The Miles Franklin and the small press

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Article
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Culture
Publishing

Based purely on output, you would expect small presses to account for at least half of all longlisted, shortlisted, and winning titles for the Miles Franklin. Some might want to argue that the discrepancy is due to the fact that larger publishers are more selective and thus publish works of higher quality. Setting aside the obviously elitist presumptions of such a claim, material circumstances would suggest the opposite.

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Chinese-miner2
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Article
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Culture
LGBTQI
Politics

Asian Australians against Safe Schools: a response

Last week, a petition was tabled in New South Wales Parliament calling for the Safe Schools program to be scrapped. It was presented by the Chinese-Australian community and contained over 17,000 signatures. Its main points of contention were that Safe Schools contains resources that promote a particular ideology, including gender fluidity, that is contrary to our cultural and belief system …

PotikiPatriciaGrace
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Review
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Reading

August in fiction

Grace was the first Māori woman to publish a collection of short stories in 1975. Her work melds a distinctive approach to time, space and the spiritual with the political difficulties of being Māori in a predominantly white world.

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Article
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Inequality

Ending the ‘criminal class’

So while we may see the violence at Don Dale as an awful aberration, it is actually part of a system of inherent violence conducted by the state. Rather than solving crime, the prison system perpetuates it, creating a permanent ‘criminal class’.