Posts in: culture & reviews

Ali’s story: Powerful weapon in the struggle for justice for refugees

Summer/Autumn 2006

“What we have is the Minister of Defence saying in the immediate post Tampa environment, don’t humanise the refugees.” This is a quote from the October 2002 Senate report on the “Children Overboard” affair. The Howard Government has deliberately tried to suppress individual stories of refugees — who are to be kept nameless and faceless…. Read more »

Stiff Gins flower

Summer/Autumn 2005

It’s been three years since Stiff Gins released their debut album, Origins. Kingia Australis, their latest offering, has been well worth the wait. When band member Emma Donovan (yes, cousin of Australian Idol Casey Donovan) left to pursue a solo career, the band had to rethink its approach. Their first album had a happy-go-lucky feel…. Read more »

Bob Brown: Not quite revolutionary

Summer/Autumn 2005

Bob Brown — environmental activist, turned Senator — has loomed large on the Australian political landscape for nearly three decades. In 1983, when the first issue of Outrage, a new gay and lesbian magazine, hit the streets, I was on the editorial board. We considered our interview with Brown to be something of a scoop…. Read more »