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.
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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.
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When I heard the news that Elsie Women’s Refuge was to be handed over to St Vincent de Paul, I simply did not believe it. I was not even angry. I just thought I’d been given false information.
After all, what government would be foolhardy enough to give to the Catholic Church, of all organisations – especially right now (Royal Commission, anyone?) – the ”poster girl” of the women’s refuge movement, the place that was established by women’s movement activists (I was one) 40 years ago last March and has been women-run, on feminist principles, ever since.
But it’s true.
As of November 1, Domestic Violence NSW Service Management, the peak body (women-run, on feminist principles) that has been responsible for Elsie and 11 other women’s refuges, will hand over the management of Elsie to ”Vinnies”, as they like to be called.
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