Category Archives: Beyond the Valley

Imran Update

Some readers have asked how our friend Imran, the refuge from Manus who has been settled in to Chicago in the US, is faring. I received this note recently. Modestly, he doesn’t mention that he was a guest speaker at

A means to travel, learn and find a career!

Dana Villiotis There hasn’t been a time in my life when I didn’t have goals.  When I was in Kindergarten, I was determined to have the most gold stars on my chart. By the end of the year, you bet

Our women need support.

Leonie McGuire, who has worked so tirelessly for women affected by domestic violence, was last month awarded a prestigious Edna Ryan Award for 2018.    The EDNAs are awards for women who have made a feminist difference – the battlers and the

Right outta Redfern

A suburb and its history through one woman’s eyes Kirsten Garrett Extract: Ronda is a Redfern identity, an icon, heart of gold and everyone’s friend. “It’s because I talk to everyone even the junkies and drunks,” she says. “They’re just

What keeps Australians awake at night

Many Australians are worried ! They may not look to be outwardly, but engage them privately and you will discover that people are disturbed by many things.  And most of us are more worried now than at any other time

Planet over profit?

International air travel has never been such good value as now and aircraft are more comfortable, quieter and better in almost every way.  All good news for travellers. Hmmm!! Maybe.  But the next time you are celebrating those cheap flights

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