Lech Blaine

Ten-Year Challenge

Given the impending end of the decade, I wrote for Kill Your Darlings about high school coming-of-age rituals, and getting asked by my alma mater to make a speech at their 2019 formal, ten years since graduating. The piece is about success, failure, identity, friendship and my teenage dreams of being the Prime Minister of Australia.

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You can read here: Ten Year Challenge

How good is Queensland?

In August, I travelled 7000 km from the bubble of Brisbane to the bloodshed of the Mount Isa Rodeo, and back again via Cairns and the Daintree Rainforest. I was trying to find the roots of Scott Morrison’s mute revolution, and why blue-collar voters staged a mutiny against Bill Shorten. But also what it means to be a Queenslander in 2019, and why so many of them are pissed off with the political system.

The Monthly have published the roughly 9000 word essay – titled ‘How good is Queensland?’ – in the November magazine.

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You can read the article here.

It includes hopefully enlightening conversations with Kevin Rudd in Brisbane and Kev Carmody in Warwick, plus a bunch of other Queenslanders, such as a plumber from Ipswich, a cattle farmer in Clermont, a diesel fitter working on a coal mine near Mackay, the Mayor

of Townsville, a Cairns schoolteacher and a Biloela social worker, along with an unexpected cameo appearance by David Malouf on Magnetic Island.

The Right to Remain Silent

I wrote for The Monthly about the Indigenous rugby league players who staged a silent protest during the national anthem before State of Origin 1.

Read the article at The Monthly.

Family Feud

I wrote a piece for The Monthly dissecting the Australian election through the prism of the bitter political differences dividing my family.

You can buy a copy of the magazine at newsagents or read at The Monthly website:

Family Feud

The Legacy of a Mother’s Love

I wrote a piece for The Guardian in memory of my wonderful mother.

In the Sights of the Alt-Right

For the election edition of The Monthly, I profiled rising Labor star Terri Butler, and asked her about getting trolled online by the faceless men of the alt-right.

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Terri Butler’s rise through the rancour

The Parable of Lyle and Dianne

The Monthly published a story by me about a polite pastor, a profane politician and Toowoomba’s scatological battle to not drink recycled water.

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Click the link below to read.

The Parable of Lyle and Dianne