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Saturday 6 June 2015
Featured Feminism Politics

paving a new track for domestic violence: gps tracking on cards as fatality rates double

Natalie Rose Corrigan
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Trigger Warning: Discussion of Domestic and Family Violence If you have recently come across the statistic that one woman will die every week as a direct result of violence, you might be alarmed to learn that this number has doubled in 2015. This is according to the data collected by safe steps Family Violence Response…
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Wednesday 3 June 2015
Health Politics

the tampon tax on Q&A: where are we now?

Hannah Story
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On Monday, May 25, young activist Subeta Vimalarajah appeared on Q&A to talk to Joe Hockey about the ‘tampon tax’. She and a group of fellow activists had sent in a video question, the group holding a giant tampon in their hands: ‘Mr Hockey, STOP TAXING MY PERIOD!’ The tampon was signed by supporters. ‘Do…
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Tuesday 2 June 2015
News Politics

In brief: Victoria’s first and only female premier passes away at age 76

Kaylia Payne
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Joan Kirner, Victoria’s first and only female premier, passed away yesterday after a two year battle with oesophageal cancer. The seventy-six year old devoted much of her life to fighting for gender equality, and was one of the dominant influences in the political life of Australia’s first female PM, Julia Gillard. Ms Kirner hadn’t always been…
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Friday 29 May 2015
News Politics Uncategorised World

news roundup: may 29, 2015

Kaylia Payne
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Tampon tax protest outside Parliament House On Thursday, approximately 50 people (including five dressed as tampons) gathered on the lawns outside Parliament House to lobby against the tampon tax. National debate about the tampon tax was reignited last Monday after campaigner Subeta Vimalarajah confronted Joe Hockey on Q&A, resulting in Mr Hockey pledging to push…
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Wednesday 20 May 2015
Feminism News Politics World

news roundup: wednesday may 20, 2015

Sarah Iuliano
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  Counting Dead Women register reaches 38 women The number of Australian women killed by violence in 2015 has now reached 38, feminist social media organisation Destroy the Joint has reported. The figure is attributed to reports of a 68-year-old woman who died of a neck wound at her home, which police are treating as suspicious….
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Sunday 17 May 2015
News Politics World

news roundup: sunday may 17, 2015

Sarah Iuliano
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Australian Government considers GPS tracking for domestic violence perpetrators The federal government says it is considering keeping tabs on domestic violence perpetrators with GPS technology. ‘We want to look at really lifting our game when it comes to dealing with the scourge of domestic violence,’ Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. GPS tracking is presently used…
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Saturday 16 May 2015
News Politics World

news roundup: saturday may 16, 2015

Sarah Iuliano
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  Pregnant asylum seekers have difficulty accessing medical assistance on Nauru, Senate inquiry told Pregnant asylum seekers detained on Nauru are unable to walk long distances across the island to gain medical treatment, a Senate Inquiry into the Nauru processing centre’s conditions and circumstances has been told. Non-governmental organisation, Save the Children brought forth the…
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Friday 15 May 2015
News Politics World

news round-up: friday may 15, 2015

Sarah Iuliano
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Coalition drops ‘double dippers’, ‘rort’ rhetoric in paid parental leave discussion The Coalition has vowed to phase out its use of troubling language to describe parents, namely women, accessing both government and employer paid parental leave schemes to fund time off work with their children. The revelation comes as both the Abbott government’s Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg and…
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Friday 15 May 2015
Feminism News Politics

2015 budget replies: ‘does it advance the equal treatment of women?’

Sarah Iuliano
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The Coalition’s 2015 Budget has been poorly received by various politicians, with both the Labor Party and the Greens admonishing the Abbott Government for insufficient initiative in advancing the status of women. ‘The 2015 Budget has neither the qualities or the priorities of the Australian people,’ Labor leader Bill Shorten said in his budget reply on…
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Thursday 14 May 2015
News Politics

what about women? the 2015 federal budget

Katie Coulthard
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The 2015 Federal Budget is here. Its meaning for each population is shrouded by political jargon, complex statistics and three-word slogans like “have a go”. Following significant discourse, Joe Hockey has detailed who the Australian government determines most worthy of funding. Spoiler alert: it’s not the disadvantaged. Listening to Hockey’s speech, even without a political…
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Wednesday 13 May 2015
Opinion Politics World

why I can’t vote republican: an open letter

Rine Karr
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Dear Dad, I can’t vote for a Republican candidate for president. I know that this fact surprised you at dinner last night and caused a small argument. Your thoughts on how you don’t think that climate change is a problem really frustrated me – I kind of felt like Galileo arguing that the earth revolves…
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Tuesday 5 May 2015
Featured Politics

going home, staying home: nsw homelessness reforms letting down domestic violence survivors

Ruth Scott
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Last year the New South Wales government introduced the Going Home, Staying Home reforms in an effort to reduce the growing rate of homelessness. Statistics show that around one third of all clients seeking help from specialist homelessness services in 2012-13 were experiencing domestic violence, and domestic violence is the biggest cause of homelessness for…
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Tuesday 21 April 2015
Featured Politics World

campaign 2016: a different side to hillary clinton

Eliza Graves-Browne
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After Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will be running in the US Presidential Election next year, the drastic transformation of her image from cold and calculating to feminine and soft has raised many questions regarding her policy stances, sincerity and motives. Clinton is no stranger to media spotlight, coming under scrutiny while acting as First Lady…
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Wednesday 15 April 2015
Featured News Politics

enough is enough: raising the benchmark on crime

Natalie Rose Corrigan
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Trigger warning: this article contains discussion of rape and violence against women Stephen Sullivan is part of a movement that has gathered thousands of followers in just a few weeks. Sullivan says it has tapped into an emotion. ‘People have been thinking about what’s been happening the past few years and they’ve actually come on…
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