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Book review – A Country Too Far

After attending a launch of the anthology of writings on asylum seekers: A Country Too Far, I was delighted when my library service purchased the book at my request. I … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sugar-country senator defends sugar

Last week, Senator Boswell from Queensland launched a strong defence of the sugar industry in Federal Parliament (95% of Australia’s sugarcane is grown in Queensland). He opened his address to the … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book review – Casual Vacancy – 3 1/2 stars

It was with curiosity that I approached J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults Casual Vacancy. The first three Harry Potter books were captivating and very enjoyable and the next 4 were … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Death of asylum seeker on Manus Island: Australia’s shame grows

On Sunday about 35 people broke out of the Manus Island mandatory detention centre after they became agitated during a meeting about their future resettlement prospects. On Monday, an asylum seeker inside Manus … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

International criticism of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

Today China’s vice-minister of foreign affairs, Li Baodong, said he was concerned about the ”very important issue” of the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, especially children, who arrive in … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bush walk – Mt Tennent

Today we reveled in a day together without children and embarked on a strenuous bush walk that would have been too difficult for our children. We drove to Namadgi Visitor Centre in Namadgi … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 9 Comments

How do we change Australia’s attitude towards refugees?

Why has public sentiment in Australia become so hostile toward refugees? The Liberal/National coalition made an election promise to reinstate Temporary Protection Visas. Considering the terrible effects of these visas, … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Film Review – 12 Years a Slave – 4 1/2 stars

It’s been 2 months since my husband and I last spent an evening together without our children so we hired a babysitter yesterday evening to see the film 12 Years a … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

Book review – A Short History of Indonesia

After travelling through Indonesia for 3 1/2 weeks (see 20 posts under the Travel menu), I realised how little I know of the history of Indonesia. At Yogyakarta airport I … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Film Review – Philomena – 4 1/2 Stars

Last night I was privileged to have a lovely night out with a dear friend and see the film Philomena and I loved it. In the 1950s, an Irish-Catholic girl got … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · 5 Comments