Leslie Cannold: Writer, Commentator, Ethicist, Researcher
IN THE MEDIA

Was the Ancient Persian Queen Vashti the 1st Feminist?

Join Leslie and a range of Jewish writers and feminist academics interviewed by the wonderful Hannah Reich on what Queen Vashti’s story reveals about how women are written in and out of history and how we we can make best use of the power and choices we have.

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What if Men Got Pregnant - Leslie Live in Denmark at #WD2016

If men got pregnant, would abortion be a sacrament? Spend 9 minutes with Leslie and find out.

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Abortion is still "technically illegal" in New South Wales

Back in 1900, a group of politicians sat down and drafted up a set of laws to govern the Australian state of New South Wales. One can only assume they were wearing wigs. And there were, of course, things they decided weren’t acceptable in polite, turn-of-the-century society. Probably a lot of stuff about stealing another man’s horse.

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Leslie's Tedx Talk Passes 30,000 views

As Leslie’s Tedx Talk on abortion stigma nears 30,000 views and has been featured on Speakola, and in the run-up to her 6 minutes on stage in Copenhagen at the Global Women Deliver conference, she provides the transcript and the link to the video here.

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Leslie and Professor Peter Singer on ABC Radio's Nightlife

In the wake of The School of Life Melbourne and the NGV’s sold out conversation between Professor Peter Singer and Leslie, the two appear on the ABC to discuss Effective Altruism.

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Egg Freezing - Workplace Revolution or Throwing up the White Flag?

In the wake of Apple and Facebook’s decision to fund egg-freezing for female employees, Leslie urges men to pursue active fatherhood and help women catalyse the workplace revolution we have to have.

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Leslie talks vaccination, reality and Rolf Harris on ABC TV Moral Compass

Geraldine Doogue debates the hot-button moral, ethical and religious controversies of our day in this smart and entertaining Compass series. Joined by a panel of experts they’ll work out which way their moral compass is pointing on the controversies and dilemmas of our time – big and small – through the prism of faith and ethics.

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Leslie Talks to ABC 720 Perth about Assisted Suicide

An older man with cancer kicked off a nation-wide debate in Perth about the right to die. Presenter Geoff Huchison followed up with Leslie the next day and the story of Lynda, whose young daughter struggles with bi-polar and also wants the freedom to access medical assistance to end her life.

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Leslie on the BBB Executives who turned a blind eye to Saville

Leslie speaks to ABC NSW Statewide Drive’s Chris Coleman on BBC Executives turning a blind eye to Saville.

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Leslie, Paul Sheehan & Cassandra Wilkenson on ABC TV's The Drum

On this first episode back after the 2013-2014 holiday period, Leslie, Paul and Cassandra talk about alcohol-fuelled violence; another major security breach leaves American shoppers exposed and Christian conservative Senator Cory Bernardi’s book.

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Leslie on Gene Science: Society Must Regulate What Happens in Lab

Bioethicists have raised the red flag over an American patent for a method that could allow people to choose genetic traits like eye colour in children sired from donor eggs or sperm.

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We will be able to reverse the ageing process, but should we?

It’s only a matter of time before we can reverse the ageing process. Question is – should we?Leslie talks to ABC Victoria about scientific boons and quandaries at 8:50am.

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Leslie Co-hosts Conversation Hour with Jon Faine

Leslie helps Jon interview author and columnist Peter Fitzsimmons and utterly delightful Jordan Lang.

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Sunday Extra with Leslie, Chris Berg & Alistair Sinclair

Damien Carrick sits in for Jon Green to discuss Green Pollie Adam Bandt’s Tweet and when it’s OK to talk about Climate Change and Bob Carr’s not-so-surprising resignation

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Leslie tells SBS online: 23andMe Patent Huge Worry

Leslie talks to SBS Journalist Chiara Pizzano about the coming dystopia of “designer babies.”

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Women, Leadership & Gillard's "Murderous Rage"

Leslie chats with Join Leslie as she talks to Joseph Thomsen on ABC North East about the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and team-building approaches to supporting women to gain the support they need to be effective and inspirational.

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Leslie Guest-Tweets Lateline

Leslie is a regular Guest-Tweeter on one of ABC TV’s flagship news programs – Lateline.

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Leslie speaks on Future Politicians Segment of SYN FM

Leslie speaks to Broede on SYN, a youth-run media org that provides training & broadcast opportunities for young people.

