The Generational Gap

The Generational Divide Illustration - two people on either side of a divide

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

A person holding plant in hand

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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An honest look at vaping

A vape and a 2 smokes

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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Hot or not: you tell me

Demisexual

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

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 problem with mission trips

The problem with mission trips - an image of hands with a yellow background

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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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

Intrusive - young person huddled in corner from yellow eyed monster

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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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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