Caption: The Butler Falcons are a multicultural AFL team consisting of girls with recent experience of being a refugee, pictured are Aker Athoi, Monica Yengi and Sandra Paul     Photo: Refugee Council of Australia

Taking a stand for refugees

Courage epitomises the life of a refugee. It takes courage to stand tall against persecution and violence. It takes courage to speak out against injustice. It takes courage to leave your home to protect your family and attempt to find safety in foreign lands. The stories of refugees are personal, connected to place and family and culture.

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High school shuffle

The NSW state government has announced that Alexandria Park School will consolidate both the junior and senior schools into a 2,200-student multi-storey school on the site of the junior school campus, next to Alexandria Park.

Bob Hawke prepares to launch the exhibition alongside the High Commissioner for South Africa, Sibusiso Ndebele. Photo: Chalk Studio

Bob Hawke launches exhibition on the Australian anti-apartheid movement

The Hon. Robert Hawke AC launched a new exhibition – Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid – at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House to coincide with Freedom Day.

Vicki van Hout  Photo: Amanda James

Vickifying the play – an interview with Vicki van Hout

Speaking via mobile to Vicki van Hout as she catches a train, I find my own meaning for an expression used by a former student of hers: to vickify. I would define it as “to travel at high speed through uncharted territory with dedication and humour”.

Hanya Yanagihara Photo: Prudence Upton

Bibliotherapy – empathy and connection

At the recent Sydney Writers’ Festival, speechwriter Lucinda Holdforth asked her audience about their reason for attending. She asked why, over the course of a week, almost 110,000 people would descend on Walsh Bay and surrounding venues, to hear from more than 400 Australian and 60 international writers. Why, rather than reading those writers’ books or listening to a festival podcast, they would come together to participate in the program.

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