research student in mathematical biology and statistics at Monash University. She's currently working in the World Mosquito Program, which involves developing mathematical models to combat the spread of dengue fever. She also enjoys thinking about the mathematics behind fun little non-research problems.
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Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University where she is undertaking an ARC (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) project researching the generational impact of today’s social and political climate on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world. She is a prominent Australian Palestinian advocate and a multi award-winning author of 11 books whose young adult and children’s books are published in over seventeen countries. This literary corpus primarily deals with intercultural relations, migration, race/religious issues in Australia, identity, belonging and political consciousness among young Australians, both Muslim and non-Muslim. She is well known for her commentary as a public intellectual, her media appearances and her essay and op-ed writing across a wide range of genres. Her most recent academic book is Islamophobia and Everyday Multiculturalismpublished by Routledge (2017).
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Martin O'Brien is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Wollongong.
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Professor Ray Markey joined Macquarie University at the end of 2011 as Professor of Employment Relations in the Department of Marketing and Management and Director of the new Centre for Workforce Futures. He retired at the end of 2016 and became an Emeritus Professor. He had previously spent almost seven years as Professor of Employment Relations at the Auckland University of Technology Business School (2005-11), and was Foundation Director of the New Zealand Work and Labour Market Institute (2006-11) as well as Associate Dean Research (2006-9). Prior to that he was Convenor of the Industrial Relations Programme at the University of Wollongong from 1979 to 2005, where he also established and led the Centre for Work and Labour Market Studies. Originally a graduate of the University of Sydney, Professor Markey gained his doctorate in labour history from the University of Wollongong in 1984. As a consequence of his training as an historian, Professor Markey has developed a strong sense of how things change over time, and consequently of the temporary nature of most industrial and political situations. He also has a strongly developed awareness of the recycling of fashions in management that are considered new in each historical cycle. Professor Markey has written extensively on labour parties, trade unions and other forms of employee voice, peak union bodies, workplace industrial relations, and racism and the labour market. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters, as well as 14 books authored or edited by himself or with colleagues. Half of Professor Markey’s journal articles are published in prestigious A* or A ranked journals. Professor Markey’s research endeavours have made him the recipient of numerous research awards in the past 10 years. He has also been the recipient of a number of grants from the International Labour Organisation, the Australian Research Council, the (then) Australian Department of Industrial Relations, the New Zealand Department of Labour, Unions NSW, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Australia Council, the Reserve Bank of Australia, and New South Wales state government agencies.
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Jeff Seadon is a senior lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology
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Andrew Fisher is a Professor of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine, at the University of Melbourne.
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Hugo Mercier is a research scientist at the CNRS (Institut Jean Nicod) in Paris where he works with the Evolution and Social Cognition team. He is the author of The Enigma of Reason (2017), co-authored with Dan Sperber, and Not Born Yesterday (forthcoming, 2020). He lives in Nantes, France.
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Dale Nimmo is an Associate professor/ARC DECRA fellow at the Charles Sturt University.
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Catherine Stinson is a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy and ethics of artificial intelligence at the Center for Science and Thought at the University of Bonn in Germany, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge.
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Jane Williams is a researcher at the Centre for Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney. She works on public health ethics and cancer screening, and conflicts of interests in medicine.
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Sam Fulwood III is a fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, where his work focuses on the intersection of race, public policy, elections, media and popular culture.
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Finn Macken is a student at Minerva Schools at KGI, a university program headquartered in San Francisco, where he studies business, computer science, and literature.
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Alice Savona is a writer and psychologist who has been published multiple times in poetry journals such as Cordite & Rabbit. She lives in Woodend with her family.
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After 4 fascinating years in the industry, Isha’s keen interest in strategy brought her to Zuni in January 2015. Apart from boundless enthusiasm, she brings in a very unique perspective to the table, particularly as she is half way through her Masters
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*Dominic Wy Kanak is a Greens councillor and former Deputy Mayor of Waverley Council 
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Marc is a French Journalist and Translator. Born near Versailles and Paris, he has lived in England (London), Australia (Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney) and New Zealand (Cambridge, Auckland). He has studied Arts, Cinema, History, Journalism, Sports, Media & Communication, and Foreign Languages.
