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[28 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 431 views ]

Ross Fitzgerald’s Erotic Novel of the Year is now available as an eBook. Drawing on classic themes of betrayal, death and metamorphosis, Ross Fitzgerald has created an enthralling contemporary mythology in Soaring.
This extraordinary novel moves between Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, and Ireland, with its cast of flamboyant misfits playing out the eternal search for love and passion.
Rodney (hang-glider and merchant of erotica); Rebekah (19 year old Alcoholic’s Anonymous member, father unknown) ; and Michael (maverick motorcycling priest) are the three voices which speak powerfully, nakedly to us in Soaring.

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[27 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 3,652 views ]

THE coming federal election may well be the most important in a generation, perhaps the most significant since 1975.
There are very close parallels. Both eras were preceded by long periods of economic prosperity and stability under conservative governments before each culminated in their final years in the hands of reformist but chaotic and ultimately dysfunctional Labor governments.
For those who lived through the era of Gough Whitlam, there was a belief that the period could never be repeated – until Julia Gillard came along. The division, the backstabbing, the disorder and …

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[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,840 views ]

by Rick Morton
THE great progressive experiment in crime control is coming to an end, its chief protagonists grappling with a string of vicious acts committed by people with known horrific histories.
A rising chorus of experts and researchers are categorically ruling out the possibility of reform for the most dangerous and violent offenders, the ones whose clockwork histories of serious offending ought to have been red flags for parole authorities charged with protecting the public.
But, faced with failure in the rear-vision mirror, there is no guarantee authorities who turn up the …

Reviews »

[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 3,116 views ]

DID Aaron Patrick and ABC Books not realise ‘Downfall’ is the name of a 2004 movie depicting the last 10 days of Adolf Hitler inside his bunker?
Or do they wish to compare the circus-like state of the Australian Labor Party today with the demise of Hitler’s Nazi Germany in 1945?
Either way, the juxtaposition is bizarre.

But in some ways Patrick’s book of the same name as the movie may seem rather timely.
Subtitled ‘How the Labor Party Ripped Itself Apart’, Patrick’s book attempts to answer a fundamental, but potentially now somewhat ambiguous, …

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[13 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,511 views ]

Daniel Mannix: Beyond the Myths
By James Griffin,
Garratt Publishing, 397pp, $44.95
MELBOURNE’S long-serving, Irish-born, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Daniel Mannix, died aged 99 on November 6 1963, a day after having a flutter on the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately, Jim Griffin, whose acerbically cantankerous, but lively and well-researched biography was completed only after Griffin’s death with the diligent aid of Paul Ormonde, does not tell us if the controversial prelate won.
When, twenty years ago, I searched for papers concerning Dr Mannix in the archives of Ireland’s Maynooth seminary – where he had …

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[13 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 2,220 views ]

When I was barely 25 years old, on Australia Day 1970, with the aid of Alcoholic’s Anonymous, I managed to stop drinking alcohol and using other drugs, and have stayed that way.
In those days, a number of long-time members of AA in New South Wales, including stalwarts like the misnamed “Happy Frank” and the flamboyant “Ukulele Jimmy”, would share at meetings how they only got sober and free of other drugs after being compulsorily medically incarcerated and treated for their alcoholism and addiction – under what was known as the …

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[13 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,715 views ]

THE return of Kevin Rudd to the Labor leadership signals the return of a PM obsessed with the media and manipulating the daily message, coupled with manic work practices that alienate his colleagues and the public service.
We know all this from on-the-record statements of numerous senior Labor politicians, who have provided a rare insight into the inner workings of the first Rudd government from 2007 to June 2010 – with damning public assessments of his leadership style as recently as a fortnight ago.
In addition to his record of chaotic …