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I’m a journalist/writer living in Sydney but dreaming of London and New York. I’m a feminist/humanist/vegan, and total news junkie. I love Salon and still read the New York Times even though I have just completed a dissertation on its questionable coverage of Israel-Palestine. I don’t utilise this blog nearly often enough and have been meaning to change that sad state of affairs for the past year. Here’s hoping the next year is more productive than the last.


Written by Ruby

September 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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  1. Hi Ruby,

    Great piece on Indonesian cattle slaughter. I made a comment, but it hasn’t
    appeared. You may like to follow up … I can’t believe your piece has no
    comments … something may be wrong with Unleashed.

    The point of my comment is that you piece referred to the “high demand for beef”.
    But there isn’t one. It’s a creation of the cattle industry, talking themselves up. If you
    want to make your product, the next big thing then hire blanket advertising telling people that it is already the next big thing. Four Corners fell for it also. Nobody bothered to check. Annual per capita consumption of beef in Indonesia in 1985 was
    1.7 kg … 4.6 grams a day. The latest FAO data is 2007 when it had soared to 5.2 grams per day. Take away the rise in tourists eating beef in swank hotels then there isn’t much beef consumption at all in Indonesia. 225m people sharing about half of what 22m Australians eat in a year. More here:


    Geoff Russell

    Geoff Russell

    June 4, 2011 at 12:56 am

    • Hi Geoff,

      Thanks very much. The comments always seem to be stuffing up on Unleashed. I was at least expecting so ignorant “but cows are so tasty” taunts.
      And, yes, whilst I wasn’t aware of all the stats, I had been told that beef wasn’t a traditional part of the Indonesian diet. Unfortunately, I couldn’t follow up in time so I thought it best not to mention something I couldn’t verify.


      June 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

      • Oh, and thanks for your article too. And thanks for being so tireless.


        June 4, 2011 at 9:15 am

  2. Just read your brilliant piece in The Scavenger and decided to check out your blog. If commiseration is any help, my website is moribund. Not good. At least yours is live – don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re in Sydney dreaming of London and New York?! As expat US, long term resident of London, I might caution you to be careful what you wish for. 😉 Like NY (which I love) London is getting to the stage where it only “works” if you’re minted. I imagine Sydney is loads more affordable and you’ve got glorious weather. I’m envious.


    April 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

    • Actually I think Sydney rivals New York for affordability stakes. yes, we have great beaches, but oh so far from the rest of the world. Thanks for the feedback.


      April 16, 2012 at 3:53 am

  3. Hi Ruby,

    please contact Christine Heard from SBS TV News on christine.heard@sbs.com.au re: story on Syrian Australians. Cheers

    Christine Heard

    July 24, 2012 at 5:27 am

  4. Hi Ruby, thank you for your article, which was included on New Zealand’s news website Stuff



    Jordan Wyatt

    July 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

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