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Paid Leave for Organ Donation Needs Monitoring

One of Australia’s leading medical ethicists says the Federal Government’s trial program of paid leave for organ donation will need to be carefully monitored.

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Should medical abortion be subsidised on the PBS - Leslie on ABC Radio

Leslie spoke to 3 ABC Radio at 9:05 and The Drive Show with Raphael Epstein at 3:05 about the expected recommendation by PBAC that the Government place medical abortion drugs on the PBS for public subsidy

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Sexist Men & 30 per cent

Check out an excerpt in Crikey from Leslie’s contribution to to Destroying the Joint, edited by Jayne Caro and published by QUP.

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When 17 yr old's refuse life-saving treatment - Leslie talks to Mamamia

A 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness – known only as ‘X’ – is being forced to have a blood transfusion, after the NSW Supreme Court ruled that the teenager must undergo the potentially lifesaving procedure.

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Abortion Law Reform in Tassie - Leslie on Triple J Hack

Leslie talks to Triple J about Tasmania’s flawed attempt to decriminalise abortion and the admirable effort of Labor Health Minister Michelle Byrne to pass the first law reform bill that provides a harassment-free exclusion zone around clinics.

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The "Droolia" Dog Toy: Sexist Attack on PM Gillard or Just A Laugh?

In the wake of Leslie’s contribution to this Daily Telegraph piece on the Droolia toy, Leslie spoke to several 2UE presenters throughout the day – among them Sara and Dicko on the morning show, on the double-bind faced by women leaders across the globe.

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Topless Bars - Should there be a law?

Catch my chat on 2ser on whether topless bars really do attract tradesmen and whether – and how much – the oppress women.

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Leslie joins PM Julia Gillard on list of Melbourne's Most Influential Women

As the world acknowledges the triumphs and tribulations of women on International Women’s Day 2013 this Friday, Alana Schetzer shines the spotlight on Melbourne’s most influential females

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"Is it right to Judge?" Friday Talkback on ABC RN Life Matters

Join Leslie, Michael Jenson and academic Patrick Stokes on ABC RN’s Life Matters Friday talk-back with the sparkling Natasha Mitchell to look at the rights and wrongs of judging others, and why being judged – but not judging – tends to hurt.

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Catholic Hospitals Put Human Rights Push at Risk

CATHOLIC hospitals fear patients will use new anti-discrimination laws to demand abortions, vasectomies and IVF treatments now banned for religious reasons.

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Making the Wrong Moves on the Rights of the Unborn

Leslie quoted in Punch piece on relentless pursuit of fetal manslaughter laws by anti-choice Oz pollies

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Leslie Warns Against Commericial Surrogacy

Australia should legalise commercial surrogacy to stop the exploitation of poor women and protect the legal status of children caught up in the booming overseas surrogacy trade, according to the Chief Federal Court Magistrate.

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How Sexist is Australian Politics? Melanie Tait & Leslie discuss on ABC Overnights

This week Federal Parliament erupted with claims and counter claims of misogyny and sexism after Prime Minsiter Julia Gillard’s speech on the subject. As Gillard’s slap-down the misogyny speech went global, Melanie Tait spoke to Dr Leslie Cannold, a bioethicist and Senior Lecturer at the Monash Institute of Health Services Research and an author and columnist about what it all means.

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Leslie's Courageous & Inspiring TEDx Video Goes Live

“I had an abortion, or maybe I didn’t”. In this challenging talk, given to a sold-out audience at Tedx Canberra on 8 September 2012 , Leslie takes us on a 360 around shame. She asks us to question our most deeply held assumptions and prejudices about one of the world’s safest and most common medical procedures.

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Leslie on Weekend Sunrise with Rev Bill Crews & Marion Maddox

On the day after violent protests in Sydney over the Innocence of Muslim videos, Leslie & other moderates talk about the limited popular support enjoyed by the Australian Christian Lobby, and the importance of acting to protect the secular state.

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Hoopla Splashes with the "Let's End the Stigma" Flashmob 2012 Campaign

Leslie explains what the registration of RU486 means, and invites those in Melbourne to join the “Let’s End the Stigma" Flashmob.

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A mature debate is OK - Leslie quoted on the Second Sexism

DAVID Benatar knew what was coming. In the preface to his new book The Second Sexism, the South African professor attempted to get in first. ‘'It is worth pre-empting the joke that a book about discrimination against males must be a very short book,’‘ he wrote.

