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Reconciling the Divide

BY HEATHER MIDDLETON There is no such thing as a singular “Indigenous” identity.  The diversity of life experiences and negotiation of identities can result in people of Aboriginal heritage having different degrees of engagement with our dominant western culture for families or individuals.  The result is a mosaic. Engagement with one culture or another can […]

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Remembering Bob Hawke

Described as a modernising leader, former-Prime minister Bob Hawke, born Robert James Lee Hawke, passed away at home on Thursday night aged 89. Although infamous in Australian now for his 1983 America’s Cup interview, Bob Hawke was instrumental in shepherding Australia into a new age with significant economic and social reforms. Bob Hawke was born […]

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The Democracy Sausage – the sizzling history of Australia’s election staple

Once seen as a quirk of Australian democracy, the “Democracy sausage” has become part of the Australian democratic process. On election day across the country, barbecues are held at polling booths serving crispy small goods wrapped snugly in a slices of fluffy white bread; with sauce and onions optional. The sausage sizzles are normally hosted […]

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May 10 News Headlines

Written by Joseph Najjar Tony Koch publishes article criticizing media groups: Journalist Tony Koch has specifically attacked The Australian and Courier Mail, both of which he has worked for throughout his career, for publishing ‘anti-Labor rubbish’. In his Guardian article, Koch discussed how he can longer stand the bias nature of the media, and how he intends […]

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Demystifying Political Lingo

Australian politics is a funny area of public life. It can be flamboyant, turbulent, controversial and exciting, and is a place where wars are fought with words. Although engaging to many, these lexical battles can mean that political conversations often make younger voters feel isolated and cut off from the bigger discussion. Why? Well, the […]

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It’s complicated …

By Harry Ashford-Cox Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. Perfect or complicated, movie and TV relationships often show us reflections of our own relationships – with partners, family or even friends. Here are five tricky ones. Romeo and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet definitely love one another and the movie does a […]