No hurry…


The complete response, after three months’ consideration, by the Minister for Social Services the Hon. Dan Tehan MP to the Australian Law Reform Commission report Pathways to Justice—An Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, which the Australian Government commissioned on 10 February 2017 and received on 22 December 2017 and which was finally tabled in Parliament on 27 March 2018, concerning the disproportionately high rates of incarceration among Aboriginal and Torres Strait people (despite being around 2% of the Australian population, in 2016, Indigenous Australian men were 15 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous men, and Indigenous women were 21 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous women) which costs Australia an estimated $7.9 billion every year, not counting the harm to individuals, families and communities, and is agreed by many organisations to be ‘a national disgrace.’  Continue reading

Friday favourites from the long white cloud – Aotearoa* poetry


Australia was recently visited by New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. At the end of her visit some wag commented that ‘Australia has a smart, progressive Prime Minister with a firm vision of the future; unfortunately, she’s returning to New Zealand later this week.’

Which leads me to the February edition of  Poetry Magazine featuring new New Zealand poetry. Continue reading

Monthly Poetry Contest Winners! — Vita Brevis

The results are in! We had fantastic (and wonderfully novel) submissions this time around. It was a tough choice, but here are the winners of our monthly poetry competition. *On the Next Competition: As of right now, we can’t afford to host competition next month–donations have slowed down over past few weeks. But don’t worry, we’ll get one […]

So pleased to be in such good company. Thanks Vita Brevis – Visit and enjoy – Monthly Poetry Contest Winners! — Vita Brevis

Cine-mania, Lisa Reihana


Campbelltown Arts Centre
12 January to 29 March 2018.
10 to 4pm daily, Free.

Cine-mania is a survey of thirty years of Maori video and photographic artist Lisa Reihana’s work. Its centrepiece is In pursuit of Venus [infected], a 64 minute super-wide screen film about the three Pacific voyages of English navigator and explorer James Cook’s (1768 to 1779). Continue reading