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Why you need to know what you don't know to write well

In the lead-up to the Mudgee Writer’s Festival, Leslie chats to Dugald Saunders on why you need to know what you don’t know to write well.

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The Answer to Pay Equity - Cross Dressing!

Leslie in Jenna Price’s wicked column on the Pie Problem

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Young Women Shocked by Chivalry? - Leslie explains why

Is chivalry so foreign to Gen-Y women that they can’t recognise it when they see it? Apparently so.

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Leslie joins IPA's Patterson & and Mumble's Brent on ABC TV's The Drum

In this segment, Leslie and Peter question the Institute of Public Affair’s Patterson’s view that the society = the economy, and that what’s good for business is what’s good for society.

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Leslie, Aly & Wright Feature as Celebrity Academics

Celebrity academics – on the rise or the wane? And is that term fair, or is a better one public intellectual? Clare Wright, Walid Aly and Leslie feature in The Age’s feature piece by author and freelance journo Liz Porter.

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Crikey! Leslie on Media Ethics in Slipper-Ashby case

Slipper, the staffer and the journalist: how close is too close?

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Fairfax Covers's Leslie's Speech at The Celebration of Reason

JERRY deWitt ‘'came out’‘ a few months ago. It cost him his job, and nearly his house, but he could not be happier because he feels he has regained his integrity.

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Leslie on Weekend Sunrise talking ethics of IVF & Sex-selection

Britain’s trailblazing gay dads make their desire of for child number six to be female – and their intention to use IVF/PGD to achieve it – public. In this segment on Weekend Sunrise, Leslie raises concerns about the consumerist frivolity of sex selection, until equality of access has been won for less well-off, single and gay couples to IVF/PGD to do what is was created for – help infertile couples have kids and avoid the birth of children with hereditary health problems.

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Leslie has tea with Libbi Gorr on ABC Radio 774

On Easter Sunday Libbi and Leslie chat about Dads, the Craig Thomson affair and drug decriminalisation.

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Leslie on the 7:30 Report talking fetal birth certificates

In a cynical move, anti-choice party Family First in SA is backing one woman’s quest to amend a law in ways that could have negative repercussions for every South Australian women’s right to choose.

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Leslie's ideas on Democratic Decline feature on ABC TV's The Drum

Leslie joins fellow guests and former Liberal and Labor politicians Bruce Baird and John Della Bosca with Steve Cannane on ABC TV News 24’s The Drum.

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Leslie gets shout in Sydney Morning Herald piece on The King's Tribune

They said it couldn’t be done, but Jane and Jazzy are doing it – making a new Australian magazine sing and fly. Leslie gets a shout in a well-deserved piece on the surprising success of *The King’s Tribune *

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Philosopher Damon Young Agrees with Leslie that Gender Equity Matters

In the wake of Leslie’s controversial article on the unacceptable concessions made to the religious of women’s rights, Philosopher Damon Young concurs with Leslie’s views that gender rights must prevail

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Melinda Tankard Reist Sues (#MTRsues) A Hot Hashtag on Twitter

Leslie was oft-quoted in the news media when academic and blogger Jennifer Wilson made public a threat by conservative Christian activist Melinda Tankard Reist to sue her for defamation.

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Leslie Notes the Gender Inequity of the Tourism Australia Beauty Contest

A beauty pageant pitched as a tourism promotion has been described as an inappropriate way of selling our country.

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Crikey's Charles Richardson's Election Shout for Leslie

In his wrap of the 2010 Victorian state election, Richardson cites Leslie in his look at Baillieu’s future

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Leslie joins Chaser's Dom Knight and John Barron on The Drum

In this episode, John Barron speaks to former Liberal adviser Richard Muller, The Chaser’s Dom Knight, novelist/ethicist Dr Leslie Cannold, as well as the author of An Unwinnable War, SBS correspondent Karen Middleton.

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A "Radical" Look at Female Power

The Hume Weekly covers Leslie’s upcoming talk for the Hume City Council.

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Leslie's Big Ideas on Abortion Law Reform and Unregulated Conscientious Objection

Watch Leslie’s Pamela Denoon Lecture at ANU, recorded by ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas

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How Women Stood up for Themselves and Changed the Law of Abortion

Watch a good yarn about what Leslie and other activist, providers, medicos, the media and politicians of all persuasions did to remove abortion from the Victorian Crimes Act in 2008, and learn what you can do to reform the law of abortion in your state or country.