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Dean Vowles is head editor at ANYDOKO and stars in The Gweilo, an original travel video series dedicated to unearthing the best food and travel experiences Asia has to offer. He currently lives in Hong Kong and is constantly on the look out for his next travel adventure.
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Nicole is a Philly freelance copywriter and craft blogger. She has never met a raccoon gif she didn’t like. You can find her portfolio at www.nicolepieri.com.
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Back In 2009, Charles and Allie decided to start filming their life, everyday, without missing one. Today we are on year eight, and have travelled all over the world meeting our viewers as well as preserving our place in the Guinness Book of World Records as well as the Ripley's Believe It or Not publications!
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Reuben Sady, is an experienced writer on SEO and digital strategy.
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Katie Anthony is a writer in Seattle, Washington. Her work has appeared in CNN.com, Bust, and Scary Mommy. Katie writes about feminism, family, and other f-words at KatyKatiKate.com, and co-hosts the Larj Media podcast Mouthy/Messy/Mandatory with Ronit Feinglass Plank. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mouthy-messy-mandatory/id1313163555?mt=2 FB: www.facebook.com/katykatikate Twitter: @yokatykatikate
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Kyle Zenchyson is a Brisbane based writer who covers lifestyle, politics, sports and the arts as well as news and commentary about mass media, business and the environment.
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Adrienne O'Neil is a Senior Research Fellow and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
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Anne Maxwell is an Associate Professor at the School of Culture and Communication within the University of Melbourne.
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Dr Michael Wong is an award-winning Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon who has been accredited with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, PhD, Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is highly respected and currently holds a few academic positions including being an Examiner in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Honorary Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences of Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and a Reviewer in the Journal of Neurosciences.
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Bre'Arne Rose Smith is a writer and community service employee. You can find her over on Instagram @ triplecreambre
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Scott Hamilton is a Panel member of the Strategic Advisory Panel for the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub.
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Filippo Menczer is a professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University, Bloomington, with courtesy appointments in cognitive science and physics. He holds a Laurea in Physics from the Sapienza University of Rome and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Menczer is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a Fellow of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication, a Senior Research Fellow of The Kinsey Institute, and a board member of the IU Network Science Institute. He previously served as division chair in the IUB School of Informatics and Computing, director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, visiting scientist at Yahoo Research, Fellow of the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Torino, Italy, and Fellow-at-large of the Santa Fe Institute. He has been the recipient of Fulbright, Rotary Foundation, and NATO fellowships, and a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. His research, supported by the NSF, DoD, McDonnell Foundation, and Democracy Fund, focuses on Web and data science, social network analysis, social computation, Web mining, and modeling of complex information networks. His work on the spread of information and misinformation in social media has been covered in many US and international news sources, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, PBS, CNN, BBC, Economist, Guardian, Atlantic, Reuters, Science, and Nature. Menczer received multiple service awards and currently serves as associate editor of the Network Science journal and on the editorial boards of EPJ Data Science and PeerJ Computer Science.
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Senior Lecturer in Law, Queensland University of Technology
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John Broich writes and teaches on environmental history, the history of race and empire, Royal Navy history, and WWII history. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2005.
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Phil McManus is the Professor of Urban and Environmental Geography: Head of School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney.
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Dr Brent Coker is a researcher and lecturer of Marketing at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD in electronic commerce (“Predicting Internet Purchase Intention”).
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Dr Kelly Choong is a Lecturer in Creative Advertising at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
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Dr Bree Hurst holds a Ph.D. in corporate social responsibility and is a public relations lecturer in the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, QUT Business School.
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A/Prof Erin Smith has a PhD in Disaster and Emergency Response from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Erin also has a Master of Public Health and Master of Clinical Epidemiology. She is a Research Consultant for The Code 9 Foundation and an Emergency Services Response Volunteer for the Australian Red Cross. Erin is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.
