With the recent media storm around alcohol fuelled violence, Vibewire investigates whether the new drinking laws in Sydney will have any effect and finds that they largely miss the point.
Category Archives: Opinion
With several US states legalising the recreational use of marijuana, Vibewire discusses why legalising cannabis in Australia would cause a net decrease in harm.
A re-think of how we combat drug culture is necessary, but legalising harmful substances is not the answer.
Beer, flags, meat, green and gold paint. These are the things that stick most in my mind from my first Australia Day experience. For myself, as a Brit living in Australia for the last six months, the long-weekend celebration all in the name of one’s country is rather a strange one.
Symbolic? Yes. But Important Nonetheless: Constitutional Change is Necessary to Recognise the First Australians
The process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians remains unresolved.
Mother Knows Best: what gives a man the right to tell women that they can or can’t have an abortion?
Senator Bernardi has added his male perspective to the abortion debate – but why should we care what he has to say?
With the ideal of ‘Western beauty’ dominating the world, where does this leave ethnic women and their self-esteem?
Kevin Nguyen questions whether our culturally diverse society is really as accepting as we think it is.
A View from Outside the Media Spin: Bethany Noble on Asylum Seeker Rights, Ethical Fashion, and Small Actions That Can Make a Big Difference
An interview with Bethany Noble on her work with humanitarian programs helping asylum seekers, amidst the current political and media turmoil.
Imagine one day waking up hearing voices that no one else could hear, seeing things no one else could see. Psychosis sufferer *Sarah details her disease; from her first symptoms to how she now manages the condition.
A pink nightmare!
A Life size Barbie ‘Dreamhouse’ has caused widespread protest due to its sexist values and ‘pinkification’ of toys.
The time has come when must face the big questions. How can we raise awareness about the spread of disease not only in countries abroad, but in our own backyard? Only 1000 days left!
Can that classic rags to riches archetype withstand the realities of privilege and poor social mobility in the states?
“An alarming 68% of 15 year old females are on a diet. While nutrition may only be a minor consideration, the burning desire for self-acceptance is the driving force”
Sport is an Australian past time, promoting fairness, perseverance, and teamwork. However, it’s also the primary vehicle for marketing alcohol to the general population.
Reflecting upon the silly season, Christine Li looks at the dynamic relationship between religion and money.
195 countries,including Australia, have gathered in Qatar for the United Nations climate change conference (COP18). Vibewire alumni Sophie Trevitt reports from Doha, Qatar.
What is it like to live with a mental illness and how does society treat those who suffer from mental health problems? Richard Bell talks about his experience since being diagnosed with Schizophrenia in 2004.
Over-partying and dangerous rituals in Sydney’s universities have gained increasing media coverage over the past few weeks. But is this a realistic depiction of Australia’s college life?
Should priests be required to report instances of child abuse revealed during confession?
Vibewire went out to the streets of Sydney to find out what you think about the important conversations of the LGBTIQ community.
Is religion done and dusted for Gen Y?
Esther Levy-Fenner discusses the desperate need to shed the taboo surrounding mental health.
The first episode of series 2 of Go Back to Where You Came From aired last night on SBS. Elizabeth New reviews and assesses the importance and impact of this coverage.
Despite negative media, Facebook is everywhere. Raymond Zhu examines its importance in everyday life.
how did multiculturalism, in tolerant, accepting Australia, ever become a negative issue for us to wrestle with amongst our own society?
Evelyn Kandris talks to some young people about personality politics and knowing the policies behind the smiles.
How do young people view Australia’s position on climate change? Elizabeth New responds to being told Gen Y are ‘apathetic’ about the Carbon Tax.
You cannot escape celebrity media. Evelyn Kandris wonders how healthy this obsession with celebrity news really is.
Benson Saulo, director of National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy, discusses the need for our younger generation of Indigenous Australians to step up and lead their communities.