Examples

The copyright to much of my work as a journalist remains with the news organisations for which I worked and so I’m not able to reproduce the stories on this website.

Several stories have been included online although a few links have now expired and some of the ABC audio is no longer available.

If you would like to see further examples of my text, audio and visual work then please contact me so we can make arrangements.

The Conversation

Much of my work here involves commissioning and editing articles written by academics but I do get to write the odd article myself such as 2014, the year that was: Science + Technology.

The Courier-Mail

Total solar eclipse will plunge Cairns into darkness
5 November 2012
I did several stories in the lead up to the total solar eclipse that plunged Cairns into darkness but was also visbile as a partial eclipse across the rest of Queensland and parts of Australia, and on the Transit of Venus earlier in the year, see Watch it here: Once-in-a-lifetime Venus spectacle.

Employers putting frumps at the bottom of their list, regardless of qualifications
7 May 2011
It comes down to a simple question for employers: Would you employ Gollum or Brad Pitt? Professor Chris Warhurst says employers favour looks over qualifications when it comes to who gets the job, and a candidate’s appearance is increasingly being judged as part of the “lookness” skills that employers are seeking.

Queensland flood recovery may boost employment
29 January 2011
The devastating flooding may actually help employment in Queensland grow as the state begins the massive task of rebuilding. The recruitment industry is already seeing a rise in demand for people in key sectors such as construction and the other industries that will be part of the rebuilding effort.

Voltaire’s words to describe freedom of speech used to defend comments on internet
11 July 2010
Should people be free to say whatever they want on the internet? There are those who argue for such freedoms, but then I argue that perhaps it’s time to think again. There are consequences to consider and we already live in a world of rules over what we can and can’t say.

Reporter Sarah Ellison in right place as Rupert Murdoch moves on The Wall Street Journal
8 May 2010
Imagine you are the media reporter on a famous US newspaper that one of the world’s media giants wants ot buy. Sarah Ellison had to stay ahead of the rest of the country’s media on the biggest story to hit the Wall Street Journal.

Is it time to abolish state governments?
5 March 2010
With health and the running of our hospitals now the latest state service looking to be controlled from Canberra is it time again to debate the end of our state governments? Some say the middle tier of government is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

Fighting for a cancer cure
5 October 2009
The battle against one of the single biggest killers of women is being fought by an army of researchers in Queensland as nationally about 2,600 women die of breast cancer each year. That’s an average of seven people a day, every day of the year.

Brisbane ruder than Sydney says etiquette consultant Anna Musson
23 March 2009
Brisbane always considers itself a relaxed capital compared to those in the southern states. But an expert on good behaviour says the city has some of the rudest people when it comes to business. She also says that can be bad for business if the CBD doesn’t learn how to treat people better.

ABC

Brisbane faces another day of high fire danger
6 October 2004
One of many reports I’ve done over the years about bush fires. The report was a finalist in the Queensland Media Awards.

Can the Lions make it four in a row?
26 March 2004
I have contributed to a number of ABC news and current affairs programs. This was for the AM program on the start of the new AFL season.

ABC journalists recognised at Walkley awards
29 November 2002
This is an archived version of how ABC News reported the 2002 Walkley Awards in which I was Highly Commended. (This is an archived version of the ABC’s own announcement of the results ABC wins Walkleys.)

Wannabe war heroes
26 April 2002
Each ANZAC Day a team of undercover veterans is out in force to capture the phoney war heroes who wear medals they never earned or are not entitled to wear.

Veterans’ campaign
12 February 2002
One of a number of reports that focused on the plight of those who were injured during their time in the Australian defence force, and were now forced to live on a pension they claimed wasn’t enough.

Child pornography and paedophiles on the Internet
14 January 2002
Queensland Police had taken the hunt for paedophiles to the Internet with investigators posing as youngsters in the hope they could capture the perverts.

ABC TV Australian Story

Eye of a Needle
21 July 2003
The story of a Queensland man who went from drop-out to the head of a multi-million dollar medial equipment company, a success he puts down to a near family tragedy and a religious vision. The program was a finalist in the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes and the Queensland Media Awards.

With This Ring
14 April 2003
The tragic accident, emotional rescue and painful recovery of Gayle Shann who lost one arm and the use of her other in an accident on the Queensland cattle property she shares with husband Mac. This popular episode was voted one of the top three My Favourite Australian Storys of all time.

Double Bind
7 April 2003
Twice the same man was found guilty by a jury of killing a Queensland toddler and twice the verdict was overturned, the second time because of the ancient double jeopardy rule. The debate still rages over whether or not to scrap that rule.

Brisbane Institute

The problem of problem gambling – (archived by National Library of Australia)
24 April 2001
A feature story based on a two-part series on gambling I did for ABC local radio.

BBC

The West – Michael Lund
1 May 1998
This was my first story to appear online and it was one of the first text and video streaming stories to appear on the BBC’s then new website.