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We won’t stop striking until our climate is protected

We Won’t Stop Striking Until Our Climate is Protected

Words by Sarah, 19 VIC I am one of the students striking from school in order to protest the government inaction on climate change. Our aims are to stop the Adani Carmichael mine, to phase out fossil fuels and to move to 100% renewables by 2030. We’ve learned about global warming in school and the…

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Reflections Next Victim | WhyNot

Reflections Next Victim

Words by Rebecca, 18 VIC I wrote this poem two years ago during my teenage years, before recently coming across it again and refining it. The piece explores my personal feelings towards the world and myself and how I struggled with finding my own identity in a world of stereotypes and prejudices as a 16…

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Identity Identification

Identity Identification

Words and imagery by Jack, 19 VIC I am an outsider. I am a man. I am young. I am an autistic person. It’s important to define what you are. Not in words, or for anyone else to hear. But it’s important to know who you are, where your strengths lie, and most importantly, where…

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The upcoming election’s focus on climate change gives me hope | WhyNot

The Upcoming Election’s Focus on Climate Change gives me Hope

Words by Shannon, 29 VIC Scott Morrison has called the election and it is set for May 18th. And for me, a 29-year-old with crippling eco-anxiety, it gives me hope. Hope not just for a delicious democracy sausage, but for change. Because this election is being dubbed ‘the climate election.’ And finally, the future of…

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Sharks are the Kings of the Ocean | WhyNot

Sharks are Kings of the Ocean

Words by Tim, 24 VIC Sharks are seriously misunderstood creatures. Sharks are one of the only living dinosaurs on the planet. The king of the ocean. There is a real fear behind what we don’t understand, what we can’t control, what we are unable to overpower. Sharks fit into this category. They can harm us…

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When I Die Next

When I Die Next

Words by Natalie, 19 VIC I wonder what photo they will use when I am the next one to die. I wonder what order my name will be in the list of corpses. I wonder how much blood there will be. I wonder what disease strangers will spread about me online. “She should have known…

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Its Okay to not know what you're doing in life

It’s Okay to Not Know What You are Doing

Words by Sophie, 22 WAYou can find more of her work o You can read more work from Sophie on her website or on Uni Junkee Throughout our final years in high school we are asked what we plan to do after graduating. Some will go to university, some will want to travel, and some will have absolutely no idea…

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Not so fantastic excuses, and where to dump them WhyNot

Not so Fantastic Excuses, and Where to Dump Them

Words by Justine, 19 QLD You can find more of her work on her blog www.justineohlrich.wordpress.com You see it a lot: “But they were young!” people say whenever a young person does something stupid. Or even downright wrong. It’s a poor excuse. “Being young” does not lessen the effects of your unwise actions on other people. It does…

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Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable | WhyNot?

Get Comfortable Feeling Uncomfortable

Words by Gemma, 26 QLD Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash We’ve all been presented with an opportunity at some point, when it comes your way, have you made the most of it or let it pass you by? Did you just go with the flow and stay in your comfort zone, or did you grab that opportunity…

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Politician Testing

Politician Testing

Words by Jono, 27 VIC I wrote this article out of sheer frustration when I learned that the NSW Government would refuse to implement pill testing booths at musical festivals across the state. Despite successful pilots at multiple events in the ACT including Spilt Milk and Groovin the Moo, common sense has not prevailed and…

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Sexuality | I Vow to Thee LGBT

I Vow to Thee LGBT

Words by Laura, 25 NSW Photo by Elyssa Fahndrich on Unsplash I wrote this poem as a facetious take on Canberra’s latest ‘religious freedoms’ debate, about whether Christian schools should have the right to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ students and teachers on the basis of their sexuality. As someone who was raised Anglican but is also a (mostly) out-and-proud…

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Removing the tampon tax is just a distraction

Removing the Tampon Tax is Just a Distraction

Words by Bonnie, 24 NSW Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc   Last week 6 women were murdered as a result of domestic violence. This occurred in the same week the removal of the tampon tax was discussed in parliament.  This event seems like a win for women and whilst…

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Self-Care WhyNot

Self-Care in the Workplace – Lessons From the Frontline

Words by Kevin, 26, VIC Self-care is all about ensuring that you remain physically, mentally, and spiritually recharged. Considering the frenetic pace at which the modern day world runs, it is more important than ever. But is self-care just about making time for yourself? As a health professional delivering therapy in the community, there are…

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Self-Help Books Are Anything but Helpful

Words by Justine, 19 QLD Many young people are suffering from mental illness these days, especially anxiety and depression. It’s hard being a young person in a world with so much developing technology and a world where schools are putting more and more pressure on students to succeed at all costs. Whilst borrowing a self-help…

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Dear Brother John | Why Not?

