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- The School Of Life was in Perth briefly as a popular pop-up – with lectures, talks, workshops and philosophical inspiration for everyone. I had the chance to speak to Ande Rostenberg, one of the philosophical powerhouses behind the School of Life – and we had a chat about art and the thinking life of Perth.
- Australian states and territories will not remove the unpopular “tampon tax” on female sanitary products, despite opposition from the public and numerous political voices. A 10% goods and services tax applies, as they are considered “non-essential items”, even though condoms and sunscreen are given the concession. A recent mass petition revived over 90,000 signatures, beginning with the efforts of uni student Subeta Vimalarajah; this month Mia Lethbridge made a music video called “Drop it ’cause it’s rot” to protest the “unfair tax”, with a parody of Snoop Doog’s “Drop it like it’s hot,” featuring Christine Forster, the sister of Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott. I spoke to protesters outside Perth’s Parliament House about their efforts to raise awareness about the “tampon tax”.
- A Bill passed in the Lower House of State Parliament this month has brought WA a step closer to recognising Aboriginal people as the state’s first Australians. The legislation coincides with Federal debate on the subject as both sides argue whether a 2017 referendum should go ahead. Reconciliation WA supports recognition as a necessary step and is urging Parliament to give it’s support. The organisation’s Executive Officer James Black and Program Officer Kimberley Benjamin have their say about the issue.
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