Australia’s National Youth Week, running from April 1 to 10, is an annual celebration of the achievements of young citizens. Laura John, one of the organisers, speaks to 23-year-old Rhiannon Wapling from Melbourne. Laura has been actively involved in her community for many years and was recently selected by the state of Victoria to represent it as a …

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Australia’s National Youth Week, running from April 1 to 10, is an annual celebration of the achievements of young citizens. Laura John, one of the organisers, speaks to 23-year-old Rhiannon Wapling from Melbourne. Laura has been actively involved in her community for many years and was recently selected by the state of Victoria to represent it as a …

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A trip to Canberra for 19-year-old Sharlene Sturk to debate whether Australia should become a republic provided a wealth of exciting experiences, including a meeting with the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in the country. Last month (after working really hard putting applications in and getting accepted) I was given the opportunity to go …

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A trip to Canberra for 19-year-old Sharlene Sturk to debate whether Australia should become a republic provided a wealth of exciting experiences, including a meeting with the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in the country. Last month (after working really hard putting applications in and getting accepted) I was given the opportunity to go …

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The earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan has forced us to think again about the viability of nuclear power. ‘Is it time we rejected or recommitted to the energy source?’ asks 18-year-old student Amanda McClintock from Queensland, Australia. Electricity is a vital part of our society and our way of life. However, fossil fuels cannot last …

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The earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan has forced us to think again about the viability of nuclear power. ‘Is it time we rejected or recommitted to the energy source?’ asks 18-year-old student Amanda McClintock from Queensland, Australia. Electricity is a vital part of our society and our way of life. However, fossil fuels cannot last …

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The importance of a good education cannot be neglected. In today’s world, it has never been more vital, writes 16-year-old Luke Van Roevan from Melbourne, Australia. Education has an immense impact on human society. You can safely assume that a person is not ‘complete’ till they have been educated. Education has always been and will …

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The taser, an electroshock weapon, has had a negative effect upon police practice and its use should be limited only to extreme situations, writes 20-year-old Neil Thomas, from Perth in Western Australia. The Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission recently resumed a misconduct investigation into the treatment of police detainee Kevin Spratt, who was shot with …

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The taser, an electroshock weapon, has had a negative effect upon police practice and its use should be limited only to extreme situations, writes 20-year-old Neil Thomas, from Perth in Western Australia. The Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission recently resumed a misconduct investigation into the treatment of police detainee Kevin Spratt, who was shot with …

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Climate change denial can be founded on a range of values that have little or nothing to do with science, writes 26-year-old Sean O’Rourke from Melbourne, Australia. On any day of the week, a cursory glance at a letter to the editor page of any major Australian newspaper will reveal the confusion and anger felt …

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