Author Talk: Gemma Williams & Dr Naomi Kakoshcke

In partnership with the City of Mitcham

6:30 pm, Wednesday September 8th

Live event at Mitcham Memorial Library
154 Belair Road, Hawthorn SA 5062

Gemma Williams, co-author, and contributor Dr Naomi Kakoshcke speak about the new CSIRO Women’s Health and Nutrition Guide.

The newly released CSIRO Women’s Health and Nutrition Guide provides evidence-based advice on the critical role of healthy eating for overall good health and the unique health considerations for women at different life stages including teenage years, fertility, pregnancy and ageing. The book provides clear step-by-step advice to help readers form lifelong, healthy habits and a positive relationship with food, rather than focusing on weight loss and restrictive behaviors.

Come along and hear from one of the co-authors, Gemma Williams, and contributor Dr Naomi Kakoshcke about their research into women’s health and nutrition.

Book Launch: Ian Lowe

2 pm, Tuesday October 12th

Live event at Mitcham Memorial Library
154 Belair Road, Hawthorn SA 5062

Mitcham City Library and Monash University Publishing are delighted to invite you to the launch of Long Half-life: The Nuclear Industry in Australia by Ian Lowe, to be launched by Mark Parnell.

Australia has been directly involved in the nuclear industry for more than a century, but our involvement has never been comprehensively documented. Long Half-life tells the social and political history of Australia’s role, from the first discovery of radioactive ores in 1906 to contemporary contentious questions. Should the next generation of submarines be nuclear powered? Can nuclear energy help to slow global climate change? Do we need nuclear weapons for defence? Should we store radioactive waste from nuclear power stations in our region?

Long Half-life is a timely and riveting account of the political, social and scientific complexities of the nuclear industry, revealing the power of vested interests, the subjectivities of scientists and the transformative force of community passion.

‘This book is a clarion call for sanity at a time when we can finally get the nuclear monkey off our back – highly recommended.’

Peter Garrett

‘Ian Lowe brings both scientific rigour and personal depth to an issue that has generated heartache and headlines for decades. This cautionary tale is timely and important.’ 

Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation

Professor Ian Lowe AO is uniquely qualified to tell this story, following a long career in universities, research councils and advisory groups. Lowe is the author of several books, including Living in the Hothouse (Scribe, 2005), A Big Fix (Black Inc., 2005), A Voice of Reason (UQP, 2010), Bigger or Better? (UQP, 2012) and The Lucky Country? (UQP, 2016). He is also the author of a 2006 Quarterly Essay on the prospects for nuclear power in Australia, and a ‘flip book’ with Professor Barry Brook, giving the two sides of the argument.

Mark Parnell was the first Member of the Greens to be elected to the South Australian Parliament. In his 15 years in the Legislative Council, Mark was involved in many campaigns around the nuclear industry. Mark was also instrumental in keeping uranium mining out of the iconic Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Prior to Parliament, Mark worked for a number of National and State conservation organisations including TWS, ACF, the Conservation Council and 10 years as a lawyer with the Environmental Defenders Office. Mark retired from Parliament in April 2021.

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