Linda Jane

Linda Jane became the person whose mother tried to kill herself when she was twelve years old. Just before she became that person she was hurrying home through the cold shadows of a winter twilight. Little bits of calm licked at the bilious residue of her weekly piano lesson. Like many females of a similar… More Linda Jane

The Skoda

The family was just the right size for a car, because a car has both front and back seats, and this family had two grown-ups and two children. It meant everyone had their own window. With mother and father, Val and Verdun, always in the front seat, daughters, Susan and Peg, would peer out at… More The Skoda

Chapter One

Time to give you another chapter. This is the chapter that starts my fantasy book. ( Well that’s the plan at the moment. As any writer will tell you, things change.) It all begins. CHAPTER ONE The Kand As she ran she grew her wings. It was not easy. First the major bones and muscle,… More Chapter One

How To Kill Rabbits

Billy lifted her chin into the rush of dry hot air coming from the moonlit bush, her body quivering with the rackety tappets of the old Dodge’s engine. Reeling and swirling through the night she rode the ute’s running board, half limpet, half hunter. The deadeye of her spotlight calmly probed the bush and rocky… More How To Kill Rabbits

Teachers teaching out of the field of their qualification is a growing problem in Australian schools

We are aware it goes on, but few of us know when it is happening to our own children – teachers teaching out of their field of qualification.  It is definitely happening in a maths classroom in a school near you. It is  Australian schooling’s dirty little secret Linda Hobbs from Deakin University knows all… More Teachers teaching out of the field of their qualification is a growing problem in Australian schools

O’Farrell, great supporter of the Gonski reforms, will be sadly missed

Over many years I have had personal connections with Barry O’Farrell in my role as a commentator on schooling. He has always supported public schools (sent his children to them) and has always been an upfront and honest politician when dealing with me. I have steadfastly admired him for that. I am very sorry to… More O’Farrell, great supporter of the Gonski reforms, will be sadly missed