Soft Theocracy and Public Service

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  Australian politics is deliberately crafted with a distinct, ring-fenced enclave for Christianity. This undemocratic partiality has ravaged the Australian public service, most particularly schools and hospitals – where the non-Christian majority suffers under the Church’s vice-like grip. The State of Australia is a ‘soft theocracy’ that recognises, subsidises, salaries,…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes On … Taking Care of Yourself

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Something that we often neglect is the most important person in our lives! Ourselves!! With the busyness of life, we often prioritize work, study, friendships and families over ourselves. We push our needs to the side and focus on others, without focusing on how we can support ourselves. Here…

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Why does everyone keep telling me to breathe?

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Are you breathing right now? Clearly, yes. And clearly, you were breathing before I asked you this question. But now I’ve drawn your attention to it: to whether you’re breathing through your mouth or nose, to how fast or slow, how deep. Now, it is you in control of…

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What I want is a Nightlight

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   Walking into rooms and Feeling the choking of Gender imbalance as I Count the amount of women Falling under my gaze. I just want to walk into a room And feel it have the potential To be a home. Jumping and jingling at Night with my keys…

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Rental Crisis: Gen Z

Are you struggling to pay your rent? Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him),22, as they venture out to capture the perspectives on the rental crisis. Discover more by watching the clip below.      

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Mental Health: Gen Z

Do you struggle with your mental health? Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), 22, as they venture out to capture the perspectives on mental health. Discover more by watching the clip below.

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Drugs and Decriminalisation

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  1968 America “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana…

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Community Over Competition

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Em (they/them) 24 WA Communities of practice are an essential element of a writer’s career. It’s a vulnerable yet rewarding experience, finding someone to read your writing,…

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Lolendo

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Artwork by Vanessa Kalau (she/her) 22 WA   Banner Illustration by Jodie. You can find more of her work on Instagram @jodie_ellin

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Through The Eyes of Om (And I) As Fellow Dreamers

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Syarisa (she/her) 22 WA The year was 2007. I was living in the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, in a small international community-compound. I was just 6…

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