Crime controversy in Geraldton

By PETA KINGDON: The debate continues as to whether crime rates in Geraldton have risen or if the convergence of social media and online media is making the community more aware. Some say crime rates haven’t changed while others say crime rates have increased immensely, but what’s the real truth? Located 400km ... Read More...

Does the Commonwealth have a new king?

By DARCY HAY: Take a bow to senior Aboriginal law-man Dadawarra Harris – he might be your new king. Dadawarra says a 1,041 page Federal Court judgement on native title in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia seven years ago affirmed him as the sovereign ruler of the Commonwealth, extinguishing the Crown's sovereignty at the ... Read More...

The value of censorship: Australia vs China

By EMMA RYAN: ‘It’s like a drug... I know it’s bad for me but I keep going back for more”. – Taylor Harris, on her social media usage. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the Australian youth are obsessed with social media. Addictive, antagonizing and easily accessible, it is sites ... Read More...

25 years since Tiananmen: Has anything changed?

By EMMA LAWSON: The Tiananmen Square massacre, or the June 4th incident showcased the undisputed power the Chinese government has and would refuse to let go in 1989. Refusing to let months of student, anti-corruption and freedom of the press protests continue; the protest movement was silenced by the government in a lethal ... Read More...

#bringbackourcarefactor

By CARLEY SCHAD: Australia has the ability to quickly join hashtag bandwagons and social media solidarity but it's disinterest in international counter-terrorism and  helping our female counterparts in North-East Africa overrides it all. In the late hours of the 14th of April and into the early morning of the 15th, an estimated 276 girls ... Read More...

“They can’t control everything”: Does China enjoy more freedom than we think?

By ROSHAI MURDOCH: East-West Dichotomy: It is true that the Chinese government practices censorship within the online realm, but is China really denied access to the freedom of information? This year, Chinese reporters and China correspondents are facing new government ‘restrictions’, including mandatory seasoning in Marxism and written examinations to follow. Simultaneously, ... Read More...

The shadow of history

By LIAM CHARLES: “That was a time when only the dead could smile…” Anna Akhmatova  On March the 16th, the body of Reshat Ametov was uncovered in a forest 60 kilometres from Simferopol, the drab and dusty capital of Crimea. His mangled body was wrapped in clear tape, with signs of torture. The 39-year ... Read More...