Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Hot and the Dead – Violette Szabo

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Remember Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, how she was all beautiful and luminous and resistant-to-Nazis? Well hang on to your hats, folks, because Violette Szabo makes Ingrid Bergman look like she was only pretending to do all that stuff in front of a camera. Violette Szabo (nee Bushell) was an actual secret agent for the actual British in World War II. For real. Born to Frenchwoman Reine Leroy and her husband, English taxi-driver Charles Bushell in 1921, Violette was the product…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013

St Kilda Gatehouse: love and choices

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Some of the most vulnerable and marginalised women in our city told us that they would be safer if St Kilda Gatehouse was open more often. So simple, so easy and yet so difficult to do. In the aftermath of Tracy Connelly’s murder The Tribune published an article about how her life and death were portrayed in the media. We were told it made a difference, but a difference to what? It was a brief moment in time, a slight,…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Actually, we’re not over politics

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Everyone is over politics. They’re enjoying the break This may well be one of the most manipulative and selective comments on Australian politics I’ve heard in a long time. Yet it’s being repeated uncritically around the country, including by those who should know better. Voters’ supposed delight in the absence of politics has become the multi-purpose excuse for hiding any and all manner of political activities that might otherwise be troubling our pretty little heads. The tactic has been deployed…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Managing energy price expectations

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If, and it’s a large and hairy “if”, the Abbott government manages to repeal the carbon price, electricity prices will not decrease. They will increase. Tony Abbott nailed his anti-carbon colours to the mast three years ago, when he leapt Julia Gillard’s “no carbon tax under a government I lead” comment on a Sunrise interview during the 2010 election campaign. That one sentence became the rock on which he build his entire anti-Gillard anti-carbon tax campaign. Relentless repetition overcame science,…