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Meet The Team
Carol Taylor – Carol is a former teacher (ed psych) and a disability advocate. Carol also studied law at SCU. Although Carol has written a number of articles for The AIMN, she is mainly involved in admin and promotion. She maintains a strong interest in politics, social justice, history, and the arts.
Victoria Rollison – Victoria has a passion for progressive policies and a professional interest in marketing and communications. Victoria writes about politics and the media and how the media covers politics (#mediafail). You will find her tweeting at @Vic_Rollison, researching political communications at the University of South Australia and ranting about the Tony Abbott wrecking ball. Look out for her Open Letters and hope you never receive one.
John Lord – 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.
John Kelly – John holds a Bachelor of Communications degree majoring in Journalism and Media Relations. He is the author of four novels and one autobiography. As well as being a regular writer for The AIMN, he also runs his own site, The View From My Garden covering a variety of social, religious and political issues.
Kaye Lee – Kaye describes herself as a middle-aged woman in jammies. She knew Tony Abbott when they both attended Sydney University where she studied for a Bachelor of Science. After 20 years teaching mathematics, with the introduction of the GST in 2000, she became a ‘feral accountant’ for the small business that she and her husband own. Kaye uses her research skills “to pass on information, to join the dots, to remember what has been said and done and to remind others, and to do the maths.”
Michael Taylor – Michael recently retired from the Public Service and is studying law in his retirement. His interests are politics, media, history, and astronomy. Michael holds a BA in Aboriginal Affairs Administration, a BA (Honours) in Aboriginal Studies, and a Diploma of Government. Michael rarely writes articles for The AIMN these days, but is heavily involved with the admin team.
Rossleigh – Rossleigh is a writer, director and education futurist. As a writer, his plays include “The Charles Manson Variety Hour”, “Pastiche”, “Snap!”, “That’s Me In The Distance”, “48 Hours (without Eddie Murphy)”, and “A King of Infinite Space”. His acting credits include “Pinor Noir Noir” for “Short and Sweet” and carrying the coffin in “The Slap”. His ten minute play, “Y” won the 2013 Crash Test Drama Final.
Jennifer Wilson – Jennifer, who has a PhD, has worked as an academic and a scholar, but now works at little of both her careers. She has published short stories in several anthologies, academic papers and book chapters, frequently on the topic of human rights. Her interests and writing are wide ranging, including cultural analysis. Jennifer has written for On Line Opinion, Suite 101 and ABC’s Drum Unleashed. Jennifer is well-known for her long-running blog No Place for Sheep: an eclectic blog that covers politics, society, satire, fiction and fun stuff.
David Tyler – (AKA Urban Wronski) was born in England, raised in New Zealand and an Australian resident since 1979. Urban Wronski grew up conflicted about his own national identity and continues to be deeply mistrustful of all nationalism, chauvinism, flags, politicians and everything else which divides and obscures our common humanity. He has always been enchanted by nature and by the extraordinary brilliance of ordinary men and women and the genius, the power and the poetry that is their vernacular. Wronski is now a full-time freelance writer who lives with his partner and editor Shay and their chooks, near the Grampians in rural Victoria and he counts himself the luckiest man alive. A former teacher of all ages and stages, from Tertiary to Primary, for nearly forty years, he enjoyed contesting the corporatisation of schooling to follow his own natural instinct for undifferentiated affection, approval and compassion for the young.
Kay Rollison – Kay has two blogging roles on the AIMN. On the one hand she is a book review blogger, critiquing a range of genres from detective, to literary, to romance and non-fiction. Her book review blog, whatbooktoread.com is a great place to choose your next book. On the other hand, Kay has a PhD in history and is a life-long feminist who also shares her daughter Victoria’s passion for politics and occasionally writes blogs analysing political policies and media performance.
Binoy Kampmark – Dr Binoy Kampmark is a senior lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. He is a contributing editor to CounterPunch and can be followed on Twitter at @bkampmark.
Roswell – Roswell (not his real name, of course), is American born though he was quite young when his family moved to Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Science and spent most of his working life in Canberra. His interests include anything that has an unsolved mystery about it, politics (Australian and American), science, history, and traveling. Roswell is our SEO guru so most of his work at The AIMN is in an admin role, though he does produce the occasional article.
