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Community and the Disappearing Phenomenon of Third Spaces

Words by Tully (she/her) 16 QLD Being a teenager can sometimes be awkward, tiring and, often, lonely. Studies show that loneliness is on the rise for young people, especially girls aged between 15-24, with a quarter reporting that they often felt extremely lonely. It’s harder when the quintessential and desperately needed third space is rapidly…

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Duality of Dreams

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD I awake with tears eroding A home into the crevices of my eyes. My arms feel like they Are missing an extension of themselves. My heart is vacant, And echoes like a hollowed out tree trunk. As I look around my bedroom, Sleep still crusted into my…

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How to have a hot person summer all year round

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Making sun safety sexy isn’t just a priority for the summer. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the entire world, and unfortunately, us Aussies aren’t immune to skin damage, especially during the colder months of 2024. Them: “Skin cancer is an old person’s issue. I’m young…

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Time

Time

Words by Joanita (she/her), 28 NSW There were a lot of influencers on my Instagram Explore tab that day, but one in particular left me unsettled. She was showing what seems to be a robust data set on her personal life. “I’m intentional about where I spend my time, because I track what I’m doing…

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Dealing with dwindling adult friendships

Dealing with dwindling adult friendships

Words by Anonymous, 28 NSW Being lonely as an adult sucks. It feels sad and embarrassing to admit to struggling in creating and maintaining friendships at any age, but it seemed easier to address when I was at uni. Figuring out why friendships are dwindling in the 20s and 30s – and what to do…

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The Road Ahead for Indigenous Rights

The road ahead for Indigenous Rights

Words by Ben (he/him) 22 QLD In the wake of the October referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, the potential for policy measures aimed at improving First Nations’ rights and welfare to garner popular support has dwindled. So too has endorsement by politicians and their parties, who have been quick to abandon such policies…

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Dealing with Customers

Artwork by Laura (she/they) 23 Spain You can find more of Laura’s work on Instagram @laurahsilva.art       Cover illustration by Aileen. You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenngstudio

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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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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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Hello Yellow

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 Efa (she/her) 23 WA  The intersection of jazz music improvisation and theatre-devising offered fertile ground for artistic exploration and innovation. My interest was in interrogating jazz music,…

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Potential

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 and Art by Alysia Tay (she/her) 23 WA ‘Potential’ is about the story of my first art commission from 2021 – not what happened throughout the creative process…

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Music is the answer

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 Wilson Tan (he/him) 23 WA Everyone in today’s world has personal interests. It is those interests that entertain, enlighten, encourage, and inspire us until they eventually form…

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Quasi

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 Rachael Burns (she/her) 22 WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek…

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Every Body Knows

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 Sofie Kerr (she/her) 22 WA Since I can remember, I have wanted to be a jazz singer, go to WAAPA and eventually write my own music. By…

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Star #4

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. Art by Elisa (she/her) 19 WA As a young creative in Perth, I am in the process of establishing my artistic identity. Being a creative can mean many different…

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Rage

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 Lea (she/her) 19 WA I solemnly swear to never write about a man To never bring his words into mine That those notions of identity created by…

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From Dreams to Tattoos

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 Mae (they/them) 23 WA I have been in and out of the creative space in Perth since I was about 16. Whilst completing ATAR art in high…

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In Another Life

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD     I lock eyes with a girl, Her eyes are round, and cheeks Are full, and her smile is all teeth. She looks like me, Maybe she is me, In some other life.   She stands across the street, She’s in the sun, Gripping her tote bag, Her shoes…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Education

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Environment

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Empowerment

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Part 1: Let me count the ways, it sucks to be XX and not XY

This piece was written for International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Josephine Renee (she/her) 23 QLD Abortions cost $500. For those who menstruate you will spend roughly $10,000 on period care products throughout your life. $11,000 on the Pill. The oral contraceptive pill is only 63 years old and there is no definitive research on…

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“Girl Math” or “Girl Economic Irresponsibility”?

This piece was written for International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Riley (she/her) 20 USA Every March, women worldwide are celebrated for their achievements, hard work, or strength. Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month after centuries of women and their contributions being overshadowed, relegated to the sidelines, or omitted altogether. For one month, the…

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Gender Equality at Work: Gen Z

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Is your workplace committed to embracing gender equality? This International Women’s Day is focussed on the fight for gender equality in economic participation. A study has shown that women’s participation in the workplace had increased to 62%. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her),…

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Domestic Labour and the Economy

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD In our contemporary world that equates work with freedom and income with protected rights, individual poverty is a death warrant. Many define poverty not as an absence of wealth but rather an absence of opportunity – an…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … the Gender Pay Gap

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA As we approach International Women’s Day (IWD), I’d like to reflect on all the things that I am grateful for and how being a woman has shaped this. But even as I sit and take my…

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Lot One

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   The following poetry and artwork may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Brisbane

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD A reflection on my time speaking to young leaders in India – in the final part of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. I started this series by saying that of all the places I thought I might sometime go, India was not one of them….

