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Aussie History—a quick review

Aussie History—a quick review

Ah, The Lucky Country, a slogan that has been touted about for a few decades. Before we hit that 250 year mark from Cook’s 1770 landing, we need a recap. The landing of ships during the 18th and 19th centuries saw the routine slaughter of Aboriginal peoples with the majority of the landing parties, as … Continue reading

To VAX or not to VAX—part 2

To VAX or not to VAX—part 2

I did a bit more research on the Whooping Cough vaccine (yes, I know, I should do that sort of thing before writing the previous post!). This was going to be a comment on the previous thread, but was so huge, it deserved to be a post on its own. It was the death of … Continue reading

To VAX or not to VAX—the VAX ‘debate’

To VAX or not to VAX—the VAX ‘debate’

Before I get into the TL;DR part, I will cut to the chase. Whether or not you have (yourself or) your children vaccinated, should be a matter of totally free choice, free of coercion or disincentives, and fully informed of the risks of vaccination or being unvaccinated. It’s pretty simple really. However, we currently have … Continue reading

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Last year I reported on the closure of Elsie, Australia’s first domestic violence shelter, under the NSW Government’s “Going Home, Staying Home” homelessness ‘initiative’. Most of the women-run services were closed, and services generally went into the hands of larger religious organisations. Two items hit my newsfeed today. Firstly, the very same state Liberal government … Continue reading

White Ribbon Australia—Update

White Ribbon Australia—Update

Updates for WRCA. A SnoopyDance Moment when The Guardian announced on Monday that Tanveer Ahmed had been dumped from misogynist-rag The Australian for yet more plagiarism (rather than misogyny, victim-blaming, feminist-bashing or anything else… nice principles there Australian). Nor was it Ahmed’s first whoopsies in the cut-and-pastey faux pas. The psychiatrist and columnist Tanveer Ahmed … Continue reading

Julie Bishop: Woman-Traitor of the Year

Julie Bishop: Woman-Traitor of the Year

Julie Bishop, the current Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has just been named Harper’s Bazaar’s “Woman of the Year”. In an interview with the women’s magazine Ms Bishop reflects on her role as a female leader in a male-dominated cabinet, while sticking by her controversial insistence she is not a feminist. “Stop whingeing, get on … Continue reading