One night only. Melbourne. 29 September. Book now for the opportunity to meet the amazing Senator Nova Peris.
MONDAY 29 SEPT, 6.30–8pm, DEAKIN EDGE, FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE
Nova Peris seems to have a knack for making history. She was the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic Gold medal (in 1996), she became a double gold medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and is the only person ever to make back-to-back Olympics finals in two different sports.
Now she has added a political “first” to her name, winning election to the Senate in 2013 and is already making her mark. It was her question to the Attorney-General Senator George Brandis about the 18C amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act that provoked his answer, “People do have a right to be bigots, you know”. These words, and the uproar they created, are largely seen as the reason the federal government decided not to proceed with the controversial amendments.
Continue reading Senator Nova Peris in Conversation with Anne Summers
There was a lunch in Eden, in the state’s south, on Wednesday, where a large crowd turned out to mark the closing, after seven years, of the local domestic violence outreach service.
It had been attached to the Bega Women’s Refuge which is being handed over to Mission Australia as part of the state government’s Going Home, Staying Home homelessness reforms, and which is now limping along, most of its staff having gone or been let go, and unable to take in women fleeing violence.
A woman from Nowra seeking refuge at Bega recently was turned away, Gabrielle Powell from Bega Women’s Resource Centre told me.
Continue reading NSW government closes doors to women fleeing violence
When Hillary Clinton travelled the world as the Secretary of State her luggage included a selection of her signature pants suits, her celebrated scrunchies for those bad hair days – and a tent.
In places such as Russia, the Blackberries and laptops would stay on the US Air Force 757 with their batteries removed to prevent interception of sensitive material. However, even in friendly countries strict security precautions were routine, she says in Hard Choices. Hence the tent. Made of opaque material, Clinton had to slip into it if she wanted to read documents in her hotel room. If that was not feasible, she had to read ‘‘sensitive material’’ with a blanket over her head. ‘‘I felt like I was 10 years old again,’’ she writes, ‘‘reading covertly by flashlight under the covers after bedtime.’’
This is just one of many nuggets in this surprisingly interesting and engaging book. We also learn she fought the drowsiness brought on by constant jet lag with pain, by digging her fingernails into her palm.
Continue reading Hillary Clinton’s claim for the presidency