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Thursday 22 October 2015
News Politics World

conservative male journo and malcolm turnbull’s former chief of staff becomes first foreign news reporter to gain access to nauru

Danielle Croci
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Associate editor for The Australian, Chris Kenny, has become the first foreign news reporter in 18 months to be granted a visa by the Nauruan government to visit the island. Since January 2014, any foreign journalist who has wished to visit Nauru must lodge an application and pay a fee of $8,000, which is non-refundable…
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Wednesday 21 October 2015
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news round-up 21.10.15

Cheyne Anderson
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  In future news…It’s Back to the Future Day! Today is the day Marty McFly and Doc travelled to from 1989. While we’re lacking in hover boards and double-ties, check out this piece from the BBC on how close we’ve come to some of the predictions from the film. In Australia…Our woeful human rights record…
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Tuesday 20 October 2015
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news round-up 20.10.15

Amy Mckenna
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  In Australia Former Bulldogs player, Hazem El-Masri, has been charged with appalling domestic violence offences involving his 25-year-old wife. Medical marijuana might finally become legal in Australia, following Greens minster Shane Rattenbury’s introduction of a legislation to establish an ACT scheme for the cultivation and supply of medical cannabis. Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull met…
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Friday 16 October 2015
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Mercer PR criticised for releasing the name of alleged rape victim on nauru

Danielle Croci
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  Australian firm Mercer PR has been widely criticised, including by the Public Relations Institute of Australia, the industry’s peak body, for releasing the name of an alleged rape victim on Nauru, as well as information pertaining to the case. On Monday, the public relations firm released the victim’s name in a police briefing document…
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Wednesday 14 October 2015
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news round-up 14.10.15

Cheyne Anderson
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  In celebrity news… Jennifer Lawrence continues to lead the way, penning an open letter titled Why do I make less than my male co-stars? in which she nails the double standard of bossy women/strong men at the Hollywood negotiating table. The letter was written in light of the Sony Hack that revealed how just…
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Wednesday 14 October 2015
Books News

high gender pay gap for literary fiction authors

Donna Lu
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A new study into Australian authors has found that it’s slim pickings when it comes to book earnings—especially for female authors. The Macquarie University study, headed by cultural economist Distinguished Professor David Throsby AO, surveyed over 1,000 Australian authors about their earnings and practices. On average, authors make $62,000 in total per year. Although nearly…
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Tuesday 13 October 2015
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news round-up 13.10.15

Amy Mckenna
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  In Australia Doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria are refusing to send asylum seeker children back to detention centres post-treatment, as they believe it would be detrimental to the children’s health. A 23-year-old rape victim from the Nauru detention center has been transferred to Australia to receive an abortion, following Malcom Turnbull’s…
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Thursday 8 October 2015
News

gender equality advocates concerned about delay in appointing new sex discrimination commissioner

Danielle Croci
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    Advocates for gender equality have voiced concerns about the delay in appointing a new Sex Discrimination Commissioner, after Elizabeth Broderick left the position early in September. In recent weeks, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been vocal about the need to put gender equality back on the national agenda, particularly with the rise…
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Wednesday 7 October 2015
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the TPP: agreement reached on secret trade deal

Cheyne Anderson
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    The Trans Pacific Partnership is coming soon to an economy near you. This week, US-lead negotiations for the TPP reached consensus after a marathon seven years of back and forth on the biggest trade deal of our time. This means that while an agreement has been reached, the TPP still needs to be…
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Tuesday 6 October 2015
News

scale investors are working to increase female entrepreneurs in Australia

Amy Mckenna
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    An investment group known as Scale Investors are working to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in Australia. The group, set up in 2013, already has 59 female members, and say they are planning to encourage more women to become investors in order to tackle the male-driven world that is the investment community….
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Thursday 1 October 2015
News World

humans of the refugee crisis

Cheyne Anderson
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    The creator of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, is focusing his lens on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Middle East and Europe. As the name suggests, Humans of New York usually documents the stories of people out and about in New York. With a following of 15 million people on Facebook alone,…
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Wednesday 30 September 2015
News Politics

in brief: australia rejects chris brown’s visa application on character grounds

Amy Mckenna
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  Domestic violence offenders entering Australia may have their visas rejected, following Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s new plan to crack down on perpetrators entering the country in the backlash of the Chris Brown controversy. The plans come after Chris Brown’s visa application was formally denied by Dutton on ‘character grounds’, following the singer’s assault conviction in…
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Friday 25 September 2015
Featured News

on the floor tackles sydney’s nightlife

Cheyne Anderson
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It was a dark and stormy night but Belvoir Street Theatre was at full capacity for the inaugural On the Floor panel discussion in Sydney on Tuesday. The joint project by fashion brand/protest outfit House of Riot and youth non-profit Vibewire aims to start a conversation on pressing political issues in the lead up to the…
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Thursday 24 September 2015
News

leigh sales criticised for being ‘too soft’ on malcolm turnbull

Danielle Croci
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  The host of ABC’s 7:30, Leigh Sales, has been criticised for being ‘too soft’ on Malcolm Turnbull in his first interview on the program as Prime Minister. Some viewers argued that, in Monday night’s interview, Sales allowed Turnbull to ramble on for too long and dodge giving concrete answers to questions of tax and…
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