Monthly Archives: February 2013

In the early 1980s the Hon. Joan Child was Australia’s first female Speaker in the House of Representatives in Canberra.  Her electorate secretary, Julie Cooper, was the first lady mayor of Moorabbin, Victoria. Such women set the scene for the … Continue reading

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You’ll come a-courting, Matilda. . .

Back in the politically hyperactive days of 1973 there was talk of a republic, of a new flag and a new national anthem. Waltzing Matilda was a jolly song, but its lyrics lacked Gough Whitlam’s gravitas.   Anything the new government proposed was challenged … Continue reading

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Open Fire

Little fingers clasping mine; chubby kisses on the cheek. No later love can be as fine: the doubting heart will hide and seek the clay beneath the gold. Shattered, the iconoclast will thumb his nose articulately, hoping nothing’s pure innately … Continue reading

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An Editor’s Pain in the ‘S

If you’re feeling crook, the last thing you should do is look on the Internet to decide what you’re suffering from.   On the other hand, if you ignore all the advice, it might well be the last thing you do. … Continue reading

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