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 […]
On the ABC’s Q&A program last night, one of the viewers tweeted ‘there is no oil in ebola’. At this time the panel was debating why Australia wasn’t sending over teams of doctors and nurses to help West Africa cope with ebola. This tweet wasn’t as inane as it first appeared.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor is highly regarded by her public – indeed she’s very popular and is referred to as ‘sister, aunt, even mother’. She embodies what the German soul wants now according to Barrie Kosky, the former Australian artistic and theatre director, now based in Berlin. Merkel is a former chemist, he adds, and describes her as ‘boring’, even ‘staid’. Even so, few people dislike her, and even his […]
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, […]
Last October the ABC’s ‘Catalyst’ progam presented a two- part special on cholesterol. It was fantastic to see such a reputable program present the other side of the cholesterol story – that there might just be something wrong with the theory that dietary fat and cholesterol are the villains in heart disease.
“Old age ain’t no place for sissies,” declared Bette Davis, once upon a time. I would have to agree with the first lady of the American screen about the formidable rigors of ageing. This final stage of the human condition is to become even more uncomfortable as the demands for baby boomers and their offspring to extend their working lives, increase. The age of retirement is predicted to rise to […]
There’s more bad news for women with breast implants. Two years ago, women worldwide had their faulty breast implants removed following reports of implant ruptures, and the revelation that the manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) had used industrial-grade silicone. Consequently many Australian women needed to have their PIP implants replaced with another brand called Cereform which has also been recalled due to problems with sterilisation. There have been about 4,800 Cereform […]
It’s not surprising that our media is devoid of stories and pictures of old women. These days you are severely discouraged from becoming old and showing it. When the issue of ageing and my arrival at this stage of life arises in family conversation, I am duly told that I am not old. Sure I’m not really, really old, but I have entered the seventh decade of my life.