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TO D OR NOT TO D

TO D OR NOT TO D

Last week was Privacy Awareness Week, which is a curious irony, given the current dilemma faced by millions of Australians – to download or not to download the Federal government’s CovidSafe App. So far, approximately 5.7 million Australians – yours truly...
PEOPLE POWER

PEOPLE POWER

For the past couple of months, I have been receiving messages and calls from concerned relatives and friends back home in Malaysia wanting to know whether I have been affected by the recent bushfires. Thankfully, like most Gold Coasters, I wasn’t physically confronted...
A RIGHT TO KNOW

A RIGHT TO KNOW

Don’t you sometimes miss the good, old-fashioned Moral High Ground? As a post-war baby, the world I was born into seemed a brave and righteous one. Our fathers had just fought and died to free us all from fascism and oppression. The world had paid a terrible price,...
TEN GUILTY WITCHES

TEN GUILTY WITCHES

In February 1692, in a secluded village in the isolated British American colony of Massachusetts, 9-year-old Betty Parris and her 11-year-old cousin Abigail Williams, began to behave very strangely indeed. It seems they had recently taken to screaming, ranting and...
OLD SCHOOL INJUSTICE

OLD SCHOOL INJUSTICE

A generation ago, corporal punishment at school was commonplace. Canings and strappings that would now turn school mums like me apoplectic were once considered a routine and acceptable means of enforcing discipline and taming the unruly child. But seriously violent...
POLITICS, SEX AND RELIGION

POLITICS, SEX AND RELIGION

It’s often said one should never discuss politics, sex or religion at a dinner party. The latest news out of the Wonderful World of the Public Service certainly seems to attest to the wisdom of that simple sentiment. In 2012, Ms Michaela Banerji, who was then a public...

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