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Quietness and Power

Quietness and Power

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  From an incredibly young age, we are forcibly indoctrinated into a world of extroverts. Before we even have the language to consciously process what we are doing, we all internalise a bias that privileges extroversion as the correct way to be. Quietness is pathologised and treated as a character…

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COVID-19. It’s “fake”

Words by Rebecca (she/her), 24 ACT 2019 saw the beginning of a worldwide pandemic that drastically reduced movement, life, social gatherings, employment, and so much more. The world was forced to face something that was unheard of, we went in completely blind. Families were isolated, faces unseen, vaccinations introduced in hopes to save a few….

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Practising Rejection

Practising Rejection

Words by Lydia (they/she), 21 VIC With the job of a writer comes the challenge of rejection that you must overcome again and again and again… and again. I feel most like a writer when I have received a rejection, which I experienced just now. It was for an opportunity that I was really determined…

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On the Concept of Self Love

Words by Aurelne (she/her), 24 WA In a world where the term “self-love” has been hijacked by social media, transformed into a glamorous performance to be emulated, and presented as an ideal to which we should all aspire, we’ve drifted away from its genuine essence. By no means am I criticising the concept of self-love….

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Safe Sex Education in Schools.

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The piece ‘Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Safe Sex Education in Schools.’ 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   Over the years, there has…

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Media and Desensitisation

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  In our rapidly globalising world, the constant proliferation of communications through the media is inescapable for anyone who has access to the internet. When anything and everything you could possibly conceive of is available for visual consumption at the touch of a finger, value and meaning are progressively lost….

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Bayala, Ngara Wingara

Words by Hamani (he/him), NSW  The piece ‘Bayala, Ngara Wingara’ may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services: – 13YARN– 13 92 76 Lifeline – 13 11 14   As a proud Wiradjuri, Dharug, Dunghutti, Gooreng Gooreng and Tongan young person, I am…

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Thoughts on No

Thoughts on No: the Aftermath

Words by Gabe (he/him), 17 QLD    The piece ‘Thoughts on no: the aftermath’ may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 13YARN– 13 92 76 Lifeline – 13 11 14   For months, I had dreamed of waking up on October 15th…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on…Bisexuality, Biphobia and Sexuality

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Learning about sexuality, bisexuality and biphobia is crucially important as we all work towards becoming stronger allies for the LGBTQIA+ community. For me, learning about these topics has helped me in my own journey in exploring my sexuality, and as quite a few of my friends identify as bisexual…

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Image and Consumerism

Image and Consumerism

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD We are all currently living under a consumerist society in its final and most malignant form. The inexorable effects of this immersion are often not apparent without an intentional unveiling, as consumer culture is designed to colonise and manipulate the psyche. Each cultural epoch is heavily defined by its…

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Ring Your Rello

Ring Your Rello

Words by Alejo (he/him), 20 NSW Talking to your relatives about politics is a daunting thing. I should know, I do it constantly, and honestly, now that I’m writing this out, it might be a reason for my diagnosed anxiety disorder. You might not have a strong opinion on a subject or know what they’re…

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Youth for the Voice

Youth for the Voice: Inspiring Change and Unity

Words by Maeson (they/them), 22 WA   On October 14th, 18 million Australian’s will make their way to primary schools, community centres and sports halls across the country, to write a single word on a piece of paper. It may be the most important word that many of us ever write. I’m, of course, talking…

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Neverland of Illness

The Neverland of Illness

Words by Bee (she/her), 23 ACT    The piece ‘The Neverland of Illness’ contains themes about mental health, eating disorders and anorexia 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   I…

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Queerness and the Closet

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD Being closeted is an almost universal queer experience. At about the age of ten, I remember thinking to myself that by the time I was older things would be better; people would be more accepting. Until I arrived at this imagined future I had conceived out of hope and…

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Online parenting groups – do they help or hinder a new parent’s journey?