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Leslie Talks Women and Media Ethics at Byron Bay

If you missed the festival, listen to Leslie discuss

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Lip Mag gives Book of Rachael a "strong woman" shout

Most readers could name a book that changed their life. For many women, it will be a book that got them thinking about the kind of woman they wanted to be, and they probably read it during a time of major change in their life. These are the books that are more influence than entertainment.

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NZ Herald on Sunday cheers The Book of Rachael

The Book of Rachael By Leslie Cannold (Text NZ$40)

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Gender-Bending on 774 Melbourne with Alan Brough

The role of masculinity today, can it stretch beyond loving the car and drinking beer? Can you be a home father and a ‘masculine’ provider? Damon Young starts off the conversation, which adds Leslie in at the point where Alan tells the story of a woman at his gym who has recently become a man and a number of people are uncomfortable with him going into the men’s changing area because he doesn’t have a penis but he identifies as a man.

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The Opinionator Rides Again - Leslie returns to Vizzard Show on MTR

Leslie takes to the air again with Vizard fill-in Luke Grant to talk about News of the World and the facebook beat-up about hijabs

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Leslie Co-Hosts The Conversation Hour with Raphael Epstein

Rafael Epstein was in the hot seat today, filling in for Jon Faine, and he was ably assisted by co-host Dr Leslie Cannold, ethicist, author of The Book of Rachael and columnist.

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Leslie discusses The Myth of the Lying Victim with Louise Maher

The real fall-out from the Dominique Strauss- Kahn affair won’t be known until the matter is resolved in court.

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Perilous Adventure a fan of The Book of Rachael

Historical fiction is a curious genre. In some sense, the pleasures of reading historical fiction are similar to those we gain from reading fiction set in exotic landscapes. The thrill of seeing men and women living lives in such different circumstances to our own. At times, historical fiction can become a kind of decorative art: more concerned with the mise en scene of bodices and buckram than the exploration of characters and lives, either fictional or non-fictional. Not all historical fiction is alike: some works use history as a backdrop, inventing characters and stories, like the hugely successful historical works of Sarah Waters (Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet). Others take historical figures as a leaping off point, imagining into the gaps in the record, such as Geraldine Brooks (Year of Wonders, Caleb’s Crossing), or A S Byatt, whose The Children’s Book is something of a reimagining of the life of children’s author Edith Nesbitt. Still others seek to place more or less well-known historical figures at the centre of their stories, humanising and particularising their lives while aiming to stick, more or less, to the facts. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, for example, or Philipa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl.

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Leslie Wins an EVA for Reporting on Rape

The EVAs’s reward reporters who report responsibly on violence against women. In 2011, Leslie won the EVA for Best Opinion for her piece “There are many reasons women don’t report rape” on the media coverage of sexual violence by elite athletes in the AFL and her own experience of sexual assault.

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Leslie on Catholic Hospitals refusing contraceptive advice to cancer trial participants

Doctors at Newcastle’s Calvary Mater Hospital recruiting patients into clinical trials involving a drug derived from thalidomide, a drug known to cause serious birth defects, have been prevented from giving patients information about contraception.

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The Joy of Conversing with Richard Fidler

He’s perhaps the nicest man on radio, and Leslie had the pleasure of chatting to him for an hour about The Book of Rachael and all other manner of things

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The Best Episode of 2011 of Australia's Top Rated Show Q & A

The panel at the Sydney Writer’s Festival on Q & A – one of Australia' top-rated shows – was widely seen as the best of 2011. Leslie in her role as author of The Book of Rachael joined Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Hours; Brendan Cowell, writer and actor Howard Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and Pornland Author Gail Dines for a feisty and enthralling episode covering everything from pornography and sex to Israel and the power of words

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Book of Rachael Compared to Red Tent & Year of Wonders

Mamamia reviews The Book of Rachael. And the verdict is well good.

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Verity La Unearths The Hidden Books

Alec Patric interviews Leslie for this gem of a literary blog

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The Truth about Random Acts of Corporate Kindness

Leslie tells The Age that the profit motive is behind random acts of corporate kindness

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Leslie is there as #Osamadead story unfolds on Twitter

Read how the story of Osama bin Laden’s death unfolded on social media and the small role Leslie had in it

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She was a Q & A Tweet Screen Star

Q&A attracts up to 20,000 tweets an episode, more than ABC staff can read.

