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Safety in Numbers – Defending the Safe Schools Program

By Alec Young Growing up a closeted bisexual in the Catholic school system was never easy, even if I know that I had a better time than most. Throughout my time at an all-boys high school, derogatory terms for gay, lesbian and trans people were used as common insults, though to the credit of my skill at hiding and lying about who I was, none of those insults bore any “truth” so to speak. High school is hell for many people; however, thankfully, great teachers surrounded me along with a small circle of friends and supportive parents to get me through it. Sadly though, these sources that aren’t always available, or willing to help everyone. Earlier this month, the independent review of the Safe Schools program was handed over to the Government to conduct its own review of the system. This comes after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heard concerns from the far-right conservative element in his own party that the Safe Schools program was described as “having a Marxist and social engineering agenda” and should …

Swinburne University to adopt Responsible Investment Charter

A new ‘Responsible Investment Charter’ – which was approved by the university council on the 1st December and officially announced yesterday – has contained “potential divestment processes” related to fossil fuel extraction, tobacco production, cluster munitions and anti-personnel landmines. The charter includes preliminary language which sets out what seems to be the universities intention to divest from companies that fail to meet environmental, social, and ethical standards. The decision comes after a year of pressure from students and staff within the Fossil Free Swinburne group. “We welcome Swinburne’s announcement today and commend the university on its leadership among higher education institutions in Australia” said Fossil Free Swinburne spokesperson Garrity Hill in a press statement. Swinburne University of Technology currently has a total investment portfolio of $150 million, which includes cash investments, it is unclear how much of this will be affected by the charter, and to what extent. You can read and download the charter here.

Local Legends: Join The Resistance

Local Legends is SWINE’s local businesses section where we let you know about the best places around Swinburne to eat, drink, or just have fun. The Resistance is a new bar and cafe nestled up an alleyway next to Glenferrie train station, well within pointing distance of Swinburne. Just down from Oscar Mikes and directly across from Aussie Disposals, The Resistance is an exciting new venue that has a lot on offer to the Swinburne community, specifically students.  When you enter the front door of the new Hawthorn hot spot you become more than just a customer, you become a part of The Resistance,  a place that goes on its own clock and where worries of the outside world seem obsolete. The reason The Resistance is such a great addition to the Swinburne community is that owner and manager Kona has made an open invite for any students to use the space. I went and spoke to Kona last week and he is excited at the prospect of getting Swinburne students involved. “We’re all about creating culture and …

Southern Exposure – Photography by Maelle Ramsay

If you didn’t hear, Swinburne students Maelle Ramsay and Tristan James Evans are about to put out a documentary called ‘Southern Exposure’, in which they follow around a bunch of dudes while they highline their way around The Blue Mountains and the Tasmanian Peninsula. You can check out the trailer here. Maelle also took a bunch of photos on their trip as well, and has graciously shared some with us! Check them out below.