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On the Eve of Fifty

On the Eve of Fifty

I’m about to turn fifty. Half a century, a milestone. An age I once thought of as ancient.  Until this birthday, I’ve not worried about my age, not ever. The number of years I’d been alive had never made me feel old. When I was a child, I’d...

You Don’t Have To Apologise To Us

There’s a well known fable about villagers rescuing drowning babies from a river. There are a few different versions, but they all go something like this: A villager working in a field by a river notices a baby floating downstream. She stops work to rescue the...
Words I Needed to Write

Words I Needed to Write

I’ve spent much of this week reading Cardinal Pell’s testimony at the Royal Commission. I wasn’t going to write about it, but it’s taken over my thoughts, and I want to show support for the survivors, who’ve shown courage and resilience...
Dear Mr Premier

Dear Mr Premier

I sent the following letter to the Premier of Western Australia, Mr Colin Barnett, and WA’s Minister for Culture and the Arts, Mr John Day, following the announcement last week that the WA Premier’s Book Awards will be held biennially, instead of annually....
Dr Bob Brown at the Perth Writers’ Festival

Dr Bob Brown at the Perth Writers’ Festival

Dr Bob Brown and I go back a long way—not that he knows that. Not that he even knows who I am. Growing up in Tasmania as I did, I’ve admired and respected Dr Brown—or Bob as he introduces himself—since the early ’80s—as a man, as a politician, as a...
An open letter to Australians

An open letter to Australians

I was born in this country. I was well-nourished and clothed and when I was sick, I had access to good medical care. I was given a good education, able to go to University and I could work in the career of my choice. I am grateful for this: for the fact that I was...
Lest We Forget…

Lest We Forget…

  I recently listened to a podcast of an interview with Dr Brian O’Toole on ABC Classic FM. (To listen, click HERE.) Dr O’Toole is the Director of the Vietnam Veterans Family Health Study at the ANZAC Research Institute at the University of Sydney. The...

 

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