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It has been possible to find Brett on one side or other of a bar since the early noughties. This has allowed her to study many different personalities from very different parts of the world. She chooses which personality she would like to utilise on a day-to-day basis. You can find her in the dark corners near the bright lights.
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Matthew Leonard is completing a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at RMIT, Melbourne. He has a particular fondness for fragrances, railways and philosophy. He also likes to take photographs of things.
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Jordan is a Sydney-based young man working construction, saving for travel and trying to figure out what he should be doing with his life.
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John is Managing Director of The Lindfield Partners Pty Ltd trading as Essential Management ServicesTM (Lindfield Partners) and has successfully provided business mentoring and management consultancy services for the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) market since 2006 following a 35 year career in the corporate world.
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Kayla Itsines, a 25-year-old from Adelaide, who is the creator of Bikini Body Training Guide (BBG) and the Bikini Body Training Guide 2.0.
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Daryl Sparkes is a senior lecturer of Media Studies and Production at the University of Southern Queensland.
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Born Dublin. December 1943, I went to an Art College and became an art teacher, teaching naughty Girls in Zimbabwe from about 1972. I then worked with the army rehab centre till mid 80s, then in England I worked with physically disabled adults. In 1989 I came to Australia.
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Caitlin Mary Neate is a 23-year-old student studying a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism and Public Relations (minor Creative Writing). She is also co-manager of the Sunshine Coast branch of CoderDojo, regular #AuspolPunters podcast presenter for PolitiScope and does a weekly TV/Film review on ABC Radio Sunshine Coast. She's a firm believer in using humour to mask the anxiety of being a millennial on the internet.
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Johan Lidberg is Deputy Head of Journalism at Monash University. Before the move to Monash, he was Academic Chair of Journalism at Murdoch University in Perth. He has worked in print and broadcast journalism and has previously held positions at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation as reporter, producer, presenter, foreign correspondent and news editor. Johan has also served two stints in the United Nations Peace Keeping forces: in the United Nations Force in Cyprus, UNFICYP, in 1987 and as a Press and Information Officer with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, in 1992-1993 in Lebanon.
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Alison Battisson is the founder and Director Principal of Human Rights for All Pty Ltd (HR4A). HR4A is a charitable law firm that focuses on complex case and long term detained asylum seekers. Alison is committed to ending the arbitrary detention of asylum seekers in Australia, and on Manus Island and Nauru. Alison regularly visits places of detention to talk with and represent those asylum seekers who face indefinite detention or construction refoulement. She is one of the only lawyers, if not the only lawyer, who regularly attends places of detention on a pro bono basis.
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Dr Michael Flood is an Associate Professor and an ARC Future Fellow (2015 – 2018). His research agenda focuses on gender, sexuality, and interpersonal violence. Dr Flood’s research at present is focused in particular on interpersonal violence and its prevention, particularly with reference to men and masculinities. Dr Flood has published widely on topics including violence against women and violence prevention, men and masculinities, profeminist men’s advocacy, male heterosexuality, fathering, and pornography. He has made a significant contribution to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality. Dr Flood has published 30 journal articles, 20 book chapters, two edited collections, 22 research monographs, and over 80 other publications. He is the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007). He is the co-founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM), the first research centre in Australia focused on this field of scholarship. His research has attracted $1.7million of external funding. Dr Flood is also a well-regarded teacher. His teaching has received outstanding student evaluations and exemplary subject evaluations. In 2011 Dr Flood was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (Faculty Early Career Academic Award). Finally, Dr Flood has an extensive record of community and professional engagement. He has contributed to social change campaigns, worked with sporting and military organizations, participated in international expert meetings, and shaped national prevention frameworks. Dr Flood has been involved in large-scale research and education projects with such organisations as VicHealth, the National Rugby League (NRL), the Australian Football League (AFL), and the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He has provided expert advice to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Human Rights Commission, White Ribbon Australia, Our Watch, and other organisations. He has contributed to agenda-setting frameworks for violence prevention practice and policy, including Preventing Violence Before It Occurs (2007), Respectful Relationships Education (2009), National Standards for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault through Education (2009), and Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia (2015).