Tristan Ewins – Tristan is a freelance writer, PhD graduate, qualified teacher, blogger, social commentator and ALP Socialist Left activist of over 20 years. He has written for The Canberra Times and several online publications – most prolifically at ON LINE Opinion. He blogs at Left Focus, ALP Socialist Left Forum and the Movement for a Democratic Mixed Economy.
Edward Eastwood – Edward has worked a multitude of jobs since leaving school at 15, including Radio Announcer, Arborist, Undertaker, and Teacher. His interests include politics, Asian culture, and writing. His chief hobbies are parenting, sloth, and “trying to write as well as Ross Sharp who seems to do it with very little effort”.
Kate M – Kate started her adult life studying Arts/Law at Sydney University – majoring in Australian history – before giving up the law to transfer to a career in technology and innovation. After working and studying across Asia and the US, Kate now has her feet firmly planted back in Australia, where she spends her day job asking ‘why?’, why not?’ and ‘what if?’. She moonlights as a citizen journalist, where she asks the same questions of our political system, believing in the power of conversation to challenge and change the status quo. You can read more of her thoughts at Progressive Conversation.
Rob Marsh – Rob is a young, underemployed writer with a fervent interest in world politics, history, philosophy, psychology, cosmology and the sciences, with a particular focus on consciousness studies and the role of psychedelic compounds in culture and the study of mind. He is currently in the long and drawn out process of putting together a book on the above topics, a synthesis of knowledge towards a theory of living that can meet the challenges of the new century. In addition to writing for The AIMN, Rob runs his own blogs The Useful Idiot and The Third Eye.
Dave Chadwick – David is a teacher from Tasmania who began writing about equality when one of his students was racially vilified in the street. Aside from his interest in politics and ethics, he loves sport and bushwalking in the Tasmanian wilderness, which he writes about frequently at quietblog.weebly.com.
Sean Stinson – Sean is a former sound engineer turned professional record collector living on the NSW south coast. A self described reluctant academic, lazy political commentator and sloppy social analyst, he unabashedly reduces the noble art of citizen journalism to the standard of public nose picking. When he’s not picking his nose in public, you’ll find him in the studio working on a his latest album, tentatively titled Country Songs in C.
Torin Peel – Torin is a writer and political commentator.
Letitia McQuade – Letitia McQuade is a writer, business person, and an award winning screenwriter and film maker. As a post grad, she studied creative writing at Melbourne University, and has a BA in Film and TV from VCA. Letitia has owned and run numerous small businesses in retail, manufacturing and real estate.
Erin Chew – Erin is an entrepreneur, blogger and a social activist, who takes an active interest in politics, social justice and human rights. Currently, Erin works for YOMYOMF (You Offend Me, You Offend My Family), an Asian diaspora pop culture website as a blogger. Erin has worked in the trade union movement for a decade and has worked in policy advisor roles with not for profits. She holds a degree in Business and a Diploma in Human Resource Management.
Trish Corry – Trish loves to discuss Australian Politics. Her key areas of interest are Welfare, Disadvantage, emotions in the workplace, organisational behaviour, stigma, leadership, women, unionism. Trish is pro-worker, anti-conservativism and anti-Liberalism. Trish is a proud member of the Australian Labor Party and her articles are written from a Laborist / Progressive perspective. Trish’s blog is The Red Window (polyfeministix.wordpress.com).
Richard O’Brien – Richard has worked in a range of jobs from Politics to Rubbish Recycling to the Finance Industry. He has a BA majoring in History and Politics and (nearly) completed a post graduate Diploma in Journalism. Richard’s interests include local and international politics, social justice and generally not taking life too seriously. Mainly Richard loves to read, write and make people laugh whenever possible.
Eva Cripps – Eva is a freelance writer with a keen interest in legal, social justice and community matters, particularly where they intertwine with politics. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with First Class Honours, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Social Justice and Behavioural Science. Eva enjoys fighting politically expedient populism and is commited to empowering Australians to participate in democracy. She’s also a mother to three young children and lives in Tasmania.
Joseph Carli – Joe is a retired carpenter/builder who left school at 14 to start full-time work at. He has always enjoyed reading, but admits to having no skills at writing when it comes to grammar … but he persisted at self-education and it got worse! … so he just emulates the best writers he could read. In particular, Joe loves the “Italianate” style of storytelling. Joe also has a love of ancient history.
