Margaret Simons
is a freelance journalist and former professor of journalism. She is the author of the Quarterly Essay Cry Me a River: The Tragedy of the Murray–Darling Basin.

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Gardening June 29, 2019

The winter garden

As she contemplates her ever-expanding Monstera deliciosa, the author provides tips on what to plant and prune as the cold weather descends.

News May 11, 2019

Journalist Maria Ressa and the Philippine election

Rappler co-founder Maria Ressa discusses the political situation in the Philippines ahead of the country’s May 13 midterm elections, the first test of Rodrigo Duterte’s continuing hold on popularity.

News June 16, 2018

Sereno joins fight against Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte’s sacking of Philippine Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has added a powerful voice to a growing coalition of opposition forces.

Opinion August 22, 2015

Coming, ready or not

“This week I went searching for speeches by Australian politicians that take account of the pace of change, and talk about preparing for it. They were few and far between.”

Opinion June 07, 2014

Can SBS and the ABC be combined?

“One-fifth of the money taxpayers fork out for public broadcasting goes to a company owned by a Canadian superannuation fund.”