HEY GIRL: Growing Up With Maxine Beneba Clarke
In conversation with Santilla Chingaipe, Maxine Beneba Clarke discusses race, growing up and how her girlhood shaped her sense of feminism.
Maxine grew up in sunny, suburban Sydney, the child of two West Indian emigres. In many ways, it was a typical Australian childhood of the 1980s and 1990s – she caught tadpoles in the creek, rode her bike and longed…
Folking Pun: Everyday Humour with Oslo Davis
‘There aren’t many jobs that pay you to be absurd,’ Oslo Davis has said. But Oslo himself has carved out a niche in absurdity and he’s coming to the Wheeler Centre to present a masterclass in the ridiculous.Related 27 Oct 2016 Note The Case for Cartoons / Comedy & humour
Guest post by Oslo Davis
Oslo’s medium is, of course…
The Fifth Estate: Presidential Complex
‘You can feel it here. In your bones,’ Bruce Wolpe wrote from Washington DC on 19 September. ‘The political classes in Washington are frightened and dazed, afraid that Donald Trump can win this election, reflecting a changed America they do not know or understand any more.’
Wolpe was on the Democratic staff in Congress in Barack Obama’s first term, was…
Better Believe It: Steve Cannane on Scientology in Australia
Secretive, star-studded and litigious – the Church of Scientology holds a risky, irresistible allure for a certain kind of investigative journalist.
There’s been some excellent reporting on Scientology in recent years, including documentaries from Alex Gibney (Going Clear) and Louis Theroux (My Scientology Story). Now, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane digs deeper into the local activities of…
HEY Girl: Question Time: Raising Girls
You could argue that there’s never been a better time to be a girl in Australia. Girls are outperforming boys at school, they can now aspire to play AFL football and this year a female student was selected for the first time to compete for Australia at the coding Olympics.
But studies are showing rises in the levels of stress…
The Fifth Estate: Straight Talk with Anthony Albanese
Anthony Albanese has said that his mother raised him in three great faiths: the Catholic Church, the South Sydney Football Club and the Australian Labor Party.
Despite these solid foundations, there was a missing piece to the puzzle of Albanese’s identity. His mother, Maryanne, raised him as a single parent and as the new book, Albanese: Telling It Straight by…
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