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The Weekly Review on The Book of Rachael

Leslie Cannold was perplexed. Among all the documents, internet sites and books she read about the life of Jesus, there was no mention of his sisters. Even the New Testament gospels proved unhelpful.

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Leslie talks to Father Bob and John Safran

Listen to actors Kasia Kaczmarek and Zahra Newman, discussing ethnic casting in Australian theatre and to Father Bob talking to Leslie & raving about The Book of Rachael. Chat with Leslie starts at 57 minutes 20 seconds in.

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Melbourne Weekly Profile on Leslie & The Good Book

AS a social commentator (among the many other caps she wears), Leslie Cannold doesn’t shy away from controversy – she welcomes it. So it’s no surprise that her first novel, The Book of Rachael, is about the women of Nazareth – in particular, the sister of Jesus. Spend five minutes with Cannold, best known as an outspoken commentator on women’s reproductive rights, and it becomes clear that her passion for giving a voice to worthwhile causes extends to those who lived 2000 years ago, a time when she says women ‘‘were treated like animals’’.

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Leslie made 2011 Australian Humanist of the Year

In selecting Leslie Cannold for this year’s award, The Council of Australian Humanist Societies are expressing their admiration for Leslie’s forthright views on such controversial issues as advocacy of abortion rights for women, family planning and access to assisted reproductive technologies.

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Leslie's Acceptance Speech for Humanist of the Year Award

The Age’s Michael Bachelard covers Leslie’s acceptance of Humanist of the Year Award.

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Leslie talks to Stu in China about Rachael

Leslie talks to China-based Stu about Rachael The line sounds like an intestine but a great chat nonetheless.

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Age Review - The Gospel According to the Long-Lost Sister

The writers who come to mind are David Maine and Frederick Buechner as well as the New Zealander, C.K. Stead, whose find book My name was Judas moves in territory close to that of Leslie Cannold. This kind of creativity is precisely what sacred texts invite…

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Leslie Co-hosts Jon Faine's Conversation Hour

Tune in to hear Jon, Leslie, Andrew Fowler, the author of The Most Dangerous Man in the World and Stephanie Alexander talking about a new grant for the kitchen gardens.

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CityKat Talks about Abortion and Gives Leslie a Nod

Sigh. Somebody give me a martini and a room full of drunken celebrities and then we’ll see whose ‘private’ lifestyle choices are actually worth reporting.

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I'm Supporting the Hotels with Heart campaign - are you?

Leslie joins hotel workers to celebrate their win against unfair working conditions at the Hilton. Next stop, the rest of the hotel industry in Melbourne. But the workers can’t win without you.

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Sydney Writer's Centre asks Leslie to Advise Developing Writers

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript of an extended interview that offers developing writers tips on getting published

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Vogue's Required Reading Includes Rachael (and that bad boy Judah Iscariot)

What if Jesus of Nazareth had a sister? And what is she were a bright girl forced by virtue of her gender into a life of servitude? And what if she hooked up with the wrong bloke? Many years ago Leslie Cannold a watched a BBC documentary about Jesus which arguee that he may have had a sister (and not a brother called Brian). The Book of Rachael (Text Publishing, $32.95) took seven years to write and imagines that Rachael siter of “Joshua of Nazareth” falls in love with bad boy “Judah of Iscariot”.

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Life Matters Interview on The Book of Rachael

Whether you’re religious or not, the life and times of Jesus Christ is a fascinating subject

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Lithograph in The King's Tribune

Circular Quay on a sunny autumn day is a thing of great beauty. The harbour ripples diamond azure like a silken sheet, framed by icons at every angle. For all the cheesy postcards, the clichés and fatigued promotional footage, on the right day and with the right brain it is hard to imagine there is anywhere on Earth more sublime. Add to that a great big fuck-off platter of fresh seafood and the presence of an utterly enchanting media celebrity ethicist and your humble scribe is elevated to a plane of nirvana that losers like the Dalai Lama will never reach.

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ANZ LitLovers Compares The Book of Rachael to Atwood's Handmaid's Tale

This is, unquestionably, the best book I’ve read in ages. As you, my readers, know, I’ve read a lot of terrific books lately, but The Book of Rachael is splendid.

