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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, 2006

A New Age?: Australian Feminism and the 1940s
'Women have grown up', asserted Mrs M. Warhurst during the regular United Associations of Women radio broadcast on 2GB in Sydney in January 1944. 'Troublous times and serious tasks have served to show what little effort was required for the needs of...
Archaeology of a House
IThe house aches,all its blue rooms echoinga phantom pain.The window glass melts,becomes a framedsuspension of tears.The lath and plaster cracks,a web of fault-lineswidening while we sleep.IIThe week we moved inthe chimney trapped a swarmof bees. Their...
Dal Dy Dir/ Stand Your Ground: International Lessons on Women's Equality from a Small Nation
In a nondescript office block overlooking Cardiff Bay, an extraordinary moment of political history was played out this week. It passed without any great fuss or fanfare in the wider world, but, in the long history of women's struggle for proper political...
'Dive'
I am standing on the edge of a ledge. I giggle, and my mirth flecks with little silver fish darting from reef safety to sea below. The waves lick my calves and I dig my toes into the weeds and barnacles. My ankles are cool and the sun is warming my shoulders...
Editorial
From the late 1960s, there was a large shift in the anglophone West, in the Universities and the culture more generally, presenting a concerted challenge to what through the 1950s had become an increasingly uniform mainstream culture that expressed and...
'Ena's Heart Made a Sound That No One Heard'
ena's heart made a sound that no one heardexcept for esma, late at night, with her ear pressed to the wall.you might have thought that the leaves and shadows from the gardens opposite would have blocked out the noise of that single pulse, but they didn't,...
'Father'
My father had tried to kidnap me the year before. He wasn't interested in my elder sister, just me. Arriving after class, in his '70s bucket-seat station wagon, he said he'd come to teach me the electric violin.'But I play the piano,' I had said, walking...
'La Tristesse'
Vincent Van Gogh's 'Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers' hung on the wall of the solicitor's waiting room. She remembered that the same print had hung above the king-sized bed in the honeymoon suite where her marriage had begun fifteen years ago....
'Mad Woman in the Burqa': Muslim Women as Exemplar Feminists
No letters please from British women who have taken the veil and claim it's liberating. It is their right in a tolerant society to wear anything, including rubber fetishes....1DilemmaBy way of introduction I would like to pose a (somewhat long-winded)...
Margaret Thorp and the Anti-Conscription Campaign in Brisbane 1915-1917
History is presented from the ... standpoint of conquest and power, of kings and bloody wars, whereas the emphasis should be laid upon the great struggling movements of the people towards social justice and economic freedom.1 -Margaret ThorpMargaret...
Mishka*
From the moment he left the apartment, Mishka had a sense of massive risk. His life was in danger. He knew it as surely as he knew how to play Beethoven: that is to say, without giving the matter any thought. His hands knew what to do. The knowledge...
'Questions to Second Person Heterosexual Writing Collaborations'
1. To Colette (1873-1954) and Henri Gauthier-Villars (Willy)Was it selling out?Was it about being a success,having artistic clout?Why collude with the enemy twiceor were you exploited?Why the mute collaboration?Was it appropriation by yourolder husband,...
Scarlet Fever
'Blood and bone made the poppies grow,' Fleur wrote inher memoir, already corrupted by previous editors beforeit got to my friend. Fleur was a nurse in the secondworld war. In peace time blood, the red rumof war murders, presented its spring petalsAn...
Seduction and Resistance, Baptism and 'Glassy Metaphorics': Beatrice Grimshaw's Journeys on Papua's Great Rivers
Beatrice Grimshaw was born at Cloona House, Dunmurry, on the outskirts of Belfast in 1870. Influential in the development of spinning and weaving industries in the north of Ireland the Grimshaws were a prominent family in Belfast throughout much of the...
Sex after School
'I think you'd better read this'.Matthew looked up at his aunt, standing beside him at the kitchen bench. That was an uncompromising command. Scarey! He bent to the folder of printed pages that she had slapped in front of him. He slid his eyes sideways:...
'Signed Up in a Rebel Band': Lesbia Harford Re-Viewed
How funny it would be if dreamy IShould leave one book behind me when I dieAnd that a book of Law - this silly thingJust written for the money it will bring.I do hope, when it's finished, I'll have timeFor other books and better spurts of rhyme.1This,...
Voices in the Wind
At nine o'clock on Friday night the island's generator failed. The men had gone to the mainland for their night off. The sea was turbulent. The manager was away, which left only Mara at the helm, ostensibly to cook for a bunch of laid-back writers on...
Women and Franchise in Agricultural Organisations: A Case Study of the Australian Sugar Industry
This paper is concerned with women's franchise in agri-political groups, and specifically, the gendered voting system of the Australian agricultural organization, CANEGROWERS. The Australian sugar industry covers three states, but is largely concentrated...
'Worth Our Salt': Australian Working Class Women's Poetry
How much it takes to become a writer ... how much conviction as to the importance of what one has to say, one's right to say it ... difficult for any male not born into a class that breeds such confidence. Almost impossible for a girl, a woman.- Tillie...
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