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Miranda Devine
Known forPolitical writer and commentator

Miranda Devine (born 1960s[1]) is a conservative Australian columnist and writer. Her column, formerly printed twice weekly in Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald, now appears in the News Limited newspapers Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Melbourne's Sunday Herald Sun and Perth's Sunday Times. She hosted The Miranda Devine Show, a weekly syndicated radio show on Sydney station 2GB. The show ended in 2015.[2]

Early life and education

Born in New York and growing up between Tokyo and Sydney. Devine is the eldest daughter of Frank Devine, a New Zealand born Australian newspaper editor and journalist, who died in 2009. She attended school at Loreto Convent and the International School of the Sacred Heart Tokyo, has a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University (USA) and a Bachelor of Science in Maths from Macquarie University. Devine studied first-year architecture at Sydney University and worked briefly at the CSIRO's Division of Textile Physics.[3]


Devine worked for the Boston Herald as a reporter and feature writer. In 1989, Devine joined The Daily Telegraph as assistant editor, police reporter and columnist after returning to Australia to live in Sydney. She had also previously worked at British tabloid the Sun and Sunday Times in London. Devine lives in Sydney with her husband and two sons.[3]


Miranda Devine is noted for her conservative stance on a range of social and political issues, including Catholicism, and this approach has proved controversial at times. But also she has been critical of some conservative politicians, such as former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and in April 2016 she coined the term "delcon" (delusional conservative) to describe some of his uncritical diehard supporters.[4][5]

In 2011, Devine used the news of Australian federal government minister Penny Wong's decision to parent a child with her female partner as the basis of a column in which she argued that the 2011 riots in England were the result of a "fatherless society".[6][7]

In 2015, Devine sparked considerable controversy after claiming that "women abusing welfare" were the main cause of domestic violence. According to Devine, "If you want to break the cycle of violence, end the welfare incentive for unsuitable women to keep having children to a string of feckless men".[8]

In 2017, she wrote that share bicycle schemes were a terror threat.[9]

In 2018, Devine advocated for the continuation of coal-fired electricity options; she has repeatedly suggested that climate change is a political conspiracy.[10]

Devine has been accused by media of promoting the white genocide conspiracy theory and described as pivotal in popularising the concept within Australian politics.[11] Referring to white South African refugees as "oppressed white, Christian, industrious, rugby and cricket-playing Commonwealth cousins", she has claimed they would "integrate seamlessly" with European Australians.[12]

In 2019, Devine defended convicted child sex abuser George Pell, claiming that the victim’s “accusations are implausible” and that “Victoria police chief Graham Ashton desperate for a distraction from the crime epidemic he’s incapable of stopping”.[13]


  1. Devine, Frank (2009). Popping fifty corks. Quadrant, May 2009. Reprinted in: Devine, Frank (2009). Old & wiser: essays 2002 – 2009. Sydney: Quadrant Books. ISBN:9780980677805.
  2. Christensen, Nic (21 January 2016). "Miranda Devine pulls plug on Sunday night’s Radio 2GB ‘The Miranda Devine Show’". Mumbrella. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Miranda Devine". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 March 2019. 
  5. Miranda Devine, "Tony Abbott lovers call me the wicked witch of the left", Daily Telegraph, April 12, 2016.
  6. Devine, Miranda (14 August 2011). "The Problems of a Fatherless Society". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  7. Deveny, Catherine (17 August 2011). "Why equal rights activists need Miranda Devine more than rallies". The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  8. Noyes, Jenny (28 September 2015). "Miranda Devine column prompts domestic violence survivors to share #UnsuitableWomen stories". The Vine. 
  9. City share bikes are a terrorist’s best friend, Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2017.
  10. Smart meters energy crisis not reducing bills or..., Daily Telegraph, 7 February 2018.
  11. White genocide:
  12. "AllLivesMatter – white lives too". Spectator Australia. 16 March 2018. 
  13. Meade, Amanda. "News Corp columnists declare Cardinal Pell innocent and 'a scapegoat'". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2019. 

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