1. Julie Bindel in Australia
Renowned international journalist, author and researcher Julie Bindel will be visiting Australia in July to speak at the Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation at RMIT. In addition to the Summit she will be doing a couple of talks and bookshop events - and will be available for a limited number of interviews around her existing engagements. Julie is the author of Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth published in Australia and New Zealand by Spinifex Press.
Please note: other Spinifex Press editors and contributors speaking at the Summit include Melinda Tankard Reist and Caitlin Roper from Collective Shout. Melinda’s Spinifex Press books include Big Porn Inc; Defiant Birth; Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls; and Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade.
2. Lindsay Simpson’s book Adani: Following Its Dirty Footsteps scheduled for September 2018
Lindsay Simpson has doggedly pursued an incredible story: how could a company with a globally disastrous reputation for environmental destruction along with a dubious financial status woo an Australian Prime Minister, a State Premier and a handful of regional mayors to back a project to build Australia’s largest coalmine and the world’s largest coal terminal only kilometres from the Great Barrier Reef?
Investigative journalist, former academic and author, Simpson’s personal story reveals the truth behind the Adani controversy. Doorknocking at Adani’s Indian HQ to hand over a petition from the Australian Conservation Foundation signed by Australia’s most prominent citizens; she also lobbied politicians in Parliament House in Canberra, questioning their motives that ensured the mine was approved. Simpson investigates the power of the social movement Stop Adani which has captured the national imagination, proving that while Adani might have gained the political will to build the mine, it has never gained the social will of the people.
Adani: Following Its Dirty Footsteps documents the inconceivable story of how Australian governments abrogated their responsibilities to protect this world heritage icon; bypassing environmental safeguards, thereby irrevocably damaging Australia’s reputation as environmental steward of some of the world’s most valuable natural assets. This book lays bare the pecuniary interests of Australia’s leaders – serving a country which is the largest exporter of coal – and how money rules over protecting the environment.
About the Author
Dr Lindsay Simpson was an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald from 1983 to 1995. She is the author and co-author of ten books, many in the true crime genre. In 2007, she was awarded the Crime Writer’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to that genre. Her most recent book, published in 2014, Where is Daniel? was about the disappearance and murder of 13-year old Daniel Morcombe, documenting Australia’s largest manhunt which spanned a decade. Simpson’s first book, co-authored with Sandra Harvey, Brothers in Arms was made into a six-part mini-series entitled Bikie Wars (released in 2012). Read more about Lindsay here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsay_Simpson