Words by Samantha (she/her), 28 ACT Working in Early Childhood Education, I thought I had a solid understanding of child development and what to expect when it came to caring for young children. I felt prepared, and almost cocky, when I discovered I was pregnant with my first child in 2020. I have never been…

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Dissent to Dialogue

Dissent to dialogue – reclaiming the Voice

Words by Flynn (he/him), 19 QLD  We have a date! The referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament has been locked in for October 14. With that date not being far away at all, you’d think it’d be safe to assume that voters know what they’d be voting on, and why it matters. However,…

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Ditch the witch

Ditch the witch: burning sexist stereotypes of childfree women at the stake

Words by Charlee (she/her), 21 NSW Pope Francis, the oft-touted ‘progressive’ face of the Catholic Church, recently branded the decision to remain childfree as “selfish.” Which is ironic, considering that the Pope himself is child-free. The Pope’s accusation of selfishness reveals a glaring double standard: why are men rarely subjected to the same criticism as…

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Pleasure and Shame

Pleasure and Shame

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD As a young girl, the shame surrounding pleasure and masturbation was palpable. Masturbation was completely relegated to the realm of the unspeakable within my all-girls high school, a phenomenon which endured until we were well into our later teen years. It wasn’t until we were about eighteen that a…

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Politically speaking I consider myself a moderate

Nothing changes if nothing changes

Words by Brodie (he/him), 16 QLD  In the context of a history of misguided mismanagement and pig ignorance on the part of Australia’s politicians towards the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the Voice provides a once in a generation chance to take a step in the right direction and sets the…

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Harmonising Voices

Harmonising Voices

Words by Louie (he/him), 16 QLD  The prospect of the Voice referendum sinking into the quagmire of partisan politics would undoubtedly be a tragic turn that every Australian should earnestly strive to prevent. The heart of the Yes argument, while not always eloquently put forth, boils down to a pivotal historic juncture – an opportunity…

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Woman and voice

Women and Voice

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD   Every woman has known the torment of getting up to speak. Her heart racing, at times entirely lost for words, ground and language slipping away. That’s how daring a feat, how great a transgression it is for a woman to speak in public. As explored by writer and…

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Barbie and Misandry

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  In Barbie, storied director Greta Gerwig creates a thematically complex yet endlessly amusing cinematic critique. Each new watch reveals a host of carefully considered and well-placed insights into the human condition, nested within an aesthetic feast unlike any other. The dazzling film has seized the public sphere with both…

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Lesbians and the Patriarchy

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  It was about five years from when I first admitted my attraction to women, that I finally accepted I would never feel the same toward men. I’ve heard the same story time and time again. It transcends the confines of individual experience. It’s something universal, something that weaves us…

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Make it 16 ballot voting box.

Unfiltered Thoughts: Make it 16

What if we lived in a world where 16-year-olds could not just get a driver’s licence, hold down a job, leave school, move out of home etc. etc. but also had the option to vote? The Make it 16 campaign is all about lowering the voting age to 16. Yep, you heard that right! They believe that…

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The Generational Gap

Words by David (he/him), 28 VIC  My parents were born a week apart in Sydney, in 1953. They came of age in the 60s and 70s, all while experiencing pangs of fear watching US vs. Russia, the Whitlam dismissal, and the Vietnam War.  My mother vividly recalls watching the moon landing on her high school’s…

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Why we’re destroying alien technology

Words by Ulban (he/him), 18 QLD  We’ve always defined ourselves by our technology. First came the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age, then the Iron Age – throughout history, technology has been a fundamental part of human progress. However, the most influential technology in history, is often ignored. This technology is the foundation of every…

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Bury me

Words by Aurelne (she/her), 24 WA  The piece ‘Bury Me’ 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   Inconsequential as a grain of…

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Monsters in my head

Words by Aurelne (she/her), 24 WA  The piece ‘Monsters in my head’ 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   The monsters in…

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An honest look at vaping

Words by Will (he/him/they), 20 ACT  Once upon a time, when a character in a movie needed something to fidget with when the dialogue was slow, they rolled a cigarette. When a scene got too intense, the character walked out to collect their thoughts on the porch, they’d light a cigarette, and contemplate, as the…

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Measured in men

Words by Caelan, 18 NSW  At that gnarled and empty space between, when time stood still and fled, I thought about the things that pressed at my seams. I thought about the things that begged to spill from my mind to my tongue and embed themselves in places outside of me.   We are measured…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Cracking the code for gender equality.

We want to help break down the barriers that women face around the world. We want to crack the code for gender equality. We want to hear your bold, transformative ideas about inclusive technologies, accessible education, policy change, and well-being support (to name a few). We want to crack the code to empower women to…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Early Childhood Educators

With 90% of brain development occurring before the age of 5, the experiences and influences a child has in this time is no doubt formative to their entire being. Tasked with an often misunderstood, yet imperative job, Early Childhood Educators nurture little minds in their most formative stages to see the world with curiosity and…

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Demisexual

Hot or not: you tell me

Words by Rosie (she/her), 30 QLD   When I was six, my parents asked me if I had a crush on any boys. First of all, bonkers, right? I was six. And I didn’t—because, y’know, I was six—but they were convinced that I did and that I was too embarrassed to admit it. “There’s no one,”…

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Grow Up

Words by Eli (they/them), 21 NSW The piece ‘Grow up’ 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   I was six when I…

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Are humans still humans?

