Archive | January, 2012

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Invasion Day

A number of myths have shaped Australia’s national identity in profound ways. The possibility of a vast inland sea sawmany early settlers search the interior of the country unfruitfully, often meeting an untimely death. The kernel of this myth was a 1798 report to the Colonial Office by First Fleet botanist Joseph Banks: It is […]

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For the love of women’s liberation

Here is a link to my article on feminism, published yesterday at the ABC’s The Drum website. I don’t call myself a feminist. But some of my best friends are feminists. Some women don’t like the descriptor, and reject it because they don’t want to be associated with a certain stereotype. Or because they believe in […]