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My portfolio #26: “Nice to meet you, Mr Abbott”

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I interviewed federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for Rolling Stone’s March issue. As luck would have it, the PM announced the election date barely a week before the magazine went on sale. Unfortunately, that meant the standfirst’s reference to an election being “due by November 30” looked a bit daft. Still… Tony Abbott! If you want to read the interview, you can view a PDF here.

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My portfolio #17: Big, bad Clive

I wrote this cracking profile on the outspoken and baffling mining billionaire Clive Palmer for Rolling Stone Australia’s August issue. My favourite bit is how my byline is flanked by two stars.

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My portfolio #10: I construct a prime minister out of pieces of old ones

All this talk about weak political leadership on both sides of the floor got me thinking… What if we could construct a national leader comprised of the best attributes of other great statesfolk? Like, John Howard’s wicked bowling arm and Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s passionate defence of civil liberties? John and Joh didn’t make the cut in the end, but click on the image above to see what did. This appeared in FHM Australia‘s final ever issue, May 2012.

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Grown-up chat with KAK

I went on the now-defunct Mornings With Kerri-Anne show in February 2011 to discuss the issues of the day with Angela Mollard. I quite like my haircut.

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My portfolio #7: US politics summarised in under 700 words

When the editor of FHM Australia (me) decided to do a US election primer, he asked his chief political writer and resident US politics obsessive (me) to do the job. The filed copy ran to about 1400 words, but one of FHM‘s crack sub editors (me) hacked it back to the required 700. This appeared in the February issue.

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My portfolio #6: Martin delivers a Howard beat-down

At the end of this interview, Ray Martin, Lego-haired legend of Australian journalism, thanked me for my “intelligent questions”. Best. Moment. Ever. He came into the studio to be shot, too. We liked the idea of him being under the microscope for a change, which is what inspired this interrogation room setup. Never mind that it looks a bit more like an electric chair… This Q&A appeared in the January 2012 issue of FHM Australia.

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My portfolio #1: Coffee with a terrorist (who is clearly not a terrorist at all)

I interviewed former Guantanamo Bay inmate and terrorism suspect Mamdouh Habib towards the end of 2008 at a cafe in Bankstown. For a guy who’d been tortured and abused by a foreign power while his own government failed to intervene, he seemed pretty together. Although you didn’t have to scratch the surface very deep to find the hatred and paranoia still festering away inside. The feature ran in the January 2009 edition of FHM Australia.

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