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THE ULURU STATEMENT – In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard.

The Uluru process, held with more than a thousand Indigenous people across Australia, led to the following Referendum Council’s recommendation for an Indigenous voice to Parliament: We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations…

The First Stone Re-visited and A Sexy Fairy Story

It is worth reading the excellent article by Rachel Hennessy entitled Why Helen Garner was wrong. Click here for the link. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Rachel Hennessy’s novels include The Quakers and The Heaven I Swallowed. She is a tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and has been a peer assessor on the Literature panel at the Australia Council and…

Joined at the hip – a tragic metaphor of Australia – by Wendy Mayer

Australia is neither a nuclear armed state, nor a state using nuclear power. We have chosen to retain that status established in 1945. The ANZUS Treaty between Australia, New Zealand and The United States of America, recently referred to by the Prime Minister, was established in 1951. It requires the signatories to the treaty to come to the assistance if…

Government ‘Ideologically Opposed to Human Rights’ Says Professor Gillian Triggs, the outgoing president of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Professor Triggs has described the Australian government as “ideologically opposed to human rights”. In her final media interview on ABC Radio National, Professor Triggs said: “I think human rights in this country have regressed.” “To be honest I have to say… we are regressing on almost every front whether it is women, Indigenous [Australians], homeless [people] and of course asylum…

Unscrambled: The hidden truth of hen welfare – voiceless: the animal protection institute

There are over 25 million hens, plus millions of male chicks, who are used by the Australian egg industry every year. This industry is divided across three primary farming methods – battery cages, barn-laid and free range. This separation in farming styles has led to eggs becoming one of the most confusing and debated animal products on the market. In…

Article from The Age, Melbourne, by Richard Cornish – Think you’re buying free-range, grass-fed, ethical meat? – Look closer at the label

Richard Cornish – Think you’re buying free-range, grass-fed, ethical meat? Look closer at the label. Richard Cornish is the author of My Year Without Meat, published in 2016 by Melbourne University Press. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..If you believe the marketing hype, this is how all free-range chickens live. There’s a picture on a tray of meat, of a cow in a paddock eating grass. From…

The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann

The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann translated from the German by Bradley Schmidt – Manilla Publishing ………………………………………………………………………………………………. German readers have appreciated Elisabeth Herrmann’s award-winning crime fiction since she published her first thriller five years ago. English readers can now enjoy her latest novel thanks to an excellent translation by Bradley Schmidt – an American translator based in Leipzig who has expertly…