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Wednesday 26 February 2014
News Politics

in brief: gender equality reporting might relax for small businesses

Matilda Mornane
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As part of the Abbott government’s plan to slash around $1 billion of red tape, small Australian businesses can soon expect more relaxed reporting requirements concerning gender equalities in their workplaces. In a new system being considered by Employment Minister Eric Abetz, the plan proposes that only companies with over 1000 staff members would need…
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Wednesday 26 February 2014
News World

in brief: ugandan president signs anti-gay bill

Matilda Mornane
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Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has signed a bill that will toughen the penalties for LGBT people, including life sentences for gay sex and same-sex marriage. While a proposed sentence of up to 14 years for first-time offenders has been removed, homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda. President Museveni had previously agreed to hold the…
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Wednesday 26 February 2014
Art Arts

exhibition review: the red queen

Audrey K. Hulm
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The Red Queen is the latest blockbuster at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart. It is a curated exhibit that fills the underground sprawl of David Walsh’s lair with darkness, intrigue, and a sense of bitterness that moves in waves throughout the many interlacing rooms. The assembled works often seem to have…
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Wednesday 26 February 2014
Film

film review: nebraska

Rosie Hunt
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With the Academy Awards just a week away, a film with no less than six Oscar nominations is sure to generate a decent amount of interest. Nebraska is a contender for Best Picture alongside major films like Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle, and film lovers should count it among the Oscar nominees they…
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Wednesday 26 February 2014
Featured News

biblezines: questioning the appropriateness of religious education in public schools

Ally Van Schilt
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Religious and Christian education for both primary and secondary school-aged children has always been a provocative subject for debate, often with strong arguments for both its necessity as a compulsory school subject, for it being a matter of individual and familial faith, or being better off outside of the classroom. However, following a recent publication…
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
News Politics

in brief: refugee couple choose abortion over subjecting child to detention centre conditions

Tedi Bills
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The ABC has released a report stating that a pregnant Rohingyan refugee couple decided on an abortion rather than have their child face the conditions at the Nauru detention facility. Mamun and Silima Motiur arrived on Christmas Island in early December, and were quickly transferred to Nauru. A damning report issued by the United Nations…
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
News World

in brief: libya to recognise and compensate women raped in 2011 uprising

Ally Van Schilt
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A step in the right direction for Libya this week: the creation of a law acknowledging and compensating the women raped in the 2011 uprising which removed Muammar Gaddafi from power. Hundreds of women may have been raped during the eight-month conflict (exact numbers have not been confirmed) according to the International Criminal Court, which…
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
Featured Health

identity crisis: my mental illness is not considered a disability in victoria – but should it be?

Naomi Snell
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The Victorian Disability Sector Awards (supported by the Victorian Government Department of Human Services) were designed to ‘celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams, organisations and businesses assisting people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals.’ However, the Awards have previously not accepted nominations for people who suffer mental illness. Not realising this, in 2012 I…
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
Featured

masculinity and violence: is there something wrong with the way we are teaching boys how to be men?

Alexandra Cashion
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I was riding through the park with my girlfriend on a recent warm summer evening. As we cycled down the path we approached a group of men. Upon passing the group, an object was thrown at my head. A water-filled balloon exploded on my face, followed by another, which hit my chest. We halted and…
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Monday 24 February 2014
Feminism Opinion

feminist of the week: lan p

Monica Hunasikatti
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Name: Lan P Age: 21 Occupation: Student Hometown: Northern Virginia, USA Describe yourself in one word: Curious What is your feminist philosophy? I believe in equality. When did you have your feminist awakening? I suppose it was during college. A lot of my friends are feminists and made me aware of more issues. Why is…
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Monday 24 February 2014
Featured Politics

australian asylum seeker policies ‘an appeal to fear and racism’

Bridget Conway
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Another day, another story about asylum seekers that are not receiving humane treatment in Australian offshore detention centres. If you haven’t already heard the latest – here’s a round up: On Monday, 17th February, a riot broke out on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island detention centre, which has resulted in 62 injured asylum seekers and…
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Sunday 23 February 2014
News Opinion

in brief: lena dunham responds to jezebel’s publishing of her un-retouched vogue shoot

Yalei Wang
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Remember this article that we published here on Lip a couple of weeks ago? Well, Lena Dunham has responded, after keeping quiet about it. She broke the silence on US talk show, Grantland with host Bill Simmons.  In short, she didn’t like it one bit. ‘I think Jezebel is really smart and funny, I think…
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Sunday 23 February 2014
News Politics

in brief: anti-protest laws pass victorian lower house

Danielle Scoins
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Controversial new ‘anti-protest’ laws have passed the Victorian lower house by one vote. The summary offences and sentencing amendment bill will now go to the upper house, the Legislative Council for approval. If the laws are passed, police will be able to issue ‘move on directions’ ordering a protesting individual or group to leave an…
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Saturday 22 February 2014
News

feminist news round-up: 22.02.14

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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    Women’s Media Centre annual report reveals sad stats The progress towards gender equality in the media is slow going, according to the latest annual report from the Women’s Media Centre. According to the report, women had the fewest speaking parts in film in 2012 since 2007; the highest paid female movie star gets…
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