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What If Jesus Had a Sister? - Sunday Herald Sun Review

Rachael of Nazareth is an extraordinary young woman. She is brave, independent and strong and lives in the world of 30AD.

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MTR Radio - They Don't Hire Women But They Interview Them

Leslie talks to MTR’s Steve Vizzard at 10:30 about *The Book of Rachael *

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ABC Darwin - The Guestroom

Leslie chats to Kate O'Toole about life, the universe and The Writing of The Book of Rachael

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The Courier Mail Reviews The Book of Rachael

Novelist and Adair Jones commends Leslie for “creating a rich fictional world in which her characters search for justice, love, and the way to forgiveness.”

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Live on 3ZZZ with Michael Zylberman

Leslie chats with Michael Zylberman about Atheism, Secularism and The Book of Rachael

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Resurrecting the Lost Sister - Profile in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Novelist & journalist Jane Sullivan goes looking for the author The Book of Rachael

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Panorama Reviews Book of Rachael

The Canberra Times magazine reviews The Book of Rachael.

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Some Hard Questions from Readings about The Book of Rachael

Leslie Cannold, author of the critically acclaimed The Abortion Myth (2000) and What, No Baby? (2005), talks to Readings Monthly editorial assistant Phoebe Bond about her third book, and first work of fiction, The Book of Rachael. (Text, PB, $32.95, Ebook $19.95)

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Eloise Keating's 5 Questions for Leslie about The Book of Rachael

Bookseller + Publisher’s intrepid reporter asks Leslie about the novel that imagines the life of Jesus’ youngest sister

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Four stars for Book of Rachael from Oz Booksellers + Publishers

Hard to score, even harder to score well, the March edition of the influential Australian Booksellers + Publishers gives The Book of Rachael four stars

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Book of Rachael Goes on Sale

Seven years in the making, The Book of Rachael went on sale today across the nation

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Readings Give Book of Rachael a Big Thumbs Up

The Book of Rachael is “Essentially a love story about courageous people. It is fastpaced and the narrative is superb.”

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Leslie One of a New Generation of Australian Public Intellectuals

They’re rare in Australia, but former minister and Victoria University inaugural vice-chancellor’s fellow Lindsay Tanner names Leslie as one of the new generation of Australian public intellectuals.

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Leslie’s Twitter Contribution to #DikiLeaks Scandal Noted by Sheenal Singh

A 17 year old girl posts nude photos of St Kilda Saints players, and Twitter – including @LeslieCannold – ask the hard questions.

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ADF Facebook Racism Scandal - Leslie talks to 7News

Despite all their training, ADF soldiers old enough to know better have posted racist and insensitive comments on footage of them in Afghanistan.

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Rave Review of Book of Rachael from The Bookshow

The Book of Rachael “captures the imagination”

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Leslie's Q & A Tweets "Intelligent Missives"

Or so says The Big Issue. Check out their cover story on The Twitter Revolution

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Memo Mr Baillieu: You're Not in Favour of Discrimination

In a piece in The Sunday Age, journalist Melissa Fyfe wonders whether conservatives or “archetypal left-wing” feminists like Leslie have much to celebrate in the early months of Victorian Premier Ted Ballieu’s reign

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Shout from ABC Media Watch (the good kind)

Leslie breaths a sign of relief as her first appearance on Media Watch is for no more serious infraction than a mild case of bleeding heart. For details, you have to download the 21 February 2011 episode.

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Pre-Publication Review of Book of Rachael Just In …

… and it’s good! From Heather, at Fairfield books on Station.

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Good Review of the Australian Book of Atheism in the Oz

Check out the review, and the book, to which Leslie has contributed a chapter

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New Zealanders Eagerly Anticipating The Book of Rachael

The Sunday Star Times spruiks The Book of Rachael as one that “will intrigue those who enjoy a mix of speculation and spirituality.”

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Peter Carey & Leslie Cannold Among Draw Cards for Bellingen Writers Festival

Peter Carey agrees to be patron as excitement over inaugural Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival grows.

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The Book of Rachael Eagerly Anticipated in 2011

Leslie’s first fiction work among those cited by the Sydney Morning Herald in what the paper says will be a bountiful year for book lovers.

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Leslie Part of Twitterati?