Leo Jai – Leo’s love of the oceans saw him take up the cause of raising awareness for marine conservation, making three trips to the ‘Cove’ in Taiji, Japan to document the annual dolphin slaughter. His experiences inspired two self-published works which balanced the tale of the dolphin capture industry against a deeply spiritual backdrop of Japanese culture.
He also supports and counsels immigration detainees and is a tireless advocate for social justice.
A former commercial pilot, he once landed on a sheep on a night approach. Leo and the sheep survived. He is an unashamed nerd and if put in a situation where he had to de-fuse an unexploded bomb, he would cut the blue wire. Find him on Twitter: @lionheartleojai
Kate O’Callaghan – Amongst other things, Kate is a blogger and activist living in Sydney. Kate is passionate about environmental and social justice issues in Australia, particularly in tropical Queensland where she is lucky enough to visit regularly. She is excited about the grassroots campaigning movement in Australia and believes it’s the key to taking the power back from large corporations.
OzFenric – OzFenric has a background in biological sciences and information management. He has worked as a librarian, a web designer and a social researcher. In his spare time he leads a church choir, performs in amateur musical theatre and writes fiction. He has won peer awards for editing and for writing, but never anything with money attached!
Sally Baxter – Sally (usually) blogs fortnightly on the past, present and future of journalism – from growing up in Hong Kong, to working in the UK and now observing the state of the world from her native Australia. Read more Baxter here.
Ben Clark – Ben is a student journalist currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He also writes for Farrago magazine and is a member of the YMCA Youth Press Gallery. He barracks for the Carlton Football Club and watches too much House of Cards. He also blogs on his own site, The Cynical Times.
Lachlan Clohesy – Lachlan is a Sessional Staff member at Victoria University, Melbourne. Since 2011, he has also taught at Swinburne University of Technology. He is an historian whose research interests include anti-communism, security and intelligence, nuclear power and weapons, Aboriginal affairs and Australian political history. Lachlan completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2006, receiving first class honours for his thesis, titled The Petrov Affair and the 1954 Election. He was also awarded the 2011 Moran Award for the History of Australian Science Research.
Nicole Clark – Having recently completed her Environmental Science Degree, Nicole is passionate about the environment and believe the key to environmental management lies in careful communication among all members of society. “To communicate science is to create a shift and is to bridge the gap between science and society. Humanity’s decision to both conserve as well as reverse environmental impact concern is a task appointed to many and we must all work together if change is ever to occur. I aim to be part of this change, through both research and education, which I believe will alter the fate of the planet for the better!”
Barry Tucker – Barry is a retired journalist with 46 years experience across all forms of new media, including reporting, sub-editing, as editor and publisher. He operates the TruthInNewsMedia resource centre (http://bit.ly/Z1XUC0), comments on politics and personal interests as The Sniper (http://bit.ly/12CJae4) and in May 2014 launched The Third Party, now know as the Centre Party of Australia (http://wp.me/p4D06M-38). You can find him on Twitter @btckr and @3rdauparty.
Kevin Rennie – Kevin is a a long-time citizen journalist and blogger. He is a Global Voices Online author and has been active with ThinkBrigade. He is a retired secondary teacher and trade unionist and has been an Australian Labor Party member since 1972. His interests include the environment, current affairs, the media, politics and human rights.
Matthew Donovan – Matthew is a former Labor candidate for the seat of Surfers Paradise in Queensland as well as a political commentator and freelance journalist. His interests are progressive politics, policy development and media/social media strategy. Matthew has studied Journalism, International Relations and History at the University of Southern Queensland. He also writes for www.independentaustralia.net.
Regular Guest Writers
Anthony Horton – Anthony holds a PhD in Environmental Science, a Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours and a Diploma of Carbon Management. He has a track record of delivering customised solutions in Academia, Government, the Mining Industry and Consulting based on the latest wisdom and his scientific background and experience in Climate/Atmospheric Science and Air Quality. Anthony’s work has been published in internationally recognised scientific journals and presented at international and national conferences, and he is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal Nature Environment and Pollution Technology. Anthony also blogs on his own site, The Climate Change Guy.
Dr. Venturino Giorgio Venturini – ‘George’ devoted some sixty years to study, practice, teach, write and administer law at different places in four continents. In 1975, invited by Attorney-General Lionel Keith Murphy, Q.C., he left a law chair in Chicago to join the Trade Practices Commission in Canberra – to serve the Whitlam Government. In time he witnessed the administration of a law of prohibition as a law of abuse, and documented it in Malpractice, antitrust as an Australian poshlost (Sydney 1980). He may be reached at George.Venturini@bigpond.com.
