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This article was originally published on the On The Game '17 website here. As a young girl, Karen Leach dreamed of representing Ireland on the Olympic Swim team. Instead, she suffered years of sexual abuse from the ages of 10-17 at the hands of her Irish swimming coach, Derry O’Rourke, crushing her spirit and her … Continue reading Karen Leach: A Victor, Not a Victim
‘If you want to be a journalist, do it differently, so you get a unique brand and a mark on it.” A journalist since the early 1990s, Declan Hill is an expert in match-fixing and corruption in international sports. He is best-known for exposing corruption in sport, and his books, Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime (2010) and The Insider’s … Continue reading Advice to future journalists – from journalist and match-fixing expert Declan Hill
‘Conflict diamonds’ are still being funnelled out of the Central African Republic (CAR) via Cameroon despite a short-lived international embargo, where they have helped fund a genocidal war that has killed thousands of people since 2013. By Simone West This article was written on November 7, 2017 Diamonds marked #RCA [CAR] #diamond on … Continue reading Blood on our hands – ‘Conflict diamonds’ are still leaking out of the Central African Republic via Cameroon
Wednesday 17 May marked International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Universities in Melbourne celebrated the recent developments, including the opening of gender neutral bathrooms. The facilities are a small victory for the queer community, who have been rallying for these inclusive spaces for quite some time. Mish Daniel Forder, Queer Officer at MONSU Caulfield … Continue reading Opening of Gender Neutral Bathrooms at RMIT
Out of the darkness, cicadas sing in scattered groups. The small audience at La Mama are privy to the living room of an old widow and a framed photograph of her late-husband on the bookshelf. A Frederick McCubbin painting hangs on the wall of the family home, all combining to make the space feel sad and nostalgic. … Continue reading REVIEW: LA MAMA THEATRE PRESENTS ‘THE MAGNOLIA TREE’
The self-proclaimed “weapon” is back for a knockout 2017 season of ‘Good Talk’ – an hour where the comedy veteran, Tommy Little, does not shy away from crude and raw anecdotal stories. This establishes the show as a fearless account of the blunders of life. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is in its 31st year, with 2017 marking Little’s … Continue reading MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL | TOMMY LITTLE – ‘GOOD TALK’