The use by the Adelaide Advertiser of this image says they think so.

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Tim Wilson Gives Leslie a Shout in The Age

He’s wrong, but that’s OK.

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Why Women Don't Report Rape on The Circle

In a week where sexual assault allegations dogged yet more AFL footy players, Leslie chats with the panel about her own experience of sexual assault and what it taught her about why women don’t always report rape

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Leslie Best Science Tweet Finalist

2010 Science Week’s Search for Australia’s Best Science Tweets

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Backhanded Compliment?

Leslie has been noted as an “immodest celebrity” for her regular Twitter appearances on Q & A.

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Leslie Nominated for Big Bang Blog & Tweet Prize

The Big Blog Theory Click here science blogging competition celebrates National Science Week 2010 by acknowledging Australian bloggers who contribute to the communication and understanding of science online. Finalists will be posted online on 9th July when public gets to vote for the winner.

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Leslie Comments on 5 Day Morning After Pill

European women have it and American women will soon. But when will Australian women get the Ella morning after pill?

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Leslie talks to Australian Doctor

Is it ever OK for a doctor to break the law to help a patient. Medical journalist John Kron talks to Leslie to find out.

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Catherine Deveny wants Leslie on air

In a broadside at the new all-too-male radio station MTR 1377, Deveny names Leslie as one of Melbourne’s many mouthy women who deserves to be on air

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Likes Heels, Hates Housework

New Matilda asks Leslie Cannold twenty questions, including what’s lurking in the back of her fridge

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The Age reviews The Global Atheist Conference

“Broadcaster Phillip Adams and Melbourne ethicist Leslie Cannold urged atheists not to be too strident or fundamentalist as it could alienate moderate believers who shared their aims for a more secular society.”

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Catherine’s Shout on Q & A

Leslie got a shout from Catherine Deveny in this segment of ABC TV’s Q&A Read the transcript or have a listen. Key moment 33 minutes in.

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Leslie made Dying with Dignity Ambassador

Ambassadors say Let’s Get on with It and call on parliament to bring the dying with dignity issue to a vote

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Leslie Interviewed by Fairfax’s Sunday Life Magazine

In the 9 August 2009 Body Issue Leslie, Federal Minister Kate Ellis, Ad man Russell Howcroft and plastic surgeon Howard Webster chat with Libby Gorr about “The Future Perfect.”

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Leslie’s Idea on Childless Make the Australian Women’s Weekly

In the July 2009 editorial, the high circulation Australian Women’s Weekly, quotes Leslie’s ideas from her book What, No Baby in its comments about their cover story exclusive on TV personality Sonia Kruger’s decision to have a baby with the help of her gay best friend and co-star, Todd McKenney.

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Centennial Warriors by Elizabeth Kehoe

In the wake of the passage of the Abortion Law Reform Bill here in Victoria late in 2008, Elizabeth Kehoe sent me this beautiful tribute.

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Ten Questions for Leslie in this week’s Australian Jewish News (AJN)

Each week, the AJN poses ten questions to someone, and this week was Leslie’s turn. Catch the interview in the Life section of the Friday 24 August 2007 edition.

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Leslie Nominated as Feminist Icon

In the wake of the deaths of feminist icons Betty Friedan and Wendy Wasserstein, Book Standard reviewer Jessa Crispin nominates Leslie, Susan Faludi and Laura Kipnes as likely successors.

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Leslie elected to the board of Family Planning Victoria

Family Planning Victoria is a specialist statewide agency with extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of human relations, sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.

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Leslie listed as one of Australia’s "most talked about brains"

Leslie has appeared in the list of 20 nominated by The Age as Australia’s celebrity – or public – intellectuals.

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Leslie nominated as one of the most influential Australians

The 100 people who voted, and who they voted for.

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Leslie Cannold’s original ideas about choice may put her odds with other feminists in the fertility debate

The Mercury Magazine reports that while Leslie has often found her ideas at odds with other Australian feminists, she has proved popular with various media outlets where she has carved a niche as a spokeswoman on issues about motherhood, ethics and abortion.

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A Woman Fighting to Help her Sisters Have it All: an encounter between Sushi Das and Leslie Cannold

The Age’s Saturday Interview focuses on the events in Leslie’s life that led her, a partnered mother of two children, to write a book about the difficulties many of her contemporaries are having finding a man who wants children, and whom they want to have children with.

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