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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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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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The Adani mine and an emerging mass movement

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When Quentin Beresford was finishing Adani and the War Over Coal early last year it seemed like Adani’s Carmichael mine ambitions were near-defeated. A quote from Bob Brown on the cover of the book reads: “Beresford charts a citizens’ revolt that brought the Adani mine monster to its knees”.   “Gautam Adani should be a worried man,” Beresford wrote after detailing the struggle waged by environmentalists and Indigenous activists. They piled obstacles onto Adani’s route into the Australian “coal wars” while the Australian political class scurried to move those obstacles off. Public opinion reached 65 per cent opposition to the mine, legal challenges
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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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