A Question of Balance/Putting a Price on Gender

Jodi McMahon is the perfect poster girl for sex selection. She’d always wanted that special bond between a mother and a daughter. Instead, she ended up with seven boys. Last night, 60 Minutes followed her journey from country NSW to…

Say No to Vilification Television

It’s time to change the channel on vilification television. The controversy surrounding Channel 10’s The Shire highlights this disturbing trend. Apparently we want to watch people who are fatter, nastier, or sillier than ourselves to feel good. Whether it’s the…

TEENAGE BULLYING

She didn’t even know the punch was coming. All she heard was a crack. Her nose was broken. Tiny drops of blood decorated the pre-school floor. The nurse came, then the police. But there was little they could do: The…

FAT PROFITS AND MUMMY GUILT

As a mother, you just can’t win. Eat a piece of ham while you’re pregnant and you’ll get listeria. Put the baby on the bottle and you’re close to committing child abuse. Now if you have a caesarean, your baby…

A DIGNIFIED END

He knew the end was near when he began choking on air. Robert Cordover was larger than life. The 68-year-old spoke six languages, travelling the world for the United Nations. “A super funny, loud, always talkative guy, his booming voice…

LEST WE FORGET

An image from the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake is forever seared into my memory. It is not the 16-metre wall of water turning towns to tinder. Nor is it the empty school halls where the fallen had fled. Or…

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

You only have to watch kids in a sandpit to realise boys won’t give up their toys. It’s the same at board level. On International Women’s Day last year the federal government brought out the wooden spoon, refusing to do…