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International

Senator Anning’s Racist “Final Solution” And The State Of Immigration In Australia

Over 40 years after the legal disbandment of the “White Australia policy,” the talk of racial purity when it comes to immigration is making its way into the sphere of politics once again. It’s no surprise that immigration in most every country, even if not explicitly stated, has been about limiting the number of non-white foreigners, and deporting almost exclusively undocumented immigrants of color. The White Australia policy, first called the Immigration Restriction Act, was

International

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt Disappeared 50 Years Ago Today

“I know this beach like the back of my hand”. Those words were one of the last spoken by Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt before he vanished while going for a swim off of the shore of Cheviot Beach fifty years ago today. Hearing that an all-around-the-world-sailor would be arriving on the bay located near his holiday house, the Prime Minister, accompanied by his old friend Majoria Gillespie and house guests, decided to head down

International

Australian Government Votes Yes to Marriage Equality

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia has just passed the House of Representatives, with marriage equality set to be brought into law in next month. Subsequently, today marks a historic event in Australian history, a country that has notoriously been slow in making changes to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry, in spite of being a supposedly progressive state. Notably, only four members of the Lower House voted against the passing

LGBT+

Australia Says a Rainbow-Coloured Yes to Marriage Equality

After a series of fierce debates and a clear divide between those who wanted to vote Yes and those who wanted to vote No, Australia has had its say on whether same-sex marriage should be legal. The voting took place through a plebiscite (a postal vote that isn’t compulsory, unlike other forms of voting in the country), and although there is a degree of uncertainty because parliament still has to vote, the public has ruled that same-sex marriage should be legalized in a

LGBT+

An Australian Trans Woman Wins UN Support To Change Her Birth Certificate

Until June 15th, six out of eight Australian states and territories had laws barring married transgender people from changing their gender on their birth certificates. If they wanted their gender identity to be affirmed, they were legally required to divorce their partners. This sounds like a gross violation of human rights-and a woman from New South Wales agreed. The woman, who prefers to be known only as G, was born in 1974 and began her

Politics

What I’ve Learned Living Abroad During Trump’s Presidency

In mid-2016 I found out that I would be living abroad for the entirety of 2017. Being born and raised in the USA, I had never traveled overseas before, and the only international travel I had done was a day trip to Canada. So the prospect of living outside was both exhilarating and frightening. Of course, there was the daunting task of finding schools, housing, etc., but I was still quite excited. Among all of

Race

Beyonce’s Babies Are Miracles & Mothers Are Goddesses

Twitter is fantastic to scroll through on a Sunday afternoon after watching a game of Rugby League, or how the Aussie’s say it best, “Twitter is great on a Sunday arvo after a full on game of footy”. It’s honestly one of the best social media platforms, and one day I’ll talk about how black people aren’t appreciated enough, after making viral memes and starting the newest trends. But today isn’t that day. Today I’m

Real Life

Exploring Unemployment In Australian Youth

From an early age, I have been surrounded by an inherent expectation that I would inevitably enter the workforce. Drilled into my brain from numerous sources all around me; my parents, family friends, teachers, media, the list could go on. Growing up in a privileged home with two working parents, I was often shielded from the harsher realities of the working world and only over the past few years have I come to realize the

Real Life

How To Find Meaning After High School Ends: A Survival Guide

It may be a tired and cliché topic but unfortunately, this is the reality that I must now face. The lull at the end of the stress inducing rainbow that was my final year of high school. Now as an Australian student based in Victoria, the only years in secondary school that actually matter are Year 11 and 12, otherwise known as the dreaded VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education). Within the past few days, I

International

Adani Needs To Leave Australia Alone

It’s been over 200 years since the colonization and invasion of Australia began, and yet the Australian government is still trying to continue its streak of stealing Aboriginal land. For years, the traditional owners have been fighting to keep Wangan and Jagalingou country from being turned into the largest coal mine ever in Australia by the Queensland government and Adani, with the full support from the Federal Government. This site will destroy and ruin flora

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