Are humans still humans?

Words by Ray (he/him), 18 VIC  A subliminal part of our current economics is the idea that there is such a thing as eternal, incessant growth. Here’s a hypothetical example – there’s a sandwich you buy every day at cafe A. You’re happy with it, and the only way cafe B would be able to…

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the little man inside our head

The little man inside our head

Words by Lea (she/her), 18 NSW  The piece ‘The little man inside our head’ 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   I…

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The problem with mission trips

Words by Caitlyn (she/her), 18 NSW  I was on FaceTime with a friend when they said they wanted to do a mission trip with a prominent charitable organisation to build houses in a developing community. After they realised that my screen hadn’t in fact frozen, they asked why I’d gone completely silent. I, an Indian-Australian,…

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Invasion day. Hip hip hooray?

Words by Caitlyn (she/her), 18 NSW    Hey! It’s been a little while since we last caught up, and with a public holiday just around the corner, I thought we should celebrate that time my ancestors robbed, murdered, and enslaved your ancestors. Doesn’t that sound like so much fun? The idea that the 26th of…

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The Space Between

The Space Between

Words by Joseph (he/him), 30 QLD  The piece ‘The Space Between’ 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     Being unheard is…

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Intrusive

Words by Isabelle (she/they), 22 NSW The piece ‘Intrusive’ 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   A foul thing has followed me…

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Brown… White … In-between…

Words by Dionne (she/they), 17 WA  To grow up brown is to be Sisyphus, without a crime. Atlas to your parents’, societies’, and your own standards In that order. To grow up brown out of India, is to be subject to both Western and Eastern societal pressures. A never-ending Pandora’s box of perceived failures. To…

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Social

Unfiltered Thoughts: Social

If we thought the topic of wellbeing was huge this is topic is GIGANTIC! We also know based on past submissions – this is what matters the most to our contributors. Young people around the world are standing up “for the Greta Good” amid droughts, bushfires and once-in-a-lifetime environmental disasters that are happening every other…

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Unfiltered Thoughts Culture

Unfiltered Thoughts: Culture

Although creativity is often associated with the arts, it’s actually a vital form of intelligence that drives people in many disciplines to discover something new. There is no real consensus on how exactly to define creativity – it’s interrupted by the individual. Is the finger painting that your parents held onto since you were 3…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Style

We have watched all over the world, as young Iranian women cut their hair in protest. The average person cuts theirs at least once a year (if we can be bothered) so why has this made us cry with rage? As the next generation we’re mindful of climate change, does this impact the way we…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Tech

We grew up with it all around us! In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a person on this platform who isn’t regularly engaging with technology. It’s how we communicate and connect, schedule our lives, keep ourselves entertained, and learn new things. There is still a lot we don’t know about the digital…

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Experiences

Unfiltered Thoughts: Experiences

According to trusty Google an experience is ‘an event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone’. In other words, it could be an observation, understanding or knowledge, worldliness, involvement or exposure. When we talk about experience we’re talking about physical experiences – things you’ve lived through such as your first travel adventure in a…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Wellbeing

Wellbeing. HUGE topic. A recurring headline both in our social feed and major publications. Pretty much covering everything and anything when thinking about our mental, physical, sexual, emotional or social selves. Helping us describe how we feel about ourselves – and check in with ourselves – as we think, converse and debate about self-care, anxiety…

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How to get unstuck

Words by Nandana, 16 NSW  I’m stuck in the middle of year 10. I’ve just chosen the subjects that will supposedly decide the rest of my life, and now I’m regretting some of them. I am starting to wish I could go back in time more and more every day – before year 10, or…

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Conversation Piece

Artwork and Words by Daina, 16 NSW  “A conversation can change a life”. My art making practice is driven by what we can’t say in words. The tension often experienced by those awkward conversions which can have the most impact, is what is expressed in this work. Titled ‘Conversation Piece’, the use of colour and…

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The Precipice

This article contains themes of mental health and suicide 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 11 14 Words by Angelica, 26…

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Don’t knock small talk

Words by Maeson (they/them), 21 WA If you’re really struggling with your mental health, I will always recommend seeking professional psychological care. But if you’ve reached a point where generally speaking, you’re doing ok, maybe just a little lonely or stressed or tired with the everydayness of life, then here’s a wild suggestion – don’t…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Conversations that could change a life.

