Category: Opinion

  • Opinion: Senator Lidia Thorpe – politicians as activists?

    Opinion: Senator Lidia Thorpe – politicians as activists?

    During the 2023 Mardi Gras parade on February 26th, Independent Senator Lidia Thorpe protested police inclusion in a march that originated as a day of grassroots queer resistance against police brutality in 1978. Much media interest regarding Senator Thorpe’s actions has centred around whether it was “right” for Senator Thorpe to disrupt the festivities, with…

  • Advertise with Pride: a deep dive into rainbow capitalism

    Advertise with Pride: a deep dive into rainbow capitalism

    Standfirst: Stand with Pride! Ride with Pride! Be bold. Be proud. Be you. Let love shine!  If you’ve noticed an absolute deluge of rainbow or pride-themed advertising during Sydney World Pride, you’re not alone. During a pride event of international significance that is estimated to have brought over 78,000 tourists to Sydney, it’s understandable that…

  • Marriage for Money: The Youth Allowance Loophole

    Marriage for Money: The Youth Allowance Loophole

    Students are no strangers to being kicked in the guts by successive governments who offer underwhelming changes to what little income support they are entitled to. The latest increase of 6% to Youth Allowance may look good at a glance, until you consider the fact that inflation has breached 7%. There is, however, an additional…

  • I like reading. Why can’t I focus when I read anymore?

    I like reading. Why can’t I focus when I read anymore?

    Andrea delves deep into Johann Hari’s new book Stolen Focus to find out why we’re all struggling to concentrate when we read nowadays.

  • UTS’ Vertigo funding cuts an outrageous and unfounded attack on student media 

    UTS’ Vertigo funding cuts an outrageous and unfounded attack on student media 

    By Tharunka Executive UTS has significantly reduced the capabilities of its student publication by cutting its budget by more than 50%.   The argument for the cuts given by UTS Deputy Vice Chancellor Shirley Alexander is that Vertigo is “a high quality publication that suits the purposes of a very small fraction of students” and “wastes…

  • What are stage 3 tax cuts and why should you be angry about them?

    What are stage 3 tax cuts and why should you be angry about them?

    Welcome to Australia in 2022: During rising costs of living, tales of struggle from ordinary Australians and a steep federal budget deficit, both major parties remain supportive of a $300 billion income tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits Australia’s highest earners.