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XTC: Hard drug or medicine?

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Olivia Morris, Reporter

May 10, 2018

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is the scientific name for ecstasy, although not everything that gets sold as ecstasy these days contains MDMA. While rappers and pop stars have glorified it, federal and state laws include penalties for possessing, using, making or selling it. But researchers are...

Cashing in on air pollution

Cashing in on air pollution

Yunqi Yu, Reporter

May 10, 2018

Worldwide nine out of ten people breath air containing high levels of pollutants, and seven million people die every year from outdoor and household air pollution, according to new data and estimates from the World Health Organisation, While this horrible data and tragic statistics should prompt worldwide political action, some businesses in China are s...

Today is World Press Freedom Day

Today is World Press Freedom Day

Olivia Morris, Reporter

May 3, 2018

Today is World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), a day to honour the journalists killed, injured and captured in the line of duty. WPFD, organised by UNESCO, is also an opportunity to look at how fairly journalists are treated in Australia and discuss how dangerous it is for journalists to be operating i...

What is an incel?

Mel Lastman Square, the half-way point of the Toronto attack where many of the victims were struck by the van.

Linton Price

May 3, 2018

After the harrowing attack in Toronto, in which a man praised the murderer Eliot Rogers in an online post before killing 10 and injuring 16 mostly female victims, there are three questions that need answering. What is an incel, are there any here in Perth, and should I be worried? First thing's first:...

Working together for a happier Australia

Working together for a happier Australia

Jacob Wall, ECU Reporter

May 3, 2018

*TRIGGER WARNING: Confronting content In Australia, around one person on average a day loses their life to suicide across Western Australia and for every suicide there are approximately 20 suicide attempts. A 2017 WA Ombudsman report showed that 42% of all sudden deaths of teens between 13 and 17 years old from 200...

Cane toad reclassification reversed

Sophie Hawkins toad busting in Kununurra in 2011

Rebecca Low, Reporter

May 3, 2018

A planned reclassification by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) would have seen the cane toad no longer labelled as a pest in the Kimberley, despite the Federal Government still having them listed as a threat. The toad was to be reclassified from 'pest' to 'animal'...

That’s littering

That's littering

Katie Hully, Reporter

April 26, 2018

While Arlo Guthrie suggested in his classic anti-draft song, Alice's Restaurant, that littering is not as serious an offence as "father murdering" or "killing women children and villagers", it is still illegal in WA and the odds of getting busted for it are on the rise. Earlier this month, a Fremantl...

A new leaf for hemp farming

Chris Blake at his hemp farm

Ryan Ausden, ECU Reporter

April 26, 2018

WA Parliamentarians are mulling over whether to change the law to make life easier for farmers growing the kind of cannabis that can be made into clothing and food. The parliamentary debate is over the Industrial Hemp Amendment Bill (2018). The bill has passed the second reading stage and was adjourned...

Keep your eyes on the road

driver texting in car

Yunqi Yu, Reporter

April 26, 2018

New research has shown that three-quarters of WA young adults use their mobile phones while driving despite knowing it is illegal. According to the Western Australian Road Safety Commission, "Whilst driving, you can only touch a mobile phone to receive and terminate a phone call if the phone is s...

Wicked Campervans – are they too rude?

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Ebony Garlett, Reporter

April 12, 2018

Is it okay for a campervan that drives around in public to be covered in picture of penises with moustaches, or slogans such as "oral sex makes a great last minute gift"? According to John Webb and his imaginary animal friends at Wicked Campervans, yes, it is. According to the people who run the Wicked Pickets Facebook pag...

No news on $120,000 LGBTI funding

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Bella Sardelis, Reporter

April 12, 2018

WA LGBTI organisations are still waiting for changes, set to arise from funding promised in November 2017 by the Western Australian Government. No decisions have yet been announced about how $120,000 health strategy funding will be spent. The strategy aims to help raise awareness of health and mental...

Youth camps: for fun and revenue

Bickley Camp's open day showing high ropes

Ryan Ausden, Reporter

April 12, 2018

Recreation camps for kids are a prominent part of the education system, according to the WA Government that claims that sport and recreational activities build stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities, however, is this the case? A study conducted by Towson University in the United States ...

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