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Anthony F. Arrigo conducts interdisciplinary research that contributes to scholarship in rhetoric and communications studies, cultural and technology studies, and environmental studies. He is an award-winning educator, and a co-director of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer research Institute "Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West" (https://hdsaw.com). He is the author of "Imaging Hoover Dam: The Making of a Cultural Icon" (University of Nevada Press, 2015). His current book project is a biography of photographer Winthrop A. Davis.
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Johanna Blakley is the managing director at the Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy institute that explores the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society. Based at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Johanna performs research on a wide variety of topics, including media impact measurement, cultural diplomacy, and politics and entertainment. She has two talks on TED.com and speaks frequently in the U.S. and abroad about her research. She is co-principal investigator, with Marty Kaplan, on the Media Impact Project (MIP), a hub for collecting, developing and sharing approaches for measuring the impact of media. MIP seeks to better understand the role that media plays in changing knowledge, attitudes and behavior among individuals and communities around the world. Their recent work includes analyzing depictions of Africa, immigration and race in US media, and conducting research on the relationship between political ideology and entertainment preferences. The MIP team also provides research and evaluation for three State Department cultural exchange programs: American Film Showcase, Global Media Makers, and the Middle East Media Initiative. Johanna received a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught courses on popular culture; at USC, she developed and taught masters courses on transmedia storytelling. Before arriving at the Lear Center, Johanna held a variety of positions within the high-tech industry, including Web producer and digital archivist at Vivendi-Universal Games.
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Talitha Dubow is a researcher within the Migration Group at UNU-MERIT. Talitha holds an MSc in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University/UNU-MERIT, with a specialisation in Migration Studies. Her recent research focuses on migrant decision-making and entrepreneurship among migrants and refugees. Prior to joining UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University, Talitha worked on research projects spanning innovation and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and political participation, and counter-radicalisation and violent extremism. She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2015 with a first-class BA degree in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) and in 2018 graduated cum laude with an MSc in Public Policy and Human Development (specialisation: Migration Studies) from UNU-MERIT/ Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance.
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Neel Burton is a psychiatrist and philosopher. He is a fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, and his most recent book is Hypersanity: Thinking Beyond Thinking (2019).
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Michael is a prize-winning science journalist. Before joining The Conversation he was an editor at The Monthly and Cosmos magazines and worked in communications for the Tongan ministry of agriculture and the Melbourne-based agency Science in Public.
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Sallie Yea is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University.
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Kenny Fries is the author, most recently, of In the Province of the Gods, which received the Creative Capital literature grant.
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Clare Southerton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Vitalities Lab, Social Policy Research Centre and Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. Her published research has explored the intersections of social media, privacy, surveillance and health. Her current research projects are focused on how intimacy and collective affects are cultivated on platforms and with devices, and potentials in these spaces for health and sexuality education. Her work has been published in New Media & Society, Social Media + Society and Girlhood Studies.
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Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He has extensive aviation and defence experience and, for his work at the Pentagon on force structure matters, was awarded the US Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.
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Chrys Stevenson is a freelance writer, blogger, speaker and social activist. Her main interest is the intersection of religion and politics. Chrys has written widely on school chaplaincy and Ron Williams' High Court challenges against it.
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Jamie Kidd was born in New Zealand, swam across the ditch and is now a journalism student studying in Sydney. She is passionate about nutrition, health and wellbeing.
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Matt Symons is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SocietyOne. Prior to co-founding SocietyOne, Matt was the CEO of Memetrics Ltd., a profitable, rapid growth data and analytics technology business based in San Francisco. After managing the successful sale of Memetrics to Accenture in 2007, Matt spent 4 years as the Partner responsible for leading Accenture's marketing data management and analytics team from San Francisco. Matt's practice was centered around large-scale digital transformation projects with a focus on Innovative technology adoption within the enterprise. Matt is also an active angel investor with 10 current investments and a couple of successful exits (including the sale of Quotify to Telstra in 2011). Matt graduated with a law degree from the University of Melbourne and has worked as an attorney for both Korea's largest law firm, Kim & Chang, and one of Australia's largest law firms, Minter Ellison.
