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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, 2005

Anamorphisms
One afternoon, I curled myself into a corner of a pub with two books on the table and one pencil knotted in my hair. Earlier that day, I delivered this poem into the outstretched hand of my lover. I waited for a word in return. I still wait. I waited...
Baby Talk: The Howard Government, Families, and the Politics of Difference
IntroductionIn April 1999 Jeff Kennett, who was then Premier of Victoria, caused public controversy when he visited the academically elite MacRobertson Girls High School in Melbourne and allegedly exhorted the students to make a career out of motherhood....
Betty Parker
She was, my Father said, a Bible Basher. Her kind never gave up. I wished he hadn't said that because I believed in God and miracles. Jesus had made a cripple walk, while my father was an undistinguished man. I was too little to tell him to hush his...
Constructing and Contesting Motherhood, 1750-1950
In some ways, motherhood is one of the most unnatural conceptions on earth. The idea that femininity is, in essence, motherhood, and that mothering means tending our own biological children in a full-time way at home, is an historical construction which...
Constructing the Working Mother: Australian Perspectives, 1920 to 1970(1)
When she was interviewed in 1981 about her childhood in preWorld War One Adelaide, Harriet Caw was clearly anxious that her mother, the proprietor of a small school in the early years of the twentieth century, should not be seen as Odd'. 'She used to...
'I Must Dree My Weird': A Colonial Correspondence
Writing to Rosa Praed about her misery during a pregnancy, Nora Murray Prior remarked ruefully: 'I must dree my weird'. This commonplace expression, widely used in children's ballads and bush poetry, means: 'I must take my chances', 'meet my fate', or...
In the Mosque
In the mosquewhen the sun is lowthe birds echo.Birds like falling songsescaping the wind,light like honey melting,women like long shadows,footsteps like solitude.In this placeall sound stops,and all you can hear for miles is a call to prayer,sungand...
Mothers - and Others - in Union Protest1
IntroductionIn 1997, Western Australian unions mounted an unusual campaign against proposed industrial relations legislation. They occupied a portion of land opposite Parliament House for six months as a protest site. Known initially as the 'Workers'...
Mothers-in-Law: Lying Down for the Father Again
IntroductionThis paper explores recent trends in family law and policy, both in Australia and in cognate jurisdictions overseas. It argues that the 'new' emphasis upon the essential role of the father, a role that, I would argue, becomes a moral and...
Naming the Sisters
Moonlight on metal.The soft gold of straw has been transformed to the hard cold gold so loved by the king and the little man has gone. The spinning wheel, so busy through the night, rests in the corner. I am also in a corner: trapped between the lies...
'One for the Father, One for the Mother and One for the Country': An Examination of the Construction of Motherhood through the Prism of Paid Maternity Leave
IntroductionIn 2004, on announcing a new maternity allowance for Australia, the male Federal Treasurer told an assembled gathering of largely male reporters to go home and 'have one [child] for the father, one for the mother and one for the country'.1...
Poem for Lois
Lois Evelyn Goodfellow (nee Cook) 29 June 1920 - 30 October 2005Two thousand and fiveit's been a hard year forthe Goodfellows128 days back you lostyour youngest son your baby& now we've lost youit took 41 days from yourfirst stroke to stop you thoughyou...
Portrait of Edith
You can tell before she faced the camera, my grandmother had dressed all morning for the man behind the black hand-held box. Edith is tomorrow's vision, turning her face from kitchen stove to a camera that might connect a man's eye to the flash in hers....
Still Life
It's Sunday. Sundays are always the worst.On a Sunday, when the housework is done, the floor gleaming, the washing hung in staggered sleeves of colour on the line, when there is nothing on the TV and not even a crime book can hold her, and she has waded...
Stories from the Aboriginal Women of the Yarning Circle: When Cultures Collide
For me and many of the women in my family, our mothers and grandmothers, sisters and aunties, I often think of them and what history has done to them. Despite all of their efforts to give us a good life, they were forced into positions and subjected...
The Howard Government's Budgets: Stay-at-Home Mothers Good - Single Mothers Bad
In response to the 'barbecue-stopper' issue of balancing work and family, the federal government argued that it was giving mothers more choice and flexibility in the 2004 federal budget. The political aims of the family assistance contained in the budget...
The Leap
A gift or a curse? From the outside world Davida's diary has appeared. I have read no more than the first page but already her presence, like a shout, crowds the air about me. The tangible memory of her pervades my body, releases urges too long interred....
The River
All that was left afterward was the sound of the river. That and some vague ache and, perhaps, a feeling of wrongness about what had happened. Still, the river had acted as something cleansing.Back then I was a country girl. I lived in a town filled...
Type-Writers
My mother used a mechanical Remington,black-keyed and heavy, it came with aclip-over metal-grey rounded case. Aftermy birth my father used it to type up hislectures. I looked at the ribbon -- threestripes of black, white corrector and red.I wanted to...
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