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Rebekah Holt — Freelance journalist

Rebekah Holt

Freelance journalist

Rebekah Holt is a journalist and psychotherapist originally from New Zealand now based in Melbourne. In her previous NZ life she was a Chief of Staff in television news, a spokesperson for the NZ Police and very bad at dealing with volunteers for several political parties who employed her. She can regularly be found explaining New Zealand to Australians and vice versa. In between writing on politics and media she is usually pitching another story to some poor editor about Australias’s onshore detention centres.

Scott Morrison wants kids to just be kids? Not in this climate.

Scott Morrison wants kids to just be kids? Not in this climate.

Our PM wants kids to stop getting so worked up about climate change. But as a leading child psychiatrist tells Crikey, this kind of dismissive attitude from leaders can leave kids feeling even worse.

Lawyers try a Hail Mary as Biloela family faces court

Lawyers try a Hail Mary as Biloela family faces court

Lawyers for Biloela's young Tamil family are trying to find a legal loophole that will allow them to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

Prime minister, where the bloody hell are ya?

Prime minister, where the bloody hell are ya?

Compassion aside, how has this PR pro gotten the last few weeks so badly wrong?

Do we need to cross all boundaries to protect our borders?

Do we need to cross all boundaries to protect our borders?

The Australian government had many other options on how to handle the Biloela family. This was surely the worst one.

A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

Abdul Aziz, a 23-year-old Afghan asylum seeker, died in detention. Crikey was invited by his family and friends to exclusively bear witness before his body was sent home.

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

The debate over Australia's deportation laws is tearing Australia apart from one of its closest allies — and it's only getting worse.

A horror week in Australian onshore detention

A horror week in Australian onshore detention

A young man has died. Another has attempted self-harm. A toddler, who has spent her entire life in detention, was hospitalised. Here's the day-by-day account.

Peter Dutton is repeating false claims there are no children in detention

Peter Dutton is repeating false claims there are no children in detention

On the same day that a two-year-old in detention was banned from receiving a birthday cake, the Home Affairs minister claimed again that all children have been removed from detention.

The road to deportation: inside the Biloela family's 15-month detention

The road to deportation: inside the Biloela family's 15-month detention

In March 2018, Priya and her family gained national attention after a dawn raid on their home. Yesterday, after much quiet anguish, they lost their High Court bid to avoid deportation.

Media protocols for Christchurch trial are unprecedented, but are they practical?

Media protocols for Christchurch trial are unprecedented, but are they practical?

The majority of New Zealand's news organisations have committed to new guidelines in an effort to "not promote white supremacist ideology". Others say it's not so simple.