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BREAKING DOWN BARISTA BARRIERS: Disabled Alumna Bringing Accessibility Technology to Cafés Near You

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A Monash Clayton alumna, Alexandra Irwin-Liu, has created a digital platform to keep track of the accessibility of social venues around Melbourne. Called accessibly.com.au, the website will allow people with mobility issues and their friends and carers to view existing ratings and reviews of cafes, bars,   and restaurants. The interactive map will also allow the user base to add venues, leave ratings, and review venues. I was excited to get the opportunity to interview Alex for this article, and hear about her connection with Monash which lead her to roll out the initial release of accessibly.com.au on our Clayton campus,
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A Dangerous Turn: The Rise of Fascism in Australia

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On January 5th around 150 far-right, white supremacists - Nazis among them - marched through St Kilda, hoping to create a race riot similar to that of Cronulla in 2005. In a horrific, deliberate act of symbolism, this day also marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the German Workers Party, the forerunner of the Nazi Party. The images of the demonstration are now well known: Australian flags co-mingling with swastika patches and SS helmets, a swarm of white, mostly male protestors all shouting angrily for the African community of Melbourne to be sent back to where they came
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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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