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After a brief foray into the world of academia and a side trip into journalism and magazine publishing, New York Native Jack Goodman has spent the majority of his professional life seeking ways to merge his interests in education, technology and start ups. Eventually, he made the brave, if slightly mad, decision, to start what became YourTutor.com.au. Even now he shakes his head wondering what he was thinking when he recalls talking to a prospective first client while his wife was in the hospital giving birth to their second child. As ideal as Australia appeared to be for an online tutoring service, the angel and venture capital markets proved not quite ready, so Jack and his wife decided to self-fund YourTutor.com.au. The company and their family had a lot in common. Both grew steadily (another child arrived in 2004), and both required more funding than initially anticipated. YourTutor.com.au turned its first profit in 2008. The children have yet to do so. In his spare time, Jack loves his family, his podcasts, and his dog, though not necessarily in that order. To learn more about Jack, view his public LinkedIn profile (http://au.linkedin.com/in/jackgoodman)
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David Chilcott (aka The One Pot Chef) has been cooking up a storm on YouTube since 2007, and showing the world that the kitchen isn't such a scary place! Simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions are the keys to success, with a YouTube subscriber base of nearly 550,000 users and over 86 million video views. David has also written several highly successful cookbooks based on his YouTube channel.
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Chris Petersen is the founder and CEO of Asset.Guru, a fixed asset management solution that helps small and medium companies become auditable, become compliant, manage risk and minimise asset loss. Petersen launched Asset.Guru in 2014 as the first asset management solution for both Xero and QBO (Intuit) General Ledger platforms. Now with NetSuite and SAP customers, it has become a truly global solution with customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, the UK and yes, Iceland.
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Author and broadcaster Irris Makler has reported from the Middle East for over a decade. She is currently Jerusalem correspondent for French TV news channel France 24 (English service only!) and also reports for Australian and North American outlets.
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Nicko's Kitchen is a place where Fast Food clones are a speciality, there are over 800 video recipes to choose from so there is always something new to try! You can find them over at: https://nickoskitchen.com/
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Noni Austin is an international environmental and human rights lawyer at Earthjustice, the largest non-profit environmental law organisation in the United States. An Australian and US lawyer, Noni works with communities, organisations, and indigenous groups to develop and implement legal strategies to combat climate change, protect the environment, and defend the rights of all peoples to a clean and healthy environment.
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Travis Laurence Naught and Russell Thorburn are authors hailing from states bordering Canada. They sling words back and forth at each other in hopes of one day finding a wider audience. With multiple publications between them, it has proven worthwhile on occasion!
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Harry joined UEA as a lecturer in education after successfully completing his PhD at UEA in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He has a broad academic background, with degrees in linguistics and social science research methods, as well as his ongoing research in online identity presentation. Harry is currently working on a number of projects, including research into 'flat earth' communities, research into online identity presentation for young people with mental health issues, and research into social media and transitions to higher education.
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Dr Soseh Yekanians is a graduate from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art in Sydney and The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York. In 2012, she was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship to embark on a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Perth. Her practice-led research titled, "Creatively Pursuing Persona: Finding Identity through Directing", investigated how theatre directing and the performing arts could provide a culturally displaced individual with a sense of identity and belonging. Her practice-led study, specifically provided new insights into how theatre directing allows an individual to (re)discover their identity through leadership in a non-judgmental forum and how the theatre as a space for communal exchanges and conversations can initiate dialogue about cultural differences. In 2016, as a result of her specialisation to the field of performing arts and directing, Soseh was awarded a fellowship by the National Academy of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) for their inaugural MFA in Cultural Leadership.
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Professor Tippett writes about ethics, employment law, and the intersection of law and technology. She is a co-author of the Fifth Edition of the West Academic textbook, Employment Discrimination & Employment Law: The Field as Practiced, along with Samuel Estreicher & Michael Harper. Her research on disparate impact litigation was cited by the United States Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court. Professor Tippett is the Faculty Co-Director for the Master’s Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution at the University of Oregon. Before joining the faculty, Professor Tippett was an employment law attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Professor Tippett earned her law degree at Harvard Law School in 2006.
