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Sydney says ‘peace not pence’

As tensions between North Korea and the United States heat up a vocal few are asking what this means for Australia. The Sydney Stop the War Coalition staged a rally ahead of US Vice President, Mike Pence’s visit to Australia this weekend. They made their message loud and clear, ‘we want peace, not Pence’. ……

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Read about this: we’re back

Following a short hiatus towards the end of 2016 the team at Read About This are pleased to announce the website’s return in 2017. While the website’s layout remains substantively the same, the content will be slightly different. A major focus of the site will be on audience engagement as well as supporting and developing…

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Ralph Zabel

an a tree grow out of a book? Can a chair grow out of a wall? These are among the many questions that Ralph Zabel raises throughout his art. By challenging our basic assumptions and associations, the Dutch illustrator subverts normality and prompts his audience to ask wider questions about the purpose and value of…

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RECAP: Turkey Coup

urkey – a country that many of us associate with kebabs, moustaches and camels. There are many misconceptions surrounding Turkey, although I’m happy to say that kebabs are not one of them. The history of the Turks spans more than 4000 years, but 1299 and the beginning of the Ottoman Empire seems a more appropriate…

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21st Century Poet

Poet, rapper, and former satirical news anchor Hugo Farrant has ended a hectic six years as co-writer and presenter of the Juice Media’s Rap News. He’s traded the bustle of Melbourne for the serenity of Trentham, some 90km northwest of Melbourne. It’s an existence made all the quieter by the incidental lack of Internet availability…

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Independents on the rise

ith both houses of Parliament standing to be dissolved and re-elected in the fast approaching double dissolution election, it is prime time to contemplate all players in the Australian political game. Rather than the recurring question of Labor or Liberal, now more than ever many voters are vying for an alternative to two party dominated…

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Diego Cupolo

Diego Cupolo is a freelance photojournalist, reporter and author whose work exposes the human experience of war, conflict and the resulting refugee crisis. He has visited countless refugee camps and infiltrated smuggling networks both in Europe and the Middle East to better understand the layers of experience involved in mass migration. Forced to flee Venezuela…

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

adiq Khan just made history by becoming the first Muslim mayor of London. But aside from his religion, who is he and what does he stand for? Khan’s story is one of rags to riches. His parents immigrated from Pakistan around the time of the Partition of India in 1947. Khan was born shortly after…

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Broken Goods

ome refer to it as female circumcision, cutting, mutilation even ‘genital genocide’, but how about child abuse? The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) on teenage, infant, or even baby girls is widespread in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.  In the absence of understanding and consent, young girls are pinned down before they…

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Isabelle De Klein

‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one’ – Albert Einstein   Isabelle De Klein is a young emerging artist whose work loosely explores this notion. The cognitive distortions and psychological misinterpretations, which can shape one’s perceptions and in turn reality. Based in Melbourne Australia, she is completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at…

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Surgical Saviour

Douglas Schuler’s new Sterile Box is set to revolutionise healthcare in developing nations While almost all wealthy nations around the world (except the US) provide universal healthcare, it will hardly come as a revelation that a large portion of the world’s people receive a very poor standard of healthcare. The truth is that this imbalance exists…

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We’ve Boundless Plains to Share*

*Terms and Conditions apply ustralia’s immigration policy and the plight of refugees have an age old relationship; so much so that a popular primary school book, Morris Gleitzmann’s ‘Boy Overboard‘ presents the situation in a way ten year olds could understand – and this was a book published over a decade ago. More recently, the escalation…

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The New Age of Direct Democracy in Australia

hile the notion of direct democracy epitomises the true will of the people, the impracticality and inefficiency of this system has lead to the majority of the world’s democratic nations being vested in the elected representative. Online Direct Democracy is an Australian ‘micro-party’ with the purpose of re-introducing the uninterrupted voice of the people back…

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