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Wednesday 14 August 2013
Politics

in brief: tony abbott refers to gay marriage as ‘the fashion of the moment’

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Tony Abbott has continued into a third day of cringe-inducing foot-in-mouth, referring to same-sex marriage as ‘the fashion of the moment.’ In an interview with John Laws, Abbott spoke about his personal conviction that marriage is between a man and a woman. ‘I know where I stand on this. I respect the views of people…
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Tuesday 6 August 2013
News

in brief: linkedin backflips on images of attractive female engineers

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  Professional networking site LinkedIn has been forced to reverse its decision to block images of female engineers posted by engineering company TopTal. TopTal CEO Taso Du Val wrote in a blog post that: ‘Today was a disappointing day at Toptal. We saw extreme sexism within the tech community, from an industry leader and advertising…
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Friday 2 August 2013
News

in brief: law firm investigates case for class action over popular birth control pill

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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  An Adelaide law firm is looking at a case for legal action on behalf of women who suffered side-effects as a result of taking the popular contraceptive pill Yasmin and its alternate, Yaz. Forty women so far have contacted the firm Tindall Gask Bentley over the case. Their website states that ‘Australian women who…
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Monday 29 July 2013
News

in brief: caroline buchanan wins bmx gold

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  Canberra’s Caroline Buchanan became Australia’s latest BMX champion over the weekend, winning gold at the UCI world titles in Auckland. The 22-year-old beat fellow Australian Lauren Reynolds by 1.296sec to claim the medal. The title is her first in BMX racing, though she holds two in mountain biking. The win marks a new beginning…
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Sunday 28 July 2013
News

feminist news round-up 28.07.13

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Swinburne Uni offers paid leave to victims of domestic violence The Government has congratulated Swinburne University and the National Tertiary Education Union for their recent agreement which gives staff suffering from domestic violence five extra days of leave a year. As reported in The Australian newspaper, the five days’ paid leave could be used to…
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Wednesday 24 July 2013
News Uncategorised

in brief: budget cuts threaten adfa progress

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  The Australian Defence Force Academy is improving in its attitudes towards women, an Australian Human Rights Commission audit has found, but progress may be hindered by budget cuts. The training institution is reportedly making steady strides towards becoming more inclusive to female members. This includes the introduction of programs to better supervise cadets, and…
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Sunday 14 July 2013
News

feminist news round-up 14.07.13

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Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations   Malala Yousafzai, a school-girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year has addressed the United Nations on her 16th birthday. Yousafazi was targeted by the Taliban by demanding girls have access to education. She has vowed to carry on her fight and used her speech…
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Saturday 13 July 2013
News

in brief: female scientists encouraged to climb career ladder

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Female scientists are being urged to climb the career ladder as early as possible. Australian Laureate Fellow, physicist Tanya Monro, is encouraging young women to take risks in their career, rather than settling for job security. Professor Monro has recently won a share of $47 million in Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship funding. With the…
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Thursday 11 July 2013
News

in brief: ireland set to pass limited abortion reform

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  Ireland looks set to legalise abortion this week, albeit in very limited circumstances. According to The Guardian, the numbers are stacking up in favour of the reforms that will allow abortion when a woman’s life is in danger or when a woman is at risk of suicide if the pregnancy continues. If a woman…
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Wednesday 10 July 2013
News

in brief: ohio kidnapping victims release video to thank public for generosity and support

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The three women at the centre of a decade-long kidnapping ordeal have released a video thanking the public for their support. The video is the first public statement from the women after their dramatic rescue in May. Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus, along with Ms Dejesus’ parents, appear in the video, to thank…
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Sunday 7 July 2013
News

in brief: students shot, burnt alive, in nigeria

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  Suspected Islamist gunmen have killed at least 27 students and a teacher in a boarding school in the Mamudo village in the northeast of Nigeria. Survivors are being treated for burns and gunshot wounds. Some of the school’s 1200 students fled into the nearby bush to escape the gunmen. Information is scarce at this…
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Saturday 6 July 2013
News

in brief: literary world rocked by loss of two female publishing icons

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  Two of the top women in UK publishing have stepped down this week, leaving the so-called ‘Big Four’ publishing houses in Britain to be controlled by men. Victoria Barnsley departed as chief executive (UK and International) of HarperCollins after a management shake-up by Rupert Murdoch. She had spent 13 years in the role. Over…
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Thursday 4 July 2013
News

in brief: women at million dollar superannuation disadvantage

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Men have 63 per cent of the nation’s $1 trillion in super, which equates to a financial disadvantage of approximately $1million dollars for women. The statistics come from super fund First State Super, which quotes ACTU and federal government studies. The stats also indicate that women are further disadvantaged by taking time off work to…
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Sunday 30 June 2013
News

feminist news round-up 30.06.13

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Julia Gillard ousted as Prime Minister After months of media speculation on strife within the Labor Party, Julia Gillard called for a leadership spill on Wednesday. A vote took place on Wednesday night and as a result, Kevin Rudd came to replace Gillard as leader of the Party and Prime Minister. Gillard has announced her…
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