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  • Leo Ryan I worked as a counselor for more than 20 years in Adelaide and Canberra from the late 70s dealing primarily with domestic violence. In my view very little progress has been made, due mainly to this issue being approached from a narrow perspective. Many of... – Sep 14, 3:41 PM
  • Larraine Larri I think it time for women of NSW (& probably all of Australia) to start crowd-sourcing & funding the services we need. Its unbelievable that this de-funding can occur and that we are still at the whim of mindless governments. Crying and shock; pleading with... – Sep 03, 9:42 AM
  • lakoris I am so sorry for what you had to go through but I firmly believe this is not the same case for the rest of us who have left the convent. Forgive...let go and let God do the judging...move on. I shall keep you in... – Aug 31, 1:06 PM
  • WarrenRoss This is happening across the state as Baird's team implements the Gary Sturgess vision of social services as business model. Many services in the Blue Mountains have been decimated and handed to the big church run services where you pass up 30% pay for the... – Jun 29, 2:25 PM
  • Mieke Minkjan Even at late notice I would like to listen to your lecture – Jun 29, 11:42 AM
  • Sally Morrison Running away and staying safely away is surely an imperative for women and children who are subjected to Domestic Violence. Elsie was the best initiative of the 70s women's movement. It addressed problems never faced by the likes of Pru Goward - real problems, daily... – Jun 29, 11:21 AM
  • Glenys Buselli The question is can a NGO effectively run women's refuges? I don't want to get caught in the divide and conquer aspect to this. What past information resources will they use? Will their reports on their efforts be transparent and available to the public? What... – Jun 29, 10:26 AM
  • paul walter I give the article a raucous cheer for a couple of reasons. One is the revelation of yet more Tea-Party thinking permeating Tory decision-making here; eg chaplains instead of trained counsellors for schools involving a "moralising" component. The other, parallel, issue goes to the neoliberal... – Jun 29, 5:45 AM
  • Lynn Vernon Today our organisation, in deep shock and distress, became one of the many closures. After 30 years of providing support and shelter to women and children escaping domestic violence we have foundered on the rocks of this ‘corporatisation' of service provision. Blue Gum Housing is... – Jun 28, 10:32 AM
  • Anne Summers Vicki try ringing the STC box office to see if any extra tickets have been released. – Jun 25, 10:36 AM
  • Mandy I heard a saying the other day, "arrogance can bring success, but humility brings greatness". Abbott does not seem to have a humble bone in his body. How someone can be so arrogant and uncaring astounds me. Its almost as if the more he is... – Jun 24, 9:58 PM
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  • stella Abortion will always be a hot political potato, wherever you are in the world. Just look over to the US to see how much coverage the issue gets and how strongly feel about it. But using such a sensitive issue as abortion for political gain... – Jun 08, 12:37 AM
  • Meredith AJ A superb performance from a Classy Lady. Tony Windsor's recollections of his dealings with her is a great reference point to her charm and calmness. I find it impossible to understand how a galoot such as Abbott could so easily have misguided and blindsided more... – May 28, 11:16 AM
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Ending violence against women is a job for all the nation

Illustration by Simon Bosch

The bald statistics on violence against women have once again been given a grim personal dimension in a week where yet another woman and her three kids have been killed, seemingly at the hands of her husband and their father.

As a society we should not just be horrified by these continuing acts of violence – about one woman a week in Australia is killed by her current or former partner – we should be demanding action.

And, it seems, finally we might be starting to do that.

A week ago in Sydney an initiative called Our Watch was launched that aims to end violence against women and their children.

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Anne Summers on feminism and living in Sydney

Anne Summers
by Nicole Elphick, Sun Herald, 22 August

During her career, Anne Summers has built up a most eclectic résumé including stints as editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine, running the Hawke government’s Office of the Status of Women and taking the reins as deputy president of the Powerhouse Museum. Her most recent venture has seen her exploring the terrain of digital publishing with her free online magazine Anne Summers Reports launching in November 2012. (Cover stars have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cate Blanchett and Julia Gillard.)

The long-time women’s rights advocate has found a current resurgence of interest in feminist issues. “I feel at the moment it’s almost a bit like the ‘70s again,” Summers says. “What’s different this time though is not only are all the young women getting angry about things, but there’s still my generation and the ones in between. So you’ve got many more women than we had the first time around.”

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Tony Abbott’s Team Australia entrenches inequality

Tony Abbott's Team Australia entrenches inequality

The thing about teams is that you cannot just join them. You have to be picked.

In sports, it’s the captain or the selectors or whichever bunch of former players has appointed themselves to the role. I can’t just rock up to the Australian cricket team and say I want to be on it. Even the women’s team. You have to be picked.

It’s the same with employment where people these days tend to be called “team members” rather than “employees” or, God forbid, “workers”. Again, it’s the “team leader” (aka “the boss”) who decides if you are on the team or not.

So the Prime Minister’s statement this week “that everyone has got to be on Team Australia” was a bit mystifying.

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