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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, 1993

A Country Practice: Motherhood, Surrogacy and the Price of Love
A Country Practice: Motherhood, Surrogacy and the Price of LoveA Country Practice aired its last show in its present format in November 1993. In the week leading up to the finale, Channel Seven ran midday repeats of five of the most popular episodes...
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Contradictory Contestations
Contradictory ContestationsWith the century's end approaching and debates about nationhood in the air, it is good to see some critical writing about the 1890s, the decade from which so much nationalist politics takes its departure. This is especially...
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Editorial
EDITORIALThe fight for women's right to abortion is part of a broader struggle against the cultural conflation of womanhood with maternity and sexuality. That these things, even if important, are but part of female existence is a widely held feminist...
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Forget Forgot Forgetting Forgotten
Forget Forgot Forgetting Forgottenmy sister has forgotten forgotten the dayseventeen years agoshe told me she'd kill herself if she had to stay with herhusbandsaid she was leaving himrunning away with a student eloping with the lodgerlike a cartoon character...
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Green
GreenHis soft form lay in arms, comfortably. My body, heavy- weary, spread into the yielding chair. The night-shift was nearly over, and sleep hard to fight. I closed my eyes. The sounds of babies crying and women chatting drifted away.Snap open eyes....
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Hanging out the Washing
hanging out the washingfor Wendy Phillipsshe was hanging out the washing, the pegs, the sheets hanging out the washing, hanging out, out she was hanging against the washing, hanging out the washing, hiding in the washing, sighing in the smell of that...
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Hot Property: Mutants, Metaphors and Radiation
Hot Property: Mutants, Metaphors and Radiation`You are aware,' she said with a half smile, `that if you only had a cancerous knee, it would be a lot less interesting to everyone here.'`What, you mean that my cancerous cervix makes the topic sort of --...
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'I Hate Working for White People'
`I Hate Working For White People'I have undertaken this research as it allows me to trace the employment experiences and life histories of members of my family, thereby gaining a greater understanding of policies and practices that determined not only...
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Irish Women's Writing: Some Thoughts on Its Critical Condition
Irish Women's Writing: Some Thoughts on its Critical Condition...the first historians of any subject assume a tremendous authority. It is very difficult for the next generation to deny or oppose their categories and judgments. Women writers have been...
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IV. Donegal
IV. DonegalQ. What's red, white and blue and flies across the ocean at a hundred miles an hour?A. Mountbatten's tennis shoes.(From a BBC live to air broadcast titled The Irish Problem: A Children's Perspective)The Little Stinkers!At the Buncrana fleadh...
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Lovely Low Television Sounds
Lovely Low Television SoundsThe thing about being on holidays is that nothing's familiar; fights up here aren't like fights at home. At home you can go through your sock drawer and match up all your socks or you can rearrange your coloured pencils from...
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Seentobedone
Seen to be done...We are not barbarians. The man was clearlyguilty: he had been convicted in a fairtrial. Now, after thirteen years and fourappeals, he slept in his own room.We are a civilised people. We let him spendthe whole day watching television....
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The Hard Men Drink Orange Juice
The Hard Men Drink Orange JuiceI. All Off to DublinI suppose the cultural achievement of the basket coraclegave great impetus to circumnavigation,and that was how I found myselfin the bow of the Irish ferrynext to a decent retired couple from Birmingham,whose...
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'The Problem Was Finding the Time': Working Class Women's Writing in Australasia
`The Problem Was Finding the Time': Working Class Women's Writing in AustralasiaSometimes I am too tiredTo think of you.Today was such a day,But then I knewToday, for certain, you'd be weary too.You there in hospitalWith health to seek --And me at my...
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Theyellowing
The YellowingThere's a yellowing at the bottom of the garden, behind the eucalyptus trees. Just near the back fence. I'm the only one who can see it. It's there night and day. A kind of bright mist touching all that it comes in contact with, so that...
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Vis
VisI was born in australia.I am named after my grandmother from vis.Vis -- an island in the adriatic sea.I can show you a pocket travel guide that saysgreeks settled on vistwo thousand four hundred years agoplanting grapevines.It's 1914 -- my grandmother...
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Wichita under Siege: Notes from the Occupation
Wichita Under Siege: Notes from the OccupationThe 46-day occupation of Wichita in the summer of 1991 which the anti-abortion and anti-choice group Operation Rescue labelled "Summer of Mercy," resulted in 2,657 arrests of 1,700 people who played the roles...
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