Category Archives: Beyond the Valley

Hidden Power, Hidden Influence

Increasing influence and manipulation by some overseas countries is a very real danger to Australia and much of the free world. Our knowledge of this complicated world is a bit like an iceberg — we are only really conscious of

Director Bruce Beresford’s new Aussie film has a Wingham connection!

The new Australian movie, which has just opened to rave reviews, has a strong Wingham connection. Sue Milliken, one of the producers, who is also the co-writer, grew up at the (now sadly missed) Wingham Hotel, run by her parents,

Navigating the Manning’s hidden heritage

A new documentary film set on the Manning River was a hit at the recent Sydney Film Festival. But Teach a Man to Fish is no ordinary fishing movie. Grant Leigh Saunders, an Aboriginal man who grew up in the

Guns ‘R’ Us: Why essential U.S. gun control will fail

Just two days of discussions gave insights into the relationship that many US citizens have with the gun, and their deep cultural conviction that militarism is crucial to national identity. My partner and I were guests at the national days

Imran is free!

Rohingya refugee, Imran Mohammad, who fled Burma and has suffered in detention for five years in PNG on Manus and Nauru, under Australia’s unconscionable detention laws, was one of the lucky ones in the group of exchange refugees, under President

Exploring the Deep South

Recently, we travelled to USA to attend a wedding. We only spent two weeks in the country, but we packed a lot into our time there. We landed at Dallas after 15 hours non-stop. My first impressions of Dallas were of

Visit Two Iconic Pearl Farms – Off Sydney and Broome . . . in one amazing trip!

Cygnet Bay Pearls is pleased to announce the inaugural ‘Australian Pearl Masterclass Voyage’, a new immersive experience, which tells the complete story of the Australian pearl, and what it takes to bring this extraordinary industry to life. This new immersive experience

When will he be free to live and laugh and love?

Imran Mohammad is 23 years old and a Rohingya refugee who has been in detention on the hellhole of Manus Island since 2013. At Christmas (2017) he was notified to go to Port Moresby to be interviewed by US officials

Planetary health – We’re all in this together

On Thursday 14 December last year, Helen Clark, formerly Administrator of the UN Development Programme and Prime Minister of New Zealand,  launched the new Planetary Health Platform at Sydney University. Planetary Health recognises the links between human systems and the

Why private schools should be banned

Elizabeth Farrelly   If I had one wish for Australia it’d be this. Ban private schools. The Turnbull government has been caught hiding funding figures for Catholic schools but it beatsmewhy such funding even exists. Indeed, it beatsmewhy private schools

Where are the Jack Mundeys of today?

Jack Mundey became a national figure in the early 1970s when as Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Builders’ Labourers Federation (BLF), he led the union’s famous ‘green bans’. This extraordinary conservation campaign redefined the development of Australia’s major

Sydney’s future lost to concrete and clay

Photo by Frans on Unsplash

‘We’re building Sydney’s future!’’ declare the hoardings. And they’re right. That’s what scares me. For it’s a future that reduces this intricate and leafy heart of old Sydney to a concrete-and-steel cacophony; fast, featureless and corporate-minded. In a word, grey.