Denis Bright – Denis is a registered teacher and a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). Denis has recent postgraduate qualifications in journalism, public policy and international relations. He is interested in developing pragmatic public policies for a contemporary social market that is highly compatible with current trends in contemporary globalization.
Strobe Driver – Strobe completed his PhD in war studies in 2011 and since then has written extensively on war, terrorism, Asia-Pacific security, the ‘rise of China,’ and issues within Australian domestic politics. Dr Driver is currently and adjunct researcher at Federation University. The views expressed in this article are his own.
Keith Davis – Keith is a citizen journalist. He is an implacable foe of social injustice, and he is a strong believer in the inevitable implementation of a Universal Basic Income in Australia. He has a varied background, including print media publishing, not-for-profit group administration, and Indigenous sector project management. He fully supports the notion of Treaty. He writes from the heart, believes that whimsy and thoughts out of left-field have at least as much power as logic and reason, and does not limit himself to any one particular topic or theme.
Steve Laing – Steve is unaligned to any particular party, but cognizant of the reality that people are our biggest asset, so it makes sense to look after them. Uncomfortable with the ineptitude that permeates our current government, and yet sees such as the prevailing condition in our political system. Over the years Steve has worked for a number of different businesses, both corporate and small, and has experienced good and bad “policy” development and decision making, and seen the outcomes of such. Steve also has his own blog: www.makeourvoiceheard.com.
Brian Morris – World travel shaped Brian’s interest in social justice — wealth, poverty and religion in many countries. His book Sacred to Secular is critically acclaimed, including from the Richard Dawkins Foundation. It’s an analysis of Christianity, its origins and the harm it does. It’s a call for Australia to become fully secular. More information about Brian can be found on his website, Plain Reason.
Sir ScotchMistery – Sir Scotch (or SSM as he is frequently referred to), is based in rural Queensland and is developing a social enterprise with his wife, in a very small town, which has been indolent for many years, but not in a bad way. More in an accepted state of being sort of way. He sees as his life goal, allowing men to face their individual truth in a non-judgemental, non-threatening environment where they are heard, supported and loved as men with a story to be heard. He is married and rates as his hobbies raising calm kangaroos and other macropods. He sees being accepted as a new face in an old town and sharing the joy of great coffee as his life ambition.
Tracie Aylmer – Tracie is an advocate who enjoys writing about social justice issues. From working in most facets of office work as a professional temporary for several years, to completing a postgraduate law degree and then to researching and writing about social justice, she has been a Jill of many trades. She is the most well known for writing a submission as well as the Immigration Department manuals and guidelines to the International Criminal Court, calling for the arrest of several politicians due to their crimes against humanity, as well as getting some pretty great results from the ICC.
Paul G. Dellit – Whenever he publishes, Paul has to use his middle initial “G” lest his distant relative, Paul Dellit, a noted Brisbane thespian whom he has never met, is blamed for views and syntax for which he is not responsible. Our Paul has a B. Soc. Sci. (majors in sociology and economics) and a Diploma in Professional Wool Classing. He wanted to be a writer for as long as he can remember, but first became a law student, then a Malay Language Interpreter as a National Serviceman in Malaysia, a Canberra Public Servant involved first in providing international policy advice and then negotiating joint ventures with the private sector on behalf of the Commonwealth, a small scale primary producer and Public Servant commuter, a Melbourne based consultant involved in the commercial development of advanced IT systems, and now, at last, a writer. He got there in the end.
Vanessa Kairies – Vanessa has a Diploma in Fine Art and a Diploma in Television Production. Vanessa worked in the television industry for 22 years, working on the production of news and current affairs programs among many other things. With a strong interest in art, music, politics and social issues, she has also exhibited her artwork numerous times in her own private exhibitions and various communal art projects. She continues to create her life work which now includes writing. Vanessa has her own blog and an active Facebook site where she writes and exhibits the passions mentioned above.
Matt Rae – Matt, a happy ‘family’ man with a young family, writes about the ‘fun’ of being a father and his (humorous) reflections of what he has learned about fatherhood. By writing about his experiences Matt hopes that readers get some value from his mistakes. Matt also blogs on his own site, The Unsimple Life in between studying at university.