Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hero and villain of the week: 26/3/11

Hero:  In a public life spanning over 40 years he’s copped a lot of opposition and hostility, but no one can ever accuse Bob Brown of not practicing what he preaches. In the early 1970s he arrived in Launceston as … Continue reading

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Letter to my ex-hairdresser

I guess it had to come to this. When we started it was so much fun – you understood my needs and made me feel so special. It wasn’t just the big things either, like the cutting and styling, but … Continue reading

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An open letter to Tony Abbott

An open letter to the Hon Mr Tony Abbott MP Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (they are still loyal, aren’t they?) 24th March, 2011 Dear Mr Abbott When the Prime Minister announced her government’s plans to tax carbon pollution … Continue reading

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Mining greed at irreversible costs

In the 1850s Australia was gripped by gold fever.  When gold was found in the southern tablelands area around Braidwood, tiny villages and settlements suddenly boomed as miners, merchants and mercenaries arrived to seek their fortunes. One of these was … Continue reading

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Hero and villain of the week: 12/3/11

Hero: To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, this week both hero and villain are women and both drawn from the world of politics. My hero for the week is Joan Kirner, former Premier of Victoria and founder … Continue reading

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IWD: plus ça change …

Today is International Women’s Day. The 100th International Women’s Day, to be precise, celebrating a century of women’s advancement in society; and to be sure, we have come a long way since 1911. As a feminist I should be proudly … Continue reading

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The exclusive club of happy families

Something’s been disturbing me about the new car sticker fad that’s been catching on recently. These are the stickers depicting stick figures of people, and, in some cases, animals, under the cheery banner of ‘My Family’. The stickers, usually displayed … Continue reading

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