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Australian Primary Schools Introduces History of Sporting Sledges to Curriculum

Australian Primary Schools Introduce History Of Sporting Sledges To Curriculum

The NSW Department of Education has announced that primary schools across the state will introduce Australia’s rich history of sporting sledges to the mandatory curriculum, in 2018. This proposed addition to what has been widely considered an “unexciting” national history learning outcome, has received an applaud from parents. “It’s perfect, just perfect,” says …

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St Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day (March 17)  is the perfect time of the year to parade around in green, chuck on a shamrock top-hat, and dabble in an Irish jig. To celebrate the iconic day, we decided to answer the questions we’ve all asked about today. Before you follow the rainbow down to The Greenhouse …

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Seroukas Sermon: A Word on Football Hooliganism

If you took certain mainstream media’s news for gospel, you would think Australia’s “soccer hooligans” were creating mass terror in the streets of Australia. Even writing that sentence sounds imprudently asinine. But it’s happening: To compare a minority of football fans to terrorists in other parts of the world is simply …

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Pokémon Go: Escapism or the Beginning of the Future?

Pokémon Go: the virtual reality game that encourages millions of people to go outside, explore their neighbourhoods and compete and bond with fellow players while chasing virtual Pokémon. For many, the game is a trip down memory lane, and a childhood dream come true. Players tread in the footsteps of Ash Ketchum, …

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Seroukas Sermon: A Soldier’s Hardest Battle

41: that’s the number of Australian soldiers that died in combat during our time in Afghanistan. It is also the same number of returned Australian soldiers that have taken their lives in 2016. Let me unpack this a little more: In the same timeframe we have been in Afghanistan and …

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Seroukas Sermon: Welcome to Semester 2

Welcome to the first instalment of Seroukas Sermon, Semester Two edition! For those of you who read my stuff last semester, nothing much has changed. To my new readers, now is your chance to press CTRL + W. Or, if you’re a pretentious Mac user (guilty), hit Command+W. You’re still …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: A Guide to Minor Parties

So it’s that time of the year (decade?) where mainstream television, YouTube and now the free version of Spotify are inundated in political advertisements about how to vote and which candidate will save Australia from its fatal trajectory. And it wouldn’t be a federal election without at least one inflammatory, …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: We’re Killing Mother Nature

When you look back on history, there are several trends that were acceptable back in the day but today we look at them with disgust and bamboozlement. Slavery? How backward. The Stolen Generations? Diabolical. Gender inequality? Sure, we’ve made progress but we have a long way to go. Well, 200 …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Lying & Broken Promises

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting (Charles Bukowksi).  When I stumbled across this quote recently, I was skeptical at first. How can you not have …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Eurovi$ion Sucks

There are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators. George Orwell, The Sporting Spirit (1946) Hey guys, I’m thinking of writing a story and it goes something …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Sydney’s Public Transport

A recent trip on a packed, dirty train made me realise Sydney’s public transport sucks. No, I thought to myself, you’re being cynical. But then… A recent trip on a packed, slightly-less-dirty bus to uni confirmed my belief that yes, Sydney’s public transport system sucks. For decades, state governments have …

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The Fortnightly Rant: Anzac Day

Anzac day for most people is now a distant memory, or still if you went ‘hard’ enough, a very distant head ache. I was one of the unlucky souls given the task of working on the day at a pub in a busy Sydney suburb where the soul desire of …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Ethical Purchases

When you buy something organic, you’re paying for high-end, insecticide-free produce. When you shelf out that extra $3 for free range eggs, you’re doing so because these chickens have lived a spacious existence, right? Picture this: I’m Morpheus and I’m offering you two pills that make a proverbial fork in …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Celebrity Activism

Picture this: you have more than 10 million Twitter followers and spend your time brandishing your opulent lifestyle on Instagram. Then, when you’re on talk-back promoting your upcoming tours, you talk about how down-to-earth you are and how grateful you are for your humble roots. Most importantly, you are venerated …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Opinions on 60 Minutes

The 60 Minutes fiasco that is unfolding at the moment has shown humanity’s uglier sides. I use the words ‘fiasco’ and ‘uglier’ not because of the apparent journalist integrity at question, but because of people’s responses.   But before I unpack, here’s some context (Note: this is a rough summation …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Domestic Violence Has to Stop

Australia, we have a lot to answer for. Usually in this segment I’ll throw in a curveball to challenge the status quo, to not take things on face value. But this week is different. A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald sparked me to talk about something we cannot …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Thoughts on Terrorism

Paris, London, Madrid, Bali. All beautiful cities with two connections: tourism and terrorism. Brussels, Ankara, Istanbul, Shabqadar, Maiduguri, Grand-Bassam and Bamako. Also beautiful cities that have been terrorised. And this is only in March. That’s right, in this month alone, more than one hundred and fifty people have been victims …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Bad News Travels Fast

“John, you have to see Kim K’s new selfie!” “John! Did you hear about Selena and Justin’s new beef?!” “Dude, did you hear what happened at the Oscars?” Yes. No. Did someone face-plant? It pains me that these sorts of conversations happen far more than I’d like to admit. While …

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