Australians to spend $18 billion between Boxing Day and January 15 Australians are expected to have spent a record-breaking $2.36 billion on Boxing Day this year, according to both the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retailers Association (NRA). Retail revenue in NSW alone is tipped to have reached over $770 million, Victoria following […]
San Francisco, 7 September 1927 — society sees a breakthrough like no other. An invention that would propel us forward into the ever so bright future of endless broadcasting. News, sports, drama, and action all at our finger tips. The television would be the apotheosis of human invention that would expand the minds of society forever – […]
NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor to resign in February New South Wales Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from the role in February. Tedeschi became a Crown Prosecutor in 1983 before being appointed Senior Crown Prosecutor in 1997. Over the course of his career, Tedeschi has prosecuted […]
Hi! Are you a society grappling at long last with a systemic fault line in your culture? Are you trying to form a hot take about how to go about it? Well, here are a few pointers to show you what to avoid. DON’T blame the victim I still make choices every day as a […]
My whole life, I’ve wanted to be that girl. The girl who could sit in a library and not be kicked out for laughing too loud. The girl who could read a book for more than five minutes and not zone out or fall asleep. The irony is that I love to write; and you’d […]
Image credit: Kaboompics (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication. Anti-nuclear weapons group wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a group founded in Australia, was last Sunday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017, “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use […]
Image credit: MK Feeney (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence. Amid a turbulent year of absurd politics, great success, heartbreaking tragedy and groundbreaking progress, creativity has blossomed. Advertisers have recognised the growing demand for change and tapped into its momentum, in many cases driving conversations about issues that would have previously been swept under the […]
A while back, we were on our way to see Pist Idiots, a Western Sydney-based garage-rock band and one of our favourite local acts. After awkwardly bumbling our way through Newtown with a stomach full of nerves and a terrible navigation app leading us into unknown territory, we finally arrived at the gig. Puffing from running […]
Darkness fills your vision, your ears left ringing from the explosions and gunfire that fill the air, alone, trekking through the thick mud as it clings to your boots, slowing you down, nothing but the weight of your bags and rifle to keep you company. It is a nightmare, with nowhere left to turn; your […]
Embattled Labor Senator Sam Dastyari will not return to the Senate in 2018 after fresh allegations of links to China are levelled against him. In a media conference on Tuesday morning, Mr Dastyari said: “Today, after much reflection, I’ve decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is to not […]
My mum always told me: “Shama, if you love yourself and I mean really love yourself, there is no one that can bring you down; there is nothing anyone can say that can destroy you.” I always thought that was true, to a certain point, but a part of me also felt our environment mattered […]
What’s the difference between an African, European and an Asian skeleton? Absolutely nothing – they are identical. In modern society, we are so divided on anything and everything that I’m surprised we have made it as far as we have. People hold racist views for arbitrary reasons; whether it be their upbringing, religious views, or belief of […]
Photo credit: Australian Associated Press. The issue of marriage equality has finally been resolved in Australia, after the federal Parliament passed legislation on Tuesday to allow two people to marry regardless of their sex or gender. After four days of debates and discussion of many proposed amendments, the House of Representatives voted in favour of […]
United States President Donald Trump will tomorrow recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a move that is expected to add to the conflict in the Middle East. The United States will consequently move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have already begun in the West Bank over the decision. Israel annexed Jerusalem in 1967, and since then it has served as the de facto capital. An important city for Muslims, Jews and Christians, Jerusalem is not formally recognised by the international community as the capital of Israel, and the United States will be the first and only country to have its embassy there.
Finding ourselves in Melbourne two weekends ago and with a few hours to spare, Sam and I quickly tried to find a gig. We discovered that UK band Crywank were in town as part of their debut Australian tour. We eagerly made our way through the busy streets to find them. After leaving late, getting lost a few times, and staring for far too long at a Gucci shop window with an alien campaign poster, we arrived at The Curtin pub. During their set, the UK duo played some of their more popular songs with fans excitedly singing the words back at them. Songs such as “Now I’m Sad” and “Memento Mori” were crowd favourites, with punters engaging with the meaningful lyrics.
Over the past weeks it seems that rather a bright light has been shining on a lot of people around the issue of sexual harassment. Most recently, Don Burke has been accused of this by multiple people with whom he used to work, and many others are saying that they were well aware of the issue at the time. As more comes to light about the allegations, it’s being likened more and more to the recent spotlight on Harvey Weinstein — a large number of accusations and many people seeming to have known about it at the time, but yet only now is it coming to light.
It was almost a whole year ago that I was asked by someone what would I like to be remembered for when I leave this world. For a split second I thought to myself, “Hmm many things”, but I responded, “That I was always true to myself.” The other day I was sitting outside the […]
Photo credit: John Barilaro (website). New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro has described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “completely out of touch” and called for his resignation before Christmas. During an interview on radio 2GB, Mr Barilaro said: “Turnbull is the problem, the Prime Minister is the problem. He should step down, allow for a clean […]