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Catalyst : The Power of the Media and the Public to Make Change - King Madonna

Catalyst

The Power of the Media and the Public to Make Change

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In a world of big government and big business, individuals can still make a difference – especially when their fight sparks the media’s interest and the survival instincts of politicians.In this compelling book, eleven stories from across Australia show how one person can be a catalyst for change. A Victorian mother overturns a law preventing her family receiving compensation for her asbestos-related disease. A South Australian grandmother campaigns for tougher break-and-enter laws after a spate of home invasions. A Queensland father inspires new legislation for victims of crime. These accounts chronicle individual’s triumphs against outdated state legislation. For this powerful and engaging analysis, radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist Madonna King has interviewed more than 130 people – from state premiers and attorneys-general to Supreme Court judges and lawyers, from journalists and criminals to academics and social workers. But it is the brave and often untold stories of ordinary Australians that have inspired this book.

What, value a life?p. 1
When is being drunk an excuse?p. 20
Who listens to Grandma?p. 38
What about the victims?p. 56
Does ignorance excuse murder?p. 75
When does life really begin?p. 90
Who cares for the children?p. 108
Is gang rape as bad as murder?p. 127
When should a prisoner be freed?p. 143
Who's covering up here?p. 161
Is mandatory jail the answer?p. 176
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ISBN: 9780702235078
ISBN-10: 0702235075
Series: b
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 16th September 2005
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.5  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1