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from India

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD We discuss the needs and challenges of young people in leadership positions – in Part Seven of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. If you’ve been following my journey so far, you’ve met all manner of interesting and accomplished young people – from aspiring YouTubers, to…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Grief

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services….

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Why Pronouns Matter

Pronouns carry tremendous significance; think of them as our individual identity badges! When we use the correct pronouns, it’s like giving someone’s authentic self a high-five, radiating respect for them as a person, and it feels pretty awesome. On the flip side, slipping up and using the wrong ones can lead to cringe-worthy stumbles, creating…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Count Her In

Every year, 8 March marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing mission for gender equality. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.” It’s a rallying cry for women’s economic empowerment. We invite you to share your unfiltered thoughts on why investing in women is crucial and how…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Penang

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD We discuss the big challenges and important responsibilities facing young people from Malaysia – in Part Six of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. It has been a non-stop week in India, with very few opportunities to slow down and reflect. If you’re following this series,…

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Let Go & Letting Go

Words by Taylor (she/her), 24 NSW   When my last employer let me go, it felt like being dumped by a toxic ex. We clearly weren’t working out, but I had more to give. I was determined to do better, and still hoping he’d change. Hoping he’d walk the walk promised in meetings, not just…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Relationships

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA   As we move through Valentine’s Day, we’ve no doubt been inundated with Buzzfeed articles like “5 signs your man is cheating on you,” “Do you love him or is he just tall?” and “Why should I marry Ryan Reynolds and not my partner?” These articles, all about unhealthy…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Manila

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD I speak to an inspiring young leader from the Philippines – in Part Five of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. I met a great deal of incredible people while in Chennai, India. Young people from across the Asia-Pacific – all working, in their own way,…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Politics

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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What the hell are gendered interests?

Words by Saskia (she/her) 16 VIC Can we stop shaming people for having interests? Can we stop gendering hobbies – as if any hobby is particularly masculine or feminine in nature? Can we stop this never ending cycle that we seem to have entered where, from girlhood, everything a woman does is seen as ‘embarrassing’,…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Surkhet

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD I talk to an incredibly ambitious young leader from Nepal – in Part Four of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. We’ve now been in Chennai, India for a handful of days. So far, things have been great. I am trying amazing food (curry for breakfast?),…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Wellbeing

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Cinderella at Midnight

Words by Aurelne (she/her) 25, WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services….

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Like Coffee

Words by Aurelne (she/her) 25, WA   I only tried you because everyone else loved you, And at first, You were too bitter For my childish taste buds.   I grew to tolerate you, I learnt all about you, About your flavours and facades.   Before I realised it, I needed you, And each day…

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Danger Zone

Words by Aurelne (she/her) 25, WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services….

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ADHD: A Hard Pill to Swallow

Words by Anjelica (she/her) 23, NSW  The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support…

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Validation: Gen Z

Do you feel undervalued at work? As Gen Z is set to dominate the workforce, a recent study found that only 54% of young workers seek praise from their bosses for their performance. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on this evolving trend….

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Bogura

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD We discuss the big, generational issues affecting young people in Bangladesh – in Part Three of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. In the couple of days I’ve been in India, I am not only learning about India – I am also getting a crash-course on…

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Technology: Gen Z

Is technology taking over? With Gen Z growing up in the digital age, a recent study found out that 45% of younger people believe that AI could replace the jobs that they’re interested in. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on AI and…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Binondo

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD I hear from a young leader from the Philippines – in Part Two of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. The first thing you notice in India is the heat. I’ll never complain about summer in Australia again. The next thing you notice are the mozzies…

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Entrepreneurship: Gen Z

Are you finding a sense of purpose in your work? The Gen Z generation is increasingly exploring careers that break away from the traditional 9 to 5 routine. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on this evolving trend. Discover more by watching the…

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To My Housemates, With Love

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   I have found many sisters in the faces of my housemates. They weave between my fingers, Smile at my sore knuckles After another hard fought day. Never by blood, Always by chance. But aren’t those the best kind Of relationships   You cannot tell me Our smiles are not…

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Future of Work

Words by Joshua (he/him), 18 NSW Being a teenager involves a rapid process of becoming – discovering our passions, shaping our relationships and deciding upon our future. Getting a first job is undoubtedly a liberating part of this experience. It provides a source of income, allowing us the freedom to buy a car or go…

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Achieving your goals in the new year

Words by Aamir (he/him), 29 NSW As we are celebrating the final days of this year and approaching the new year, most of us will think that ‘this year will be different’ or ‘I’m going to achieve so many things’. But sometimes as the year progresses, these goals might be pushed aside and deprioritised due…

