April 6, 2016

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WEB SAFETY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

People joke that along with water, food and air, the internet is now one of life’s basic needs. Nobody can deny that the internet is useful. It plays a vital role in education, work, social lives and many other of life’s domains. For one group in particular, the internet is especially powerful. People with disabilities […]

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March 23, 2016

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BANYULE 100 – DIAMOND VALLEY ROTARACT

  Working tirelessly to help eradicate polio, providing young people with leadership development opportunities and running the Eltham Festival Battle of the Bands are merely a handful of the impressive accomplishments of the Diamond Valley Rotaract Club. The Diamond Valley Rotaract Club is part of Rotary International for young people aged 18 to 30 years old. […]

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March 14, 2016

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THE CHEMICAL THING

As I begin writing this, it is Valentine’s Day. My immediate surroundings on every social media platform are saturated with puppies cuddling or kanoodling (yep, according to good ol’ urbandictionary.com, that’s an actual word that has wormed its way into pop culture) as well as Chocolates and Roses 101. I like chocolate. I like puppies. […]

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February 20, 2016

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BANYULE 100 – OMAR AND SAAD

Omar and Saad are not just Syrian Refugees. They are also not just numbers, statistics or policy dilemmas. Saad is quick to laugh with an infectious cheeky grin. He is warm, polite and wickedly intelligent. When Omar is speaking, he becomes animated with enthusiasm and eagerly asks for my opinions. When I ask both a […]

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February 9, 2016

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RETHINKING AUSTRALIA

For many of us, Australia Day entails a barbeque with family and friends, beer, a game of football. A relaxed, sociable day which helps to define “Aussie” culture- and give it its rightful appeal. January 26th is a day when we are all happy to delve into the quintessential Aussie stereotypes that we usually like […]

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January 22, 2016

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SWEET DAMAGE

Sweet Damage, published in 2013, is the psychological thriller/horror novel that makes Rebecca James one of the most coveted writers in 52 countries worldwide. The novel delves into the daily life of a young surfer, Tim Ellison, who moves into a wealthy estate in Fairview, Sydney. His housemate, Anna London, suffers from agrophobia; meaning that […]

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January 20, 2016

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BEAUTY IN ITS MANY FORMS

Let’s embrace all body sizes and tell women they’re beautiful no matter what. The positive body image movement is excluding an underrepresented group of society, writes Joely Mitchell. Meet Emily. She’s 21-years-old and is studying a Bachelor of Science at university. She works part-time as a cashier and in her spare time enjoys cooking and […]

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January 1, 2016

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BOOK OF SHADOWS

Everyone get ready- the next instalment in the Nowhere Boys saga is coming and it’s coming soon. Guess what else? This next chapter is going to lead into series 3 of the show. Unlike any other series of the show before, this next installment is coming in the form of a movie. Nowhere Boys: The […]

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December 22, 2015

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INSPIRED BY ABDI

How one man changed the way I think about identity. He writes in big, blue scrawl—teacher’s handwriting—on the whiteboard, one word after the other. Somali. Survivor. Refugee. Australian. The classroom is musty, as most classrooms are, and the fluorescent lights are a little too bright for first thing on a Tuesday morning. However, we’re not […]

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December 17, 2015

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BANYULE 100 – MAHAD ABDIRAHMAN

  ‘Every day is an opportunity’ – Is the mantra that Mahad takes into his work and his life in general. He is driven to make the mostof any opportunities that arise and he encourages young people to do the same, especially when opportunities can be few and far between. Mahad grew up and lives […]

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