Australian writer, comedian and disability activist Stella Young died suddenly on Saturday, December 6. I loved Stella’s writing, and I’m really sad. Goodbye Stella.
Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, and always a wise voice from the Aboriginal community, wrote this about the significance of what we have chosen to commemorate today. I found it both insightful and moving, and (with his permission) wanted to share it:
Australia’s annual awards for public displays of sexism took place at NSW Parliament House last night. Gold below the fold.
This supposed ongoing upward trend in birthweight has been used as an excuse for absurd levels of inductions of labour and skyrocketing C sections, and a springboard for blaming lazy, old, fat, neglectful mothers for the “obesity epidemic”, childhood cancer,… Read More ›
Queen of Thorns at Ideologically Impure has put together a bumper Tenth Down Under Feminists Carnival. Did you ever think we would make it to ten? Be gobsmacked, have a groan, read about pay equity, jobs summits, crime, domestic life,… Read More ›
Nancy Bird Walton, AO, OBE, DStJ, Dame of the Knights of Malta, was a legendary pilot and about as hoydenish as it gets. At age 19, she became the first Australian female pilot to receive her commercial license. She went on to be instrumental in running early outback air ambulance services in New
South Wales and commandant of the Women’s Air Training Corps during WWII as well as founder and long-time president of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association. I’m tearing up as I tell you that she died on Tuesday afternoon in her home in Mosman, northern Sydney.
Dale Clapperton, Chair of the Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), appeared briefly on Channel Seven’s Morning Show today, discussing internet censorship. I didn’t manage to record the introduction, as I was caught by surprise and there was a chainsaw buzzing outside… Read More ›
[Edit 24 Oct 08: The current post on this issue can be found here: “Wild claims hysteria enthusiastic commentary on internet censorship: Ludlam in Senate Estimates”] Australia’s Labor government is now set on instituting mandatory across-the-board internet censorship for every… Read More ›
Practical aid for remote indigenous communities: subsidise freight charges for fresh food, for a start?
Some focus in the SMH today on the high cost of fresh food in remote communities, where in at least one community in WA, Mulan, so high are the basic living costs that many simply go hungry for a couple… Read More ›