Dear Hooplarians, It is with sadness that co-founder of The Hoopla, Jane Waterhouse and I tell you that this will be the last daily edition of The Hoopla.
In 2015 you loved reading Mrs Woog on Glenn McGrath, Corinne Grant on Gillian Triggs, Kelly Briggs on domestic violence and Aboriginal women, Eden Riley on Andrew and Myuran, Kath Kenny on Gen X in Power and Jebby Phillips on Knox.
In 2014 you loved reading about Frances McDormand and Hollywood beauty standards, Lucy Clark on her daughter’s testing school days, Wendy Harmer’s tribute to Rosie Batty, as well as political analysis from Paula Matthewson and Meshel Laurie.
Here’s some classic 2013 columns: CORINNE GRANT on banal political reporting, TRACEY SPICER on Julia Gillard. Plus GERMAINE GREER, WENDY HARMER, ADAM BOLAND and MRS WOOG.
In 2012 you loved reading Tracey Spicer on all the sexist men she’s known, Wendy Harmer on Julia Gillard, as well as classic posts by Mrs Woog, Corinne Grant, Gideon Haigh and Lisa Woodward.
As we say farewell to the current incarnation of The Hoopla this week, we’ll be looking back at the people and stories that you loved each year. We start with 2011.
Australia’s 22nd prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, has died at the age of 84 after a brief illness.
When an 80-year-old man shared his story of sexual abuse as a child on radio yesterday, JOHN LAWS said he should “go to the pub and have a lemonade, for god sake”.
Almost five decades of feminism and everything old is new again. WENDY HARMER rejoices in young women re-discovering what she knew, way back then. (Sob!)
Should you take your kids out of school for family holidays? School principals are unimpressed, but WENDY HARMER, daughter of a teacher, is a very naughty mother.
CORINNE GRANT reports on the Abbott government’s shameful efforts to deny compensation to workers with intellectual disabilities paid as little as 99 cents per hour.
Tony Abbott talks about Closing the Gap, but CORINNE GRANT says the real gap he’s interested in is making black people behave more like white people.
When the Australian Women’s Weekly interviewed Margie Abbott – this wasn’t the cover line we expected. TRACEY SPICER says one of our most powerful women deserves better.
In 1985 TRACEY SPICER had big hair, big shoulder pads and big hopes. Thirty years later and women are earning less, working less and going backwards fast. She’s over it.
Australia must make Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan impossible for President Widodo to forget, writes MONICA ATTARD.
To kill Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan would kill all hope that “the best possible Indonesia” is any more than a rapidly dimming hope, MONICA ATTARD writes.
Atheist, Gay, Hindu, Muslim and want to get married? Not so fast in Oklahoma, where a bizarre new law show just how bigoted and hateful conservative Christians have become.
Kerri Sackville wonders if the Austereo boss who wants to avoid her staff having babes is on to something…
Yes it’s a single cucumber wrapped in plastic as if it’s somehow contagious. Time we told the supermarket chains we’re sick of their excessive packaging. One West Australian shopper is leading the way. Hooray!
There is no good evidence that homeopathy treatments can fix health problems, and using them can even be risky, a new report by Australia’s health standards body has found.
Like Edith Piaf’s famous song, we’re often told we should aim for a life without regret. But DR HELEN STREET thinks Sid Vicious was onto something when he sang My Way …
Our infant rolls over? We distribute a video to prove our baby is a genius. Our toddler does a poo and we applaud. MRS WOOG says stop creating a generation of narcissistic Kardashians.
On a Day of Action Against Bullying, REBECCA STARFORD, author of a new memoir of her boarding school years, reflects on the sometimes toxic nature of girls’ friendships.
Celebrate Australian women of letters with the release of the Stella Prize shortlist! Plus all the latest literary news and reviews with MEREDITH JAFFE.
Take a look at the trailer for Gayby Baby, a new Australian documentary about four children of same-sex parented families. And try not to cry…
Check out these incredible images of tattoos on these fascinating folk. Proof – if you ever needed it – that body ink fun is not just for the young.
To celebrate the DVD release of My Old Lady, starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, we’re giving away 20 DVD copies of this modern day classic.
Your tantalising and sinfully sumptuous stroganoff of scandalous showbiz shockers is ready, and it’s scalding hot…