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The Dismissal 40 years on: Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and the age of right wing political entitlement

Lest we forget what ‘entitlement’ really means with regard to the Right in Australia. Here’s Gough Whitlam’s famous words on the steps of Parliament House 40 years ago — after the scheming and illegal actions of his opponents manipulated parliament … Continue reading

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Louisa May Alcott, Transcendental Wild Oats & Little Women at the Memoir Club Classics night

I am delighted to have been asked to choose a ‘classic memoir’ text to discuss at the Sydney Memoir Club in Randwick on Tuesday the 28th July – to which you are all invited. I’ve chosen Louisa May Alcott’s 1873 humorous … Continue reading

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Diorama at the old Melbourne Museum – the Okapi (genesis of a poem)

. What is an okapi? And why should a creature barely seen by humans matter to us? Background to this poem:  A museum is more than just a place made up of things, it is also an arrangement of bodies: … Continue reading

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