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The Consumer Disconnect

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What is the consumer disconnect? It is simply that we as consumers are disconnected from the products we purchase – regarding who and how they are made. You might be a law student with an interest in human rights, you might be an arts student concerned by international development, or you might be a science student who cares about sustainability, but you all still go and buy a $5 t-shirt made in Bangladesh by a child working in dangerous, degrading and dirty conditions. Personally, it means that when I’m watching TV and witness a horrific tale about child labour or
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Offence Poisons Everything

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Experienced journalist Stan Grant recently described how the spectre of identity politics haunts our world, causing us to cling to our own and reject those deemed to be “outsiders”. Such tribalism has been a key element in the rise of the alt-right, the growing toxicity of social media, and most notably, the era of the outrage brigade. Today, the bar for offence has dramatically lowered. It seems now that every week, there is a new outrage around some classic culture war flash point, be it race, gender, sexuality, or religion. The media is, at the very least, partially responsible, as
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Are You Asking For It? Introducing University Sexual Consent Modules

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Content warning: Sexual assault is discussed in this piece. Last year the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released a National Report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities, with alarming findings. In the wake of the report, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne have made it a requirement for all commencing students to complete an online sexual consent module. Currently at Monash University there are two consent modules sitting in our Moodle realm. The units are a requirement for students partaking in off-campus and co-curricular events, such as society camps and
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