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Apr 082014
 
Desert Days

We never set out for Innamincka. But there we were, 2000 kms from home on the last day of the school holidays: dusty, dirty and delirious around a campfire as the sun set over Coopers Creek. Ours was a spontaneous adventure, a road trip from the Gold Coast to Darwin, a caravan led by women [read more ...]

Mar 302014
 
Great Ocean Walk - walking the wild

Where to stop Do you need a map? Logistics – where to stay and how to get to and from the track Is the GOW difficult? The PDF GOW: the forest’s own voice It’s not easy to find information about the Great Ocean Walk, the 106 km track that hugs Australia’s southern coastline known to [read more ...]

Feb 232014
 
Honour thy mother and thy father - the West's big mistake

Years and years ago I watch a vox pop on SBS television. I don’t usually have time for vox pops (those simplistic interviews that ask people on the street what they think about a specific question – and then give them 10 seconds to shape public policy). This one, I never forgotten. The question (boring, [read more ...]

Feb 132014
 
The Beautiful Mountain

Something precious has been returned to me – and I hadn’t noticed it was missing. And with the finding come tears for a safe world, an honest world, a world I trusted with no thought for trust, long forgotten, decades past. I first met Diane in our second-last year of primary school. I have no [read more ...]

Feb 042014
 
Corporate activism vs real change

Art changes the world – and, with the exception of voices that are truly radically almost brainlessly sane, only art. Is there a finer example of this than Peter Dombrovskis’ photograph of the Franklin River, which mobilised an entire nation, brought down a government and preserved an iconic wilderness. No Dams was one of the [read more ...]

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Dec 232013
 
The Sound of One Heart Breaking

My friend has torn up the house. I have offended his righteous sense of place in his private universe. In truth I trod no path with him that we had not travelled before – yet this time I tripped a hair trigger of emotional chaos I had no idea rumbled beneath the surface of his [read more ...]

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Dec 032013
 
TRUTH

For human beings, truth is a shadow. It is the underside of the leaves playing in the light. It is the coals that warm the fire and burn the flesh. It is the path that humours no choice. It is benign and terrible and when it can no longer be contained, it is the earthquake, [read more ...]

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Dec 032013
 
LESSONS OF THE ROAD: El Camino tips

  People are often surprised, reeeeally surprised, when I tell them most people walking the mystical road across Spain – El Camino – are over 50. And even more surprised when I tell them most of those are women. The exception is during peak summer, when university students take their holidays. No surprises there is [read more ...]

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Nov 302013
 
TRUST: IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT 'THEM': No Fibs 2013 election coverage

The other day a smart, savvy, engaged woman I know told me she plans to vote informal on September 7 – her decision has as much to do with media coverage as it does with politics. In short: ” Can’t bring myself to vote for Tony Abbott, can’t forgive Kevin Rudd his asylum seeker policy, [read more ...]

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