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Is Dan Andrews Fudging the Numbers?

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By Juliette Capomolla I do not shy away from sharing my political opinion. In the spirit of transparency, I should let you know that, at this stage, I will be throwing my support towards Dan Andrews for the next Victorian election. Nonetheless, I firmly believe that political leniencies are irrelevant, or at least should be irrelevant, in today’s current climate. The virus transcends voting tendencies; it does not care whether you are a stubborn Labor voter or not, and as far as Dan Andrews is concerned, I don’t think he cares much at this point either. Ever since the ominous
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Rafal’s “LOTS OF NEWS” Weekly Breakdown: 6 – 11 June 2020

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Rafal is here to share her take on the events of the week, providing all the news and commentary you will need. Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in this piece are not necessarily indicative of the views of the editorial board Welcome to the Lots of News Update: these were the headlines for the June 6 to June 11. You can check out the video version below. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers please note that the video contains images of the long-deceased:   IN TERTIARY NEWS Monash University is forecasting a $350 million downturn in revenue this year. (The Age)
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The Path to the Minneapolis Riots

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Cw. discussion of murder, racism, police brutality    Minneapolis burns. It burns as a result of very real fires - both literal and figurative. There are riots and looters burning property down, some looting the resulting shells of buildings. There is an enormous swelling of protesters angry at the police, angry at the justice system, and angry at the undeniable institutional racism that exists in America.   Peaceful protests (such as the actions taken by Colin Kaepernick and other athletes, or Black Lives Matter) were criticised for being un-American, for being radical, for being just ‘whiny liberal snowflakes’. They did not work. No movement
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Staff and Students Will Not Pay for the Crisis in Our Universities

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Words by Corey Everitt and Ana Best Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article belong to the authors, and should not be taken to represent the views of Lot’s Wife. The crisis of revenue in higher education cannot be understated. Most universities are going to be writing off hundreds of millions of dollars for just this year. Monash has announced an expected loss of $350 million, while University of New South Wales is claiming $600 million. The sector has to make profits like any other in order to survive. Universities have made giant leaps as an industry thanks to
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Renting During the Pandemic: The Real Estate Industry Must Do Better

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Words by Rafal Alumairy Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in the pieces are not necessarily representative of Lot’s Wife Real estate agents and landlords have far too much power in negotiations with tenants. In the middle of a global pandemic, we can’t leave tenants at the mercy of landlords without stronger rights. Without robust state oversight on tenancy negotiations, tenants will be screwed. So, everything’s fine and you feel like things aren’t perfect but things are finally starting to go okay – you’ve moved out of your parents’ house, you’ve got a good job at a café, you live in
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A Thorn in Scomo’s Side: Dan’s the Man in Victoria 

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Words by James Desmond Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in the piece are the author's, and are not necessarily representative of the views of Lot's Wife. The author is a member of the Australian Labor Party.  In many ways, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews finds himself fighting a war on two fronts; chiefly, against the COVID-19 pandemic (the health, societal and economic consequences of which will be felt for generations to come), and most ridiculously, against both the Victorian and Federal Liberal parties, hellbent on undermining him at every turn.  Regarding the former, one would be hard-pressed to find legitimate criticisms for
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“A Hot Mess” – Fighting Coronavirus in the Slums of Nairobi

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By Nell O’Shea Carre Hospitals around the world are ramping up activity, hiring extra staff and scrambling to get their hands on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other resources. If they are not already facing overwhelming numbers of COVID-19 patients, they are preparing for a surge of cases in the coming weeks. Last week, however, Ruben Health Centre, which serves over 350,000 people living in Mukuru Kwa Reuben, Nairobi (also known as the Mukuru community or Ruben Slum), notified the Kenyan Ministry of Health that they would not be opening for general medical care. Only maternity services and the Comprehensive
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The Lot’s Wife “LOTS OF NEWS” Weekly Update

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Image Credit: Guillermo Arias/AFP BY RAFAL ALUMAIRY WEEK OF MONDAY TO SUNDAY, 20-26 APRIL 2020 Editor's Note: Opinions expressed in the piece are not necessarily the views of the Lot's Wife Editorial Board   NON-VIRUS NEWS Anzac Day was solemnly observed across the country in homes and driveways yesterday at dawn. There were live and pre-recorded broadcasts from the Australian War Memorial and the Shrine of Remembrance. Lest we forget. Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, which is basically the abolition of all physical punishment for crimes or political dissent, although the country still has the death penalty
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How Sanders Has Lost, and Won

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By Richard Liu NOTE: The views expressed in this piece are the writer's, and are not necessarily the views of Lot's Wife. This piece was finalised before the United States experienced a coronavirus outbreak, and before Tara Reade accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993. So, here we are, election year 2020. For the Democrats, the show can go on no longer, the circus is over, that parrot is no longer pining for the fjords. The Establishment voters has chosen their champion: Joe Biden. With that out of the way, I henceforth proclaim that with big Buttigieg energy
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A Tale of Two Parties

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Who will be Trump's presidential opponent, and can they overcome his anti-democratic antics?  By James Qumsieh  Donald Trump won’t win. It’s what I tell myself every day. In 2016, I fully expected Hillary Clinton to win, as I think most people did, including Donald Trump. So when she lost, I was in shock because I had assumed for months that she would win, and I was waiting for the results to only confirm my assumption. Since then, we have learned a great deal about how the President actually won, including his campaign’s coordination with Cambridge Analytica and theirs with Facebook.
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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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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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