Miranda Devine

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Miranda Devine (born 1961[1]) is an Australian columnist and writer noted for her conservative stance on a range of social and political issues. Her column, formerly printed twice weekly in Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald, now appears in the News Limited Daily Telegraph with frequent posts on the Telegraph blogs.

Life and career[edit]

Devine is the daughter of veteran journalist, editor and conservative columnist Frank Devine. She and her two younger sisters spent considerable parts of their youth overseas while their father was working as a foreign correspondent for Australian newspapers and, later, edited various American newspapers. While living in Tokyo, Devine and her sisters attended an American International School and learned to speak Japanese fluently.[2] A devout Roman Catholic like her father, she completed her high school education at Loreto Kirribilli, a Catholic girls' private school in Sydney. After school, she completed a mathematics degree at Macquarie University. She joined the CSIRO in their textile physics division, but spent only a year there, finding the work unrewarding.

Devine is a member of the editorial advisory board of the conservative Quadrant magazine.[3]

On 6 August 2010, The Daily Telegraph announced that Devine would be returning as a columnist for both The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.[4]

Commentary and controversy[edit]

Devine is a personal friend of fellow conservative columnist Tim Blair, who said of her: "She's got good antennae. She can read people which is why she accurately predicts election results".[2]

When interviewed for an April 2007 article in The Australian about hate mail received by female columnists, Devine commented: "You are contesting ideas and you have to do it in a polarising way. When you write a column, you can't sit on the fence".[5]

In their book Silencing Dissent (Allen & Unwin), Clive Hamilton and Sarah Maddison accuse Devine of belonging to a "syndicate of right-wing commentators who receive favour from the Howard Government."[6]

In 2007, Devine travelled to Iraq with the Australian Defence Minister, Brendan Nelson, and two other conservative columnists. Her resulting positive report[7] was criticised by Media Watch.[8]

In 2011 Devine created controversy when she used the news of Australian federal government minister Penny Wong's decision to parent a child with her female partner as the basis of a column in which she argued that the 2011 riots in England were the result of a "fatherless society" – that is, a society that increasingly accepts children growing up in gay and single mother households.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Devine, Frank (2009). Popping fifty corks. Quadrant, May, 2009. Reprinted in: Devine, Frank (2009). Old & wiser: essays 2002 - 2009. Sydney: Quadrant Books. ISBN 9780980677805.
  2. ^ a b Diana Bagnall (24 November 2004). "Who is Miranda Devine?". The Bulletin. 
  3. ^ Quadrant — Editorial Advisory Board, Quadrant magazine website
  4. ^ "Columnist Miranda Devine returns". The Daily Telegraph. 6 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Sally Jackson (12 April 2007). "You've got hate mail: It's her job to have opinions, but does saying what they really think make female columnists particularly vulnerable?". The Australian. 
  6. ^ "How a right-wing, pro-Howard cabal is stifling debate", an excerpt from Silencing Dissent, printed in The Australian on 31 January 2007
  7. ^ "Those boots make a difference", Miranda Devine, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 September 2007
  8. ^ "Good Morning Iraq" Media Watch, 10 September 2007
  9. ^ Devine, Miranda (14 August 2011). "The Problems of a Fatherless Society". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Deveny, Catherine (17 August 2011). "Why equal rights activists need Miranda Devine more than rallies". The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 August 2011. 

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