May 16, 2016

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THE KARDASHIAN MENTALITY

I’ll admit this much: I’ve never watched an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I’ve seen promos, images, read reviews, heard recaps- but I’ve never watched a full episode from start to finish. Mainly because the only way I’d be able to access it is by streaming it via a seedy website- and my […]

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May 12, 2016

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FUTURE DAUGHTER

Dear Daughter, For as long as I can remember, I have been told how lucky we are to be women in this country. We have achieved equality, we can say, think, feel, do, act and be anything we want. I have been told how we have won the fight. This is offensive, incorrect, belittling and […]

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May 4, 2016

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11 TIPS TO HELP YOU MOVE OUT BEFORE YOU TURN 21

An increasing number of young people are deciding to live at home well into their twenties, and even their thirties. There’s no denying that living at home is super convenient and carefree (ah the joys of having mum do your washing and buying all your food), but c’mon guys, we’re old and wise enough to do […]

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April 8, 2016

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WHAT IF YOUR PARENTS COULD UNWIND YOU?

“The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called ‘unwinding’.” “Unwinding is now a common, and accepted, practise in society.” Unwind, published in 2007, is a chilling novel that became highly acclaimed due to its unsettling, yet highly possible, depiction of a future society. The science fiction/dystopian book, written by […]

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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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