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Sunday 23 August 2015
News Opinion Politics

the ‘people’s vote’: abbott’s gay marriage red herring

Cheyne Anderson
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  Pop your champagne bottles and kiss the closest same-sex friend, because according to this breaking news from Yahoo, gay marriage is pretty much legal in Australia! That’s right, same sex marriage in Australia is ‘almost certain to become law’ after sources reported that the ‘people’s vote’ is probably going to be a plebiscite vote…
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Sunday 2 August 2015
News Politics

same-sex marriage debate: wong v bernardi

Danielle Croci
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  A surprisingly sedate affair occurred on Wednesday when South Australian senators Penny Wong and Cory Bernardi debated the issue of same-sex marriage at the National Press Club in Canberra. There has been yet another push for Australia to legalise same-sex marriage, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June to allow same-sex couples in…
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Monday 13 July 2015
Featured Feminism Life Politics

family terrorism: government policy vs social issues

Arabella Close
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Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence / Violence Against Women A recent poll has shown that three-quarters of Australians believe that domestic violence poses as much, or more, of a threat than terrorism. Just under half of those polled said domestic violence is a greater threat than terrorism. The Essential Research poll of 1,000 people follows the…
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Friday 10 July 2015
Opinion Politics Sexuality

debate or degradation? when high-brow bigotry hijacks the marriage equality discussion

Meg Rawson
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What a disgusting week of political dribble on marriage equality. Just when you believe nothing more offensive or ridiculous could be done, the people responsible for carrying out governance aim another notch lower to seal the deal that they are woefully out of touch and out-dated. Once again, government ministers flouted all common sense and…
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Monday 6 July 2015
Featured Feminism Politics

joan’s law: why we need affirmative action in politics

Arabella Close
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The Labor party will debate raising its affirmative action quota to 50% by 2020 at its annual national conference later this month. The proposal has been referred to as “Joan’s Law”, after Victoria’s first – and only – female Premier, Joan Kirner. The current policy requires women to be preselected for 40% of all seats…
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Sunday 5 July 2015
News Politics

2015 budget: near miss for women divorcing from abusive partners

Arabella Close
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A proposed increase in the fees for a divorce application has become the first measure of the 2015 Federal budget to be knocked back by the Senate. The change to Federal Court fees would have affected the ability of poorer women and women in abusive relationships to obtain a divorce. The Law Council of Australia…
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Tuesday 30 June 2015
Featured Feminism Politics

ditch the what? women and australian politics

Amy Mowle
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It was March 2011. Over 3,000 people had gathered on the lawns of Parliament house. Weeks earlier, Prime Minister Julia Gillard had announced the government planned to introduce a carbon tax, a move seen in the eyes of the demonstrators as a broken promise, an outright scandal. Thousands of vitriolic protesters – placards in hand…
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Sunday 12 January 2014
Feminism News Politics

stop the tampons: a movement for women’s rights in detention

Ally Van Schilt
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Information regarding female asylum seekers’ conditions in Australian detention centres has recently come to public knowledge. In some of these centres, the women are forced to approach SERCO officers to ask for tampons or pads during their menstruation cycles, only to be given one or two at a time. Living in Australia and seeing Australian…
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Wednesday 1 May 2013
Politics

the major parties on marriage equality

Emma Koehn
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For the majority of Australians in support of marriage equality, it kinda feels like everyone keeps. Beating. Us. And while many sit in wait for moments like this to become a part of Aussie history, it’s worth taking a look at where the major parties stand on the issue. Marriage equality is a two-pronged issue…
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Wednesday 17 April 2013
Politics

the major parties on women in parliament

Emma Koehn
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Year first woman was elected to Australian Parliament? 1943. Year first female became leader of a state parliament? 1990. Year of first female Prime Minister? 2010. Mind blowing politics facts comin’ at ya! Yep, for most of you reading this, female political leadership is a thing that was only realised in your lifetime. It might…
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Monday 15 April 2013
News Politics

in brief: first female muslim to be elected to australian parliament

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Dr Mehreen Faruqi will make history by becoming the first female Muslim to be elected to Parliament in Australia. Faruqi was pre-selected by the Greens party for the upper house seat for NSW; she will take over from Cate Faehrmann later in the year. ‘Mehreen’s Pakistani heritage not only breaks new ground for the Greens…
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Friday 5 October 2012
Featured Opinion

kayaks, feminism and the “real tony”: mrs abbott

Emma Koehn
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Lip readers can relax – Tony Abbott watches Downton Abbey. Maybe you haven’t been kept awake at night worried about Opposition Leader Abbott’s commercial TV preferences or indeed his policies? Even so, it might be worth catching up on the defences that Abbott’s wife, Margie, has put up on his behalf in the last 12…
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