Category Archives: Features

The Good, The Bad and The HILDA (Part 2)

Data from the new Household, Income and Labor Dynamics (HILDA) survey has shown younger Australians are choosing to live in the family home for longer. The report, released earlier this week, showed a spike in the number of 22-25 year olds who are living in their parents’ house.Luke Venditti, a 23-year-old certified book-keeper who is working full-time while…

Mutton still hard to source, ABC Rural Country Hour

Australian mutton is at record prices this year, reaching 515 cents per kilo around the country. But despite the steady price rise, consumer demand for the meat remains low. I went on my own mutton search around Melbourne and found one place that’s trying to reinvent the less popular meat.   This story was aired on…

Indigenous designers want bigger part in urban landscape, SBS World News Radio

Listen to the radio feature here:   A group of Indigenous Australian designers has called for an end to what they say is an under-representation of Aboriginal people in design industries. The comments have come at a panel discussion for the Koorie Heritage Trust, an organisation representing Indigenous communities in Victoria. Award-winning interior designer and…

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…

Nice to meat you?

Lab grown meat. Sounds like something from a science fiction novel, right? Think again. This once far fetched possibility is already a reality, with a group of Dutch scientists from Maastricht University developed the first ever lab grown beef patty in 2013. Thanks to them we’re now living in a brave new world of artificial…

Why me? A story of forced adoption in Australia

It’s a period of Australian history shrouded in shame and secrecy. But what actually happened to the children who had been taken away from their young, unmarried mothers? Linda and I sit down at a small café in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. It’s a cold and rainy Wednesday afternoon in the middle of school…

Homeless in Melbourne

  Rich Carrie, 39, has been sleeping rough in the Melbourne CBD for over eight months. “It’s depressing, cold and miserable. It’s really hard cause you think ‘I’m still here. I’m still on the street. When is this ever going to end?’” Rich hasn’t always been homeless, he grew up in a working class family…

A reflection on the balance between media freedom and an individual’s rights

Journalism aims to work as an independent and unbiased watchdog in society. Its role as the Fourth Estate is to facilitate and protect the public sphere, enable diversity and equality of opinion, and provide transparency of authority. But what about an individual’s right to privacy, a good reputation, a fair trial and the presumption of…

A Reflection on Court Reporting

Journalists report on court cases to help the public understand what is happening in its judiciary system, to encourage public confidence in the law and to help the law deter future crime. But the practice is not as simple as the theory behind it. Although there are significant ethical implications to consider, legal ramifications, like…