Sorry Scott, You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Scott Morrison wants to show no compassion to one group of people, but immense compassion to another side. Unfortunately, Prime Minister, you can’t have it both ways. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has been a long-term champion of strong border policy. He rose to national prominence for vigorously enforcing Australia’s extreme approach to asylum seekers…

2 Months from George Floyd

The below text is a transcript from a spoken word video recently posted on this blog's instagram page. If you would like to watch the video, feel free to check out @the_levine_lowdown on instagram to watch it there! It has been 2 months since the murder of George Floyd You could almost split the last…

Suppression or Elimination?

We were so close. So close to not only flattening the curve but obliterating the curve. Now, we are facing a second wave. For some states such as Western Australia and South Australia, their persistence with border closures means that they can now move freely within their state. However, for Victoria and now possibly New…

Challenges facing the Australian Labor Party

The 2019 Federal election was extremely disappointing for the Australian Labor Party. Every poll projected the Labor Party to comfortably win the election and form a majority government, however; this was far from the case. Overall, the Coalition claimed a two-seat majority with 77 seats, while Labor finished with only 68 seats. When considering the…

The Detrimental Impacts of Inequality on Australia’s Democracy

Australia’s external appearance deceives many from the broken internal reality of the nation. Australia’s beautiful landscapes, relatively peaceful politics and a ‘laid-back’ approach to life leads many to believe that Australia is a land of equality and freedom for all. However, this is far from reality, and inequality in Australia is reaching unprecedented levels, hidden…

The Danger of Federalism

The current health crisis impacting each corner of the earth has forced governments to act swiftly. Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in confusion in nations where citizens are under the authority of multiple leaders who give different instructions. This has been the case in Australia, and this is the danger of federalism. Federalism, in the Australian…

The Ruby Princess Disaster

On the 19th of March, the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship was allowed to dock at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia and all 2700 passengers were given the green light to disembark although 13 passengers had exhibited virus symptoms before reaching Sydney. Out of those 13 passengers who initially showed COVID-19 symptoms, 4 ultimately tested positive…

George Pell Released

The High Court of Australia has quashed Cardinal George Pell’s convictions, unanimously allowing his appeal. This means that George Pell will be released from Barwon prison today, and no further legal action can be bought against him regarding these accusations. The High Court found that the jury ought to have entertained a doubt as to…

Scott Morrison and Coronavirus

The reaction to Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic has been mixed, to say the least. Some people have applauded his consistent effort, resilience and commitment to the Australia public by providing updates, listening to medical professionals and taking initiative. However, others have criticised the Prime Minister for not acting fast…

2020 Australian of the Year

Recognising the people tirelessly working in our communities to support others is essential. The Australian of the Year Awards aims to highlight these people and their contributions to Australia. I would also like to showcase the impact this year’s winners are having. 2020 Australian of the Year: Dr James Muecke Dr James Muecke has been…

Canberra Legalises Marijuana

Is this the start of a cannabis movement in Australia? Will other states begin to follow? Canberra has become the first city in Australia to legalise cannabis for personal use. Residents over 18 will be allowed to possess 50 grams of marijuana and grow two plants per person. A household can only have 4 plants,…

Coronavirus: Should we be worried?

The coronavirus has grown at an alarming rate, leaving medical professionals scrambling to control the outbreak. Should we all be concerned, or can we continue living our lives normally? Currently, the main issue with the coronavirus is that there are so many unknowns. There is no clear evidence on how you can become infected, how…