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Marriage equality or Human Rights?

Historically, women have always been disadvantaged by the institution of marriage. I can attest to the fact that I was financially and emotionally disadvantaged by my marriage and then my subsequent divorce. My gorgeous children and amazing family aside – the institution of marriage is not my friend. Marriage is deeply rooted in patriarchy and […]

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Why these might be Canberra’s most important houses

Like many of my Millenial peers, I worry about getting my foot on the property ladder.  It’s what the media tells me to be worried about, as the spotlight of the housing affordability crisis seemed fixated on those with a love of travel, expensive university degree and a fascination with avocado on toast. But after […]

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Book to The Future

Visit worlds beyond your wildest dreams with this handpicked list of futuristic fiction. NEW YORK 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson 2140 NYC—the city is submerged by rising sea levels. This book follows the lives of the occupants of a single apartment—a market trader, a detective, an internet celebrity, a lawyer, the building manager, two boys with […]

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What it takes to Flourish

Bronwen Stead is never still. Over the five years I’ve known her she’s been a professional Samba dancer, bodybuilding champion, HerCanberra writer, cheerleader, women’s Gridiron player…phew! She’s a woman who never hesitates to seize opportunities, and she says this attitude has taught her a basic simple truth. “It is our mindset that will ultimately determine […]

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A funny thing happened on the way to my hysterectomy

Well, not so much ‘funny’ as ‘unusual’. My surgeon phoned, apologetic: she’d injured her hand and couldn’t perform the operation because she had to have surgery herself. What do you do when your fridge and freezer are stacked, you’ve made enough school lunches for three weeks and your schedule is completely clear…all for a period […]

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Four TV Shows That Will Have You Dreaming In Technicolour

We all need a break from reality, and binge-watching TV shows are one of the best ways to do just that. But if you’re in the mood to escape to somewhere that might be more colourful and dreamlike than your average cop show, here are four TV shows that can inject some technicolour into your […]

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Tara Moss in Canberra to address cyberhate

Cyberhate and cyberviolence is something every women who is online should be worried about. TV presenter, human rights advocate and author Tara Moss will create a national conversation through Women in Media at the National Press Club next month. Since my family and I became the subjects of an orchestrated online hate campaign in 2013, […]

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Five ways to give back this winter

When I was small, one of my favourite bedtime stories – but also undoubtedly the most heart-wrenching – was The Little Match Girl. You’ve probably been read this Hans Christian Andersen classic before, but if you need to be reminded, it tells the story of a poverty-stricken little girl selling matchsticks on a freezing New […]

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Read it Before You See it: My Cousin Rachel

Roger Michell’s visually gorgeous adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel, My Cousin Rachel, currently in cinemas, looks set to be a stunning, visceral thriller. Starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, with an excellent supporting cast, and top screenwriters, it also has all the makings of that rare thing: a first-class adaptation of a book. […]

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Six Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

Us humans can be creatures of habit. This is well reflected in the way we choose to spend our lunch breaks day-in, day-out. Our precious hour – which seems to move faster than most – can easily be filled with the same activity as the previous day’s, and the 200 before that. Before you know it, […]

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