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Opinion: Peter Greste’s focusses on a journalist’s responsibilities

The past week had been a stressful one for Peter Greste. Though now he was safe on Australian soil and far away from the nightmare that was the Egyptian courtroom. A guilty verdict for broadcasting false news that, in the eyes of the Egyptian government, went against national security had been handed down to him and his two colleagues, Mohamed ...

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Q&A with Luke Foley

Sahar Mourad caught up with Luke Foley MP, Leader of the Opposition, to find out more about his personal life. Sahar:  What does being a father mean to you? Luke: It’s extremely important because my father left home when I was seven years old and I never saw him again. I want to be the male role model for our ...

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Instagram changes format

Instagram has changed its square format with an update that adds portrait and landscape formats to the image-sharing smartphone application. “Square format has been and always will be part of who we are,” Instagram said in a blog post on Thursday. “That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it ...

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The Paparazzi should back off: Children of Royalty and Celebrities are Still Children

In a letter issued by Kensington Palace, the royal couple have expressed concern for the “increasingly extreme lengths” paparazzi photographers go to for photos of Prince George, urging international media outlets to not publish any unauthorised photos of the future king. The palace has put in new measures “to protect Prince George and Princess Charlotte from harassment and surveillance” following ...

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ABC Middle East Correspondent talks reporting in war-torn countries

She is usually the one asking the questions, but last Tuesday Debbie Whitmont, an Australian television journalist and writer for ABC’s Four Corners news program, was the one answering the questions as she took part in a Q and A session at the University of New South Wales. Organised by the faculty of Journalism, the session saw the veteran journalist being ...

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Artist Marcelle Mansour: “Mothers should not feel guilty about pursuing their goals”

Award-winning Australian Palestinian visual artist and writer Marcelle Mansour has enjoyed a successful professional career that spans over three decades, but the mother of four (and grandmother of five) will make no excuses for being a working mum. Marcelle has been practicing visual arts since the early 1980s, creating representational art including portraits, murals, sceneries and abstract works and says ...

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Middle East prepares for meltdown as Sunni states bomb Yemen

Afshin Shahi, University of Bradford Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and known to have more weapons than citizens, has been a security nightmare for some time – but its recent downturn has finally spurred its neighbours to military action. An unprecedented coalition of Sunni states has lined up to preserve what they consider as the legitimate Yemeni ...

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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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Former Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Reflects: ‘Lebanon is a Part of Me’

He has been held at gunpoint in Beirut, seen the brutal aftermath of war firsthand and even shakes his head at Lebanese disunity but as he reflects on his time as Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Lex Bartlem OAM says he feels nothing but love for Lebanon and can’t wait to go back. Queensland born Lex Bartlem always dreamed of ...

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