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Patrick A. Howell is an award-winning banker, business leader, entrepreneur, and writer. His first work was published with the UC Berkeley African American Literary Review and Quarterly Black Book Review. At Cal Berkeley, he co-founded Diatribe - a People of Color News Collective. Mr. Howell, is a frequent contributing writer to the Huffington Post, Tishman Review's Craft Talk series, Into the Void, and is a Good Men Project Blue Box Columnist. He has interviewed Nnedi Okorafor, Ishamel Reed, and Nikki Giovanni. He has been cited in national platforms as equities.com, NBC BLK, Opportunist Magazine, and The Grio. Howell’s integrated book of poetry-design, “Yes, We Be" was published by Jacar Press in February of 2018 and debuted at the Los Angeles Festival of Books. This summer he graduated the Leopardi Writer's Conference in Recanati Italy to complete work on Quarter 'til Judgement Day, a coming-of-age experimental fiction work. Sara Kellel is a gap year student who spends her free time reading, drinking tea, and engaging in thought-provoking political conversations. Her passions lie in the liberation of all marginalized groups.
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Dr Allaina Kilby is a lecturer at Swansea University and is an active researcher in the fields of journalism, political communication and satire. Her work is concerned with how politics and current affairs are presented to news audiences and how audiences engage with politics as active citizens. Allaina's research work thus far has involved large scale quantitative and qualitative analysis of devolved political news reporting of the 4 UK nations and broadcast news reporting of the 2015 General Election. Allaina is currently researching the links between populism and political satire and the role of emotion in satirical reporting in the era of Donald Trump.
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Dr Ann Kayis-Kumar is a Senior Lecturer at the UNSW Business School and an elected Faculty representative on the UNSW Academic Board. She teaches and researches in the fields of international and Australian tax law and corporate strategy. Ann is author of Taxing Multinationals (Oxford University Press, 2019) and co-author of the Australian CGT Handbook (11th edition, Thomson Reuters, 2019). Ann's research applies a combination of pure economic theory, optimisation modelling and applied legal research, with a focus on the behavioural responses incentivised by mismatches in the tax system
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Tim Lynch is Associate Professor in American Politics and chair of the political science discipline at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s no. 1 ranked university. Tim specialises in the history, politics and ideology of American foreign policy. His books include Turf War: the Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2004) and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (Routledge, 2013). His co-authored book (with RS Singh), After Bush: the Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2008), won the Richard Neustadt Book Prize and became a best-selling international security text. He is editor of the award-winning two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2013). His latest book, In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump, is currently in-press with Cambridge University Press.
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Jennifer Mercieca is an historian of American political discourse, especially discourses about citizenship, democracy, and the presidency. Her scholarship combines American history with rhetorical and political theory in an effort to understand democratic practices. She argues that current views of citizenship rely upon the tragic and ironic views, which do not enable citizens to act to control their government.
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Emily Millane (LLB/BA) is a Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Her PhD looks at the history of superannuation policy as a case study in which to understand the conditions for systemic reform. Her other areas of research include tax policy, the tax-transfer system, welfare state change, Australian political history, and the gender impacts of the tax-transfer system.
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Domen Bajde is the Professor of Consumption, Culture and Commerce, Department of Marketing & Management, at the University of Southern Denmark.
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Dr Katie Attwell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia and an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute.
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Ian Marschner is a Professor of Biostatistics, at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney
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Jessica Leibe is a Productivity & Organization copywriter. Her work can be seen on Medium, Vocal, and Writing & Wellness. She is based in New Jersey and is currently at work on a memoir.
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This is Jason Folkard. He writes funny articles, screenplays and angry letters to cereal manufacturers. There's a chance he's the greatest writer in history...almost certainly he's not, but there's a chance.
