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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, 2002

A Perspective on Long Term Imprisonment
It is my hope that you leave this conference with a more open mind and at the very least having learned something of what it is like for women in jails. While I must pay a price for my crime and am most willing to do so, it must be remembered that one...
Broken Sandals
You drive to work, hear the falling of warHorror, horror at arm's lengthHeart too irascible, too helplessTo assuage this bludgeoningOf New York streetsAll you can do is sharpen the instrumentAppease this senseless actIn the life of a poemForgive, forgive...
Credit Repair
The sirens start dropping out of the pines like a mess of crows, but Tirana has already smelled smoke.`Fire!' she cries, jumping up. When she opens my living room window and leans out, something hot sucks at us and a stack of filing papers rises to meet...
Credits Repair
The sirens start dropping out of the pines like a mess of crows, but Tirana has already smelled smoke. 'Fire!' she cries, jumping up. When she opens my living room window and leans out, something hot sucks at us and a stack of filing papers rises to...
Editorial
June 12 this year was the centenary of the Commonwealth Franchise Act whereby, in a first in the western world, Australian women had the right both to vote and to stand for election. Prior to Federation in 1901, women in South Australia and Western Australia...
Eleanor and Eve
The Blue Mountains region west of Sydney is still thick with writers, musicians, sculptors, painters, actors. This community has a long history of such like minded spirits attracted to a unique and astonishing area. Although it's a community where we...
Focus on Women in Prison
IntroductionI have been asked to write an Introduction for the group of articles included in this edition focusing on women in prison. These articles are from the State, National and International Women in Prison Conference hosted by Sisters Inside in...
From the Last Clone
I have been jolted by the events of September 11, in particular the reactions and the aftermath in the West, into focussing on possible future directions of the world. This is why I am no longer interested in writing historical novels as I have done...
Globalisation and Criminal Injustice
What I want to talk about today is the direct link between the massive growth in the number of women, and especially indigenous women, being imprisoned in Queensland prisons over the last decade and the process of corporate globalisation. Angela Davis,...
Keeping 'Our' Women Safe: Containing Australian Fear and Danger through Immigration Detention
In 1992, immigration detention was introduced in Australia by the ALP government with bipartisan support. It was introduced relatively quietly at the time, and without widespread knowledge or acknowledgment of it by the general public. Since 1992, the...
Many Prisons
I'd like to begin by saying that I'm a Murri woman, that is, members of my family have always lived in this place. My Aboriginal brothers have done time but I haven't. So I want to be clear I don't speak for women in prison, but simply offer one Aboriginal...
Nugi Garimara (Doris Pilkington)
IntroductionThe struggle of citizens against state power is the struggle of their memory against forced forgetting.(1)One of the biggest struggles faced by Aboriginal people in Australia since colonisation is the struggle against the erasure of Aboriginal...
Nugi Garimara (Doris Pilkington) Interviewed by Christine Watson
Introduction The struggle of citizens against state power is the struggle of their memory against forced forgetting.1 One of the biggest struggles faced by Aboriginal people in Australia since colonisation is the struggle against the erasure of Aboriginal...
Patchwork
These poems that form part of the sequence The Female Factory focus on Jane Franklin's attempts to alter the prison system for female convicts. She was influenced in her thinking by Elizabeth Fry, an English woman who fought for prison reform in England...
Stony Words
`Look at the bum on ya! And you wonder why I won't walk down East Street with ya!'Every day he runs her down. He has their whole married life, but it's built up and built up. Since he took early retirement from the railways he feels cooped up with her,...
Tales of a Private Women's Prison: Writ in Women's Lives
Until October 2000, women prisoners in Victoria's Metropolitan Women's Correctional Centre (MWCC) suffered as guinea pigs in the first private prison experiment on women in Australia.After four year long years, the Victorian state government has now...
The Formalities of the Formal
The pain and suffering associated with shopping for a formal dress will haunt me for the rest of my life. In retrospect I cannot believe it. I was in year 11 and it was my first formal occasion.About the only things I associated with `formal shopping'...
The Risky Business of Risk Assessment
Correctional authorities in many Canadian provinces and territories are utilizing actuarial risk assessment procedures with criminalized adults and youth within their jurisdictions. Although some highly problematic philosophical issues and extremely...
Valse Frontenac
Shauna Heffernan stands like a submarine periscope, waist-high on a ladder peering into the darkness of the attic. She pulls herself up through the hole and crawls along the beams. When she finds what she is looking for she moves back towards the manhole,...
White Girl 'Gone off with the Blacks'
On 2 September 1861 Robert Hickson, superintendent of the Acheron Aboriginal Station wrote a report to Robert Brough Smyth, secretary of the Central Board Appointed to Watch Over the Interests of the Aborigines(1) about a `white girl' who had `gone off...
Women and Drugs: Destruction by Incarceration
In 1986 in New South Wales, I was charged with importing one kilo of cannabis resin. I was sentenced when the federal government's `Drug Offensive' policy was being enforced; this ensured a political climate of `get tough' on drug offenders. My sentence...
'Yet Another End of Another Aboriginal Filmmaker's Journey': A Personal Account of Aborigninal Documentary Filmmaking in the ABC
When I was thirty years old I landed a job in 1989 as a television documentary researcher, quite by accident. I was an undergraduate media student sharing a house and a huge phone bill with six other UTS communication students. Just hours before the...
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