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The Miranda Project is an innovative, gender specific approach to crime prevention targeting women with complex needs who are at risk of offending and re-offending. It aims to do this through the establishment of a holistic inclusive support service. Ann Symonds was instrumental in setting up the Miranda Project and worked passionately to support it right up until her death. The Miranda Project is managed by the Community Restorative Centre.
The Community Restorative Centre (CRC) provides a range of services to people involved in the criminal justice system and their families. CRC is the lead provider of specialist through care, post-release, and reintegration programs for people transitioning from prison into the community in NSW. All CRC programs aim to reduce crime and break entrenched cycles of disadvantage, offending and imprisonment.
For more than two decades the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) has set the agenda for women’s issues nationally and given weight to the collective voice of Australian women. Ann Symonds was a founding a member on the NFAW.
Today as the NFAW progresses the interests of women and maintains and makes accessible an extraordinary record of achievement, it keeps the aspirations of women alive to be handed on to new generations. ‘We speak in the circles that listen to and act on what we have to say.’
In particular the NFAW provide the only Gender Lens on the Federal Budget each year. NFAW began its annual Gender Lens on the Budget in 2014 in response to the manifest unfairness of that Budget. NFAW noted the disappearance from the Budget Papers of many of the tables which once allowed careful analysis of historical trends, and of the impacts of measures on individuals and family types.
You Daughters of Freedom by Clare Wright
When Australia’s suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration.
Clare Wright’s epic new historical work tells the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle—through the eyes of five remarkable players: the redoubtable Vida Goldstein, the flamboyant Nellie Martel, indomitable Dora Montefiore, daring Muriel Matters, and artist Dora Meeson Coates.
An award-winning author brings to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world—and the standard bearer for progress in a shining new century.
From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting by Judith Brett
Established democracies may, with time, approach their political systems as more than institutions. The organization of political power and democratic practice can become symbols in and of themselves, reinvesting legitimacy into the political system. Judith Brett’s From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage makes a clear case that Australians should take considerable pride in their democracy. She succeeds brilliantly, presenting the most engaging account of an electoral system that we are aware of.
In one sense, the book provides a history of Australian democracy. The brief chapters progress chronologically, from mid-nineteenth-century elections in New South Wales to the 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite. This is, however, more accurately a history of Australia’s electoral system, telling the story of how Australians vote, not for whom they vote.
Shane Barter and Ana Schugurensky
Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, USA