Saturday, March 7, 2015
 

Students asked to stay at home next Wednesday

Brendan Byron

Students have been asked to stay at home next Wednesday by the main staff union of UNSW and the Student Representative Council.

The UNSW Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has voted to take protected action next Wednesday March 11 as they claim a range of demands are not being met by chancellery in negotiations over the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

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Growing Up Brown

Srestha Mazumder writes on traditions and change in modern brown Australia

Growing up in a brown family means growing up in a household filled with rules and regulations and where your father’s word is the last word. My family is the modern brown family. Modern meaning slightly more liberal than a traditional brown family: where the first rule is finishing medical school and where socialising with a person of the opposite gender is outlawed until you’re married. At which point you are expected to have sex with him/her.

Hence, I consider myself lucky.

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Leadership Spill

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On February 9, at the height of the Liberal leadership spill, Tharunka sent correspondent Ned Hirst to the halls of Canberra to report on the excitement. Here’s what he saw.

At ten o’clock on the morning of the failed vote for a leadership spill, Philip Ruddock is asleep in the House of Representatives. I’m here to soak up the excitement of Liberal party in-fighting, but this serves as a brutal reminder that politics is rarely a spectator sport. This is a boxing match that takes place behind closed doors, affording audiences the replacement entertainment of the 71-year-old referee sleep an hour later.

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Polio Cures Unvaccinated Child Of Autism

Elizabeth Read

Michael Johnson, 12, was cured of hereditary autism following a severe infection with poliovirus causing poliomyelitis last month.

Despite currently receiving respiratory support due to acute paralysis, his parents have noted a significant improvement in his ability to interact socially, as well as a decrease in stereotypy and compulsive behaviour.

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Agony Ibis #1

ibisTharunka’s monthly relationship columnist Agony Ibis deals with another case.

Dear Agony Ibis,

I always black out when I’m drunk and can never remember the night before. Usually it’s alright, but lately I’ve started waking up with awkward bruises, different haircuts, and literally hundreds of dollars’ worth of McDonalds fries.

What do I do???? This week is O-Week and I’m worried even worse things will happen to me!

From,

Anxiously Wasted

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Double Irish Dutch Sandwich

sandwichTharunka’s resident postgrad Adrian Rook takes us along as he follows a dollar of corporate profit as it circumnavigates the world, bouncing from tax dodge to tax dodge in what’s known as the Double Irish Dutch sandwich.

The Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich sounds like something you would expect to see on the blackboard menu of a greasy late night burger chain. In fact, it refers to one of the methods used by top multi-national companies like Apple and Google, to avoid paying tax in a number of countries around the world. It may come as a surprise to some that the many of the largest corporate profit earners in Australia are not paying company tax here – though the more cynical among us will probably be unsurprised.

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Portrait of a Vice-Chancellor

JacobsSo for those students who aren’t familiar with your background, you were dean of the University of Manchester Medicine Faculty as well as Vice President of the University and you also led a research team investigating early diagnoses of ovarian cancer and chaired the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative which you also established. It’s a big change to Vice-Chancellor here.

A little bit, but I like to think that all the things I’ve done in my career are focused on helping people perform at their optimum and achieve the best they can, so as to make a difference to other peoples’ lives. Really, everything I’ve done has led to this role. I started off training as a doctor because I thought personally I could make a difference to people’s lives and from there started leading clinical teams, from there big research teams, then Dean of a faculty of medicine, to the Vice President of Manchester University. So it’s not a massive change in focus, but the scale of the responsibility here is larger.

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Birdshit and Batshit – a history of refugees

Detaining refugees on Nauru makes no sense when you first look at it, writes Brendan Byron, but when you search deeper, you find that yeah no to be honest it still makes no sense at all.

Nauru is a famous place these days, through ten years of offshore detention that, at its peak, involved twice as many detainees being held there than actual local residents.

But fewer people know that in the 1970s, the island of Nauru – far from being a holding cell for desperate people – had one of the highest living standards of anywhere in the world, thanks to its seemingly inexhaustible supplies of phosphates – specifically, guano.

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German anti-immigration leader poses as Hitler

Which is apparently not a popular move? Who could have guessed.

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Oliver Moore, International Correspondent

In a lesson for all far-right political leaders seeking to gain mainstream credibility, Lutz Bachmann, the founder of the growing German anti-immigration movement ‘Pegida’, has demonstrated that it is almost always a bad idea to post a photo of yourself on Facebook posing as Hitler. Even the most committed xenophobes amongst his former acolytes are now distancing themselves from Lutz Bachmann, with his spectacular act of self-sabotage ranking as one of the finest acts of political seppuku this reporter has ever seen.

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Protest against Chris Pyne pepper-sprayed by police

Lauren Wallace

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About thirty students have been pepper-sprayed today when confronting Christopher Pyne in Sydney’s CBD.

The protesters, including a delegation from the UNSW Education Collective, were gathering to condemn Mr Pyne’s changes to higher education at the Masonic Centre.

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