I published lawyer and writer Michael Bradley’s first book, Coniston, in late 2019 at UWAP. As an adult Michael realised his education in Australian history had skipped over a great deal of crucial detail, including massacres of Aboriginal people in the twentieth century. Michael writes for a number of publications, including Crikey, on a range of social and political matters of note to all of us as well as running Marque Lawyers (with their slogan Law, done differently) . In recent months he has maintained an intense pace as a dogged commentator on women in the justice system regarding the topics of rape and sexual assault, and the agency women carry into their lives in the twenty-first century. This is an article by Michael contrasting the experiences of young women in Australia under the law in 1922 and 2013. Copyright remains with the author.
As another opportunity to spruik the pleasures and richness of the online publication Sydney Review of Books, I present this essay by Sydney writer Tom Lee in the SRB project series: The Experimental Essay (with its subtitle-description of Conceptual and formal de-tours). Thanks to Editor Catriona Menzies-Pike and the individual authors for permissions to re-run selected essays for, hopefully, new readerships. SRB is an outstanding contributor to Australian literary and cultural work, commissioning (seriously) long essays and reviews in a time when barely any work of this quality and depth can find a home and thus an audience.