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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…

Quality journalism is about more than just unearthing scandals and injustice

This article by Sarah Gill was published in The Age on 24/5/17 Sarah Gill is a Fairfax Media columnist ………………………………………………………………………….. With the demise of ABC presenter Mark Colvin a fortnight ago – a journalist of exceptional intelligence and integrity – it’s difficult not to feel that his death marks the end of something greater. The end of an era, perhaps.…

A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank

A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank – by Nir Baram – translated by Jessica Cohen – published by text publishing Nir Baram is an Israeli novelist, a highly respected journalist and an accomplished editor. So it is hardly surprising that his description of his journey around East Jerusalem and the West Bank is…

Double Dissolution by Lee Zachariah – echo publishing

One of the extraordinary things about Double Dissolution is the contrast between Lee Zacharia’s disarmingly logical analysis of a political situation and his totally illogical, albeit understandably emotional, reaction to the breakup of his marriage. The title of the book refers not only to the double dissolution of the Australian Federal Parliament on 9 May 2016 but also to the…