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: Trump was tragedy, Winfrey would be farce

January 11, 2018 48

Oprah Winfrey is a neoliberal moraliser whose advice to the many to “visualise” their better fortune is at fundamental odds with welfare spending. She should not be president.

Razer: Dutton’s ‘African gangs’ rubbish breaks with old-school Howard bigotry

January 9, 2018 35

Howard was a man whose bigotry may have been truly driven by policy. Peter Dutton is perhaps a politician driven by bigotry alone, writes Helen Razer.

Razer: Apple supplanting the Koorie trust in Fed Square is a very 2017 thing to happen

December 21, 2017 43

A building currently being used by the Koorie Heritage Trust is being demolished to make way for a huge Apple store. Well merry bloody Christmas.

Razer: three things you can kind of feel good about from 2017

December 19, 2017 14

There were very few signs of light in the West this year, but, in the effort to grow up, Helen Razer figured she could spot at least three.

Razer: the only thing dumber than most ABC-bashing is the ABC itself

December 14, 2017 31

The frequent claim that the ABC has been dumbed down has itself been dumbed right down. But that doesn't excuse the ABC's decline.

Razer: Labor thinks it can woo voters by emulating Obama. Seriously.

December 12, 2017 9

The ALP, once ruthlessly efficient, is now just plain old ruthless. And a bit of Obama-style political coaching isn't going to change that.

Razer: on the ethics and possibility of enjoying good art by bad men

December 7, 2017 13

The minute you consider enjoyment unethical, you open the risk of craving it for unsound reasons.

Razer: what it means to be truly ‘stupid’ (and what we can do about it)

December 5, 2017 25

I never supposed I would tire of calling people stupid, and yet ... Helen Razer reflects on the phenomenon of stupidity.

Razer: equality for women! (But only for those who work in the media, please.)

November 30, 2017 17

The “story” of media sexism has been gorging on its own self-interest for so long, what we have is a culture industry so utterly fixated on its own declining labour conditions, it rarely bothers to report on anybody else’s.

Razer: the ‘reputable’ practice of anti-Chinese racism

November 28, 2017 26

If only we were as critical of US influence as we were that of the Chinese.