Late last year, after a decade of what was at times a bitter and divisive debate, Australians made it clear that their understanding of equality included formal recognition of the most intimate relationships. The parliament responded to the voice of the people and passed legislation to allow same-sex marriage. A year on, Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal – The Novella Project VI investigates what this means: is it a sign of a new-found appetite for equality? The primacy of love and family? A measure of a flawed political process? Or the mark of a new approach to political decision-making?
Judged by Benjamin Law, Melissa Lucashenko, Dennis Altman and Aviva Tuffield, this edition features works of both fiction and creative non-fiction. All Being Equal explores the texture of equality in all its forms, bringing to life the big issues in the national narrative and the stories around them.
This edition of Griffith Review is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
Ashley Hay is a former literary editor of the Bulletin and a longstanding contributor to Griffith Review. She is a prize-winning author who has published three novels and four books of narrative non-fiction. Her work has won several awards, including the 2013 Colin Roderick Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She has also been longlisted for the Miles Franklin award and the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2014, she edited the anthology Best Australian Science Writing.