From the moment the floodlights cast their light on the stage, the mood darkened as the desolate emptiness set in – bleak and dreary as we were plunged into 18th century London, to hear the tragic story of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The operatic production launched in London in theContinue reading “Sweeney Todd at the Opera”
Paul Henneberry from Jarrahdale in Western Australia had an inspiration. After attending a ukulele workshop at the Fairbridge Music Festival in Western Australia, he decided to use his woodworking craft skills and his extensive workshop to make his first ukulele. That was in 2014. Upon joining a local ukulele community group, he was encouraged toContinue reading “Paul Henneberry – a maker of fine ukuleles”
On Tuesday 7 December in Forrest Place, Perth, we marched for the 31st time, under a new wave of leadership and activism. We marched with the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing and 650 members of the public, domestic violence survivors, families, service providers and advocates as we told our stories loudly and evocatively, thenContinue reading “31 years of silence, we stand – 31st Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March”
“Being an advocate is all about taking action. Some people take action out of passion and I’m very passionate about standing up for people’s rights,” Emma Vardy said as she clasped her hands together and rested back in her chair at the local coffee shop. We sat together on a Friday afternoon in the coolContinue reading “Raise your voice – Emma’s story”
Today 10 December 2020 marks Human Rights Day and on this day, we examine the insidious act of gay conversion therapy. Administered by many respected religious organisations in first world countries like Australia, this type of therapy has lasting effects on young vulnerable members of the LGBTIQA+ community who are told they are ‘broken’, ‘sinners’,Continue reading “We are gay, we are not broken – Gay Conversion Therapy”
“When a person is diagnosed as terminal, they could be in a lot of pain for a big part of their life. They die gradually. It’ll get to a certain point where they can’t do anything, then they realise their life is not worth living.” John tells me, exchanging a meaningful look with his wifeContinue reading “A Case for Voluntary Euthanasia”
“When something bad happens to you, it gives you an arrow through your heart – if something bad happens to your child, you have a million arrows through your heart.” Fran quotes an important Italian philosopher that she does not recall the name of. She looks up thoughtfully, hands clasped together, as tears begin toContinue reading “Living with Mental Illness”
We March Through 30 Years of Silence and 30 Years of Solidarity – 30th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March
On Friday 27 November in Supreme Court Gardens, Perth, we marched for the 30th time, and this year despite a pandemic, we came together as 600-strong and marched for the women and children who have lost their lives to family and domestic violence, with our silence saying more than words ever could. 495 pairs ofContinue reading “We March Through 30 Years of Silence and 30 Years of Solidarity – 30th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March”
The boy tugged viciously at the chain around the monkey’s neck. It cowered and whimpered in pain. He sniggered and exchanged amused looks with his companion. The children were no more than 10 years old. The monkey nervously touched the chain embedded in its neck. A grotesque doll’s head covered its face, which had theContinue reading “Topeng Monyet – uncovering the circus”
Outliving a child is a reality that no parent should have to face. When it is due to their precious child taking their own life, they will spend the rest of their lives asking ‘why?’ This is a sad reality for so many Indigenous families in Western Australia. Too many children are taken far tooContinue reading “Aboriginal Suicide – The Highest Rates in the World”
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