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March 8th is International Women's Day. So I offer a few links, before I go and don my purple and green ribbons.

Overall:
Global Messages for International Women's Day

Celebratory:
The Wikipedia entry for Christine Nixon - the Victorian Chief Commissioner of Police.

What needs to be done still:
South Dakota Governor Signs Away Women's Rights - I know I have people on my friendslist who are against abortion - but I doubt they are against abortion in the case of incest or rape.

Current Women's Rights Issues in Australia (Democrats site)

Women's Rights Campaigns Around the World
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Book 5: Rival Gymnast by Sheila Haigh

"Now it was Anda's turn. Swift and sure she ran, her mouth set in a determined line, in one second remembering every detail. Pointed toes, Straight legs. Perfect landing. Not quite flawless. But her second vault was. Perfect.

My review )

Book 6: Bushwacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose

'The rabbits were actually green,' Spiegel reported. 'The dinoseb had turned the skin and the coats of the rabbits that lived around the site a green colour. If it was turning the rabbits green, what was it doing to the children?'

Review here )
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Well the bastards finally did it - Backroom deal seals fate of uni guild fees"

If you have ever had a cheap meal at an Australian university refectory, if you have had a drink in an Australian university bar, if you have joined a club or society at an Australian university, if you have enjoyed an article in a student magazine, if you have needed representation, if you have complained about a poor lecturer or unfair assessment, or bought a cheap second hand book then you have benifited from student unionism. And if you think it's unfair that these things are going to be taken away from Australian students then you need to email Family First Senator Steven Fielding (senator.fielding@aph.gov.au) to register your complaint.

ETA [livejournal.com profile] yasminke reminded me about the affordable childcare and cheaper medical services which are subsidised by student union fees. These too will be gone.

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In other news, I've worked 16 hours in my new job. It's pretty good, if a little boring work, and it's nice not to be working with food anymore. It's a little like a giant, noisy classroom except we get to lock ourselves into a booth. And we get to laugh at the tryhards
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1. The neighbours who insist on parking so close to the entrance of our driveway that we cannot drive in or out without cutting across the grass.

2. Big Pond has blocked my gmail address because I used it to send assignment pieces to my assignment partner. Now I can't send any email to Big Pond

3. I have an exam on Monday that I really don't give a damn about

4. John Howard is the Prime Minister.

5. Brendan Nelson is the Education Minister
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You know what we don't have enough of in Queensland Parliment?

Politicians trying to throttle each other.

Good thing New South Wales is there to help us out.

Again . . .

Oct. 2nd, 2005 07:36 am
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25 Killed, 100 Wounded in Bali Explosions (Newsday)

Aussies (though it should read 'Aussie') die in bombings (Melbourne Herald Sun)

Blair condemns Bali bomb attacks (BBC)

The death toll, according to my radio is unofficially at 36 now.


Many of those responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings had their sentences reduced by the Indonesian Government.

Cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir had his 30-month sentence cut by four months and 15 days. Seventeen others convicted of playing a role in the bombings, which killed 202 people had their sentences cut by three months.

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