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Pat Giles was dedicated to improving the lives of the disadvantaged. As an ALP Senator in the Hawke and Keating governments, she entered Parliament, not as a raw recruit, but as an experienced trade unionist, policy maker, feminist campaigner and grassroots activist.
This is the story of a woman whose determination never faltered, whose work ethRead more »
by Niall Lucy
Ideas are in short supply and critical thinking is under attack. That’s according to Niall Lucy in his latest book, Pomo Oz. Pitting his humour and intellect against the conservative power brokers, Lucy champions the notion that free thought, not free trade, is the basis of democracy.
Praise for Pomo Oz
‘… here’s the piss-take of…Read more »
by Niall Lucy
Ideas are in short supply and critical thinking is under attack. That’s according to Niall Lucy in his latest book, Pomo Oz. Pitting his humour and intellect against the conservative power brokers, Lucy champions the notion that free thought, not free trade, is the basis of democracy. These exciting and provocative essays challenge the reader to…Read more »
In August 2004, Parliamentary senators wept as they presented Forgotten Australians, the report from the Senate Inquiry into the treatment of children in care. Half a million children grew up in ‘care’ in twentieth-century Australia, and most often these children lived with daily brutal physical and emotional abuse in the sterile environment of an institution…Read more »
Did you know that an obelisk with a tapered column at the top symbolises eternal life or that measuring scales are often found on the grave of a person in the legal profession?
Monuments and Masons is a comprehensive telling of this unique industry history – about the monumental masons and the shapes, symbols and fascinating tales attached to…Read more »
by Chris Coughran & Niall Lucy
It is over thirty years since David McComb’s haunting music and lyrics inspired a generation. Now, thanks to sold-out tribute concerts Australia-wide and the remastering of the complete Triffids oeuvre, a new generation is discovering his life’s workRead more »
From the earliest days of the Swan River Colony on the western coast of Australia, the settlement depended for its survival and progress on individuals of character, courage and compassion. Prominent among these from the beginning have been the Wittenoom family. Nearly two centuries have passed since a widowed young clergyman, John Burdett Wittenoom…Read more »
by W J Peasley
‘Peasley’s description of the events…is informative, compassionate, exciting and at times deeply moving.’ —Don Grant, Australian Book Review
‘The intriguing story of [the rescue of an elderly couple believed to be the last Australian nomads] and how they survived alone for the previous 30 years or so in the unrelenting western Gibson Desert…Read more »
‘The sensitive and compelling portraits by Stephens and Siewert are interspersed with quotes, archival photos and poems and laconic humour’ — Sydney Morning Herald
‘These 18 life stories and reflective portraits provide lovely and tangible memories.’ — Herald Sun
‘The book’s power comes from its elegant simplicity. There is no room given…Read more »
Mowanjum will always be in my memories especially the people, the culture and the beautiful country the Mowanjum mob came from.
This is a lively and richly illustrated book produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Mowanjum Aboriginal Community.
Mowanjum shares the Wandjina traditions in songs, myth, stories and poems alongside…Read more »