The Road to Residency Part 7: More Waiting

Sometime in May or June, I became eligible to apply for permanent residency. If you’re just joining me at this part of my story, I came to Australia to be with my partner. I applied for a de facto partner visa subclass 820. It grants temporary residency. It lets me travel, get Medicare, study, and work. Although it doesn’t have an expiration date, it is temporary. Two years from the date I applied for temporary residency, I…

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Black Lives Matter in Melbourne

Originating in the African-American community, the Black Lives Matter activist movement has arrived in Australia. Last weekend, there were Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. There was also rally in Perth this weekend. I was sick with a cold when I got the invitation on Facebook to go the Melbourne rally, but I couldn’t stay home. I’ve been watching the BLM movement with great interest since the 2013 shooting death of African American teen Trayvon Martin. I’d been…

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No lives matter to the NRA

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” “An armed society is a polite society.” How’s that working out, my dear America? Black Lives Matter Let me start at the beginning. Well, the beginning is in 1600, but this little blog entry ain’t got time for that. Let’s start at the hazy beginning of the latest series of shootings. July 5, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Two White police…

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4 lessons from the 2016 Australian federal election

Australia’s 2016 federal election took place Saturday, but the results aren’t in yet. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. The sausage sizzle is a big deal “Sausage sizzle” refers to both the community fundraising event and the sausage-on-bread food. Volunteers prepare barbecued sausages which are served typically on a single slice of white bread with optional grilled onions and sauces. Sometimes you’ll see other kinds of breads or a roll, but white bread is cheaper and…

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Lessons from the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2016

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at supporting emerging writers. I attended this year’s 10-day festival for the first time. I didn’t go to every event, but here are some lessons I took away from the ones I went to. Industry Insiders: Pitch Perfect With: Jacinda Woodhead (Overland Journal), Cate Blake (Penguin/Random House), Jo Walker (Frankie), Cassidy Knowlton (Crikey) Pitch Perfect brought together four publishers and editors to give us a behind the…

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Scenes from the Midsumma Pride March

Rainbow flags waved proudly in St. Kilda this weekend. Yesterday was Melbourne’s iconic Midsumma Pride March, which recognises and celebrates Victoria’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community. In almost four years of living in Melbourne, I had not attended, but this year I had a friend marching to honour the memory of someone he and his friends lost last year. The theme was Marriage Equality. It was a great event. Of course, there were various…

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Australia Day, Invasion Day

Isn’t today’s Google Doodle beautiful? For its 2015 Doodle 4 Google competition, Google asked Aussie kids, in years 1-10 to draw a doodle based on the theme “If I could travel back in time I would…” Out of more than 24,000 submissions, this is the National Winner. It’s called Stolen Dreaming by Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School, ACT. If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother…

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I read The Happiness Project so you don’t have to

Ok, that’s not why I read The Happiness Project. I saw it at my local second-hand shop one day for a dollar and it piqued my curiosity. It seemed like one of those frou-frou, feelgood, self-help books, but it wasn’t that bad. I actually liked it and found it insightful. Would I pay $14 for this little, mass-market paperback (books are expensive in Australia)? Hmmm, probably not. Would you? If not, worry not! I read it…

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Hello, 2016

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I had a great year.  In January, I got to go behind the scenes of Strictly Ballroom. In February, I attended the fantastic Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the NGV. In June, I (finally) received my temporary residency visa. In August, I attended the Effective Altruism conference, which changed how I donate money to charity. In October, I had my gallbladder removed. That doesn’t sound like…

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5 ways you know that Aldi f*cking hates you

This hilarious entry from Hugzilla, Five Ways You Know That ALDI Fucking Hates You, perfectly captures how I, and I suspect many others, feel about Aldi. Your first clue that ALDI hates you is right there at the entrance: you need a fucking gold coin to operate their trolleys. This says two things: 1) we don’t believe you are a trustworthy person 2) we don’t care for your convenience, so fuck you Apparently there is…

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5 ways to be an obnoxious hospital patient

About two weeks ago, I started experiencing terrible stomach pains. I spent much of that Sunday in bed and in pain. Since I’m a doctor (I’m not), I diagnosed it as indigestion. It was probably something I ate that didn’t sit well with me. We’ve all been there, right? The pain continued into the night and I didn’t get any sleep. Around dawn, I told my partner that maybe I ought to go to hospital. Why not…

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Refining the fine art of not giving a f*ck

Warning: This entry contains a lot of profanity. Without asterisks. When I was a teenager, I didn’t give a fuck what people thought of me. Frenemies made fun of me for wearing combat boots (the real deal purchased from a military surplus store) with short, floral dresses. I did not give a fuck because I knew I was fucking awesome. Boys made fun of me because I was a card-carrying feminist. I did not give…

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