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…

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…

Why I Love Social Media

Social media is a powerful 21st-century tool of communication. Many people argue that social media has harmed society due to individual’s only portraying the positive aspects of their life, leaving the issues undercover and invisible to the world which in many cases is correct. However, social media has positively transformed many aspects of life, which…

The Art of Disagreement

There is considerable division within society today, traditional barriers of race, religion and gender still split people into groups, despite numerous attempts to reconcile differences. A typical response to these divisions, especially during conflict is: “We need to agree more” Well, ironically, I couldn’t disagree more. We do not need to agree more, we need…