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14 Women dead this year and counting…

First published by The Hoopla, 19 February 2015 We are just seven weeks into 2015 and already 14 women have been violently murdered in Australia. That’s two women every week – much higher than Tony Abbott acknowledged last month when he said: “Every week, one Australian woman dies as a result of domestic violence.” The grim statistics are collected by the Counting Dead Women project, … Read More 14 Women dead this year and counting…

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Principal Abbott: Good education starts today

First published by The Hoopla, 15 February 2015 The Hoopla has an exclusive: this year’s commencement address from Tony Abbott, principal of Capital Hill High, Canberra. “Welcome parents and students. Firstly, let me apologise for the lack of seats. Our school has a terrible deficit after the waste and chaos of its previous two principals, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. We had to sell most of … Read More Principal Abbott: Good education starts today

A 6-point plan to make kids men’s business

First published by The Hoopla, 6 March 2015 This International Women’s Day I have one wish: that we start making caring for children men’s business. Honestly, truly, men’s business. If I could wave my feminist wand and make all my equality dreams come true, I would begin by banning all talk about parental leave, childcare and flexible work as if they were only women’s issues, or … Read More A 6-point plan to make kids men’s business

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Not a great day for celebrating

First published by The Hoopla, 8 March 2015 The traditional March 8 greeting of “happy International Women’s Day” feels like a particularly false note to sound this year. The headline story on Sunday on the Sydney Morning Herald’s website was about a woman who was assaulted in an alley behind a nightclub by the nightclub owner’s son. “Was a sick night – took a chick’s virginity,” the convicted … Read More Not a great day for celebrating

Pollie want a crack-up?

First published by The Hoopla, 2 March 2015 The endless Liberal leadership speculation was punctuated last week when Julie Bishop responded to a Today show interview question with an emoji face. And Mike Baird looked like he was auditioning for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, not for another stint as NSW premier, when he released a youtube video of himself reading mean tweets. Bishop and Baird provided rare moments … Read More Pollie want a crack-up?

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Annastacia Palaszczuk: Smashing glass ceilings

First published by The Hoopla, 1 February 2015 If, as looks almost certain, Labor forms government in Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk will become Australia’s first female state opposition leader to take her party to victory. Another glass ceiling will be smashed, another milestone notched up. Carmen Lawrence, Joan Kirner, Anna Bligh, Kristina Keneally and Lara Giddings all became premier when their parties were already in office, … Read More Annastacia Palaszczuk: Smashing glass ceilings

The Breakfast Club Turns 30

First published by The Hoopla, 16 February 2015 The classic brat pack movie The Breakfast Club is now officially middle aged: on February 15 it turned 30. Does it stand the test of time? Does Judd Nelson? A brain. An athlete. A basketcase. A princess. A criminal. It’s Saturday at Chicago’s Shermer High School, and director John Hughes has summoned all the cliches to weekend detention. … Read More The Breakfast Club Turns 30

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