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Knives and spoons. Political lives.

Amanda Parkinson If the former leader of the Labor party, Julia Gillard, thought yesterday was tough, she might take comfort knowing this short sightedness will be superseded by a strong legacy. In the three years her government has held office they have watched a country be halted by floods, fires and cyclones. She has attended … Continue reading

The price of homelessness

STORY AND PHOTO BY AMANDA PARKINSON (first published on Sydney Tafe Media) Twilight glistens across the city. Wind tumbles down Martin Place. Precious pearls and Armani coats are locked away, cosy and safe behind the glass of shop windows. Adorning the shops’ steps, beneath tattered blankets Sydney’s homeless sleep. Tonight 22,000 Australians will sleep rough. 220,000 Australians … Continue reading

Between the sheets with ACON

First published: http://fcollective.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/between-the-sheets-with-acon/ By Amanda Parkinson Women often skim over the gory details of issues that lurk under the covers, but the reality is sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise. Statistics show genital herpes is the most common STI, affecting 1 in 6 Australian women. ACON is New South Wales’ sexual health promotion … Continue reading

Gay, straight or neither?

The constant misconception surrounding bisexuals is perpetuated by a fundamental prejudice that exists in both heterosexual and queer communities. Bisexuality is the sexual attraction to both men and woman yet often bisexuals are made to feel their sexual orientation is illegitimate by defamatory statements made out of ignorance. Within the LGBT community the line “bisexuals are just greedy,” or … Continue reading

Stronger Futures for who?

By Amanda Parkinson The government has committed a further $5.2 billion in this year’s budget to its programs Close The Gap and Stronger Futures. Treasury claims the 13.5 billion committed over the next ten years will create safer communities and improve living standards for disadvantaged indigenous Australians.  In a statement released by the treasury’s office, the government … Continue reading

A Notion Ascertained

written after a friend committed suicide, trying to understand her perspective. Pitting in my stomach, no one knows this pain You’ve banished my soul to hell Red ink spills from my veins, desire rings my death knell A notion ascertained. Heart adrift, eyes heavy Insomnia my lonely comrade, slowly ebbed away. Homeless in mortality, endless … Continue reading

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