The pandemic has locked university students out of campuses, thrown many out of their jobs and kept them confined to their homes for most of the year.

International students have been hit harder than most, ineligible for government financial support, suffering from social isolation and lacking support networks.

Mixed emotions: Naman Shama left India for Australia in February, then COVID hit.

Harish Kansal…


Are we sacrificing our young to the pandemic?

What could be more morally compelling than the notion that every life is sacred and therefore, worth saving? This has been the view taken almost universally in Australia, indeed most of the world, since the beginning of the pandemic. Anyone publicly questioning…


When good men refuse to be silenced

Kabul, Afghanistan Photo by Sohaib Ghyasi on Unsplash

Investigative journalism is an important function of democracy: it serves as a check on powerful institutions and people. There has never been a greater need for public scrutiny and accountability of those holding powerful positions. …


Mitchell with his best buddy who stayed by his side during lockdown.

Mitchell Atanasovski, aged 23, was looking forward to finishing his double degree and travelling in 2020. COVID had other plans.

He found the first lockdown hard enough. A self-described extrovert, Mitchell thrives on being around other people and he felt extremely isolated.

His first major setback was when his graduation…


“It has been a complete disaster for me,” she said.

“I’ve not been able to go out at all and make new friends because I’ve been locked inside my apartment on my own…the mental health toll is the biggest toll on me.”

It has also been hard studying away from…


Better treatments, vaccines under development for COVID-19

Kate McCarthy, September 12, 2020

Vaccine hopes

Promising news was delivered last week when Scott Morrison announced a vaccine deal with the University of Queensland, with biotech company CSL ready to manufacture 51 million doses after clinical trials and approval.

If trials are successful the first doses of the UQ vaccine will…


What it’s like living without a roof over your head

October 26, 2019

By the banks of the Yarra, in the well-heeled suburb of Kew in Melbourne’s east, tucked away behind bushes and scrub, is a two-man tent. …


Australian journalists at risk of prosecution

Each of these three cases has two major elements in common: a high-profile defendant and intense public interest. The subject of each case holds a position of power in his respective profession. George Pell, as the highest ranked Australian Catholic, Ben Roberts-Smith, highly respected SAS soldier, and Geoffrey Rush, acclaimed…


And why we’re not talking about it.

Are we missing something?

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. Yet, even though we’ve had high profile awareness campaigns and new funding from the Federal Government to stop these killings, the statistics are still showing a very grim reality for Australian women. …

Kate McCarthy

Writer, publisher and content manager.

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