In-Depth

Victorian schools get ready to elect school captains

0 Comments 27 August 2014

As the school year edges to a close, the prospect of becoming or electing a school captain looms for year 11 students around the country. But from country schools surrounded by green grass and dairy farms to prestigious inner city colleges, the role might seem vastly different. The Under Age spoke to two school captains […]

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Analysis

The new philanthropists

1 Comment 20 August 2014

Young people are changing the world one bright idea at a time as ideas sparked in classrooms are becoming nationwide charities. The Under Age spoke to two young philanthropists who are out to prove it’s never too early to take on the world. Rachel Heard is an 18-year-old schoolgirl. She was recently nominated for a […]

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News

Uniforms’ brand new meaning: Victorian schools toughen up

0 Comments 20 August 2014

School uniforms represent the face and the identity of schools, but opinions are divided on how much control schools should have over student behaviour outside of uniform. “It has become a school’s responsibility to look out for their students,” argued former-secondary school teacher Michelle Smith. “A school has every right, whether in uniform or not, […]

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In-Depth

Happy hounds and humans at the Casterton Kelpie Muster

0 Comments 06 August 2014

The crowd falls silent as the competitor begins his run, his legs surging him onwards towards his goal. He picks up speed as his obstacle rises above him: a wall of wooden planks over two metres high. He leaps, slicing through the air like a loosened arrow. He glides up to the top of the […]

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Life

Laughter is truly the best medicine

0 Comments 06 August 2014

A few Sundays ago, I found my mother seated at the kitchen table, holding her usual decaf latte and reading the local newspaper with a quizzical expression upon her face. “Laura,” she said, setting the newspaper down, “have you ever heard of a laughter club?” At this, confused, I squinted at the article laying open […]

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Analysis

We need to talk about Snapchat

0 Comments 06 August 2014

Emma Sinclair Let me tell you a story. It’s a classic story of boy meets girl, girl sends naked photos, boy shares them around to his friends, boy loses girl, boy gets charged with possession of child pornography. Ok, so it mightn’t fit so snugly in a bookshelf alongside Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights, […]

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News

Are young Australians really abandoning democracy?

0 Comments 30 July 2014

The Lowy Institute’s annual poll on attitudes to politics and democracy found a large majority of young people were reluctant to participate in politics and were not happy with the current political system, but others argue the way young people engage in politics is simply changing. The 2014 Lowy Poll is a nationally representative telephone […]

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Reviews

Riff Raff’s quirky ‘Neon Icon’ shocks and surprises

0 Comments 30 July 2014

Before listening to it, you could think Neon Icon, the second release from Texas rapper Riff Raff, was a comedy album. Firstly, the unconventionally named Riff Raff, who also answers to ‘Jody High Roller’, has a bit of an unconventional back-story. A proud attention-seeker from an early age, Riff Raff took every chance to appear on […]

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Reviews

Allday’s ‘Startup Cult’ has followers flocking

0 Comments 30 July 2014

Melbourne-based Tom ‘Allday’ Gaynor’s debut album Startup Cult has arrived after a slew of free mixtapes from the former stand-up comedian, marking a solid debut venture for the emcee. While the album is a tier below the best Oz hip-hop releases of 2014 — Thundamentals, Funkoars, Briggs, etc. — Allday’s album shows glimpses of the […]

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Analysis

The 2014 budget: What it means for young people

0 Comments 30 July 2014

The 2014 federal budget predicts a tough future ahead for young Australians. There are cuts here and cuts there, hitting our weakest spots and leaving organisations and youth feeling “stranded”. The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), the national peak body for youth and youth services, will shortly be defunded. As will Youth Connections, which each […]

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