About Lot’s Wife

Lot’s Wife is the official student newspaper of Monash University’s Clayton Campus. Lot’s Wife is distributed around campus, and is freely available to all students, staff and visitors to the University. Lot’s Wife is run entirely by students, under the direction of a small number of editors elected by the student body.

Lot’s Wife was founded in 1964, and for over 50 years Lot’s Wife has upheld the core tenet ‘Never Look Back’ in its ongoing pursuits as a stimulating, progressive and engaged student newspaper.

Lot’s Wife recognises the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nations as the historical and rightful owners and custodians of the lands and waters upon which this publication is produced. The land was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

Lot’s Wife does not sanction the publishing of certain objectionable material. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or the MSA.

Notable Former Editors & Contributors

Stephanie Bunbury – film critic, journalist at The Age.

Julian Burnside – Queen’s Counsel and human rights advocate.

Peter Costello – former Federal Treasurer of Australia. In the 1970s, he 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.

Remy Davison – academic and commentator on international relations.

Darryl Dellora – film maker and political commentator.

Nick Economou – media commentator on Australian politics and frequently provides commentary for the ABC, and also a Senior Lecturer at Monash.

Jon Faine – ABC radio presenter.

Phillip Frazer – founder and publisher of Go-Set magazine and the first Australian edition of Rolling Stone.

Kelly Griffin – editor of national magazine “Burst” within a year of leaving Monash University and now associate editor of Beat Magazine.

Rachel Griffiths – film and television actress, best known for her role as Rhonda Epinstalk in the 1994 film, Muriel’s Wedding and as Brenda Chenowith in the TV series Six Feet Under.

Llawela Forrest – instrumental in the fight against Voluntary Student Unionism in the mid 1990s which threatened funding and thus the existence of Lot’s Wife. She went on to become a Marketing Manager at the Seven Network and has since been a contributor to The Age Cheap Eats Guide.

Josh Kinal – wrote for Rolling Stone Rolling Stone (Australia), 1995-03 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.

Antony Loewenstein – Jewish journalist who wrote the controversial book My Israel Question.

Michael Leunig – 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.

Simon Marginson – academic and author on higher education policy.

James Massola – national affairs editor at The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. Former political and South East Asia correspondent. Author of ‘Great Cave Rescue’.

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

Peter Steedman – journalist, editor, federal Labor Member of Parliament and political activist.

Mark Taft – Judge of the County Court of Victoria.

Vanessa Toholka – Joint technology sub-editor at Lot’s Wife 1997, former digital producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Executive Producer of online documentary Sounds Like Techno. Co-hosts the weekly Technology and Computing program Byte Into It on 3RRR.

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