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Melbourne Launch of Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed by Helen Lobato To be launched by women’s health researcher Dr Renate Klein When: Friday June 9 Time: 5 pm for 5.30 pm Where: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton, Vic 3053 RSVP: Monday June 5 women@spinifexpress.com.au   In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical […]

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Gardasil 9

An application has been made by Seqirus Australia to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee to list Gardasil 9 on the National Immunisation Program as a 2-dose schedule for females and males aged 12-13 years as part of a school age program for the prevention of the human papilloma virus HPV. This listing if approved will replace the current 3-dose schedule of Gardasil, the 4-valent HPV vaccine. The committee whose role […]

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Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

  Forthcoming June Release In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed  Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. What is emerging, however, is evidence of their harmful effects. In 2006, the experimental HPV vaccination program began and there have been at least 315 associated deaths and more than 50,000 adverse events following HPV vaccination. Gardasil was fast-tracked through the FDA, a […]

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Wave

    A terrific new novella by Hoa Pham   Wave explores the alienation of being an international student in Australia with great pathos and depth, told with Hoa Pham’s characteristic compassion and lyricism.—Alice Pung

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Daddy, what did you do in the war?

  Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War? Taken from Chiaroscuro, Melbourne award-winning poet Sandy Jeff’s new book in which she explores the tension of a world that is a place full of dark and light and where humour and sadness intermingle in a show that must go on.       The Sergeant Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War Well, darling, I saw the young men come […]

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Haifa Fragments

In Haifa Fragments  khulud khamis unpacks the multiple layers of culture, religion, sexuality, politics, feminism and nationalism in the hope of gathering the fragmented pieces of the past and reclaiming the lost contiguity of being Palestinian. – Samah Sabawi, Palestinian playwright and commentator   Maisoon is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, raised as a Christian and in a relationship with a Muslim. Her boyfriend Ziyad wants the tradition-defying Maisoon to commit […]

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So much more than good cooks!

This week, The Australian published an obituary for beloved and best-selling Australian author, Colleen McCullough. Her obituary opened with: COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best-selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.” Readers responded angrily to McCullough’s […]

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Fair Speech

The free speech debate rages in Australia and worldwide in the light of the terrorist attacks in France last week where 17 people lost their lives. In the aftermath of the attacks world leaders joined two million people who marched through Paris in support of peace and freedom of expression. In the New Statesman, Mehdi Hassan writes that as a Muslim, he is fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists and […]

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Free speech – not on vaccination it seems!

A SOCIAL media campaign is in progress to stop an American anti-vaccination campaigner running a series of lectures in Australia in March. Following on from the success of a campaign which resulted in the cancellation of the misogynist Julien Blanc’s visa, pro-vaccination activists are calling on the immigration department to have Dr Sherri Tenpenny’s visa cancelled because she speaks about the harms associated with vaccines. Dr Sherri Tenpenny has planned […]

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