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Sharing stories and experiences of Australians who have been through the adoption and foster care system. The stories are sometimes complex and tackle difficult issues which span over 50 plus years. From children that have been in an under resourced system to Australia's traumatic history of forced adoptions and the stolen generations. But through this darkness comes light - there are also stories of hope, courage resilience and love. My Unknown Truth is hosted by Nadia Levett who was born a ...
 
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Today I will be talking with Kate. A Gestalt and Family Constellations Psychotherapist, Shamanic Bodyworker, Yoga Teacher, Sacred Ceremony Facilitator and has an online learning academy called, The Black Cockatoo School. Gestalt is a non-pathologizing and humanistic modality that pays regard to a person in their wider field. It utilises the body in…
 
Today in episode 11, I will be interviewing Marcus for a Q&A session about his role as team leader for a permanency support program in NSW. Marcus has been working in the social welfare sector for over 12 years and is currently working with the most vulnerable children in out of home care (Oohc). Lets get into it!…
 
Today I speak with Sarah, the Founder of care bags and Chair of the Care Bags - because children in care matter committee. Sarah is a mum of two and been a social worker for over 15 years. Throughout her career, She has seen first-hand the impact of children entering foster care and has always wanted to do something tangible to make this challengin…
 
In this episode I sit down with Felicity Graham, a 19-year old advocate for children and carers in the foster care system in South Australia. She is an author of the book titled 'Not Held Down' that she wrote at 15, sharing her perspective and experiences of growing up in state care. Felicity sheds some light on what the foster care system is reall…
 
Today I'm speaking with Dara Read, a lawyer and writer. Dara has worked as a lawyer for children and adults in NSW and the Northern Territory. She has also worked as a policy advisor to the NSW Government, including as a Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Attorney General of NSW and Minister for Family and Community Services. Dara's written a childr…
 
Today you will listen to Miguels journey as an adoptive father. Born in South America he then travelled to Australia where he and his wife settled and were ready to start a family. He talks about the comprehensive process of the adoption application, first meetings and visits, the transition period and key indicators in building attachment and deve…
 
Kat wrote her adoption story in 2020 and shares it with us in this episode. Born in August, 1971, her story begins from age 2 and a half in 1973. Kat incredibly accesses some of her earliest memories, recalling a series of significant events, experiences and emotions that extend into her teenage years and adult life. The world she grew up in was a …
 
In todays episode I speak with Andrea who is a foster care mother to four children. She talks openly and honestly about her experiences in the foster care program over 10 years. We look closely at her story with their eldest boy that she and husband Paul have cared for since 16 months old. It is a rollercoaster of challenges and emotions and the sp…
 
In todays episode we speak to Matt Young, who, with his partner Peter, adopted 2 young boys. We speak about the hurdles they faced along the way to being the first male same-sex couple in NSW to adopt their non-biological children, and to have that reflected on their children's birth certificates.By Nadia Levett
 
Kate Grealy discusses the role of the label "radical" in Indonesia's current political climate.This episode is based on a conference paper Kate recently presented, called Hardliners, Moderates and the Politics of Islam in Indonesia.Terrorism prevention efforts in Indonesia have long had a strong focus on ideological expressions of extremism within …
 
For this episode, Kate Grealy shares a presentation she recently gave to the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne in November 2018.Kate's talk provided an overview about how countering violent extremism (CVE) policies have been incorporated into international development, focusing on global approaches that hav…
 
For this episode, David Schaefer returns to talk to Andrew Zammit about the academic field of intelligence studies. David also discusses a new article of his on the potential impact of new technology on intelligence cooperation in outer space and the future of Pine Gap, the joint US-Australian satellite facility.David Schaefer is currently a PhD Ca…
 
In this episode, Andrew talks to David Schaefer about developments in space technology and how they are changing long-held assumptions about the military alliance between Australia and the United States.David Schaefer is currently a PhD Candidate at King's College London. When this episode was recorded in September 2017, David was based at the Univ…
 
In this episode, Andrew continues his conversation with Levi West about terrorism in Australia.Levi West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University.This is the second episode in a two-part series. The first half covered terrorism in Australia from the 1960s up until 2013. This second half covers the impact of the Syrian civil …
 
In this episode, Andrew talks with Levi West about terrorism in Australia.Levi West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University.This is the first episode for 2017, and has a different format to earlier episodes. Instead of a straight Q & A interview, we've gone for a more conversational format, with the host and guest both cont…
 
For this episode, Andrew spoke to Vidhya Ramalingam and Ross Frenett about countering violent extremism (CVE), which refers to non-coercive efforts to help prevent involvement in terrorism.Ross and Vidhya previously worked for organisations such as the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Google Ideas. They recently founded their their own organisa…
 
For this episode, Kate interviewed Zabi Mazoori, who coordinates the Afghanistan project for Physicians for Human Rights' International Forensic Program.In 2001, he fled persecution by the Taliban and sought asylum in Australia. He returned to Afghanistan to pursue human rights work in 2008.Zabi Mazoori spent two years working at the Afghanistan In…
 
In this episode, Kate spoke with Umar Werfete. Umar is a lecturer and a head of research at the State Islamic University of Jayapura in Papua, Indonesia.He also researches religious issues in Papua in his position within the Division for Research and Development, Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) Papua and is responsible for peace education initiat…
 
For this episode, Andrew interviewed Major Mick Cook from the Australian Army. In recent years the Army has withdrawn from deployments in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands (but been sent back to Iraq). Its soldiers are having to learn lessons from past conflicts and prepare for whatever future conflicts they may end up in.But unlike …
 
For this episode Kate interviewed Firly Annisa, an activist and lecturer in Media and Communication at Muhammadiyah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Firly is also involved with the NGO Rumah Sinema (Cinema House) where she promotes media literacy amongst young people.We spoke about issues around the portrayal of women in Indonesian media and ad…
 
For this episode, Andrew interviewed former GCHQ employee David Wells about counter-terrorism.GCHQ is the UK government's signals intelligence agency, similar to the United States National Security Agency (NSA) or the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). The interview discusses the nature of signals intelligence and its current role in counter-ter…
 
In this episode Kate interviewed Trish Cameron, Legal Aid Coordinator at Suaka, an Indonesia-based network that works for refugee rights protection in the country.While global focus has been on the refugee crisis in Europe, it is important to remember that Indonesia and Asia Pacific region are also affected .Although Indonesia allows asylums seeker…
 
For this episode, Andrew spoke to Noor Huda Ismail, an Indonesian author, film-maker, activist, and PhD candidate.Huda set up several non-government rehabilitation programs for terrorists released from jail in Indonesia, to help prevent them from becoming involved in violent extremism again. He's now based in Australia, studying the involvement of …
 
In this episode, Kate spoke with Shakira Hussein, a researcher at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute and author of the recently released book From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11.We discussed her new book’s main theme - the transformation of Muslim women in the public eye since 9/11, from being helpless victims awaiting rescu…
 
For the first episode of Sub Rosa, Andrew spoke with Jaz Dawson, a director of the Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation.We discussed an aspect of refugee policy that doesn’t get much media attention: the experiences of asylum seekers trying to escape persecution for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.The episode covers …
 
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