No shelter at the showground

ABC Radio National ‘Background Briefing’

26 February 2017

An Australian town rises up against homeless people who set up a tent shantytown at the local showground. Bronwyn Adcock reports on a big city problem that’s come to Nowra on the NSW south coast.

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Sex workers fight against stigma for equal justice

The Saturday Paper

November 26, 2016

It starts out like any other booking. A woman advertises her services as a sex worker – usually online – and a man either calls or texts. She tells him what she’s offering and for how much, and, after agreement, they meet in a small apartment or studio close to Canberra’s central business district.

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Walking on Sunshine

Griffith Review

Edition 52 Imaging the Future – ‘Notes from the Frontier’

2016

AROUND SEVEN YEARS ago I found myself in the position where, for the first time, I could consider not just owning my own home but building a new one. I had a piece of land on a mountainside on the south coast of New South Wales – a bush block my husband had bought cheap years before. I secured a line of credit with the bank, and approval from the local council to build. It was an exquisite place: sweeps of tall spotted gums rising above clusters of deep green Burrawang palms; a population of shy, darting lyrebirds and unworried swamp wallabies; a line of sight out to the Tasman Sea that would only ever skim forest canopy; all within striking distance of Sydney and Canberra.

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Sis we’ve got your back

ABC Radio National ‘Background Briefing’

12th June 2016

When Indigenous leader Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy was finally jailed for 17 years for his sex crimes, the women who stood up for his victim were pilloried and harassed. Bronwyn Adcock investigates.

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Aboriginal fishing: When culture becomes criminal.

ABC Radio National ‘Background Briefing’

21st February 2016

Wayne Carberry’s traditional fishing rights are protected by law. So why are his people being jailed and fined for it? Bronwyn Adcock investigates a 21st century dispossession.

 

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Indigenous fishing rights caught in the net

The Saturday Paper

26th September 2015

In late winter, when the coastal wattle blooms yellow, Wayne Carberry knows it’s time to collect lobster. His education in the ways of the sea began as a boy. Camping on the coast with his extended family from the Walbunga clan, the elders taught the young the indicator plants for individual fish species and the bays and estuaries where they were to be found.

“There’s a missing part of me when I don’t go diving,” says Carberry, who’s now in his late 30s and living away. “It’s a part of me. Whenever the ocean is calm I jump in and get a feed.”

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Has Pro Surfing Finally Realised Sexism is Bad Business?

Daily Life

April 23rd 2014

After watching the women surf at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria over the weekend, one commentator was so impressed he called it one of the “best rounds of women’s surfing ever,” and offered Australian Sally Fitzgibbons the ultimate compliment in this male-dominated sport; she was as good as a bloke, “like [Kelly] Slater in his prime”.

Anyone who watches the sport closely already knows that the women who compete on surfing’s World Tour are incredibly talented and watchable athletes. The real news is that finally a group of people with money and clout have also realised how good the girls are and, most importantly, how unsustainable it is to support rampant gender discrimination in a professional sporting competition.

This year’s World Tour – of which Bells is the third event – is under new ownership after a private Californian company called ZoSea Media Holdings purchased the tour from the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). While the billionaire investors behind the company have said little publicly, their actions suggest they think sexism is bad business.

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