In fact, looking around Australia today, it’s hard not to see how little has changed. Even as Faith Bandler is being remembered with a state funeral, the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy is being threatened with removal – again! – so that housing developments can commence on the Block.
Dementia is also common, affecting three in ten people over 85, and one in ten over 65. A report on dementia in Australia states: ‘Dementia is not a single specific disease. It is an umbrella term describing a syndrome associated with more than 100 different diseases that are characterised by the impairment of brain function, including language, memory, perception, personality and cognitive skills.’
But is Twitter really a feminist tool? For Weiner, who has 106,000 followers, and although she seems to spend most of her time tweeting about The Bachelor, I am sure her 140 characters feel influential. For those of us who don’t have a bestseller behind us, it feels like just another shout into the internet abyss.
When I hear that half of young people are significantly dissatisfied with school sex education it makes me believe even more fiercely that a national sex education curriculum is well and truly overdue. Ideally, this education would be comprehensive and inclusive, covering topics ranging from sexually transmissible infections (STIs), biology and pregnancy prevention to sexual assault, sex and pleasure, intimacy and diverse sexualities.
Currently, we do not know how many victims there are of institutionalised Jewish child sexual abuse. It is naïve to believe that Manny Waks and his two brothers are the extent of it. Regardless of who else comes forward, abiding by the religious tradition of miserah has done untold damage to the lives of the Waks family and, ironically, to the Jewish community itself.