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Petrol, Sweat and Whiskey: What Killing the Car Industry Means for Adelaide’s Working Class North

Everyone was stunned. No one wanted to believe it. Holden was ‘bigger than the Roman Empire’, as one former Holden worker put it. It wasn’t going anywhere. Read more »

Lockup or Lockout: The NSW Government’s Response to Alcohol-Related Violence

It’s a Saturday night in Kings Cross, Sydney. The famous neon Coca Cola sign flashes an enticing red light, promising a good night on the town. It’s 11pm and a mob of riot police stand awkwardly, anticipating trouble. Those spilling from the taxis gingerly straighten themselves as they file past. Read more »

Beneath the Surface: Behind the Battle for Hearts, Minds and the Great Barrier Reef

A moment of anxiety follows the plunge, backwards, off the side of a boat into the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Entering a realm in which humans are out of place, the world beneath the surface is an alien environment. It is, literally, a plunge into the unknown. Read more »

For Whom The Bell Jar Tolls

I have read The Bell Jar every summer for seven years, not only as a reminder of my own descent into depression during my estranged periods, but as a symbol of my success in defeating the precarious ‘bell jar’ that hangs low above Esther throughout her travels in the Big Apple. Read more »

No Worries: Bogans, cultural cringe and the great Australian anxiety

The bogan stereotype has been played out extensively in popular culture, on TV and in film. However, even if we are able to identify certain examples of bogan culture, we are still unable to definitively pin down what exactly constitutes a bogan. Read more »

Living Side by Side: Multiculturalism at Home and Abroad

It all seems quite idyllic – people of varying nationalities, religions and cultures coexisting peacefully. It could be a blueprint for the perfect multicultural society. However, there’s something beneath the surface that is troubling to the western notion of modern liberalism. Read more »

Against the Album of the Year

We won’t see an end to end-of-year album and song lists any time soon – it’s hard enough for sites and publications to turn a buck without scorning one of the easiest means of acquiring sales and page views. Read more »

Prone to Inequality: Why female athletes get left out of the picture

In March this year, 13-year-old surfer Olive Bowers penned a letter slamming the sexist portrayal of women in surfing magazine Tracks. When the story landed on mainstream media websites, I was rattled. The bodyboarding magazine I edit gave up on the boobs-and-butts approach years before I took the job, but the representation of women in our mag is miniscule. Read more »

Kim Kardashian, butts, and the internet

We’re used to seeing her butt, and we’re also used to Kim doing crazy publicity stunts. Her entire life is a publicity stunt in itself, both the means and end of a crazy, money-making, power-acquiring trajectory. Her very fame is built on the playful and shameless self-exposure captured in the Paper shoot. Read more »

Removing the blinkers: social media, outrage and animals in sport

There’s something ethically unsettling about sports that use animals. Probably because consent is conspicuously absent and cruelty is conspicuously present – whipping, withholding food and other dubious tactics are used to coerce animals to perform. But social media is making it harder for organisations to hide cruelty and for the public to remain blinkered to animals’ suffering. Read more »