Conversations are sometimes just a simple exchange of information. They could also help to clarify your own thinking, present an opportunity to learn something new or spark a bit of creativity. Conversations are also how we connect with others. In the lead up to ‘R U OK? Day’ we want you to share how a…

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Equality is not Enough

Artwork and Words by Emily (they/them), 25 VIC    This artwork is to raise awareness that “Equality is not Enough”. The piece depicts four possible outcomes: starting with Reality and moving through to Justice. REALITY In this world, we are not born into equal circumstances. Some people get more than they need, others get less….

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Internalised Ableism

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  In part 1, we explored ableism: what it is, how to recognise it and how you can be an ally. Internalised ableism is much more personal and in some ways even more heartbreaking, as constant reinforcement from our ableist culture begins to dictate our internal, personal lives. Ableism is…

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Should Australia introduce compulsory national service for school-leavers?

Words by Dustin (he/him), 18 NSW Everyone knows that our schooling career is progressive. It’s planned out by the education system, almost as if your life has only one direction for the next 13 years: from kindergarten to year one, and eventually year 12. Essentially, young people – including me – feel as if they…

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Ableism: What is it? Why do you need to know about it?

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  What is Ableism? Ableism is heavily engrained in our society and impacts everyone’s daily life. Ableism is a huge, complex topic. It’s short dictionary definition is “discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.” But what does Ableism actually look like in everyday life? Ableism comes in many shapes and sizes….

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I’m a queer girl. I also have a boyfriend.

Words by Steph (she/her), 21 TAS  I’m a bisexual woman and I have a long-term male partner. Despite bisexuality being the most common sexuality in the LGBTQIA+/queer community (GLAAD), bisexual people (like me) are still questioned and misunderstood often. When I tell someone I’m queer, they ask if I have a girlfriend. When I tell…

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Trees for our future

Words by Kirra, 21 VIC  My most resonant childhood memories are times spent in nature. With my hands in the dirt, or up a tree looking out over the canopy, I have always felt drawn to trees – captivated by the knowledge that they existed long before I was born and will continue to thrive…

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Let me buy into my community, don’t force me to

Words by Emma, 27 WA  The concept of compulsory service is not new, with many countries such as South Korea and Norway requiring young people to serve their country. When the majority of the world is at peace, something like this seems harmless and encourages patriotism and connection with their peers. But given the ongoing…

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Kids want more choice after graduating, not less

Words by Joshua, 17 NSW     When the first wave of COVID-19 hit Australian shores in March 2020, I had no idea what was coming. Time spent crying at my desk, my microphone muted and camera off while attending Zoom classes. Afternoons spent on assignments and wondering about questions I couldn’t ask. Talking with friends…

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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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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Boundaries are our perfect lovers

We need to change the way we think and talk about sexual assault. To help a survivor, we need to validate their experiences without measuring against others.

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My cup is broken

Words by Maeson, 21 WA “You can’t pour from an empty cup” The number one phrase for championing self-care. It’s a good message. To contribute to the world, we must first take care of ourselves. The longer we neglect our mental and emotional wellbeing, the more we risk suffering from things like burnout or depression….

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Unfiltered Thoughts: #breakthebias

In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2022 we asked our WhyNot community for their Unfiltered Thoughts on what this year’s theme #breakthebias means to them. Women Kill, but Women Are Also Killed In Australia: – 1 woman a week is killed by an intimate partner [1] – 10 women a day are hospitalised…

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We are Earth

  Words by Jahin, 21 NSW When we feel affection, we describe the fondness through the intricacies of nature. Two hearts interlaced like wild vines. Tender eyes as deep as oceans. Minds spinning yarns that expand as far as the milky way. We dissect this human emotion into what we see around us, – the…

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We all deserve better.

Words by Maeson, 21 WA A response to the Citipointe Christian College student enrolment contract.  Christians don’t believe in bigotry. Bigots pretend to be Christians. The discrimination of queer people, from television, movies, books, politics, business, workplaces and schools is a constant in our lives. I thought we made it when they legalised gay marriage…

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Still on your L’s? Don’t sweat it!

Words by Kirra, 20 VIC There are many reasons I could give as to why, at 20 years old, I still haven’t got my driver’s licence. I could blame it on the fact that I live out of home and don’t have a car or tell you that I haven’t been able to go driving…

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Lockdown Motivation

Words by Leo, VIC Artist Statement: The aim for my video was to motivate viewers to get active during lockdown and not allow lack of motivation to consume them. Whether it be exercise, establishing a routine or hanging out with family. There are many outlets we can channel our time into. I was keen to…

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Happy New Year’s Eve

Words by Jahin, 21 NSW    As we depart another year, It is time for me to forget the chapter it created, Like shoes at the door, I will lay it down, A heavy heart no longer mine to bear, To be grateful for the time that has passed, Lessons learnt and tears shared.  …

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Living with the V

“I am living with vaginismus.
The involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor.”

