Admissions, a varied collection by writers with lived experience of mental illness, is confronting, challenging, often surprising – and open to interpretation.
Photo: Kishna Jensen
From partying in California to activism in Australia, Grace Tame refuses to be defined by past traumatic events. The voice of her memoir, writes Camilla Nelson, is irrepressible.
The treatment of women in Parliament House and Australian society more broadly has been the focus of much attention since the last election – how political leaders respond may decide their fate.
Research suggests Australia’s brand of politeness puts an emphasis on ‘being welcoming and showing solidarity’ … and ‘taking the piss’.
In two powerful addresses, Tame and Higgins have insisted on action instead of just words on sexual abuse, and reinvigorated feminism for a new generation of young women.
Scott Morrison has said “sorry” to Brittany Higgins during a parliamentary acknowledgement of victims of bullying, harassment and sexual assaults in the parliamentary workplace.
It feels like history was made in 2021. But it is hard to argue there has been concrete change at Parliament House … yet.
A person with complex post-traumatic stress disorder has the signs of standard PTSD, as well as additional difficulties that often stem from childhood trauma.
While the plan responds to many recommendations by the royal commission, it doesn’t adequately address at-risk youth or say how it will involve survivors in shaping and overseeing strategies.
Filipiniana (self-portrait in collaboration with Maella Santiago Pearl)
The Archibald Prize celebrates its centenary with a list of finalists that includes plenty of artists’ portraits and some notable change makers.
Brittany Higgins, Christine Holgate, that awful desk thing at parliament. It is easy think it is all bad news and nothing is changing. But these Australians show there is hope.
Scott Morrison is inclined to underestimate tough women - and these tough women now present a serious political challenge
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and courtesy SEARCH Foundation
If the lessons of second wave feminism are any guide, Australian women now need to not only get angry, they need to get organised.
Twenty-six year old Grace Tame, from Hobart, becomes the first Tasmanian to win the award in its 61-year history.