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I am a survivor

At a time of ongoing hostility towards refugees’ arrival in Australia, it is more important than ever to see the issue through the eyes of those deepest affected. Eliza Walker tells the story of a woman who emigrated from war-torn Slovenia to Australia by boat in the 1950s, recounting her experiences of survival and extensive […]

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The Halal Snack Pack: Religious tolerance in a polystyrene box

In 2015, a delicious phenomenon revolving around the humble little kebab shop began to emerge online. The Halal Snack Pack has become a symbol of the acceptance of Islam in modern Australia. Known as ‘HSP’ for short, it is a simple dish of crispy chips, kebab meat, melted cheese, and drizzled sauce, served in a […]

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Questacon Above and Beyond: Exhibition Review

Any Canberran in their early 20’s cannot escape the overwhelming nostalgia that hits them when entering Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. Instantly, you are flooded with memories of your many primary school science excursions. When walking into the Above and Beyond exhibition, you are welcomed to a vastness of cool dark blue with the […]

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Be a Man: speaking up about a silent killer

By Tori Heron Suicide is the biggest killer for men under 54 in Australia and research by one of the nation’s largest support services, Beyond Blue, suggests men are now more likely to suffer from a mental illness and not get help. The tough exterior has hardened the core of many Australian men, making talking […]

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Girls kicking goals

By Libby Kimber As Canberra’s best female AFL players take to the field for the senior women’s grand final, the spotlight is on the national league and the controversy surrounding equal pay. Women’s AFL is kicking off nation-wide, with more and more women taking to the field every year. As the AFL prepares to launch […]

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Community calls for Murrumbateman school

By Blake Danilczak The Murrumbateman Primary School committee has been campaigning for a local school for three years now, to no avail. Murrumbateman is approximately 36 minutes from the fringe of Canberra. It does not have its own school, therefore, nearly 1000 local students commute on the dangerous Barton Highway to attend school in Canberra […]

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High cost of university parking fines

By Isaac Nowroozi More than $500,000 in fines for parking offences were issued at the University of Canberra in the 2015 / 2016 financial year. According to figures from the Australian Capital Territory government, 4674 fines were issued in total, resulting in a grand total of $557,039 worth of tickets. The fines, which cost anywhere […]

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All aboard for the ACT election

By Tom Storey The promise of a $939 million light rail system was the controversial centrepiece for the recent 2016 ACT Election. With ACT Labor holding power in Canberra for the past 15 years, the decision of the Legislative Assembly to implement a costly public transport network divided the community, especially on North-South lines. The […]

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Skin deep regrets

By James Marchet The popularity of body modification trends like tattoos and piercings have skyrocketed in Australia in recent decades. A 2015 survey conducted by Disappear Ink Tattoo Removal Clinic found that at least 15.4% of Australian men and 13.6% of Australian women have at least one tattoo. The tattoo industry has been booming thanks […]

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Life in Bloom – Floriade Festival 2016

By Lewis Haskew It’s Australia’s largest celebration of spring, the annual Floraide Flower Festival. The biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere made its return this year for a month of flowers, performances and family fun at Commonwealth Park in Canberra. Now in its 29th year the festival has been faced with uncertainty […]

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Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

Q&A With Rami Sultan

Meet Rami Sultan. His huge smile and positive outlook are the first thing you will notice. Rami grew up in […]

Laith Mofleh, Gaza Refugee Camp Volunteer

To Australian audiences, refugee success stories are usually framed by the generous efforts of Westerners in a foreign country. They travel to the country in […]

Walking the talk: it’s not over for Beki Smith

Beki Smith doing the hard training yards along Lake Burley Griffin Source: Instagram/Beki Smith By Rochelle Riley Beki Smith was ready […]

I Heard It Through The Grape Vine

Wine making, to wine connoisseurs, has always been known as an art form. The wine making industry has evolved from […]

A Buddhist life

Development of Quang Minh Temple over the Maribyrnong River, Melbourne. Source: DieantArt By Khoi Tung Ngo I am a Buddhist […]

Loose at the Moose

  In 2013, on a rainy and dark morning in Paris, I arrived at a youth hostel. I handed over […]