The Generation Conflict Behind the Election

The Generation Conflict Behind the Election | WhyNot

Words by Connor, 18 NSW The recent election sparked an interesting debate with my grandfather over Australian politics, and in particular around the management of our economy and the best party for that job. I argued that Labor were the better economic managers; he staunchly supported the Coalition. In the eyes of my grandparents, Labor…

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Young People are Not the Problem… We’re the Solution

Young People are not the problem | WhyNot?

Words by Luka, 18 NSW While on the campaign trail for the upcoming federal election, Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of The Nationals, said that young people are a “problem” because we don’t know “how good we’ve got it”. But do we really have it that good? As our economy slips into its…

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

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

Words by Shannon McKeogh, 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…

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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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I Vow to Thee LGBT

Sexuality | 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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