Dear Brother John

Words by Akira, 22 VIC Dear Brother John, This morning I woke up to a Sydney Morning Herald article outlining some alarming suggestions following the religious review commissioned in the wake of last year’s marriage equality victory. The report calls for the federal Sex Discrimination Act to be amended to allow religious schools to discriminate…

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One Year On | WhyNot?

Plebiscite One Year On: We Are Not Done Yet

Words by Bonnie, 24 NSW It feels surreal that the plebiscite was only a year ago. It still feels so raw. I remember how it felt every day during that period of debate. Carrying the weight of uncertainty and feeling more a minority than ever. I remember feeling like I had taken steps back. The…

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Real Me

The Real Me

Words by Dani, NSW At the age of 25, a young woman attends her first Mardi Gras and also does her first drama production “Cosi Fan Tute”. She begins living in stable and safe accommodation. She is finally piecing her life back together, the way it should have been from the beginning. She also starts…

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An Open Letter to Fraser Anning

Words by Aisha, 19 NSW “As a second generation immigrant with a strong Australian identity and more specifically as a Muslim women, the comments by Fraser Anning to enact a Muslim ban pierced deep on the fears of social as well as political exclusion that my family face. This piece is emblematic of my resistance against…

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Subtropics

Subtropics

Word by Thomasz, 27 NSW What do you imagine the next few decades will look like? Do you think we’ll solve the problems of climate change and energy depletion with new technologies and practices, or will it all collapse like a house of cards? Personally, I think we’ll end up somewhere in between, making do…

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Australian Politics is NOT Broken | WhyNot?

Australian Politics is NOT Broken

Word by Angus, NSW Australian politics is broken! Democracy is in chaos! We are an international laughing stock! What about stability?! THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Reading the news last week, you may have thought Australia had gone through an anarchic uprising and lizard people had taken control of the Iron Throne. What happened instead, was…

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Good Will or Good Business ? WhyNot?

Goodwill or Good Business?

Words by Bill, 24 Illustration by Alieen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc In our modern-day economy, businesses have suddenly had to deal with a new kind of pressure to satisfy consumers. Poor politics and ill-advised marketing leads to wholesale boycotts as customers take a stand against laundering dirty money used to…

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Everyone is Better than Me | WhyNot?

I Was Intimidated by Brilliance, Until Now

Words by Cheyenne, NSW I have always been an overachiever. I’ve always loved to involve myself academically and socially, reaping the rewards of hard work and enthusiasm. I graduated high school with an ATAR in the nineties, experience as a School Captain, a plethora of hobbies and extracurriculars, and a set of gleaming eyes that looked…

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Feed My Ego

‘Feed My Ego’

Animation by Aileen   This piece represents the need for validation through social media. It focuses on the theme of greed, the unhealthy use of technology and how it will never truly satisfy us. You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc

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Toxic Masculinity

Our Culture is Saturated with Toxic Masculinity

Words by Anonymous, Why do I walk with my keys in my hands at night? Why do I constantly scan my surroundings when I’m walking alone? Why do I text my friends, parents or partner when I get home safe? Because I am a woman, living in a gendered society. The World Health Organization defines…

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NAIDOC Week 2018

What NAIDOC Week Means to Me

Words by Payten, NSW NAIDOC week is widely celebrated during July of each year by all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Australia, to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culture, history and achievements. NAIDOC Week can have different meanings for each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. For me, NAIDOC week is a…

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Young People | Anxiety | Mental Health

Young People Shouldn’t Suffer in Silence Anymore

  Learning that 1 in 4 young people admits to experiencing a mental health condition is horrible to hear.  I believe that there would be many more that either haven’t realised their struggles are due to a mental health condition, or are too scared/ashamed/embarrassed to admit their struggles. How can one ‘not know’ they are…

