Unfiltered Thoughts: Roe v Wade

In 1973, the US Supreme Court’s decision during Roe v Wade legalised abortion across the country. A leaked draft of a new Supreme Court ruling showed that Roe v. Wade is on the cusp of being overturned. On June 24 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, allowing states to ban abortions. 26…

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Fight of a six-year-old girl

Words by Steph, 26 VIC  This piece was the winner of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. The indignation of a six-year-old girl is truly something to be reckoned with. Sandwiched into the middle, back seat of the family car, my older brothers’ knees rammed into my thighs, is when I first discovered my innate…

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The blueprint for the future

Presentation by Marama, 26 NSW This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022.   Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc

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Coping

Artwork and Words by Wren, 19 ACT  This article contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14 This piece was a finalist of the…

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Migrants in Australia – an untapped potential

Words by Rohanti, 29 SA  This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. According to the 2020 statistics published by ABS, 30% of the Australian population were born overseas and an estimated 61.2% of this population are aged between 18 and 34 years. That’s 4.65 million migrants.[1] [2] On average, these…

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Embodied Activism

Words by Brianna, 24 QLD  This article contains themes of mental health and eating disorders which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. Lifeline – 13…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Ukraine on our mind

It’s clear the impact (mental, emotional and physical) of the Ukraine-Russia war goes beyond borders. Thanks to a constantly updating newsfeed, we are watching events unfold before our eyes – with many of us left feeling confused and heartbroken. The WhyNot team would like to create a space for your unfiltered thoughts. To submit your…

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Voters Poem

Words by Dimitrios, 20 VIC  To know who to vote for is a lovely, beautiful thing. To know exactly who you’ll ask to lead, and with no fear of what they may bring. For I was taught when I was young that all politicians lie. How am I supposed to know who to vote for…

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I am not your political pawn

Words by Zavier, 18 WA  This article mentions historical events and references homophobia, which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: 2022 Federal Election

The 2022 Federal Election has been called for May 21! In the lead up to the election we’ll be amplifying the Unfiltered Thoughts of young Australians on a range of topics, issues and policies that matter to them. What are your initial thoughts on the Federal Election? This following unfiltered thoughts may contain themes that…

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