Trump’s Contradiction on Hong Kong

15/08/2019

By now, everyone has probably heard that Trump has called Chinese President, Xi Jinping, a great leader with his peoples’ respect; odd praise for a dictator… wait. I digress – the point is, like with North Korea, Trump’s shows of comradery with one of the US’ biggest global rivals is just that, a show. Everything else points to escalating tensions.

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Banerji and the Threat to Free Speech

14/08/2019

The High Court has ruled that Michaela Banerji’s sacking from the (then) Department of Immigration and Border Protection – Home Affairs sounds much nicer for the PR – was legitimate. This ruling has (to borrow the frequently used phrase from everywhere) rather chilling effects for democracy and free speech, and also has implications for other areas as well.

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The Totally True List of Reasons for Mass Shootings

10/08/2019

We’ve heard from so many public figures and random internet personalities about what they believe the reasons for the hundreds of mass shootings this year alone are. Let’s compile a small, by no means complete, list of 100% legitimate reasons this keeps happening in one country. (I hope the sarcasm is evident here.)

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YouTube Is A Double-Edged Sword

07/08/2019

The same could be said for any online media, from news articles, to videos, to social media posts. There are outlets and people that are worthwhile taking the time to listen to, be it because they’re factually accurate or have a fresh analysis or opinion on a certain topic. But there are a number of outlets with the sole purpose of propagating lies and inaccuracies, mostly for the sake of profit. Videos, however, are a powerful way to get a message across.

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Obama Haunts the Democrats – And So He Should

06/08/2019

For a Party (and their voters) who condemn Trump and his following for bringing Obama’s legacy up, the Democrats seem to have no problem doing just that in an effort to tear each other apart. But is Obama’s legacy untouchable? Discussing the history of the Democratic Party, especially the failings of Obama and Clinton – one of many factors that contributed to people swinging to Trump – should be up for discussion.

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Quick Quips: To Protest Is Your Right

01/08/2019

Nothing that benefitted any oppressed or supressed demographic was gained by doing nothing. Every major movement of the last century or so, from the black rights’ movement to the #MeToo movement, Union actions to revolts against autocratic governments, environmental and anti-war causes – all of these have involved some form of protest.

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Another Plebiscite? No Thanks

30/07/2019

Pauline Hanson has made headlines – again – for saying something controversial and obviously not grounded in reality. She put forward, in the Senate, to have a national plebiscite on the number of immigrants coming into the country, asking people whether or not they believed the current number was too high or not. She was soundly defeated when it went to a vote, but of course it’s now made the rounds through the media – the idea is there.

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Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs: A Reflection

29/07/2019

Despite having two other books to read for university and a topic to read up on for an upcoming internship role, I impulsively bought Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs and read it within a few days because bookshops are a (wonderful) trap. I am glad I did get it, though, because while my knowledge of international and Australian law is passable (read as: probably not great, but most people I know, in the nicest terms, don’t have a clue so I appear intelligent), there is always more to learn, a fact to add to your arsenal. When the topic is humanitarian issues, the outcome literally means life and death.

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Healthcare Is A Right – Private Insurers Need to Back Off

24/07/2019

Yesterday, NIB boss (Mark Fitzgibbon) said that the government should scrap Medicare. Not a surprising call from the head of a private health insurance company, and one that has been slowly in the works for the last few years anyway. But such a blatant attack on our public healthcare system is exactly why we should not be abolishing it.

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How Is FaceApp Different to US Apps?

19/07/2019

Because it’s Russian. If this were a YouTube video I’d jokingly say ‘bye’ and put the outro music on. The app’s popularity has blown up in the last week due to its new aging filter, with almost 13 million new users this month alone. But while so many have fallen right into it, others have picked up on privacy concerns – because, shock horror, what if a government could access that data?

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