I was a mainstream journalist for almost 30 years, including as a a former political journalist and bureau chief with The Australian in Adelaide and Hobart, a former chief of staff at Messenger Newspapers in Adelaide and a former state political reporter for The Adelaide Advertiser.
It was during this time that I got the nickname, “the terrier”, because I find it hard to let things go, especially if I see an injustice, a misuse of power or a problem that needs to be fixed.
I am also the author of three books, After Port Arthur (Allen & Unwin 2006) which was long-listed for a Walkley Award, Four Seasons with a Grumpy Goat (Allen & Unwin, 2011) and Warrnambool: This is Home (Writelight, 2014).
Most recently I co-founded and co-edited Bluestone Magazine, an online magazine based in Warrnambool from 2013-2016, that quickly gained a reputation for keeping an eye on the city.
In my professional career, I always aimed to be “objective”, but with a shrinking media and less independent voices, I am not afraid to be an advocate and to use my journalism to speak up for the environment, social justice and transparency in government.
With this website, I use my time and skills to investigate and speak up on issues that I care about and which my community cares about. You may not agree with everything I write – that is not my aim – but I hope what I write at least starts a discussion and helps motivate all of us to keep those with power accountable.
Thanks for visiting The Terrier.