Ryan Heath

Ryan Heath grew up near Coffs Harbour, NSW before completing a Communications degree at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Ryan has been a contributor to national publications since 1999 when he first wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald opinion page, and is the author of  Please Just F* Off, It’s Our Turn Now, an account of the rise of Generation Y.

Ryan was a student activist before founding Rainbow Labor and advising Peter Garrett. In 2004 Ryan joined the UK Cabinet Office in London, and in 2011 was appointed speechwriter to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.


Lopping tall poppies

MemoirI WANT TO play God Only Knows at my wedding. A weird confession perhaps, but when you write books with swear words in the title, are told you hate Baby Boomers and are introduced as though "controversial" is your first name,...

Risky business in challenging times

EssayTWO THOUGHTS SPRANG to mind as I dangled from the top of New Zealand's tallest building one sunny November morning. Two hundred metres above the street in a bright orange jumpsuit, there was no escaping the notion that a...

No soft landing

Essay'Tis against some men's principle to pay interest, and seems against others' interest to pay the principal.– Benjamin Franklin FOR A CONTINENT following the trajectory of the Great Depression, Europe exudes a surprising calm. In politics, no new phoenix is rising...

Love in a cold climate

GR OnlineIN AN EVER more populous and competitive world nothing can be taken for granted. From legislation to lifestyle, our choices have consequences that can spread across oceans and generations alike. And it is becoming harder to advance by gaming...

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