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Having it All, Redefined

HAVING IT ALL, REDEFINED Fabulous career, happy family, imperfections galore… “New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has just had a baby, making her the second head of state in history to give birth while holding office. A moment to celebrate or a fact of modern life? Either way, she’s in good company with the millions of working … Continue reading

My Sydney Morning Herald portfolio

Until recently, I was a senior writer with the Sydney Morning Herald. I chased royals, dodged floods, flew in choppers, skied on a moving carpet, dined on a ferris wheel, filed from Uluru, survived bullcatching and was chased by a dingo. In my five years at Fairfax Media, I wrote too many stories to list here. … Continue reading

Dumas on food: Rusty’s Byron Guide

Every year, Rusty and Tricia Miller put together a little guide to Byron Bay. It’s full of places to go, where to eat, maps and so on, but more than that, it’s a call to arms to preserve the Shire’s magic. Political, thought-provoking and unafraid, Rusty’s Byron Guide has become a part of the bay’s … Continue reading

To Aqaba: Live sheep exports

When my family and I lived in Jordan in the Nineties, we went exploring every weekend. Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, Damascus, Jerusalem – it was three years of wonder, cardamom-scented coffee, vehicle check points and beer in teapots. Back then, Amman was small and dusty. Our front garden was rimmed by young jasmine bushes and … Continue reading