Canberra Snippets

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Farewell to Timor Leste Ambassador

Canberra Friends of Dili will be farewelling the outgoing Timor Leste Ambassador, Abel Guterres and his wife, Ana Guterres, and their family, as Abel gets set to take up the post of representing Timor Leste in Brunei. For some years, Abel, Ana and their family have hosted many functions at Canberra’s Timor Leste Embassy.  … Read more.

Daring to Fly

In Daring to Fly, the ABC-TV’s News Breakfast co-host, Lisa Millar tells of her very happy childhood in the small Queensland rural town of Kilkivan and her experiences in journalism, including 10 years as the ABC’s overseas correspondent in Washington and later, London. From her start in journalism with The Gympie Times, newspapers in Brisbane and Townsville and ABC-TV’s parliament house bureau in Canberra, Lisa became familiar with covering confronting stories, work which was to take a toll on her emotional health.  … Read more.

Manning Clark House: Future Generations Wellbeing (Wales)

Queanbeyan-based writer, researcher, advocate and pioneer of the organics resource industry, Gerry Gillespie, recently discussed the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, with former Welsh Minister for Environment and Sustainability, Jane Davidson, at Manning Clark House. As the lead proponent working to ensure this Act’s passage through the Welsh parliament, Jane Davidson is now Pro Is-Ganghellor/Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, University of Wales.  … Read more.

Ulruru Statement from the Heart: Event at MCH

Professor Megan Davis (Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, University of NSW, and Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law), will be presenting (via Zoom), this year’s Dymphna Clark lecture – The promise of the Uluru Statement from the Heart: The past, the present and future of First Nations Australia – at Manning Clark House, 6pm, 13 October.  … Read more.

Julia Baird’s Phosphorescence

In her beautifully-written, thoughtful book, Phosphorescence, renowned author and journalist, Dr Julia Baird, describes her love for ocean swimming, the magic properties of water, and her quest for lightness. She notes that prayer, meditation, and taking advantage of life’s simple pleasures, have helped her through some very dark days of illness and other difficulties.  … Read more.

Kitty’s 488 Rules

Acclaimed Actor, comedian and writer, Kitty Flanagan, lays down some ground rules in her very amusing 488 Rules for Life, inspired by Jordan Peterson’s bestseller 12 Rules for Life. Kitty has taken her brief further – she has 12 rules for the bathroom alone. Her wise thoughts are those with which many of us agree, and include tips for the home, office, celebrations, food, dating, language, lifestyle, parenting, sport, technology and travel.  … Read more.

Lockdown in Canberra

Feelings of being claustrophobic, shut in, or cooped up, during lockdown, are bound to fray even the most even of tempers. Strains on people’s mental and physical health become evident, as we long for “everything to be back to normal” (though just what is “normal” now?) But there are the positives.  … Read more.

Canberra restaurants: takeaway in lockdown

The bad news is lockdown. But the good news is that many of Canberra’s top restaurants are offering takeaway meals during lockdown. So, patrons will continue to be spoilt for choice for fine dining in the capital and environs. Takeaway is available from some very popular eateries, including Mawson’s Okami (Japanese); Weston Creek’s Croatian restaurant, Maestral; Acton’s Monster Kitchen & Bar; Braddon’s EightySix, and Italian & Sons; and, Civic’s Bar Rochford.  … Read more.

Julia Banks in conversation with Virginia Haussegger

Former member for the federal seat of Chisholm (2016-2019), Julia Banks, recently spoke with academic-journalist, Virginia Haussegger at ANU’s Kambri Centre, about politics, parliament, and her book, Power Play. Ms Banks recited details of her 2018 departure from the Liberal Party when she became an Independent, and the orchestrated campaign against her from Liberal conservatives which caused her considerable stress.  … Read more.

Mrs Chester’s Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt’s dissenting judgment

Herbert Vere (“Doc”) Evatt (1894-1965), was a brilliant Australian lawyer, politician and writer, whose controversial stances, and erratic behaviour invited strong criticism at times. However, he did have a strong band of supporters. Evatt’s career included representing Australia in the British war cabinet (1942-1943), being one of the architects of the United Nations and later, President of the UN General Assembly.  … Read more.

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