The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. ~John E. E. Dalberg, Lord Acton, The History of Freedom in Antiquity, .
These spiced biscuits are scrumptiously moreish! And so easy to make.
There is light at the end of the tunnel - but how long is the tunnel? The Equal Opportunity News informs us that Anne Burgess, who is the Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunities has said: "On this the International Day of People With a Disability on Dec 2nd, I want to applaud some giant steps,
Following the success of the previous Design Exchange Markets it has quickly developed a reputation as a market not to be missed. The Design Exchange is a designer market held three times a year, bringing together emerging designers and contemporary artists from all over Victoria.
On the 157th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, Melissa Watts explores the current state of freedom of speech in Australia. Prompted by a local event with guest speaker Professor Spencer Zifcak, Melissa asks if free speech is being eroded or are we just spoilt?
Every baker worth their salt has a secret recipe or two. I'm more than happy to share the secret of my Christmas Pies - they are just too delicious to keep to myself!
Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo of Wind & Sky Productions are gladly on the frontier of the communications transformation that is being unleashed and which allows true journalistic principles to be put into action. They are storytellers of positive stories, of sustainability, social and environme
A discussion of the mixed emotions surrounding Christmas and a personal account of dealing with loss at that time of year.
Out of a gate a man emerges, another appears behind him, watching him almost like a pet dog about to be left behind. The first man looks untidy, disheveled and wearing an old shirt. He wears nothing else other than a pair of thongs.
If the Ballarat City Council actually adopted universal access to the letter of the law, how would it effect our lives?
Words are important. They create a story in our mind's eye. Thats why it's important for the correct terminology to be used in relation to people with disabilities.
The Federal Government will be withholding payments to parents who do not vaccinate next year. Good, right? How informed are you about this medical proceedure that all children are expected to undergo?
I set out for an adventure on my borrowed stunt-bike one gorgeous, sunshiney day and rode (no-handed) to the bright orange building that is Ballarat's Aboriginal Culture Centre - and found it closed. I then cycled to the University's Sturt St campus and attempted to enter their Aboriginal Education
An extraordinary story about a sex worker and her clients with disability. Nominated for the prestigious Walkley Award for Excellence in Documentary 2011.
The perfect Christmas gift - teeny tiny bottles of homemade lemon cordial infused with mint and ginger. Delightful!
A trail of open art studios for visitors to meander along, much like a visit to a winery district, but sampling visual delights. Another alternative for artists to formal galleries, applying for grants, writing applications, and paying both hire costs and hefty commissions to get their work shown. T
Robyn Perham brings another interesting perspective to The Ballarat Independent. Is universal access, support for people with disabilities and non-discriminatory language about helping just a few people, political correctness and special treatment or is it simply about equality?
Year 9 student, Lydia Edwards, writes about the Triple-R Day held recently at Daylesford Secondary College as part of National Recycling Week. Recently Daylesford Secondary College had a special reduce, reuse and recycle day to celebrate National Recycling Week. The day consisted of activities focu
Shaun and Lisa tried the Thai Pavilion at its new location. See how they rated the restaurant for this week's Yum column.
An iconic Ballarat bicycle store has been revived with an added dose of caffeine.