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Children’s Festival: “I am a Proud Australian”

  Singing, dancing and a sea of colourful traditional costumes decorated Circular Quay yesterday (Sunday) as children from all around Sydney joined the Children’s Festival celebrations, appropriately themed “I am a Proud Australian”. After weeks of rehearsal, children were excited to put on a show for their proud parents and experience the festival which included face painting, sand painting, paint ...

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Six ways Australia’s education system is failing our kids

By Rachel Wilson, University of Sydney; Bronwen Dalton, University of Technology, Sydney, and Chris Baumann Amid debates about budget cuts and the rising costs of schools and degrees, there is one debate receiving alarmingly little attention in Australia. We’re facing a slow decline in most educational standards, and few are aware just how bad the situation is getting. These are ...

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They can’t just ‘let it go’: Disney announces Frozen sequel

Frozen fans across the globe have heard the rumours and now it is confirmed, Elsa, Anna and the loveable Olaf are coming back to a theatre near you. Disney Animation on Thursday announced that a sequel to the animated mega-hit Frozen is in the works. “Forecast: Winter weather ahead! Disney Animation developing #Frozen2,” the studio said on Twitter, adding that directors Chris ...

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Syrian nightmare continues for children

Australian aid worker Adam Poulter remembers the cramped apartment in Turkey where five Syrian refugee children rested each night on a grotty single mattress as their mother slept on the floor beside them. He remembers thinking about his own four children, curled up safely in their beds in suburban Melbourne. For the refugee family there was no money for medicine ...

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Apocalyptic erotica now: the allure of Islamic State online

By Jeff Lewis, RMIT University The suicide bombing death in Ramadi of Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi has deepened public anxieties about the allure and reach of Islamic State (IS). Western governments, security agencies and citizens – Muslim or otherwise – seem bewildered by the power of IS and its capacity to recruit and radicalise young Muslims. Near daily media reports ...

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Belle Gibson’s wellness empire a ‘sham’: reports

A former Brisbane schoolgirl who claimed to have survived cancer due to a healthy lifestyle is facing accusations she fabricated the story to help develop a business. Belle Gibson, 23, founded an app called The Whole Pantry, which is marketed as the world’s first health, wellness and lifestyle app community. Ms Gibson was diagnosed with multiple cancers from 2009 but ...

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Urban Report: Wolli Creek residents in uproar over traffic congestion

Wolli Creek is fast growing into a modern mini-city, with high-rise buildings blessing its streets to accommodate the growing population of the St George area. But just like many other Sydney suburbs, the rapid growth of Wolli Creek has exposed a lack of planning in the area with the suburb experiencing constant high levels of traffic congestion and serious parking ...

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Push to de-radicalise Muslim inmates

Islamic leaders believe imams and sheiks should be sent into Australian jails to neutralise any radicalisation among Muslim inmates. Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri said on Monday he would push for such a program to be introduced in jails across the country. Mr Kadri said he’d received information from intelligence agencies that a number of Muslim inmates had become radicalised ...

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Tania Mihailuk MP: ‘We should not judge women on their life choices but on the contribution they make to society’

Bankstown’s first female MP, Tania Mihailuk, has been representing a large population of Middle Eastern Australians in the community since her election into public office in 2004. As a working mother of three and wife, Ms. Mihailuk calls herself a feminist with traditional values and her vision for a progressive society is a hope to see more young Australian women ...

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Shisha café venues fight to survive

From 6 July 2015, the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 will take full effect and all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW, including hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be smoke free. With less than six months to go before the new laws are implemented, local Sydney eateries and smoking houses are beginning to feel the grunt – particularly Middle Eastern ...

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