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Peter became passionate for sustainable leadership after he took part in the natural disaster response team who witnessed the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. In late 2005, Peter established Hands Across the Water, a charity that raises funds for and awareness of Thai children who were left orphaned by the disaster. Today, Peter helps businesses build effective sustainable leadership while travelling the globe as a keynote speaker.
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Nic Atkinson is a content writer. He is quite keen on putting words together, and occasionally drawing pictures, to either entertain or inform. He hangs around www.thatdigitalcopywriter.com.au
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Addicted to the powerful symbology of the ephemeral bloom, Jones juxtaposes wildflowers with their European counterparts in a series of paintings that declare a deep respect for the importance of flowers in both art and life. You can catch her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/_laura_jones_/
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George Freney, Co-Founder and CEO, Booodl George Freney is a digital entrepreneur who has invested in and co-founded tech startups, commercialised technology and helped build successful businesses across a range of industries including ICT, travel technology, manufacturing, and retail. George is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Booodl; the tool that makes it easy for shoppers find the right store, helps stores drive shopper visits and sales, and enables brands to increase the discoverability of their stockists. George is a big believer in creating technology that streamlines our increasingly busy lives, enhances existing human behaviour and that solves a problem, all while having fun, of course.
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Dr Keith Suter is a social commentator, strategic planner, conference speaker, writer and broadcaster, Keith is also a foreign affairs analyst for Sky TV Australia and Radio 4BC, Brisbane, and can be heard on Australian radio on an average of once a day. Keith writes the history page for The Daily Telegraph, and is the author of 50 Things You Want to Know About World Issues (also known as Keith Suter's Global Notebook), and Keith's Suter's Local Notebook, both published by Bantam. Since 1993 Keith has been a member of The Club of Rome, a global think tank on economic and environmental matters. He is on the speakers' circuit and makes public appearances every week. Keith is also on several committees, including the International Law Association, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Australian Red Cross (NSW), and the International Commission of Jurists (NSW).He also lectures at the department of politics and international relations, Macquarie University. Keith always spends Christmas Day as a volunteer serving meals to the homeless.
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Michael aka MCMikey is an aspiring YouTube star and game developer. He loves science, dancing and plays the guitar. He would be happy to eat only hot chips for the rest of his life and his best friend is a dog named Millie.
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Ale of a Time is a craft beer focused Australian beer blog and beer podcast. Part news, part garbage, but full of fun. Our aim is to always offer a unique perspective and not run with the herd, but rather question everything we taste, see, read or hear; and unpack those issues for our readers and listeners. We are always open and honest and engage in debate rather than shy away from it. Probably to our detriment at times. You can catch us over at http://aleofatime.com/
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Margrith Appleby is the General Manager of Kaspersky Lab Australia and New Zealand.
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Curtis Dawkins earned an M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and is currently an inmate at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia, Michigan for murder. He was battling drug addiction at the time. After a jury trial, he was convicted of felony murder which carries a mandatory sentence of "life without the possibility of parole." He is not scheduled to be released. Ever. But writing gives him hope.
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David Levari is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology at Harvard University.
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Elizabeth Sheedy is a financial risk expert based in the Applied Finance Centre where she has been teaching in Singapore and Australia for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the university she worked for Macquarie Bank and Westpac. She is responsible for all courses in the Risk Management specialisation in the well-regarded Master of Applied Finance program. A/Professor Sheedy has enjoyed a long association with RMA Australia (Risk Managers' Association) and PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers' International Association) and co-edited The Professional Risk Managers' Handbook. In previous years her research focussed on quantitative risk modelling. More recently her research focus has shifted to the role of governance and culture in determining outcomes for banks. Her current focus research interests are: risk culture, ethical culture/leadership, remuneration and experimental investigation of risk management behaviour.
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Luke Douglas is a political consultant, progressive activist, writer, and rabble-rouser. Since leaving fundamentalism and a political career in the religious right, he has been outspoken about his journey to secular humanism. Catch him reading history, science, or philosophy, or on Twitter (@Propter__Hoc).
