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Lot's Wife

Type Student newspaper

Owner Monash Student Association
Headquarters Monash University

Website: http://www.msa.monash.edu.au/lotswife/main/index.html

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Lot’s Wife began when a collection of Monash (Clayton) students stormed the office of the Monash student newspaper of the time, Chaos, in reaction to the sexist and derogatory material Chaos routinely published. Throughout the 1960s, Lot’s Wife remained at the forefront of student media.

Lot’s Wife gained its name from the Biblical passage in which Lot and his wife fled Sodom. Lot and his wife were spared from God’s wrath at Sodom on the premise that if they left behind the destruction that befell their town without looking back, they would be spared. Overcome by curiosity once they had escaped, Lot’s Wife looked back. As a consequence she turned into a pillar of salt for disobeying God’s orders. This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... According to the Bible and the Quran, Lot (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian ; Arabic: لوط, ; Hidden, covered[1]) was the nephew of the patriarch, Abraham or Abram. ...

The message of never looking back has been enshrined in Lot’s Wife since its inception and continues to be reflected in each edition of the publication. Many of Lot’s Wife’s contributors have achieved considerable notoriety in later life.

This tradition of progressive journalism within Lot's Wife has recently been challenged by an article written by the Liberal staffer for Andrew Robb, Con Helas. Helas, a Monash Arts/Law student claimed in print that multiculturalism is 'the single greatest threat to civilisation'.[1] In the previous edition of Lot's Wife, the editors called out for conservative articles to be submitted following accusations against them of left wing bias. Helas' article was leaked to Crikey and mX (which received front page coverage) and as a result, Helas is no longer employed by Robb.[2] Andrew Robb (born 20 August Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Goldstein, Victoria for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... Look up crikey in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... mX is an Australian free afternoon daily newspaper in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, owned and produced by News Corporation. ...

Notable contributors

Lot’s Wife is put together through a collaborative effort by students from the Monash Clayton Campus. Some past editors and contributors to Lot’s Wife include:

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside is a QC who has worked on many prominent human rights cases. He continues to fight alongside many human rights campaigns. Julian Burnside is a prominant Australian QC. Made famous for: Defending Alan Bond Interrogating John Laws and Alan Jones as counsel assisting the Australian Broadcasting Authoritys cash-for- comment inquiry Helping the Maritime Union of Australia defeat Patrick Stevedores in the High Court Defending Ok Tedi natives against BHP...

Peter Steedman

Peter Steedman has been a journalist, an editor, a federal MP (for the ALP) and political activist. After relocating to Britain in the 1960s, Peter was involved in a campaign which saw Piccadilly Circus saved from redevelopment.

Antony Loewenstein

Antony Lowenstein is a young Jewish journalist who wrote the controversial book My Israel Question which was launched in 2006. The book extensively discusses affairs in the Middle East and is critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Nick Economou

Nick Economou is an experienced media commentator on Australian politics and frequently provides commentary for the ABC. Nick is also a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and head of the Politics department.

Russell Skelton

Russell Skelton is an award winning journalist and foreign correspondent. He currently works for The Age.

Jon Faine

Jon Faine is a radio presenter whose probing debate has seen him create a distinguished and successful career with the ABC. Formerly, Faine was on the council for Amnesty International, the Council of Civil Liberties and the Community Health Centre board. Jon Faine is a radio personality and host of the morning program on 774 ABC Melbourne, Australia. ...

Rachel Griffiths

Rachel Griffiths is a famous actress best known for the part she played as Rhonda in Muriel’s Wedding. Rachel received an incredible amount of media publicity when she protested topless with a “Need, not greed” sign at the opening night of Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Rachel Griffiths Rachel Griffiths (born June 4, 1968 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is a film and television actress. ...

Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig is an artist, cartoonist, poet and philosopher. His work is commonly printed in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He provides left-wing commentary on political, cultural and emotional life. Michael Leunig (born 2 June 1945), often referred to as Leunig, is a noted Australian cartoonist. ...

Peter Costello

Peter Costello is the current Federal Treasurer of Australia, and instrumental in the passing of 2005 VSU legislation. In the 1970s, Peter Costello wrote articles defending Compulsory Student Unionism while he was a member of the Social Democratic Students Association of Victoria, an affiliate of the Victorian Branch of Australian Young Labor. Peter Howard Costello (born 14 August 1957) is an Australian politician. ... VIC redirects here. ... Australian Young Labor is the youth wing of the Australian Labor Party. ...

Josh Kinal

Josh Kinal wrote for Rolling Stone and Inpress as a music and arts critic and journalist. He has appeared as a presenter on 3RRR and Triple J. He co-hosts the weekly podcast Boxcutters and appeared on Radio National as a TV critic. This article is about the magazine. ... Inpress is an Australian music magazine. ... For other uses, see 3RR. 3RRR (pronounced Three Triple R, or simply Triple R) is a popular Australian community radio station, based in Melbourne. ... Double J redirects here. ... ABC Radio National is an Australia-wide radio network with many various programs, involving news and current affairs, arts, music, society, science, drama and comedy. ...

  • Mark Taft
  • Remy Davison
  • Darryl Dellora
  • Simon Marginson
  • Stephanie Bunbury
  • Emily Howie

Recent editors

  • 2008: Emily Laidlaw and Lisa Ritchie
  • 2007: Dara Conduit and Naomi Snell
  • 2006: Inna Tsyrlin, Mattias Mazza and Hayley Maher
  • 2005: Meg O’Brien, Megan King and Craig Benjamin
  • 2004: Daniel Wilson, Peter Varley, John-Luis Moretti
  • 2003: George Kirby, Lisa Pham, Sarah O’Brien and Jeremy King
  • 2002: Aamer Rahman, Catherine Leslie and Jessie MacNeil Brown
  • 2001: Alyssa Grant, James Raynes and Gordon Oldham
  • 2000: Anthony 'Slatts' Slattery and Sandra Ronnenfeldt
  • 1999: Claire Hammond, Asha Holmes and Ozan Ibrisim
  • 1998: Dan Celm, Michelle Davies and Chris King
  • 1997: Emily Howie, Antony Loewenstein and Harriet Shing


  1. ^ Helas, Con. 'A Conservative Speaks up' in Lot's Wife, Edition 4, 2007. p. 7. Also available at [1]
  2. ^ Conduit, Dara & Snell, Naomi, 'Editorial' in Lot's Wife, Edition 4, 2006 p. 3. Also available at [2]


  • http://www.msa.monash.edu.au/lotswife/main/about.html

External links

  • Lot's Wife Homepage
  • Monash Student Association Homepage



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