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A Fairground for Awareness

A Fairground for Awareness

FairTrade is no secret of the health-conscious, the in-crowd, the environmentally aware middle-class or the simply “hipster” demographic. In fact FairTrade has very little to do with any of these things. FairTrade is instead a well marketed idea, and in the words of Hugo Weaving “ideas are bulletproof”. As consumers in the first-world, bulletproof-ness is not frequently on our list of needed features in a food product, but an ethical responsibility to sustainability is (along with a small price tag)….

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Out in the Wild World

Out in the Wild World

After 6 months of him travelling the Americas at breakneck pace I finally get to talk to Josh Hewitt again. A 21 year old college student from Norway, he left as a science-loving and slightly geeky friend and has returned the same, albeit more worldly and colourfully dressed. As we sit casually in his family home Josh nurses a mug of tea, continuously glancing around in quiet amazement. “It’s still weird how clean everything here is”, he remarks. Having only…

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Local bottle-shop tests council ears and government commitments

Local bottle-shop tests council ears and government commitments

The planning permit of a local LiquorLand bottle-shop remains in limbo as the Boroondara council continues to debate, despite many objections from the community. As of publishing, the Union Rd development has 95 official objections received through the online planning register  mostly accusing the building of tarnishing the maintained community street-scape, and unnecessarily exposing the many schoolchildren who use the train station opposite. Given the proximity of both a number of schools and more than two liquor shops within 1km of the station, and despite the family oriented…

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Rolling bowls tolerate no drama

Rolling bowls tolerate no drama

Annual champion of the Melbourne Bowls Club tournament, Geoffrey Blake, has been banned from the sport after a spiteful acceptance speech blaming the runner-up for a slew of abuse and ongoing mental health issues. Mr Blake, president of the Oakley Bowls Club, graciously accepted the trophy, before launching into a tirade of accusations at runner-up and long time rival Les Brady, saying he was “sick of his unscrupulous accusations” and they were “playing havoc with my mental health”. Whilst the…

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Police clash at student protest for an open future

Police clash at student protest for an open future

At 1pm today, protesters from various Melbourne universities converged on the Town Hall to protest the increases to the HECS-HELP scheme proposed by the federal government. Led by Students Fighting For Change (SFFC) president Matt Hampton, the “peaceful protest with a clear message” aims to intercept Prime Minister Tony Abbot during a conference on public transport. The situation rapidly escalated as students rushed Mr Abbot as he left the Town Hall, forcing a police blockade after he was hit by…

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Victorian infrastructure under pressure as national budget protested

Victorian infrastructure under pressure as national budget protested

Protests across the country on Sunday decrying the Federal Budget have reignited concerns Victoria’s budget is failing commuters both in the short, and long term. As preparations begin for construction of the East West Link, set to continue until 2023, it remains unclear where funding will be drawn from to fulfill the rest of the $24 billion budget laid out by Premier Dennis Napthine in May. As the largest Victorian infrastructure budget announced, other controversial projects such as the Port of…

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Union split further separates entertainment industry

Union split further separates entertainment industry

Over 100 of Australia’s leading movie actors have separated from the Actors Union of Australia yesterday, over claims of the union misrepresenting the industry in the global market. Fred and Fiona Bloggs have spearheaded the formation of the Movie Actors Guild of Australia which now counts some of Australia’s biggest actors among its members. “We needed a new union because the AUA was trying to minimise the hiring of overseas actors for parts in Australian films” Fred Bloggs said. “If producers can’t…

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Sudden fire engulfs Warrandyte homes

Sudden fire engulfs Warrandyte homes

Three houses in Warrandyte have been destroyed after a fire of unknown origins rapidly spread through the residential area on Sunday afternoon. Strong winds fuelled the blaze, as more than 100 firefighters battled to prevent it from spreading through the built up area.

Cold August night raises fears for lost firefighters

Cold August night raises fears for lost firefighters

Three firefighters are missing from the Mornington Peninsula after they did not return from a fishing trip last night, despite police efforts to locate them in freezing conditions. The three men, Mr Fred Smith, John Taylor and Bill Smith, left Sorrento yesterday afternoon into the coldest August night in 23 years. Police commenced the rescue at dawn today after being alerted, but hours of searching failed to uncover any clues to their whereabouts. Inspector Rod Cathall, heading the investigation, said…

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Nukem proposes nuclear deterrent for Australia

Nukem proposes nuclear deterrent for Australia

Nuclear advocate John Nukem adressed the Northern Suburbs Liberal Club last night, touting the benefits of nuclear energy to the northern states and the viability of Australia’s own nuclear deterrent. While the economic discussion focussed on the potential impact of cheap, sustainable power, Mr Nukem did not shy away from a myriad of other military uses for our uranium reserves. Amongst proposing nuclear blasting to clear dams and mines with no clear clean-up proposal, he also spoke favourably of equipping “any…

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