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Unpacking the slippery stuff

An interview with the co-founders of Figr! A brand that not only makes lube BUT smashes the stigma associated with it.

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: A chat could change a life

James and Tom talk us through their final year of high school and their learnings from the Man Cave program.

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The cover letter I wish I could send

What if you could write an honest cover letter? What would it say? Are employers putting too much weight on the contents of cover letters?

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Looking Beyond

A powerful poem about identity, belonging and connection to your past.

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Install Update: Online Safety

The digital space is quickly becoming a difficult place to regulate for young people.

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Taking off the real mask

This artwork hopes to help people feel less alone and raise awareness for mental health challenges that are often masked.

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A quick transition: from couch surfing to public housing.

Piece by Danni, 25 WA The illustration at the top of this page is by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc

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Paper Rockets

Words by Becky, 19 NSW   Finding success when you are not built in the eyes of corporate perfection – an analogy   If I ever build a rocket, I would make it out of paper.   I’d make it forty sheets thick and cover it in flame retardant glue, But see that when it…

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard Interview: Krystelle

The following interview is part of the Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard campaign – words by Georgie and interview by Lauren. Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard is about shining a light on the stories, thoughts and opinions of young people who have never been published on the WhyNot platform before, helping break down stereotypes and continuing to…

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Over 1.2 Million Australians were left out of the 2021 Census.

Words by Jordan, 26 NSW This article mentions self harm and 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 Lifeline…

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‘You don’t seem autistic’ – and other phrases we’re tired of hearing.

Words by Megan, 20 TAS  I am autistic. It’s a label to be proud of, but it also comes with challenges. Every autistic person is different, and so every autistic person faces misconceptions that can be upsetting and frustrating. Even those who think they are supportive of the autistic community will often make these mistakes….

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Verified

Artwork by Ziggy, 23 NSW  Artist Statement: I had to be ‘verified’ by a medical professional as transgender, before I could continue with my transition. The funny thing is everything in this drawing makes me trans. AND nothing in this drawing makes me trans. Every transgender person has their own ideas of what being trans…

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Letter to the West

Words by Melis, 22 VIC This article contains themes of sexual assault and violence 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…

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Subtle Burnout: surviving, thriving with a side of crying.

Words by Chelsea, 24 VIC This pandemic has forced me to deal with the circumstances that led me to burn out. ‘Ah ha’, you may say ‘I know that feeling all too well’. But for myself at least, the signs flew under the radar until it was too late. So, here are three tips to…

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Unequal before the internet

Words by Markos, 28 VIC This article contains themes of racism and crime 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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Do you trust your computer?

Words by Sabrina, 19 VIC  It’s a marvel how much we’ve come to trust technology. Recently I was sitting in a Zoom class where we were discussing the impact of deep fakes. Deep fakes, for those who don’t know, are digitally manipulated videos or images which depict someone doing or saying something that never actually…

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The internet and it’s demons

Words by Tayla, 23 NSW This article contains themes of anxiety, depression and mental health 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…

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EC Unfiltered: Federal budget

  What was a nice surprise for you to see included in this year’s budget and what do you feel it missed the mark on? A boost up for women everywhere. This year it was nice to see a serious uptake in spending on women’s issues. Last year the budget severely missed the mark, this…

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Dark of the moon

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW Welcome to the inside of my mind,A mansion of memories, that sometimes feels hollow,Cracks and curves,Embellishing the nature that swirls around it. Here you will find one of two things –The joys and cheers of what it means to be human,A fickle experience, one of age and lessons that shape…

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Change and anxiety in the time of COVID.

Words by Lydia, 18 VIC Post-high school fear has knocked my friends around and left them floundering. Even through our last school year – a long plague of fear and ever-changing plans – my simple questions were not met with tears as often as they are now. I’m considering bringing tissues to small talk, just…

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Fighting about feminism

Words by Ella, 23 VIC I was sitting at a coffee shop talking to my boyfriend when we got into an enamoured discussion about feminism. His stance: feminism is divisive. It does more harm than good in advancing the cause for women’s rights. My stance: Feminism is essential to dismantling patriarchal structure which causes harm…

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