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It’s Okay to Admit That You’re Not Okay

It’s Okay to Admit That You’re Not Okay

In Australia, September 12 was ‘R U OK? Day’, a national day of action which encourages us to check in with friends, family and workmates. Coming two days after World Suicide Prevention Day this year, it is a reminder that people who can appear to be functioning on...

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Every Deportation Matters

Every Deportation Matters

Two nights ago, I received a notification — from social media of all places — that a Tamil family were being put on a plane and sent back to danger. I follow a Facebook page that is dedicated to aiding their legal case to stay in Australia. I only tuned in just in...

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Should Elderly People Have the Right to Die?

Should Elderly People Have the Right to Die?

I was in my early 20s when a 90-something year old woman asked me to help her die. Her husband was in hospital having a heart bypass operation and if he didn’t make it through the surgery, she didn’t want to go on without him. I’d been her carer for a total of two...

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To My Mother Who Danced With Turkish Carpet Sellers

To My Mother Who Danced With Turkish Carpet Sellers

When I visited Turkey with my mother 12 years ago, we parted at the train station in Istanbul — she was on her way to Athens and a flight back to Australia, I was headed for the Middle East, not knowing when I would see her again. When the Kurdish boy working in our...

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How to cope with a narcissist

How to cope with a narcissist

I spent a few horrible years working closely with someone who was a full-blown narcissist. I don’t mean difficult to work with, I mean ticked every single box when I googled “what is a narcissist”. It was only after watching this person systematically destroy others...

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A quick guide to NOT being a terrible house guest

A quick guide to NOT being a terrible house guest

Have you ever had someone stay with you about seven days too long? Or got the sinking feeling after six and half days at someone else’s house that YOU might be that person? Well, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. Based on some recent experience, here’s a list of...

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Hard truths about making an indie film

Hard truths about making an indie film

I was recently told that on social media, my life looks like a series of red carpets. But while I have stood on the occasional bit of crimson to promote my independent film Zelos, the reality of making an indie feature bears no resemblance to my Instagram account...

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How to start a cult in 5 easy steps

How to start a cult in 5 easy steps

I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with cults. I’ve been on a bit of a binge of movies about cults lately – from the Scientologists, Raelians and Branch Davidians to the Orange People and The Family. By watching these films, I think I’ve figured out the formula...

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