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…

Biden or Not Trump?

Normally in an election, there are two sides with two different bases of support. In this year’s American election, that would mean a group of people supporting Joe Biden and a group of people supporting Donald Trump. The individual with the approximately larger support base is likely to win the election. However, this election doesn’t…

What’s Happening in LEBANON

Although Lebanon suffered an extreme disaster over the past week, it is only the tip of the iceberg in Lebanon’s profound economic, political, and social disintegration. The lack of stability has meant uncertainty and fear for many citizens, and the recent explosion only extends the long journey ahead for Lebanon to stand firm again. Hello…

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…

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…

Domestic Violence: A Broken System

21 women have been killed in Australia by a domestic partner in the last 21 weeks. We have been talking about domestic violence for multiple years now, and the government continues to fund organisations, so why is nothing changing? 4 days ago, a woman in Western Sydney was fatally stabbed by her husband in a…

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…

Starting University

For 13 years, everything had been the same. Although subjects change, teachers change, and even friends change, school is very repetitive. You wake up in the morning, pack your bag, attend school and come home. There is a clear structure, routine and discipline. University is very different. It is entirely up to the individual. Learning…

What does a lockdown mean?

‘Coronavirus is not a war, it’s a challenge. Like any other challenge, collaboration, patience and kindness will allow us all to overcome it.’ We are entering a new stage of the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdown. The complete turning off of society. This is a scary and challenging time. Businesses, corporations, recreational activities and education facilities will…

Should euthanasia be legalised?

Euthanasia is an increasingly talked about topic within society today. It is controversial and personal, but lobby groups are already flooding support for legislative change. This begs the question, should euthanasia be legalised?  I want to start by making this very clear, euthanasia is terrible. Whenever a life is lost, it is immensely distressing for…

The Danger of Adventure Tourism

Recently, on White Island, New Zealand, a volcano erupted killing at least 8 people. On the day of the disaster, tour groups were visiting the volcano just like any other day. This recent event begs the question, who is at fault for disasters in areas of adventure tourism? Are people just incredibly unlucky, or are…

The Grey Line: Religious Freedom

Should a religious person be able to say whatever they want? Should a religious person be able to refuse specific actions in the workforce? Do religious people deserve extra protection? These are the questions which will dominate political discussion in 2020. These are the questions which will aim to turn a clouded, grey line into…