Category Archives: Freedom to Think

It’s time to say ‘Sorry, Australia’

It’s been a while since I posted here.  Not because I had nothing to say, but because so often I have been left speechless with disgust and disbelief at what has been said and done – or not –  by … Continue reading

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You are, we are all Australian

As a former copy editor for the Melbourne PEN Quarterly, I follow PEN’s tireless action on behalf of writers wrongfully imprisoned.  A recent email told that among the refugees imprisoned on Manus Island is a journalist with a Master’s degree … Continue reading

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Vivian Bullwinkel, Fairfield’s matron of honour

PRO HUMANITATE, ‘in the service of humanity’, is the motto of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps. Lieut. Col. Vivian Bullwinkel (pictured left) exemplified this principle to become one of the best-loved and respected nurses of her time. Rejected by … Continue reading

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Fairfield ‘culture of care’ sustained

IT’S my opinion that one of the most beautiful campuses of any tertiary institution in Victoria is North Melbourne Institute of TAFE, at Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield. Recently partnered with Swinburne University and renamed Melbourne Polytechnic, NMIT has several thriving … Continue reading

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Peter Greste writes from jail in Egypt

I commend this disturbing email from PEN Melbourne, forwarding an open letter from our kindred spirit Peter Greste.  Please feel free to reblog or quote the contents. (PEN centres are voices for literature and freedom of expression in their respective … Continue reading

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