Helen Razer — Writer and Broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and Broadcaster

Helen Razer is a writer whose work appears in The Saturday Paper, Daily Review, SBS Online and Frankie. She has previously worked as a columnist for The Age and The Australian and as a broadcaster for ABC radio.


Razer: the confused person’s guide to who is and isn’t ‘left-wing’

February 22, 2018 29

As voters continue to move further to the left or right of the spectrum -- just as they always have -- trolls and pundits will continue to use the wrong language to classify them.

Razer: journalism is not a crime! Except, you know, when WikiLeaks does it.

February 20, 2018 18

"An apparently unpleasant WikiLeaks journalist detained in a place we quite fancy? He can rot." So goes the thinking of the many who once proclaimed "journalism is not a crime".

Razer: Barnaby’s a hypocrite, so what? They all are.

February 15, 2018 26

As progressives commentators fret over Joyce's ethics and potential misdeeds, they miss the bigger picture: politics should be much bigger than politicians.

Razer: Q&A dresses up narcissism and calls it democracy

February 13, 2018 65

If you're wondering if Monday nights have changed, it's just business as usual: "A group of people fresh from the Qantas Club Lounge think about themselves, and the medium they inhabit in that moment, as democracy itself," writes Helen Razer.

Razer: true reporters, like the late Robert Parry, strive to be despised

February 8, 2018 13

Robert Parry, the reporter who uncovered the Iran-Contra affair, showed us that journalism at its best is not a popularity contest with the powerful.

Up Yours: epitaph shopping with Julian Burnside

February 6, 2018 10

Burnside, as you likely know, is a barrister, a refugee advocate and a man with an honourable alphabet of letters appended by others to his name. He's also a fighter and dogged correspondent who seems to thinks a lot about death.

Razer: State of the Union proves we’re on track for full-blown class warfare

February 1, 2018 28

Helen Razer imagines how the efforts of Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller and the ghost of Ronald Reagan made this 90 minute speech possible.

Razer: you can’t fix a problem like sexual harassment within existing structures

January 30, 2018 9

For all their honourable intentions and punishing labour, journalists of this #MeToo movement may not be helping as many women as they think.

Razer: ‘progressive’ journos gunning for Trump are a danger to peace

January 25, 2018 14

Even as purportedly progressive outlets continue to report Trump-Putin conspiracy theory as fact, the tanks roll toward Russia and the money rolls out.

Razer: think tanks? More like stink tanks.

January 23, 2018 8

Ahh think tanks. The intellectual breadth they bring to public life is astounding! You've got your unvarnished neoliberalism over here, and then your compassionate neoliberalism over there. And ... well, that's about it actually.