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BANYULE 100 – HANNAH GANDY

February 27, 2017

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When I meet 18 year old Hannah Gandy, I am immediately greeted by her friendly and confident nature. As I soon discover, she also happens to be a very remarkable person. Despite the challenges of her past, Hannah has achieved many incredible things. “Coming from a single-parent, low socio-economic status family of three children, my mum had to work […]

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GOING CRUELTY-FREE

February 27, 2017

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You too can help save the planet, one lentil burger at a time. I’ve been a vegetarian from the day I popped into the world. My mother was vegetarian and so naturally informed all of her kids about where meat comes from when we asked her. She first checked with a dietician at the Royal […]

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ACCIO FEMINISM

February 27, 2017

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Some amazing displays and feats of equality for all genders from the characters we love and even those we love to hate Warning: Contains Book and Movie Spoilers 1. Strong women in combat! Nothing is as badass as our dear Professor McGonagall taking on Death Eaters in her own right! As the infamous Battle of […]

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MEET JADE ALICE

February 22, 2017

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Although her career has only just begun, Jade Alice has already achieved so much. Taking out the Melbourne Music Bank prize in 2015, performing at the State Schools Spectacular and a residency at the Workman’s Club, one can only wonder what Jade Alice’s future has in store for her. Jade Alice grew up in a […]

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HOW TO ARGUE WITH A ‘MENINIST’

January 13, 2017

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Being a feminist can be exhausting. Not only do you have the massive responsibility of trying to achieve gender equality, but you’re constantly forced to defend the movement as if it’s so much to ask that men and women be treated equally. For a long time, feminism has been considered a bad word. The negative […]

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WHY DO MEN ONLY RESPECT THE PROPERTY OF ANOTHER MAN?

January 13, 2017

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I’ve seen it before, experienced it before, and you probably have too. “If you don’t have a boyfriend, why aren’t you interested in me?” or my personal favourite, “It’s not like you have a kid or a mortgage with the guy”. This ‘guy’ is actually a made-up being I’ve mentally constructed in the torturous ten […]

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THE ESSENTIALS OF LGBTI INCLUSION AND SUPPORT

January 13, 2017

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I’m sitting with Ashleigh* and Jamie*, with whom I have shared colourful friendships. They are both in high school: Ashleigh is 18 years old, and Jamie is 15 years old, and they both identify as genderqueer: more specifically, bisexual and biromantic. I decide to focus our discussion primarily on how subtle homophobic discrimination, verbal and […]

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BANYULE 100 – AHMED HASSAN

January 13, 2017

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  “Whatever you do in life, you’ve got to give back to your community.” Those are the words of Ahmed Hassan, 20, one of the founders of Youth Activating Youth (YAY), an organisation that helps disadvantaged multicultural young people navigate their way through life. Ahmed says the organisation works to improve the employment, health, education, […]

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