Miranda Devine
Miranda Devine is an Australian columnist
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 and writer
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 noted for her conservative
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 stance on a range of social
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 and political
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 issues. Her column
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, formerly printed twice weekly in Fairfax Media
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 newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
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and The Sun-Herald
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, now appears in the News Limited Daily Telegraph with frequent posts on the Telegraph blogs.

Life and career

While in Tokyo, Devine and her two younger sisters attended an American International School
International school
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 and learned to speak Japanese
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 fluently. A devout Roman Catholic, Devine completed her high school education at Loreto Kirribilli
Loreto Kirribilli
Loreto Kirribilli is a Roman Catholic, day school for girls, located in Kirribilli, a Lower North Shore suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia....

, a Catholic girls' private school in Sydney
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. After school, she completed a mathematics
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 degree at Macquarie University
Macquarie University
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. On receipt of her degree, Devine joined the CSIRO in their textile physics division. She would however only spend a year there, finding the work unrewarding.

In 2001, after Allan had left for New York
New York City
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, Devine turned down the Telegraph's offer of more money and took up an offer to write for its main rival The Sydney Morning Herald. Devine is a personal friend of fellow conservative columnist Tim Blair
Tim Blair
Tim Blair is a conservative journalist, commentator and blogger working in Sydney, Australia.Blair began his journalism cadetship in 1988 at 23, working for the now-closed Truth newspaper in Melbourne. In 2004, the Sydney Morning Herald said that "Blair, 39, is top dog among the new Australian...

, who said of her: "She's got good antennae. She can read people which is why she accurately predicts election results".

When interviewed for an April 2007 article in The Australian
The Australian
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about hate mail
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 received by female columnists, Devine commented: "You are contesting ideas and you have to do it in a polarising
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 way. When you write a column, you can't sit on the fence".

Devine is a member of the editorial advisory board
Editorial board
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 of the conservative Quadrant
Quadrant (magazine)
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On 6 August 2010, The Daily Telegraph announced that Devine would be returning as a columnist for both The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.

In their book, Silencing Dissent
Silencing Dissent
Silencing Dissent: How the Australian Government is Controlling Public Opinion and Stifling Debate is a 2007 Australian book, edited by Clive Hamilton and Sarah Maddison....

(Allen & Unwin
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), Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton
Clive Charles Hamilton AM FRSA is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and the Vice-Chancellor's Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the The...

 and Sarah Maddison accuse Miranda Devine of belonging to a "syndicate of right-wing
Right-wing politics
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 commentators who receive favour from the Howard
John Howard
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In 2007, Devine travelled to Iraq
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 with Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson and two other conservative columnists. Her resulting positive report was criticised by Media Watch
Media Watch (TV series)
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In 2011 Devine created controversy when she used the news of Australian Minister Penny Wong's
Penny Wong
Penelope "Penny" Ying-yen Wong , is an Australian Labor Party senator for South Australia and the Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation. Wong was the first Australian Minister for Climate Change and Water. Her appointment was amended on 26 February 2010, by the Prime Minister, to the...

decision to parent a child with her female partner as the basis of a column, in which she argued that recent riots in England were the result of a "fatherless society" – that is, a society that increasingly accepts children growing up in gay and single mother households.

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