Author Archives: Sue Rabbitt Roff

Sue Rabbitt Roff

About Sue Rabbitt Roff

Sue Rabbitt Roff grew up in Melbourne during the British testing period. Her studies of the long-term health effects on military participants in the tests have supported more than 60 successful appeals against denial of pensions in Australia, the UK and New Zealand.

Sidney Nolan’s St Kilda paintings: the ‘innocence’ of a man in his 20s with a wife and two mistresses

The Canberra Museum+Gallery is exhibiting several of Sidney Nolan’s St Kilda paintings until March 30, complete with a Children’s Trail for the nippers. But are the paintings as innocent as the stories that have built up around them – curated … Continue reading

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Wiped from history books: Menzies’ plan for the Jindivik pilotless bomber to finance Woomera

Far from being duped, Prime Minister Bob Menzies and his Cabinet went to extraordinary lengths to support the development in Australia of British atomic bombs and thermonuclear components for the H bomb.

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It’s surely time to come clean on Australia’s 1950s’ nuclear plans

Why was Britain allowed to break its agreement that it would not conduct thermonuclear tests in Australia?

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Whose Kangaroo Was It Anyway?

Q. When are a kangaroo and a dingo worth ten million dollars? A. When they were painted by Britain’s premier equestrian painter, George Stubbs, from stuffed pelts brought back from Botany Bay by Sir Joseph Banks in 1770.

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The Ticking Time Bombs of Nuclear Australia

Seventy years ago, in late 1950, a British Admiralty survey party was broiling in the summer heat of the Monte Bello Islands off the coast of Western Australia to report on their suitability as a test site for Britain’s first … Continue reading

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The war reparations of Sidney Nolan and Benjamin Britten – reckless innocence?

Was the Anglo-Australian cultural cringe solely a one way transmission from settler colony to metropole mothership? I have been re-examining the possibility that Australian creatives might have influenced British culture over the past century, especially since the Second World War.

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Lady Chatterley and Alexander Portnoy: Narrowing the Limits of Censorship in Australia

On the eve of the sixtieth anniversary of the Lady Chatterley’s Lover trial in London it still is not clear why Allen Lane and his fellow Directors at Penguin felt able to print 200,000 copies of the book prior to … Continue reading

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The Conundrum of the London Kangaroos

Seven years ago the UK government overruled the purchase for $10,000,000 by the Australian government of two oil paintings of a dingo and a kangaroo painted in London by George Stubbs from stuffed pelts brought back from the coast of … Continue reading

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D.H.Lawrence’s Australian Climacteric

The Obscene Publications Act was promulgated in England and Wales on August 29, 1959. It paved the way for the Lady Chatterley’s Lover trial in October 1960 that cleared Penguin Books of publishing an obscene article without literary merit even … Continue reading

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Fast Tracking a National Care Service

We face the immediate future burdened with an out-of-hospital care workforce that is poorly paid, insufficiently skilled and understaffed to meet the caring needs of vulnerable people throughout the life span from infancy and childhood to old age.

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How an Australian ‘safety adviser’ detonated the world’s first atomic bomb.

On July 16, 1945, an English scientist, later the founding Professor of Physics at the ANU and Menzies’ safety adviser for the British atom bomb tests,  detonated the world’s first atomic bomb at Alamagordo in New Mexico.

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Mark Oliphant’s no-show at the British atomic and nuclear tests in Australia – the Fuchs factor

Seventy years ago in mid-1950, weeks after Klaus Fuchs had confessed to spying for the Russians throughout the 1940s, writes Sue Rabbitt Roff. Britain gave up hope of being able to test its first atomic bomb in Nevada and turned to … Continue reading

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SUE RABBITT ROFF. Why are files on British nuclear weapons development in Australia being removed from public access at the UK National Archives?

In 2018 the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority( (NDA) started withdrawing an estimated 1,700 files from Britain’s National Archives about the building of Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent in the 1950s and 1960s. There has not been any explanation for their removal.

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