June 10, 2014

Tackling female sexual abuse one man at a time

There is only so much sexual violence against women I can watch before the knot in my gut and roar in my throat forces action. On this occasion I stood up and walked out. But UK Foreign Secretary William Hague didn't - apparently. And just as well. He has a stronger stomach for the cinematic depiction of violence than people like me, who couldn't sit though the mass rape of women prisoners in Angelina Jolie's film The Land of Blood and Honey, set during the Balkan war in the early '90s.
March 27, 2014

“Beneath the Surface”: Speech to launch M16 Artspace Exhibition

Last week, ABC’s own Virginia Haussegger opened the fantastic exhibition, Beneath the Surface, currently showing at M16 Artspace. She gave a delightful insight into the three artists, Tiffanie Brown, Peter Ranyard and Peter Rohen that are also her close friends.
May 7, 2013

Creepy rant signals sexist backlash against women

An ex-hack's fascination with ''pert'' breasts and ''post-pubescent babes'' would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. But Geoffrey Barker's now infamous tirade against young women television journalists is also a little creepy. Most importantly - it's a stinging example of an increasing backlash against women.
March 8, 2013

Stop pussyfooting, time for women to roar!

I guess I had it coming. A fat, black, rubber penis slapped down on my desk. I had complained that the male reporters I worked with were unfairly assigned all the ''hard news'' and international stories, while female journalists were left with the fluff. So there the stinking thing sat, erect and bobbing in my face.
November 25, 2011

Pacific women suffering in terrible silence

''EVERYONE wept!'' Penny Williams, Australia's new Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, had eyes the size of saucers as she described the scene at a recent Australia-US discussion about violence against women in the Pacific. ''They were loud tears too, and I mean really loud. We were all crying.''