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Miranda Devine 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
One of three daughters of veteran journalist, editor and conservative columnist Frank Devine, Miranda and her 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 two younger sisters attended an American International School and learned to speak Japanese fluently. A devout Roman Catholic like her father, Devine 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. On receipt of her degree, Devine joined the CSIRO in their textile physics division. She would however only spend a year there, finding the work unrewarding.
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".
On 6 August 2010, The Daily Telegraph announced that Devine would be returning as a columnist for both The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.
In their book, Silencing Dissent (Allen & Unwin), Clive Hamilton and Sarah Maddison accuse Miranda Devine of belonging to a "syndicate of right-wing commentators who receive favour from the Howard Government."
In 2011 Devine created controversy when she used the news of Australian Minister Penny Wong's decision to parent a child with her female partner as the basis of a column, in which she argued that 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.
- Diana Bagnall (24 November 2004). "Who is Miranda Devine?". The Bulletin.
- 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.
- Quadrant — Editorial Advisory Board, Quadrant magazine website
- "Columnist Miranda Devine returns". The Daily Telegraph. 6 August 2010.
- "How a right-wing, pro-Howard cabal is stifling debate", an excerpt from Silencing Dissent, printed in The Australian on 31 January 2007
- "Those boots make a difference", Miranda Devine, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 September 2007
- "Good Morning Iraq" Media Watch, 10 September 2007
- Devine, Miranda (14 August 2011). "The Problems of a Fatherless Society". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- Deveny, Catherine (17 August 2011). "Why equal rights activists need Miranda Devine more than rallies". The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 August 2011.