LifeChoice USYD – the controversial anti-abortion society – held their first event on campus on August 9, a seminar on the value of life and the evils of euthanasia.
While the lecture hall was well attended and the speaker, Dr. John Obeid, talked for an hour, it quickly became clear that rather than facilitating debate, the society was focused on presenting one side of the issue, that being the superiority of palliative care and the abject immorality of euthanasia.
The Rice Barn Is Now Empty by Macquarie University student Kavita Bedford is the winner of the Editors’ Choice prize in the Tharunka Non-Fiction Writing Competition 2012.
The taxi driver laughed again, showing all his teeth. “Yes. Just one month ago I helped my friend Janedi* kidnap his wife”. “Sorry, what do you mean kidnap?” I stammered, not sure whether this word had been confused in English. I was on the island of Lombok, Indonesia, catching a taxi from Bandara International Airport to the coastal town of Senggigi.