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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.

When Harry Met Sally is not a scientific study of male-female friendships

When Harry Met Sally is not a scientific study of male-female friendships

Don't listen to Nora Ephron. And definitely don't listen to Gwyneth Paltrow. Men and women can be friends.

Bloated Home Affairs is keeping alive the industry of counter-terrorism

Bloated Home Affairs is keeping alive the industry of counter-terrorism

Giving more power to an ineffective Home Affairs department will do nothing to assuage livid Australians after another Bourke Street tragedy.

Canberra

Canberra

Welcome to For Your Information, where Helen Razer explains a topic of global, local or, occasionally, no significance.

The Liberals should stop pretending to enjoy beer and leave it to the ALP

The Liberals should stop pretending to enjoy beer and leave it to the ALP

No Liberal leader has ever looked natural while drinking a beer. Meanwhile, Labor has known the visual language of beer in every era and election.

Universal basic income

Universal basic income

Welcome to For Your Information, where Helen Razer explains a topic of global, local or, occasionally, no significance.

VCE students run amok, but you would too

VCE students run amok, but you would too

Exams are torture. Being teenaged is torture. Who wouldn't seek a bit of relief from that?

AFR's Young Rich List full of very dull and attractive ciphers

AFR's Young Rich List full of very dull and attractive ciphers

The Young Rich List is recommended every year to any person briefly comforted by the thought that it doesn’t take brains, ingenuity or a clue to make a pile of money. It just takes money.

Great Australian fright: in defence of Halloween Down Under

Great Australian fright: in defence of Halloween Down Under

Halloween is a time when we can all come together and be shockingly inappropriate.

How shopping centres came to reflect the generation gap

How shopping centres came to reflect the generation gap

Hordes of young people, often overseas visitors, walk around Chadstone as though it’s the Viennese memory that father of the shopping mall Victor Gruen intended.

Royal visit confirms the foolish sentimentality of our time

Royal visit confirms the foolish sentimentality of our time

The royal visit shows us that sentimentality is as it has always been: a refuge sought by many when times get uncertain and tough.