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Watch Your Mouth – Cancel Culture and the Limits of Digital Discourse

‘Ummm yeah, I can’t believe he posted that. He’s cancelled.’ Shaped by the rise in digital activism and online political organisation over the past decade, our present post-pandemic political sphere is characterised by the convergence of wokeism, left-wing politics, and a push for change and freedom of speech. This amalgamation has given rise to a…

At Dawn We Remember: a lasting tribute to the ANZACs

My dad is a quiet man. Joining the navy at 19, he trained to become a clearance diver - a navy seal. His quiet persistence and unwavering emotional aloofness held him in good stead throughout the training period or as David Goggins calls it, ‘Hell Week’. He seems to reminisce fondly, finding comedy in the…

China’s Pursuit for the Pacific: how far will it go?

Over the past decade, China has been increasing its influence and presence across the Pacific. The Pacific Islands are strategically significant in terms of their location for international trade, security bases, and resource distribution. Thus, the Pacific is naturally an area which major powers, such as the US, China and Australia, would seek closer ties…

Why Hide Behind Harmony?

March 21st 1960, police in the town of Sharpeville, South Africa opened fire on a swarm of Blacks peacefully protesting for the abolition of South Africa’s pass laws. Of the 249 who fell victim to the sub-machine guns, 69 were killed – some shot in the back as they fled - 180 injured, women and…

The ‘Brown One’

I have become accustomed to walking into a room and questioning if I belong. That was very much what I felt like on my first day of primary school, my first day of high school, and ultimately, my first day at college. Amongst the sea of faked tanned skin, my chocolate complexion dobbed me in…

Sydney’s Housing Crisis – The Rat Race of 2024

Many have not yet faced the thrills (utter stress) that comes with searching (usually for weeks) for a place to live (a small dump that you can call your own). You fill out an application that asks for how much you make, and obviously you ask your mum and dad to transfer some money into…

The Myth of Genius

I am so sick of people asking me for an explanation. People can’t seem to wrap their minds around creativity – my genius. Even after I explained myself. He knew I was a genius. You can’t explain genius to someone who isn’t one; that’s what I have learned in the past few weeks. I’m an…