These volunteers were nominated by their divisions for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm during an extraordinary year.… Read more ›
How does the freedom of the press impact political and social empowerment? How does it change democracy? And finally, how does it affect you?
National Recycling Week 2020
I never thought too much about recycling in Australia until I learnt about China’s ban against foreign waste in 2018. At the time, China was the largest purchaser of plastic waste and instituted its ban against foreign waste in response to the threat to their environment posed by the large amounts of contaminated waste.… Read more ›
Remembrance Day 2020
I have always shied away from blind patriotism; I cast no blanket statements that Australia is the “greatest nation on earth”, quite honestly it makes me cringe.
As a history major at university, the World Wars have always been an interest of mine (and many others) for the sheer volume of geo-political shifts that rippled from these monolithic conflicts.… Read more ›
From skateparks to pubs and coffee shops, the spaces being afforded to young people are changing and growing more commercial. Is this to our benefit?
Learning to be a teacher is a tough gig. My whole university “career” I’ve been asked why I didn’t aspire to more because I’m “so smart”. The truth is, I sound smart because I’m good at explaining concepts; because of my education degree.… Read more ›
Gender Equality is the 5th United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to transform our world and a fundamental Human Right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Getting to equal: in Australia.
While women make up 50.7% of the Australian population, the truth is that women continue to face inequality: The national gender “pay gap” is 15.3% and it has remained between 15% and 19% for the past two decades; these differences mean women often receive less in wages and remuneration than men.… Read more ›
Content Warning: Mental Health & Suicide
Mental Health was the third biggest issue raised by young people in the 2019 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations listening tour.
The pressures on our mental health system are well documented and are sadly too familiar to many Australians.… Read more ›
The director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, Ben Bland, once stated that “it’s hard to trust your neighbor if you don’t know them.”
Even though the ASEAN states are some of Australia’s closest neighbours, there has always been a strong disconnect and distrust, stemming from a lack of understanding and ignorance.… Read more ›
Locked away in our homes, surrounded by four walls and feeling consumed by our own thoughts. This year is definitely not turning out to be the year that any of us were expecting. First came the bushfires, and now the coronavirus is keeping us indoors.… Read more ›