Paul Sheehan (journalist)

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Paul Sheehan (born 1951) is an Australian columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Melbourne Age where he has been day editor, chief of staff and Washington correspondent. He generally writes from a conservative viewpoint in the opinion of observers.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sheehan is a graduate[clarification needed] of the Australian National University in Canberra and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York.


Sheehan was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and Foreign Policy.[2]

Sheehan's first book, Among the Barbarians, was published in 1998. The book, written by Sheehan to "lift the veil of intimidation" hanging over critical discussion of multiculturalism and Australia's immigration policies, spent five months on Australian best-seller lists.[3] In 2003, he released his second book, The Electronic Whorehouse, a critical examination of the media in Australia. His third book, Girls Like You (2005), commented on the Ashfield gang rapes, a series of gang rape trials in Australia involving four Pakistani brothers.

Sheehan's columns in the Sydney Morning Herald are generally written from a right-wing perspective and are noted for their criticism of the "human rights industry", Muslims in Australia, large-scale immigration and the Australian Labor Party. Other topics covered by Sheehan include criticism of the Australian legal system's handling of sexual assault cases as well as criticism of the neo-conservative ideology.


  1. ^ Switzer, Tom (10-12-2007) "Don't silence conservative dissent". The Australian. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Paul Sheehan". Random House. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Sheehan, Paul. Among the Barbarians: The Dividing of Australia, Random House, 1998, ISBN 0-09-183999-8

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