Should we protect Religious Freedom?

Religious discrimination and religious freedom are hot topics in society today. Individuals on both sides argue whether people should be able to freely speak their opinion regarding their religious beliefs or if restraints should be put in place. The recent Israel Folau saga has particularly highlighted the issue, with Folau’s contract terminated due to a…

China and the Australian Labor Party

Despite my reading on this developing story, I am still working through the details of the situation. Therefore, please excuse me if this article jumps around with a lack of direction. There is currently an ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) inquiry taking place into the NSW Labour Party regarding the party’s alleged scheme to circumvent…

The Refugee Crisis – When will we get it right?

A report by the Department of  Home Affairs has described this week that asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea are self-harming and attempting suicide following the introduction of the Medevac law earlier this year. The Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 or commonly known as the Medevac bill is designed to ensure timely…

Why we NEED more Drug Injecting Centres

In Australia, the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney was the first medically supervised injecting centre in the Southern hemisphere. Historically, the first official supervised injecting facility in the world began in Switzerland in 1986. The Centre in Sydney opened in May 2001 and up to last year was Australia’s only supervised…

The Last Chance for Cardinal Pell

Four days ago, Cardinal Pell’s appeal was dismissed 2-1 by Court of Appeal judges Anne Ferguson, Chris Maxwell and Mark Weinberg. In the Australian legal system, the last option of appeal is through the High Court of Australia. Today, it was announced that George Pell would take his case to the High Court. During his…

One Year of Scott Morrison

On the 23rd of August 2018, the Australian Liberal MP’s voted 45-40 to spill the leadership positions after a tumultuous week or gossip. Ms Bishop, Mr Morrison and Mr Dutton all nominated for the leadership position, however; Ms Bishop was knocked out in the first round of voting. In the second round, Mr Morrison won…

Why I Love Sport

I am an avid watcher of sports around the world, in fact, you could tell me any sport, and I could probably tell you which team or player I support. Although sport may not be considered one of the pressing issues in our society, it consistently creates news headlines, media debates and excitement. I love…

George Pell Appeal Dismissed

Cardinal George Pell’s appeal has been dismissed 2-1 by the Court of Appeal judges, Anne Ferguson, Chris Maxwell and Mark Weinberg. Pell, a high profile Catholic, appealed against convictions on five charges of sexually abusing two choirboys in the 1990s when he was the archbishop of Melbourne. He has already spent more than 170 days…

Is Respect Earned or Given?

This is a question which has been consistently debated over time. Often it is by students trying to explain why they can misbehave in front of teachers they dislike or by people refusing to succumb to authority by people in power. This is an important question to consider as respect is such an essential concept…