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Surviving Peace: A Political Memoir

Surviving Peace: A Political Memoir is described by author and feminist Kathleen Barry as a deeply human narrative set within the growing body of feminist writings on war.  Olivera Simić tells the story of her life which changed irrevocably after the death of the former Yugoslavian President, Josip Tito  when she was just seven years old. ‘I was proud to be a Yugoslavian girl and belonged to what I regarded as a heterogeneous […]

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Overdosing on cleanliness

It seems that we have taken the proverb, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ , far too literally and that it’s going to take pig faeces to save us. Yesterday I heard the news that there may be welcome relief for people suffering from auto immune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and autism. The hope for sufferers comes from Coronado Biosciences Inc which is developing a drug which contains thousands […]

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Premier Denis Napthine has reignited the debate over women’s reproductive rights

  Common sense should dictate that the issue of abortion be left to pregnant women to decide. But when the history of women’s fight for the right to abortion is considered, it’s no wonder it’s still firmly in the hands of wheeling and dealing politicians. In the state of Victoria, abortion has made the headlines for the last two weeks with the Independent and balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw  plotting the […]

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‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’ by Claire Wright – a review

This post is timely for it is now 159 years since the famous uprising known as the Eureka Stockade. The story of the massacre in Ballarat on December 3, 1854 after police and soldiers broke the miner’s stronghold  is one of Australia’s great stories, but according to Claire Wright, author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, the story we learned as children neglected half of the participants-the women.

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