Seven things you should know about the same-sex marriage postal vote

Australians could be heading to a postal vote on same-sex marriage. Here’s what you should know about the Government’s postal plebiscite, and how you can have your say.

1. Why a postal vote?

A postal vote isn’t the Turnbull government’s Plan A for same-sex marriage, with the Coalition’s first option being a compulsory, national plebiscite on the issue. The government tried twice to get their plebiscite bill through the Senate, but was blocked on both occasions. The Upper House first rejected the bill in November 2016, then again on August 9, prompting the Coalition to introduce the postal vote.

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(First published for the City Journal on August 11th 2017)

A story of sexual harassment in Australian colleges

WARNING: This article contains discussions about sexual assault and harassment.

I spent two of my formative years living with 120 other university students at a residential college. Growing up in regional Victoria, it seemed like the natural step from country life to university, and a convenient way to meet people in an unfamiliar city.

My time living at one of the eleven University of Melbourne colleges was overwhelmingly positive. But in what was largely a friendly and supportive community, sexual harassment occurred, and was an undeniable part of my college experience.

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(First published for the City Journal on August 4th 2017)

Arnott’s shrinks Tiny Teddy snack packs

Arnott’s has downsized one of its most iconic products, the Tiny Teddy, prompting outrage among the biscuit manufacturers’ customers.

Tiny Teddy multi-packs have been rolled out across supermarkets containing only eight bags of biscuits instead of 10. But the recommended retail price of $3.99 has remained the same.

Tiny Teddies aren’t the only Arnott’s brand to suffer packet shrinkage, with its Shapes snack packs also bearing a 20% reduction in product.

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(First published for the City Journal on July 31st 2017)

Female staff still the minority in higher education

Professor Belinda Tynan has been working in the education sector for more than 30 years.

“I’ve been in higher education since 1998,” Professor Tynan says. “Prior to that, I was in education but I was a school teacher. So I’ve worked across the full dimension.”

In her 18 years working in tertiary education, Professor Tynan has encountered her fair share of challenges in the workplace.

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(First published on the City Journal on October 26th 2016)

New data questions safety of Melbourne’s bike lanes

Melbourne is Australia’s most popular city for cycling, hosting more daily bicycle users than any other Australian city. This number (29,837 as of 2011), has been steadily increasing over the past 20 years, along with the development of Melbourne’s cycling infrastructure, which boasts 130 bicycle lanes as of 2013.

But how safe is it to ride a bike in Australia’s most cycling-popular city?

A Melburnian study published in the journal, Accident Analysis and Prevention, revealed last month up to one quarter of the city’s on road bicycle accidents occur in marked bicycle lanes. The study also showed nearly one in five of Melbourne’s cycling crashes happen on off road bicycle paths or shared footpaths.

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(First published on the City Journal on October 3rd 2016)