Robert Simms Opinion

Commentary on politics, society and popular culture

Time for Labor to bind on marriage equality

Buoyed by growing momentum for marriage equality, Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek is leading the charge for her party to put its money where its mouth is by making support … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Life after death: the art of political resurrection

“Can a souffl√© rise twice?” was the question asked by former prime minister Paul Keating following his adversary, Andrew Peacock’s return to the Liberal leadership. In the end, Peacock’s leadership … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Whitlam’s legacy belongs to all progressives

The passing of former prime minister Gough Whitlam yesterday saw the eruption of a rare period of multi-partisanship as figures from across the political spectrum paid tribute to the man … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reality bites as winner takes all on The Block

The much anticipated Block finale fell flat on Sunday night when three of the luxury properties struggled to attract bids above the reserve at auction. While two couples celebrated big … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

You already knew Thorpe was gay? No, you didn’t

Ian Thorpe’s declaration that he’s gay has been met with a combination of celebration and mockery. While many have praised the Olympian for speaking out, others have joked that he … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 5 Comments

Interview with Radio Adelaide

It was great to speak with Chris about the myth of meritocracy. You can listen to the interview here. 

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Forgetting others in the quest for self-improvement

‘Work hard and you will achieve. The only barrier to success is your own imagination. You can be whatever you want to be, you just have to want it badly … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 13 Comments

Abbott left little wriggle room on promises

‘Tony Abbott is a pathological liar who has lost the respect of the Australian people. He leads a beleaguered government, held ransom by extremists in the Senate. His government is … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Voters give Green light to resurgent party

“It’s not easy being Green.” Or, at least that’s been the claim of pundits eager to write-off the environmental party after a challenging few years. In 2012, the retirement of … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 21 Comments

April Fool?

You could be excused for thinking April Fools Day came early this year, after watching the performance of the Abbott Government last week. Forget the right to health or education, … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Personal attacks don’t advance the cause

Australian politics is certainly not for the faint-hearted and vitriol is levelled at politicians of all stripes. John Howard was famously described as a “lying rodent”, Julia Gillard a “bitch” … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sunrise Interview

It was great joining Larry and Sarah on Weekend Sunrise to discuss social media and the importance of living in the moment.

January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Confessions of a Facebook Addict

The New Year is a time for reflection and goal-setting, and so like any good Gen-Y’er, I shared my New Year’s resolutions on Facebook. As I basked in the approving … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Coming-out myths and why we fear fluid sexuality

Olympic diver Tom Daley created a media splash on Tuesday when he announced that he was having a relationship with a man. The response provides an interesting insight into community … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

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