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Professor Lesley McCowan is a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine who became Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2009. In 2011 she received a New Year’s Honour (Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to health. Her clinical work is in high risk pregnancy especially preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction, and she chairs the National Women’s Hospital perinatal mortality review process. She was a founding member of the National Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee which reports on perinatal mortality nationally. Lesley is also the secretary of the New Zealand Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
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Dr Nicole Kalms is the Director of the XYX Lab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Design at Monash University. Her research centres on contemporary urbanism and gender. Dr Kalms’ book Hypersexual City (Routledge 2017) examines sexualized representation in neoliberal cities. Other recent research include ‘Digital technology and the safety of women and girls in urban space' (2017) in the Routledge Critque Series, 'Hypersexual Occupations' (2015) in the edited book 'Occupation: Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution' and 'Hypersexual Transgressions' (2014) published in the Architectural Humanities Research Association's journal 'Architecture and Culture'. Dr Kalms also writes for a diverse non-academic audience, and is regularly invited to speak to the public about sexuality and urban space at major national and international cultural institutions. Kalms is the founding Director of MADA’s Gender + Place Laboratory and is committed to understanding the ways that gender contributes to shaping behaviour in Australian cities. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading the significant research project 'Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in the Spaces of Melbourne, Australia'.
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April Reese is an environment and science reporter for Searchlight New Mexico. Her freelance writing has appeared in Science and Outside, among many others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Haiqing Yu is Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia. Her research focuses on Chinese digital media, communication, and technology, and their sociopolitical and cultural impact in China, Australia and the Asia Pacific. She is currently working on projects on China’s digital expansion in Asia, Chinese-language digital/social media in Australia, the social implications of China's social credit system, and social studies of digital technologies in the Chinese context.
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Liam Davies is a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. His research investigates state and commonwealth government policies that affect affordable housing in Victoria, Australia.
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Polly Dunning is a writer, speaker, high-school teacher, parent and feminist. She has particular expertise in women and work, parenting, Australian education, and getting three-day-old dried weet-bix off the floor.
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Professor Raina MacIntyre is NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, and Professor of Global Biosecurity at UNSW. She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, vaccinology, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. She is an international leader in emerging infections, and is involved in research on face mask, vaccines, influenza and other infectious diseases research studies that directly inform national and international policy and practice in communicable disease control.
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Dr Michelle Peterie is a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong. She has previously worked at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Michelle's research concerns the social and emotional impacts of social policies, including immigration detention, welfare conditionality and compulsory income management. Her research has been published in Australian and international books and journals, and submitted as expert evidence to the Australian Senate and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
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Gemma is a writer and PhD Candidate at the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute. Her PhD is investigating the impact of precarious employment on workers' transitions following the closure of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry.
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I'm single, sexy, and medicated. I believe that we are all a little crazy - I'm just willing to admit it. Oh, and I go by King B. I could have been a queen but I prefer to wear the pants. The end.
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Gabrielle Upton MP is the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services and the Member for Vaucluse.
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Bambi Smyth is the author of the new book, Men on the Menu (The Five Mile Press, $32.95), which follows her on 75 blind dates around the world. The book is now available at all good book stores, for more information visit http://www.fivemile.com.au/catalog/new-releases/men-menu
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James Chin Moody is the Founder and CEO of Sendle, Australia’s fastest growing parcel delivery service. Sendle unlocks big-business logistics for small business and consumers providing fully tracked, door-to-door service at post office prices. Sendle is also Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral postal service.
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April lives in Melbourne and studies at RMIT. Travelling is a big passion of hers as is writing for her own blog . She also writes for other blogs on topics related to student life, racism, psychology and traveling among many others.
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Glen Poole is founder of the Stop Male Suicide project in Australia, co-ordinator for International Men's Day in the UK, co-editor of the book insideMAN: Pioneering Stories About Men, Manhood and Masculinity and author of the books Equality For Men and You Can Stop Male Suicide
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Alan Hartstein has worked in publishing for over 20 years as a writer and editor across a range of sectors including finance, business, politics, and IT. He has also held senior roles on major broadsheets and magazines such as The Australian Financial Revi