The Philippine Government’s official figures have reported
people killed, 2,360 injured and 762
missing when on November 30 a super-typhoon packing winds of up to 265
kph, brought volcanic debris,
mud and floodwaters upon the villages below the slopes of the Mt. Mayon
volcano. More than 3 million people in 14 eastern provinces were
affected, with more than 112,000 persons being housed in evacuation
SPAN and CPCA-Brisbane have
productive relationship with the Immigrant Women’s
Support Service (IWSS)
for many years. On behalf
of our members and the women we have referred to IWSS’
services, we congratulate and thank the IWSS staff and volunteers who
have worked with such passion and diligence for the benefit of Non
English Speaking Background (NESB) women. The IWSS
forum was a celebration and reflection
of these 20 years of ‘hands-on’ support, research,
advocacy, development of policy, training, networking, lobbying
– and more – for our common issues of concern. The
following articles by four speakers at the IWSS forum are but a sample
of the range of issues we discussed. This first piece was written by
the 2005/06 IWSS Chairperson, HEATHER NANCARROW.
ALLIMANT HOLAS began her presentation
to the IWSS forum with the lyrics of a popular song from the 1960s. The
following article is an edited version of her paper.
It's a restless hungry feeling
That don't mean no one no good,
When everything I'm a-sayin'
You can say it just as good.
You're right from your side,
I'm right from mine.
We're both just too many mornings
An' a thousand miles behind.
It is only recently that the government formally acknowledged the
existence of sex slavery in Australia. In the course of her work in
Melbourne with Project Respect
Shirley Woods has met and assisted
victims of trafficking.
The following is an edited transcript of her
With an artist’s eye Cairns-based Sasi Victoire uses the
skills of her craft to critique and interpret the construction of
female identity by the patriarchal gaze. The following is an edited
extract of her presentation at the forum.
by Deborah Ruiz
An unforgettable visit to Nyinyikay, North East Arnhem Land
Visiting Arnhem Land at the top end of Australia would be seen as
exotic, an adventure. It conjures images of the film, “Ten
Arnhem Land is home to Yol|u
people for thousands of years - people who
have not lost their traditional culture and language. Not surprising to
feel both trepidation and excitement when we met our hosts, Nancy
Walmanydji Burarrwanga and the Ganambarrs who live in a family
outstation called Nyinyikay, 160 kms from the nearest town, Nhulunbuy,
on the Gove Peninsula. Little did we know that during our six-day stay
with them, we - six Australian women from the south, would be adopted
into their ancient kinship system and given Aboriginal names.
Book clubs have recently had a revival as a popular pastime in
Australia. Friends get together, a book and a date by which to read it
are chosen, then you meet again to talk about it and decide upon the
next venue, date and the next book. It’s easy, exciting, good
can discover your friends’ reading tastes (without having to
along their library shelves), and you are moved out of the comfort zone
of your favourite genre back to the place you were in as a student
challenged by the set texts of a course of study.
September 21, 1972 is etched in Filipino collective memory as the day
when then President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation 1081 placing
the Philippines under rule of Martial Law. To mark this date we are
reprinting the preface to Ricardo Manapat’s epic research.
AUSTRALIAN citizen Vivian
Alvarez has received a
“significant” compensation payout - last night
reported as $4.5 million - for the 2001 Immigration Department blunder
in which she was wrongfully deported to the Philippines.
Canberra restaurants face bans for mistreatment of
1 November 2006 -
Four Canberra restaurants have been banned from using the controversial
457 Visa program to bring in skilled migrants to work in their kitchens
following a year long campaign by the LHMU Hospitality Union.
Brisbane cleaners unite with community leaders in fight
The promotion of the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing is
vital in combating poverty. Thus the United Nations General Assembly
proclaimed December 20 of each year as International Human Solidarity