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Monday 7 July 2014
Opinion Politics

the future of the australian welfare system

Ruth Scott
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After Joe Hockey announced the Liberal Party’s budget plans for 2014, many people began to panic due to the proposed changes to Australia’s welfare system, in particular Newstart Allowance and the Disability Support Pension. Just to confuse people even further, a report entitled A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes was released last…
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Monday 7 July 2014
Featured Life

apolitics: should you employer proof your online activity?

Shannon Clarke
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  In Lynn Coady’s short story ‘Hellgoing’, published in the 2013 collection of the same name, the protagonist unleashes on her friends a weekend’s worth of frustration after visiting her father. Her friend Ruth leans in, ready with a ‘discussion question’ as the conversation turns to men in general. A feminist and academic, she never…
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Monday 23 June 2014
Politics

your guide to double dissolution: what is it and is it likely?

Alice Ridge
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In parliament last Wednesday, everyone’s favourite YouTube celebrity/Greens Senator Scott Ludlam challenged Tony Abbott to call a double dissolution, saying ‘if it’s an election you want then bring it on’. The phrase was repeated by Greens leader Christine Milne and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (hopefully with some sassy finger snaps) who have both challenged the…
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Wednesday 11 June 2014
Health Politics

shut up: ABC ramp up for disability issues axed

Ellen Read
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When I learnt that ABC Ramp Up is set to be defunded with the new Federal Budget I literally involuntarily yelped ‘Oh my god NO!’ I was still waking up in bed, doing my usual morning Twitter check when I found the news. Tears streamed down my face as I scoured the internet for evidence…
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Friday 6 June 2014
Feminism Politics

where have all the good (feminists) gone? the response to clive palmer’s comments on paid parental leave

Alice Ridge
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  ‘Why should Australian citizens and businesses be taxed, and working women discriminated against, just so that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff can receive a massive benefit when she gets pregnant?’ This accusatory rhetorical posed by Clive Palmer in a parliamentary debate on Monday has been the talk of the town this week.  As…
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Tuesday 27 May 2014
Featured Feminism

enough about clinton: monica lewinsky on feminism and public shame

Shannon Clarke
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  For the first time in a decade, Monica Lewinsky, is speaking out. Not about her affair with then president Bill Clinton exactly (of which she says only that it was an abuse of power and also consensual) but the aftermath. The essay in the June 2014 issue of Vanity Fair is for many people…
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Monday 26 May 2014
Opinion Politics

risky business: how budget reforms to higher education could impact women

Alice Ridge
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My mum once told me that when she quit her job after my younger sister was born to look after my sisters and me full time it was the happiest time of her life. But to really understand that statement you need to know a little bit about my mum. In the speech she gave…
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Thursday 22 May 2014
news Politics

what a winker: tony abbott strikes again

Josephine Mandarano
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Ahhh, Tony Abbott, so you’ve done it again, huh? During an interview on ABC Radio Wednesday morning, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of this dinky-di land of ours, was busted on camera winking and grinning after a caller to the radio show – who wanted to discuss…
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Wednesday 21 May 2014
News

thousands turn out to protest against the federal budget

Angelique Lu
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Thousands of people turned out in major cities across Australia on Sunday in protest against the Liberal Party’s budget. (Click below to hear audio report.) They protested in response to what has been criticised as an attack on low income earners, among other things. Proposals in the budget included the introduction of a $7 ‘co-payment’…
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Wednesday 21 May 2014
Opinion Politics

the real aim behind the ‘three word budget’

Heidi La Paglia
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  On Tuesday the 13th of May, the federal government’s treasurer Joe Hockey presented the 2014-2015 budget to the Australian Nation in a speech that was broadcast on ABC TV. Throughout the speech Hockey proclaimed that the budget changes were for and about ‘the people.’  However, as a socially conscious individual, I beg to disagree….
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Monday 19 May 2014
Health Politics

federal budget: can australia afford to be sick?

Cin Peeler
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The federal budget, revealed Tuesday night, held few surprises for the Australian public, but it has caused outrage and debate over many of the Coalition’s proposed policies. A large portion of this heated discussion revolves around healthcare, including the changes to Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, cuts to health and hospital funding, and the…
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Monday 19 May 2014
Politics

budget savings at the expense of the poor: australia and overseas

Alice Ridge
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Following the Abbott government’s first budget last week, there has been a lot of analysis of the many cuts that are set to be made to everything from health and education to the Abalone Aquaculture Health Accreditation Workshop (as highlighted by The Guardian’s First Dog on the Moon budget cartoon).  There hasn’t, however, been as much…
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Friday 16 May 2014
Opinion Politics

australia: the lucky country no more

lip magazine
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On Thursday evening, just days after the Government announced the 2014 Federal Budget, the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, delivered his Budget reply speech at Parliament House in Canberra. He spoke ‘on behalf of millions of Australians who feel shocked and angry. Shocked by the brutality of this Government’s attack on their way of…
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Wednesday 14 May 2014
News Politics

cuts, cuts, cuts: a breakdown of the 2014 federal budget

Emilie Bertsch
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  The government has put forward its scheme to get the budget back into surplus, the contribute and build budget, so named by Joe Hockey. Here is a break down of some of key points in the budget. Health and science The government has proposed $50 billion worth of cuts to health and hospital funding…
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