A new face


Feels like De Ja Vu. The night before university begins for the year. This time there is a whole new veil.


I have this unusual feeling in my stomach. I have butterflies, but simultaneously I am very anxious. I feel like I am about to my baptised, drenched in this holy water to be re-born again.


It has been some time that I have been wanting to wear the hijab and to cover my long locks. I thought why not start university on a high, and bring about a change in my character, appearance and faith.

Insh allah I hope tomorrow goes well.



Student union say Labour’s PNG solution is ‘inhumane’


There is growing concern among many Australians over Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s PNG solution, which would send all asylum seekers to Papa New Guinea for processing with no chance of resettlement in Australia.

Students and young people feel ‘disillusioned’ with this new policy and see it as a violation of human rights.

Jade Tyrrell, President of National Union of Students (NUS) said the PNG policy is disappointing and unfair to refugees and asylum seekers.

“Offshore processing as a policy is quite inhumane, and we have seen the conditions in Nauru and Manus Island and they don’t appear to be acceptable,” she said.

She said young people are concerned with the treatment of asylum seekers because they recognise that it is a fundamental human right for refugees to seek asylum.

“When it comes to this policy is seen as a real human rights issue and as a real humanitarian issue,” she said.

This policy means asylum seekers that arrive by boat to Australia will be transferred to a third world country with high crime rates, poor health care and lack of sanitation.

Narre Warren North Labour MP Luke Donnellan said the PNG policy will work if it ” is one part of a  larger regional solution that treats people humanely, fairly and actually processes them in a reasonable period of time”.

“As long as it is done in a humane way and at a regional level and PNG is part of it, I think it will work,” he said.

Mr Donnellan said it is important to give asylum seekers hope that they will be processed and given permanent residency.

“If they think they are going to go on a merry-go-round  forever… of waiting in processing centres…. it is what gives people depression,” he said.

Farida Ghaibi,  21, Student from Narre Warren North tragically lost her cousin in August 2012 when the asylum seeker boat he was travelling  on, capsized on its way to Australia

Ms Ghaibi said the policy will not deter people and asylum seekers will continue arriving on boat to Australia.

“It is not going to stop the boats… people are still going to come because they still have the hope that maybe they will change this policy,” she said.

She said labour’s policy is unfair because it preventing genuine refugees from living a better life.

“Everyone  should be given the chance to settle in Australia… everyone has the right to do something better for their life,”  she said.

Ms Tyrell said students are increasing pressure on politicians to have an open discussion and to revisit the policy.

“Students involved in the national union have taken part in pro-refugee rallies across the county… and also will be contacting refugee action coalition and networks to promote the fact that young people … care about this issue”.

Ageing population for Glen Eira residents


The Glen Eira Community Plan which was proposed to Council this month shows that the average population is ageing in Glen Eira.

This is the consequence of an increased lifespan combined with decreasing birth rates which leads to an ageing population.

As the population ages there is expected to be a lower proportion of families with children and a higher proportion of lone persons and couple-only households.

The elderly population are likely to experience loneliness and social isolation, which increases their risk of disability and leads to premature death.

Council  has developed the Glen-Eira Ageing Strategy that includes priority areas under council initiatives which will be developed to respond to the needs of an ageing population.

Additional homes and community care will be delivered to older adults so they can remain safe in their homes.

More services will also be required to continue to engage with the local community, share their knowledge and skills with the younger generations and maintain levels of physical activity.

The final plan will be endorsed by Council in the special council meeting June 25, 2013.

Marjorie Cardwell – surviving a ‘rotten year’

Marjorie is an exeptional singer, song-writer

Marjorie is a Melbourne based singer, songwriter           Photo: DC Cardwell

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