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Climate Change | WhyNot

Young People have the Power to Change the Climate Change Discourse

Words by Felix The issue of climate change is currently one of the most pressing in the political arena, and it is significant to young people more than anyone else. We, after all, are forced to face the world that a reckless attitude to the climate is creating – a world with 260,000 deaths per…

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Dual Identities | Why Not

Dual faces, Dual Identities, Dual Languages – The Curses and Blessings of Dual Selves

Short Film by Julianne Nyugen This is a story about a girl.A girl born to Vietnamese boat parents.A girl with Vietnamese parents who gave her a religion. A second-hand religion.A girl who is Eastern at home.A girl who is Western when out.A girl who looks Vietnamese but feels Australian.A girl who feels frustrated by the…

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Youth Unemployment | Career | Why Not | Not Today

‘Not Today’

Illustration by Aileen Based on my own experience I have tried to build a narrative that illustrates the effect of pursuing traditional careers out of expectations from society. My illustration ’Not today’ represents the leap from university into an entry level job whilst trying to keep up with the status quo. You can find more of her work…

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The Holy Trinity of Useless Advice

Every depressed person has heard, what I call, the Holy Trinity of Useless Advice: eat well, sleep well, and talk to your doctor.

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I Know Where I Belong

What comes to mind when you think of the word lost?

Does it make you think of damage, the concept of navigation, or being misguided in general?

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Youth Summit

YMCA Youth Summit 28/05/2018 – Arts Centre Melbourne Book your tickets here It’s time for some fresh thinking on Mental Health. Currently 1 in 4 young people experience a mental illness like anxiety or depression. Many experts in this area are calling this a crisis and much talk is happening around Australia about solutions to mental…

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When there’s something to be said…

I feel as though we’ve all felt it at one point in our lives; something has bothered us or frustrated us and we don’t quite know the right way to go about it.

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Beating the Stigma Together

Currently there is a huge stigma surrounding mental health and mental health issues. How can you help destroy the stigma and support those who need it?

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Young people are being led down the garden PaTH

The Federal Government’s new Prepare, Trial and Hire Scheme, shortened erroneously to “PaTH” will see jobseeking young people aged 15-24 offered internships for between 4-12 weeks in exchange for an additional $200 a week, on top of their usual jobseeker allowance.

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LGBT+ sex education in schools

On the 12th of July 2017 The Daily Telegraph released an article titled ‘Fat Chance Of Being Healthy.’ Alongside drugs, alcohol and obesity, the layout of the article mistakenly suggested another reason why teenagers only have themselves to blame, was their same-sex attraction.

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Put your posters up!

Tonight I witnessed something. Something that demonstrated to me, exactly what impact looks like. Without clicks, likes, comments or shares. Just face to face, real life human impact.

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Who Dares Loses

So it stands to reason that sport is something that all of us in Australia at some point have participated in, whether it be due to a competitive, sporting spirit…or reluctantly jumping into the car with our soccer gear in the middle of freezing July because our parents just wanted us to get out of the house. For me, my sport of choice was swimming. I am a nationally-ranked swimmer, state gold medallist, and proud wearer of Budgy Smugglers. Swimming has been a part of me since I was born. Because of my addiction for the sport, whenever there was swimming on the TV, I would be glued in front of the screen, cheering as loud as I could for the boys and girls representing the green and gold.

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Ungirly: a manifesto

Though I am an AFAB (assigned female at birth) and use the pronouns “she/her”, I have grappled with gender presentation my entire life. As a young child in Sri Lanka, I learned all about what it meant to be a girl. Girls loved pink lipstick, pink tutus, and ballet shoes.

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Dear victim of sexual assault: we need to talk

One in six women and one in thirty-three men will be raped in their lifetime. Australia has one of the highest rates of reported sexual assault in the world, yet the number of offenders who receive prison sentences is almost non-existent.

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Men, it’s okay to cry

As with most boys, I was taught growing up that crying was a form of weakness. When was the last time that you saw a grown man cry? I haven’t seen a man cry in some time, nor have I cried properly in years.

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I’m mad

I’m mad. I’m mad that my industry has let me down.

Media was meant to be fun – exciting, filled with creative types, and an opportunity to turn my passion into my occupation. This is what motivated me throughout my Bachelor degree and beyond. And at first, reality met my expectations: I created, with others, and I learnt so much, and it was beautiful. It was great. I relished in it, in all of it. In helping create, in learning from my peers, and in helping my colleagues

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