Cassidy Warner, Staff Writer

Cassidy Warner is an Australian writer living and working in Sydney. She has a BA with Distinction from the University of New South Wales, dual majoring in English and Politics, but no amount of formal education has satisfied her desire to take things apart and find out why they tick. Cassidy is as passionate about intersectional politics, philosophy, and injustice as she is about storytelling.

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The Aussie Way of Democracy

In an era when many established democracies are backsliding, Australian democracy remains resilient. What can other countries learn from it?

The Problem With “Fresh Start” Cities

Indonesia is planning to move its capital from Jakarta to Nusantara – a new city it’s building – by 2024. Indonesia is not the only country to be enticed by the idea of a “fresh start” city, but these cities are rarely the panaceas or utopias their creators envisioned.

Australia’s Love-Hate Relationship with Sharks

I both love and hate sharks. Love them because they are a symbol of the ocean, the power and ferocity that lurks beneath the surface; and hate them because they remind me that the ocean, this thing that I love, will never be truly safe for me.

In Defense of “Sissy” Chinese Men

China’s government regards “sissy” Chinese men as a liability and is trying to get them to imitate the exaggerated machismo of the West. But the more effeminate version of masculinity has enriched China’s culture for millennia and will help it thrive in the 21st century.

The Taming of the Bunyip

Metamorphosizing from a fearsome monster to a bogeyman to a cute cartoon character to a conservation mascot, the Australian bunyip is a metaphor for our changing relationship with nature.