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In search of cerebral content

        What happened to the opinion page? Remember The Age  when it was a broadsheet and there were three or more opinion pieces in the middle pages that bordered the letters to the editor. These were lengthy pieces of analysis  on topics relating to current public debate. Usually 800-1000 words of worthy content  engaging the reader and leading to enjoyable swapping of ideas and information among family and friends later in the day. Of course […]

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I am feminist: Hear me roar!

 If you hear that word one more time, you will definitely cringe. You may exhale pointedly. And you might even seek out the nearest the pair of chopsticks and thrust them through your own eardrums like straws through plastic lids. What word is this? You tell us, Katy Steinmetz wrote, urging readers of Time Magazine to vote in the 2015 annual word banishment poll. ‘Feminist’ along with words such  as ‘disrupt’ and […]

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The women roar

Last Woman Hanged written by journalist and author Caroline Overington is the story of Louisa Collins. Twice married, Collins endured not just one, but four trials for the murder of her second husband and was finally convicted of his murder and hanged. It’s also story of how the courageous women of New South Wales and beyond rallied to fight for the life of this unfortunate woman and in the process women’s rights and suffrage […]

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It was to get at you

Last week Rosie Batty took to the witness stand at the inquest being held for her son Luke’s death. In February this year her ex-partner Greg Anderson killed their 11-year-old son after training at the Tyabb cricket ground, in front of dozens of other parents and children. How can anyone explain the murder of a child by his own father? How difficult it must be for a woman to believe […]

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54 women killed by partners so far this year – but have we counted the children?

I posted a story of yet another murder of a woman by her partner along with the message that every week in Australia, one woman is killed by a current or former partner. A comment posted in response read: Have we counted the children? Tragically there have been some really shocking murders of children by their fathers: one that comes too readily to mind was the public filicide of Luke Batty by […]

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The genie’s well and truly out of the bottle

As  I read the latest news on surrogacy regarding the two Australian couples who have reportedly been stopped from leaving Thailand with their babies amid a crackdown on surrogacy laws in the country, I can’t help thinking how we’ve well and truly let the ‘genie out of the bottle’ on this issue. But we were warned. Radical feminists have been busy researching and writing about the abuse of women and […]

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Baby Gammy forces us to face some ugly truths about surrogacy

Gammy is six-months old, and one of the twins born to Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua. The 21 year-old mother of two was struggling to pay debts last year when she was offered the equivalent of $11,700 to be a surrogate for a Western Australian couple. When the intended parents learned that one of the twins she was carrying had Down syndrome they rejected him. Ms Pattaramon has never met Gammy’s […]

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Caught up in the depression epidemic

You’d better get yourself some anti-depressants, Helen, advised Rosie, my concerned colleague as I burst into tears yet again and told her I would have to go home. ‘Don’t let him do this to you’. ‘You don’t want to end up in a psychiatric unit,’ she cautioned. For weeks when anyone asked me how I was, or even looked at me, I cried. My mouth was forever dry, my breaths […]

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Surrogacy-male violence against poor women

On ABC TV’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ program July 8, reporter Jane Cowan took a critical look at commercial surrogacy. The Last Resort was filmed in Cancun, Mexico where poor women, often from rural villages come to the popular tourist city hoping to become surrogate mothers. In Mexico successful surrogates are paid up to $13,000 for the delivery of a child to desperate infertile western couples. The business of surrogacy takes place at Planet Hospital, […]

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