Gillian Terzis

Gillian Terzis

Gillian Terzis a writer and editor based in Melbourne. She has written on the mining industry for the Guardian and Meanjin.

Gillian Terzis on 'Clive: The story of Clive Palmer' by Sean Parnell

November 2013, no. 356 30 October 2013
Gillian Terzis on 'Clive: The story of Clive Palmer' by Sean Parnell
Even the most seasoned political observers would have been surprised at the Palmer United Party’s triumph at the federal election, which saw it claim three seats in the Senate. Was it a stroke of luck or the work of a remarkable political strategist? In any case, the political fate of the PUP’s founder remains undecided, more than a month after the election. At the time of writing, Clive Palme ... (read more)

Gillian Terzis reviews 'Clive: The Story of Clive Palmer' by Sean Parnell

November 2013, no. 356 17 October 2013
Gillian Terzis reviews 'Clive: The Story of Clive Palmer' by Sean Parnell
Even the most seasoned political observers would have been surprised at the Palmer United Party’s triumph at the federal election, which saw it claim three seats in the Senate. Was it a stroke of luck or the work of a remarkable political strategist? In any case, the political fate of the PUP’s founder remains undecided, more than a month after the election. At the time of writing, Clive Palme ... (read more)

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October 2013, no. 355 26 September 2013
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Ten years ago, if you moved in certain journalistic circles, calling yourself a blogger was about as popular as leprosy. Few in the industry had respect for the platform, and fewer still would have read your work. Print journalists seemed divided on whether blogging was a joke or a threat. Either way, it was a sure-fire way to end a conversation fast. But the digitisation of the media and its atte ... (read more)

Gillian Terzis reviews 'The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience' by Tim Dunlop

October 2013, no. 355 19 September 2013
Gillian Terzis reviews 'The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience' by Tim Dunlop
Ten years ago, if you moved in certain journalistic circles, calling yourself a blogger was about as popular as leprosy. Few in the industry had respect for the platform, and fewer still would have read your work. Print journalists seemed divided on whether blogging was a joke or a threat. Either way, it was a sure-fire way to end a conversation fast. But the digitisation of the media and its atte ... (read more)

Gillian Terzis reviews 'Battlers and Billionaires: The story of inequality in Australia' by Andrew Leigh

September 2013, no. 354 22 July 2013
Gillian Terzis reviews 'Battlers and Billionaires: The story of inequality in Australia' by Andrew Leigh
Bigger than Bradman and Phar Lap combined, no Australian legend has endured the ages quite like the ‘fair go’. Egalitarianism is as central to Australian identity as exceptionalism is to the United States. The promises that underpin these mythologies are as contentious as they are seductive. The ease of social mobility is necessarily implied. Wealth accumulation is palatable so long as it pays ... (read more)

Two unconventional pacifists

June 2013, no. 352 27 May 2013
Two unconventional pacifists
In a world punctuated by civil and global conflict, it seems almost quaint to promote peace as a weapon of choice. Even in more progressive quarters, an explicit identification with pacifism seems to evoke nostalgia for a time when the enemy was obvious and the mission supposedly self-evident. But in recent decades the threat has become more nebulous, as has the relationship between defence, gover ... (read more)

Gillian Terzis reviews 'The Future' by Al Gore

April 2013, no. 350 25 March 2013
Gillian Terzis reviews 'The Future' by Al Gore
Confronting the void that awaits any failed US presidential nominee is a tough gig. Short shrift is given to those who have come so far, only to fall short at the last hurdle. Take Bob Dole, who became a shill for Viagra in the late 1990s after losing to Bill Clinton. God knows what the future holds for Mitt Romney. But there are also success stories. Jimmy Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in a landsl ... (read more)

Gillian Terzis reviews 'Fallout from Fukushima' by Richard Broinowski

February 2013, no. 348 29 January 2013
Gillian Terzis reviews 'Fallout from Fukushima' by Richard Broinowski
In the aftermath of Chernobyl it is hard not to see nuclear disaster as the muse of abject horror. The degree of uncertainty surrounding life after catastrophe – genetic mutation, contaminated food supplies, mass displacement of townships – is unfathomable for governments and citizens alike. At a time when the need for accurate information is at its greatest, misinformation spreads quickly, so ... (read more)

Gillian Terzis reviews 'The Best Australian Business Writing 2012' edited by Andrew Cornell

December 2012–January 2013, no. 347 28 November 2012
Gillian Terzis reviews 'The Best Australian Business Writing 2012' edited by Andrew Cornell
Business journalism suffers from an image problem. It is seen as the journalism of insiders, often plagued by an argot as incomprehensible to outsiders as it is to those who use it. Its cosiness with corporations is suggestive of a provenance that is far from unimpeachable. Worst of all, when the global financial crisis hit, journalists on the financial beat were seemingly missing in action. ... (read more)

Gillian Terzis reviews 'Mine-field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resources Rush' by Paul Cleary

October 2012, no. 345 25 September 2012
Gillian Terzis reviews 'Mine-field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resources Rush' by Paul Cleary
When BHP Billiton announced last month that it would indefinitely shelve its proposed Olympic Dam expansion in South Australia, some said it signalled the symbolic end of the mining investment boom. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill’s reaction was particularly revealing. With his government now staring into a $1 billion black hole, Weatherill declared that he and the community had lost tru ... (read more)