Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Letting Go

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A moment in time, so difficult to hold on to. Even more difficult to let go. The desk in my father's office has for the last 25 years had a photo of my youngest sister wearing a ridiculous headband, when she was about 9 months old. School photos came and went, but this one photo never left his desk. I could never understand Dad's attachment to this one photo above all others; it wasn't the finest photo ever taken of…
In our new series The Hot And The Dead, we’ll be wandering through the graveyards of the world to find hot dead folk for your viewing pleasure. Lady Caroline ‘Caro’ Lamb managed to chalk up a few decent exploits before she knocked off permanently in 1828 at the still-fetching age of 42. Far from a demure 19th-century English beauty giggling behind a home-embroidered fan during a quadrille, Caro was a proficient writer, musician, artist, satirist and literary mimic who produced…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The cause and effects of sexual violence

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We know sexual violence is under reported, but the effects on individuals and society are enormous and generational. Is the solution in dealing with victims or perpetrators? For months now, I’ve been researching sexual violence: its history, causes and both long- and short-term effects. Mostly this was inspired by too many late night conversations, with too many people suffering terrible injuries from events that happened years, sometimes even decades ago. Anecdotes are not data and the people who’ve talked to…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Managing the protest vote

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While it's almost certain that Tony Abbott will be our next Prime Minister, the size of his majority (and thus the effectiveness of the ALP and Independents in Opposition) isn’t so certain. The protest vote will be a huge factor—many voters will need to be convinced to either punish Labor or limit Abbott's mandate. Managing this message is vital if the ALP and the Greens are to hold any sway for the next three years. Any Australian election campaign follows…