About

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 comment 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. My main aim is to keep those with power accountable and to shine a light into the dark corners.

Thanks for visiting The Terrier.