Editor’s Note

18 / 10 / 2012

By Sarah Capper

It’s been a huge month at the Victorian Women’s Trust, with the launch of a new publication, A Switch in Time, which calls for more respect to be shown in our political institutions, processes, debates and public policy at large. Written by Executive Director Mary Crooks, we’ve had over 7000 copies walk out the door since it was launched. If you haven’t got your copy yet, you can download it from the VWT website, or email the Trust on women@vwt.org.au for a hard copy. Also, you can like Switch on Facebook.

And now to this edition of Sheilas – also a new initiative of the Victorian Women’s Trust – which aims to provide bold, thoughtful analysis on social, political and contemporary issues as well as providing some light relief along the way. We aim to publish a range of views on Sheilas, but please note: as the disclaimer states on our homepage (and has done so since we launched), the views expressed by Sheilas contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the VWT.

This month we feature Dr. Danielle Tyson on the controversial defence of provocation, while Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson looks at the fraught issue of cancer quacks (coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month). And with a nod to Reclaim the Night – to be held around the world towards the end of October – our resident cartoonist Judy Horacek pays tribute to the event with one of her ‘classic’ cartoons. Culture Club this month gives us a feminist perspective on Mad Men by Emily Lee-Ack, while Polly Ticks (by yours truly) looks at THAT speech by Australia’s first female Prime Minister last week, in a parallel universe (…but of course). Keeping it Reel features a most beautiful image of singer Ruth Rogers-Wright by the always impressive snapper Alison Bennett.

Finally, this month’s Bonza Sheila – a section that is fast becoming a favourite of mine to devise questions  for and receive responses in anticipation – features barrister and feminist extraordinaire Susan Brennan. It’s well worth the read! Enjoy.

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