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Haute Culture

Words by Erin (she/her), 22 VIC   When my parents immigrated to Australia when I was 3, I didn’t feel I belonged. As a little girl, I always wanted blonde hair and blue eyes. This was partly because the media emphasised blonde hair, blue eyes, and whiteness as beautiful when I was a child. As…

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Mental Health Awareness

Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Mental Health Awareness

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of…

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Surviving Christmas

Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Surviving Christmas

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. I love watching Christmas movies, making Gingerbread houses, and devouring some shortbread! Although I love this time of year, it can come with lots of challenges. Personally, I have struggled after the loss of a loved one and feeling overwhelmed…

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Tis the season for the reason

Tis the Reason for the Season

Words by Maeson (they/them), 22 WA  Look, it’s me, your favourite Gen Z cousin come to ruin Christmas. Christmas – a season traditionally centred around goodwill and generosity – has evolved into a playground for capitalism, a swirling vortex of consumerism that often overshadows its essence. I hear you; this isn’t a new take. People…

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Respect

Respect

Words by Runali (she/her), QLD Respect in Oxford’s manual may sound technical, “A due regard for other feelings, wishes and rights” it’s a bit lexical, But let me put it in words more poetical, Respect is engaging with sensory organs, that’s the essence, that’s the chemical.   It can be seen in the eyes, Or…

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Shadows of Panic

Whispers of Courage: Confronting the Shadows of Panic

Words by Josephine (she/her) 18, TAS  The following piece “Confronting the Shadows of Panic” may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to…

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Coming, Coming, Gone

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD     ‘I’m going to cum,’ you moan into my ear. A declaration, an encouragement, For me to keep doing what I’m doing, Which is, If I’m being honest, nothing. And it feels like nothing; Unseasoned meat, a blank space, the loading page. I suppose I could do more, But…

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Appearance and Vanity

Appearance and Vanity

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  There exists a palpable collective contempt held for the perceived vanity of women. I have felt this contempt through a lifetime of recurrent offhand remarks and demeaning comments targeted at appearance-focused women, remarks made by men and women alike – and often in the name of feminism. Statements such…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Bharat

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD My journey to amplify the voices of young people in the Asia-Pacific region – and unpack the key issues affecting all of us. Of all the places I thought I might someday go; India was not one of them. Not out of neglect – rather, I struggled to imagine…

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Special K? No way

Words by Samantha (she/her), 29 ACT  The following piece “Special K? No way” may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see…

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Misinformation, Manipulated Data and the Battle for Truth

Words by Maeson (they/them), 22 WA  Misinformation and disinformation are increasingly pervasive problems in today’s society. Misinformation is often unintentionally spread, while disinformation is deliberately shared to mislead people. Arguably, one of the most impactful and harmful circumstances of widespread misinformation campaigns are those developed by climate denialists and major fossil fuel companies and interest…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Being Financially Healthy

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Talking about finances can be such a drag and soooo boring. I know when I was a teenager, I found it boring and neglected it myself. However, by brushing aside important financial information or advice, as a teenager meant when I left home for uni, I struggled financially. I…

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The Misinformation Effect

Words by Madieson (she/her), 25 WA  Misinformation centralises on the spreading of incorrect information, either intentionally or unintentionally. When it comes to the current generation, we can see the rapid spread of misinformation on a variety of different issues. From a psychological perspective, misinformation looks at how our memory of previous events in history can…

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Misinformation

Language of Misinformation

Words by Izabela (she/her), 23 ACT Between the divisive and plentiful opinions on COVID-19, and the AI generated images of the pope in a white puffer jacket and matching latte, it can be incredibly overwhelming, entertaining, and downright confusing to navigate the internet today. As young people, most of us engage with social media and…

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Reviewing Shades of Black Eyeshadow

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   The following poetry and artwork may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list…

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Do you hear us now

Do you hear us now?

Words by Josh (he/him) 19, NSW When I was younger, around seven or eight years, I counted down each day until I could be an adult. I dreamed I would be the smartest, the person who was asked all the questions, the person who had all the answers, the centre of attention. In retrospect, I…

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Pink, sparkles, and feminism: How Barbie has changed the film landscape

Words by Saskia (she/her) 16 VIC When I used to think of Barbie growing up, I would think about my dolls (and the god awful DIY haircuts that I would give them – shoutout to my weird Barbie who was always in the splits). My thoughts used to be about this doll, with a perfect…

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Building healthy relationships

Madie’s Top 5 Takes on… Building healthy relationships with your body

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The piece ‘Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Building healthy relationships with your body.’ 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 It has been a long,…

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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

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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Two hands clasped together - one green, one pink on a navy background.

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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