University societies around Australia are dedicated to debating in national and international tournaments but these societies have acknowledged a problem with diversity in their community. For most people, debating is a high school extra-curricular activity. In reality, it’s an elite sport in universities all over Australia that takes students as far as Cape Town for […]
Your say: Is your privacy too much to pay for national security?
The Turnbull Government’s has unveiled its plans to roll out new legislation, along with a $294 million package to boost security at Australia’s airports. New police powers will allow officers to ask any traveller for proof of identity. Under current laws, police can only ask for proof of identity if they suspect a person has […]
Sydney Has Their Say on Bike Sharing
Jackson Eldridge: “I believe that bike sharing is good in reality but people are not using them correctly. The idea is good but it doesn’t work here in Sydney because young people are disrespecting the bikes and damaging property. I think the solution for this would be create a bike station where they are all […]
Red Carpet or Seeing Red? We asked Sydney’s youth for their opinion on the Catholic-inspired Met Gala
By Reena Mukherjee Mirielle Tamer, 19 (Maronite Catholic) said: “The use of Catholic icons was quite offensive, especially from the view of a Catholic. It crossed the line of reverence. However, it is something I expect would come out of Hollywood, due to the reputation Hollywood has to present very over-sexualised fashion.” […]
‘All’s wool that ends wool’ for the farmers exporting live sheep, but for the animals themselves, it’s far from a ‘ewe-topia’.
The exporting of live sheep is a divisive issue that has many caught between wanting Aussie farmers to make a living, and the ethical treatment of animals. The trade has sent 200 million animals to the Middle East in the past 30 years, and has killed two and a half million of them. In 2009 […]
Driverless Cars take the Wheel
Phoebe Anderson z5116842 Has our obsession with progression taken a step to far? Driverless cars are the newest example of technology taking over, where everyday actions are replaced with the power of technology. No longer does man need to sit in the driver’s seat, science is taking the wheel. So far there have been mixed […]
By Venice Warner The deaths of 2400 sheep during live exports to the Middle East due to shocking conditions including overcrowding and lack of food and water, has divided public opinion over whether live exports should be banned. Nicole Binet, 50, a model from Balgowlah, said: “The export of live sheep should be banned, […]
Live sheep exports: Necessity or torture?
By Grace Robinson-Tagg The export of live sheep to the Middle East is a hot topic at the moment, with much controversy surrounding it. Boat loads of sheep are dying on the long journey from heat exhaustion and dehydration and for that reason, the question over whether it should be banned has arisen as […]
Your say: share bikes
By Tina Wu Other than ending up in our trees and waterways, are share bikes really all that practical? And just how many people would actually ride one? We asked a few Sydney locals for their thoughts on the matter. Maria Thompson, 52, Kensington “I think they’re a great idea. It gets people exercising. But […]
Public Transport Off Track
By Katelyn Wood For many Australians, the daily commute on public transport is a simple and even mundane component of their daily routine. However, for the one in five Australians living with a disability, accessing public transport can be, at times, an impossible task. For the majority of train users, there are two […]
The New 2018 Federal Budget
Just last week the Australian Government introduced the new Federal budget. Thenew low-cost reverse mortgage scheme reduces the difficulty of income retirement for property owners. We interviewed some of the community around the University of New South Wales to see what they had to say about the new Federal budget. “Sadly, I’ve been so busy […]
Ugly Animals: Stepping Back into the Spotlight
12 May 2018 By Helen Huang We all love the cute, cuddly and majestic. Even more so if they’re endangered animals. But what about the not so aesthetically gifted? It seems we’re leaving these poor animals behind, both being under-researched and ignored for conservation efforts. The blobfish became a global sensation in 2013, championing ‘ugly’ […]
The forgotten victims of Islamophobia: Devout Muslim Men
Video.mp4 Muslim men who have been discriminated for wearing their religious clothes, are being overlooked with the focus being on female victims. With the political climate being gripped by Islamophobia, many in the media have focused on how Muslim women have been discriminated for wearing their religious clothing such the niqab (a garment of clothing […]
Bombs, Beards and the Salwar Kameez: Exploding the Silence on Islamic Men and Religious Dress
By Reena Mukherjee During Eid festivals next month, Islamic Australians from across NSW will attend celebrations in their religious attire, with a growing number of calls from lobby groups for greater acceptance of women donning the burqa or hijab. But what about the men? Here are the stories of the kameez-wearing males who have become […]
Islamophobia: “It’s time to look at Muslim men as well.”
While media coverage on Islamophobia has been extensive, this hasn’t always meant equality for all. The one-sided coverage represents Muslim women: the hijab, the burqa and the niqab. For many Muslim men, their outwardly visible faith and common backlash often go unnoticed, leaving half a religion left behind in the debate. By: Nazla Sajed […]
The sound of silence
By Venice Warner Live music once thrived in Australia, but there are now few live music venues left. They are constantly closing due to real estate values, lockout laws, and changing audience tastes. Venue closures make it hard for musicians to get their songs out to audiences, resulting in them distributing music online or even […]
Iconic Music Venues are Just Another Victim of the Sydney Lockout Laws
By Brooke Burns Sydney’s troubled music scene was dealt a hard hit when another iconic venue, The Basement, announced it would be closing its curtains one final time after losing its battle against the lockout laws. Since the enforcement of the 2014 lockout laws, Sydney’s live music culture has been met with a series of […]
Graffiti. An Act of Vandalism or Artistic Form of Expression? How Street Art is Improving Sydney’s Culture.
Graffiti. An Act of Vandalism or Artistic Form of Expression? How Street Art is Improving Sydney’s Culture. Graffiti has always been a dominant part of suburban culture in Sydney, receiving both positive and negative attitudes from the community who are concerned over the type of culture it perpetuates within the area. The Sydney Suburb […]
Bubble tea and crispy crepe: how the Taiwanese are shaping Sydney
By Tina Wu Among Sydney’s diverse cultural landscape is a community that’s seen but rarely heard – the people of Taiwan, an island country off the south-east coast of China that has been increasingly thrust into the international limelight due to ongoing political China-Taiwan tensions. From bubble milk tea to nutrient supplement companies, we investigate […]
When less became more
Phoebe Anderson z5116842 Every woman can relate to having nothing to wear, despite having a well-stocked closet. What if that was no longer true? In turn, every wardrobe was a careful curation of style and high-quality pieces. No longer will an item sit unused alongside identical items and some with the price tag still on. […]
The Anti-Pandas: ugly endangered creatures that deserve a chance.
By Grace Robinson-Tagg With the distinct sounds and smells of animals permeating the air at Taronga zoo, people push to the front to get a close look at the tall, elegant tiger in its luxurious jungle enclosure. Next to it, a native Australian bat family sleeps in a small tree, with just one lone person […]