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Vale Bob Hawke: a tribute to Australia’s 23rd prime minister

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By Gursewak Singh  A man who cast a shadow above all those around him and has forever left a mark on Australia—our country would not be the same without his immense contribution.  As the 23rd and the longest serving Labor Prime Minister, from 1983 to 1991, Bob Hawke pioneered the more than 30 years without a recession, modernised and opened up Australia’s economy to the rest of the world, championed Medicare, placed environmental issues within the realm of federal government, and christened ‘Advance Australia Fair’ as our national anthem.  Bob Hawke began his public career through the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) as the prominent advocate for
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The Rise of the European Far-Right

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By Lauren Paynter During the 2017 French Presidential race, the world media became fixated upon Marine Le Pen, the leader of far-right party Front National. Le Pen was everywhere during 2017; everyone was talking about her. The world became fascinated by this new formidable force who was establishing far-right policies and dispersing statements with xenophobic undertones.     Since the demise of Le Pen in the second round of the presidential elections, the world has all but forgotten about Europe’s far-right. Despite this lack of attention, there are far-right governments that are actually in power in the EU. In fact, the issue of immigration seems to have become a
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Immoral Art

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By Neil Lightman    Art has been a centre point of human civilisation for millennia. We treat the mastery of an artform as a goal worthy of pursuit and spend billions of dollars every year on financing art. But nowadays, when a piece of art manages to be the topic of discussion on a news program or television show, the art is usually accused by some of being immoral or improper in some way. How can art be immoral, is immoral art of any value, and should it be possible to regulate immoral art?    What is an immoral art piece? The following pieces of
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Hong Kong stands against Beijing

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By Devan Phillipson  Hong Kong has always been at odds with Beijing’s wishes. While the protests this week have never before reached this scale – one out of seven Hongkongers reportedly protesting – Hong Kong has continually been wary of China’s intentions towards the former British colony. All this resentment has boiled over in the past few days, and up to a million protestors have hit the streets beginning on June 9 to protest against Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her proposed extradition bill.  The source of this dissent, the proposed extradition bill, is a piece of legislation that would allow Beijing to extradite Hongkongers to the mainland for trial.
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Honey, we need to talk about the kids.

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By Milly Downing  During at least one point in our lives we’ve all imagined what having kids will be like, with varying degrees of romanticism. It’s the most natural human instinct we’ve got, to bump and grind and reproduce.  But if you’re someone like me, a proud LGBTQ+ member, having kids means imagining going down routes like IVF, sperm donations, egg donations and surrogacy.  Obviously it’s early to be thinking about kids, you don’t have to tell me that. But when it comes to alternative fertility, our largest exposure is Kim and Kanye’s second surrogate baby on the way. It isn’t
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Why You Should Vote [Political Party] At The Federal Election

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The views and opinions expressed in these articles are the those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Lot’s Wife.  Why you should vote Labor at the federal election.  Written by Drew Alsop on behalf of the Monash ALP (Labor) Club    The strength of an economy is often understood through numbers, but should they be the sole key performance indicator? 15-year-old Elias Anderson lives with cerebral palsy and has been waiting for two years to receive funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for a new wheelchair. That same NDIS is consistently left with less
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This election is a leap between the periphery

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The hard left and the hard right have monopolised public debate in Australia.  There is no reason to wonder why so many voters have registered their ballots at pre-poll stations this election. Australians are dismayed by a political system that has magnified the fringe at a loss to the rational centre. Throughout history, Australians by far and wide have voted in the majority for the Coalition’s economic record while maintaining an interest in considered positive reform. It is fair to say that former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd did not snatch government from the indomitable John Howard on a platform
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Student Politics is a Joke

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DISCLAIMER: Daniel is the Managing Editor of Lot’s Wife. This is his opinion and his alone. Not Lot’s Wife and not the other editors. This is partly a response to Jan Morgiewicz’s piece published on 09.05.2019   Student politics is a joke. To the majority of students on campus, student politics is a minor annoyance, a trigger word for eye rolling and groans. For one week in second semester, you avoid the campus centre but beyond that you couldn’t care less about it if you tried. You can’t tell the difference between one party and the next. Especially with their
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Unrealistic, divided and hypocritical: Why waste your vote on the toxic Greens?

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What do you think of when you hear the word “Greens”? If you’re a Lib, you’re probably already foaming at the mouth, but too often you hear left-leaning people throw around various buzzwords about how virtuous the Greens are, like how they are “environmentalists”, “progressives”, “tolerant” and “feminists”. Or maybe you’re drawn to their call of “doing politics differently” and their stance on minorities. The reality is far different. The Greens are a party of protest. They are a party of division. And most critically, a party of toxicity. Whatever might draw you to the Greens, here are just a
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