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Nowhere to turn

By Amelia Dondas Is the law barring under 18s from mainstream crisis services such as the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre unrealistic? Drug dealers don’t ask for ID, and there is no bouncer outside public bathrooms after hours to make sure a person going in to shoot up is over 18 years old. Even with the […]

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Why Occupy Australia?

BY AMANDA PARKINSON Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a leaderless global movement protesting social inequality. The first protests broke out a little more than a month ago as the US and Europe faced further financial chaos. With a currency derailed by economic debt and crippled by the cost of a lengthy war, the US government was […]

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Restoring peace in Libya

Tyranny has fallen at the hands of young freedom fighters and Libyans rejoice the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. After eight months of civil war, the National Transitional Council (NTC) now faces the task of restoring peace to the country and organising its first democratic election. But the task is not easy. With oil production down and […]

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Video: Teenagers and alcohol

Cigarettes and alcohol. Photo illustration: PsychopathicSponge/DeviantArt BY TINA ZUNIC AND ATHENA BAMBALIAROS The lead up to being ‘legal’ is keenly anticipated by a large number of young people in Australia’s society. Our mission was to find the ‘newly legal blood’ in our area and find out just how much they use – and abuse – […]

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Remembering The Majestic

The Majestic Roller Rink, formerly a cinema known as The Odeon, in 1947. Photo Ted Hood, courtesy The State Library of NSW BY KALON HUETT With its strikingly symmetrical art deco facade, the former Majestic Roller Rink dominates the block of New Canterbury Road and overshadows its neighbours in both size and splendour. If Petersham […]

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Swept off their feet

The magic of dance … love blossomed on the dance floor.   BY KATHLEEN DALY  Love blossomed on the dance floor at Petersham’s Town Hall in Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. But ballroom dancing – and love – weren’t new to the auditorium. My own parents met there in 1953 and sparks flew. And […]