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Too many Australians have to choose between heating or eating this winter

If you worry about where your next meal will come from, you’re not “food secure”. Shutterstock You’d expect a dual-parent family on a median income to be able to put enough healthy food on the table. But once the cost of housing, transport and school are covered, too many Australians are having to choose between heating or eating. We’ve long known...

‘Just a piece of meat’: how homeless women have little choice but to use sex for survival

Homeless women are particularly vulnerable to gendered violence. from shutterstock.com Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them...

Mission to the sun will protect us from devastating solar storms and help us travel deeper into space

Magnificent coronal mass ejection at the sun in 2012. NASA, Wikipedia From prayer and sacrifice to sunbathing, humans have worshipped the sun since time immemorial. And it’s no wonder. At around 150m km away, it is close enough to provide the light, heat and energy to sustain the entire human race. But despite the fact that our parent star has...

Masha Gessen @ Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

About The Shalom│ Sydney Jewish Writers Festival‘s official opening night will feature journalist and host of ABC’s The Drum Ellen Fanning in conversation with a showstopping international guest author: Masha Gessen. Gessen is a Russian-American journalist, author, translator and activist who has been an outspoken critic of Putin and Trump. Masha Gessen is the author of nine books,...

Fictionalising the Holocaust @ Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

About Fictionalising the Holocaust - with Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz), Lauren Chater (The Lace Weaver) and Kirsty Manning (The Jade Lily). It is often said that fiction can explore and explain trauma more viscerally than factual details. Through three very different books, this session delves into that process and how it can illuminate the horrors and terrors...

Storytellers @ Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

About Storytellers, a night of poetry, music and words. With wordsmiths Donna Jacobs-Sife, Bruria Hammer and Matt Friedman. Poets David Ades and Les Sher will read their poems. Featuring performances by Old Man River, Miriam Lieberman, Nadav Kahn and Lior. Hosted by Miriam Hechtman. Event Details Tuesday 21 August, 7pm, Bondi Pavillion Theatre, $15-$25pp Click here to find out more...

On Borrowed Time @ Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

About Professor Robert Manne has published innumerable books, articles and essays on public-interest topics ranging from climate change to the rights of asylum seekers, media challenges and the Islamic State ideology. On Borrowed Time is his latest collection of articles and essays published between 2011 and 2017, with a title essay that honestly and movingly deals with...

Sorry Elon Musk, but it’s now clear that colonising Mars is unlikely – and a bad idea

Pie in the sky? Mars Ice Home concept.  NASA/Clouds AO/SEArch Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk has a vision for colonising Mars, based on a big rocket, nuclear explosions and an infrastructure to transport millions of people there. This was seen as highly ambitious but technically challenging in several ways. Planetary protection rules and the difficulties of terraforming (making the planet...

Listen To Older Voices : David Pepperell – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Book review: The Erotic Odyssey of Colton Forshay by James H Longmore

What a naughty and absurdly dark novel this is! “Colton Forshay dreams himself into a bizarre sexual dystopia, a world in which nothing is as it should be. Sickening sex acts and sexual violence are the norm and in which the currency is deviant sexual acts. At first disturbed, then intrigued – and aroused – by his dreams of this...

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