Does community support matter? Lessons from the Murugappan family

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Article
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Refugees

The Murugappan family has become the face of many coinciding causes: the plight of all asylum seekers around the world; the struggles faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka who experience cultural, emotional, and physical violence in their homeland (largely perpetrated by the Sri Lankan government); the human, humanitarian, and financial cost of Australia’s immigration policy.

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Friday Poetry
Poetry

Poetry | Gwanghwamun protests

&  ||  pointing screens through a scree of screens, to memorize our memories >>> a Gwanghwamun (vb.) of shuddering shapes, 2,000,000 light-cascading hands rising through the moth-like snow, falling soft in neon drift, our glowerings on stone-faced fields a weather, accretive, a citizenry
at the feet of Bukhan Mountain

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LGBTIQ

If you want to go out dancing: the corporate takeover of Pride

There is resistance inherent in the joy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer people, in existing in those bodies. But there is no resistance in forgetting or compromising. We will never not need community, and places to gather, to physically gather and be healed by the simple reminder that we are not alone.

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Precarity
The university

Wage theft in higher education, and how to stop it

With at least 17,000 fewer jobs in the sector than at the start of 2019, more casuals than ever are abandoning the idea that precarious work is a stepping stone to a secure position. Instead, they are revolting against a system that has always used their passion for education and desire for ongoing work as traps to exploit them. Where will their struggle lead, and what challenges stand in their way?

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Article
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Christchurch
Far right

Is white New Zealand ready for a truthful film about the Christchurch shootings?

The news last week that a film chronicling the week following the 2019 mass shooting in Christchurch – to be titled They are Us and starring Australian actress Rose Byrne as Jacinda Ardern – was being shopped around to international buyers was quickly met with widespread disdain. But what might a truthful film about the event look like?