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My favourite thing is life in general! And family, and being recognised for what I’m doing in the child abuse area for the institutions.

I’m not sure what it means to be a woman. I think we’ve got more choices in clothes [laughs] than a male. We have more emotions, so I like that part of the female—to be able to relate what I’m feeling and my emotions. Sometimes I wish I was a guy just to be able to really stand up against the abuse that I’ve copped over the years.

The story of me being in Canberra is my family. Canberra’s been good to me for work. I’ve been here to support my kids with my grandkids and give them a break. So I’d just say family. Well I wouldn’t say ‘just’—family!

Right now, I’m feeling quite up in the air, you know, with the stuff that’s been happening with the Royal Commission [into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse]. I’ve been caught up with that. So I’m sort of mentally not feeling real well. And physically I’m not feeling very well because the mental sort of takes me down with the physical too. So yeah, I’m not at my best.

Sometimes I would say the hardest thing about being a woman in Canberra is the isolation. If you’re not a person that’s a good mixer, it can be a very lonely place. But there again, Canberra can be as lonely as you want it to be, I think.

I think the women’s services are great here. They understand and they’re very laid back.

Canberra’s country, so you haven’t got that real hassle and that fastness. People take their time.

I think our winters are too long and too cold, and as you get older it’s not good for your body. It hibernates you a lot in the winter. Winter isn’t good for you at all.

My perfect day in Canberra would be being out in the mountains around the Murrumbidgee River, and yeah, just being away.

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