Maani Truu

Journalist, SBS News

Australia

Maani Truu is a Sydney-based journalist with diverse experience in print and digital reporting, production and editing.

She is currently working as a digital journalist at SBS News, focusing on social affairs. Her past bylines include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Daily Life (Fairfax Media), Ciao Magazine, Honi Soit and The South Sydney Herald.

For work enquiries, you can get in touch at [email protected]

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SBS News

SBS News
06/10/2021
Government initially sought to reject disability royal commission's request for 17 month extension

The federal government originally denied the disability royal commission's urgent request for a 17 month extension before backflipping on its decision a month later, letters obtained by SBS News reveal. Correspondence between the Attorney-General's office and commission chair Ronald Sackville, released under freedom of information laws, also reveal the government will not provide any additional funding to support the extension of the $527.9 million inquiry.

SBS News
05/11/2021
'A blatant money grab': Budget cut will force new migrants to wait four years for benefits

New migrants will be forced to wait four years before accessing most government welfare payments under a significant cost-cutting measure included in Tuesday's federal budget. The government will save $671 million over five years by applying the four-year Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period to anyone granted permanent residency in Australia from 1 January next year.

SBS News
05/05/2021
Fresh hope for Biloela asylum seeker family as Karen Andrews hints at possible release

There are fresh hopes a Tamil asylum seeker family could soon be released into community detention on Christmas Island after new Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews hinted at their possible release. Priya and Nades Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika, five, and Tharunicaa, three, have been the only family detained on Christmas Island since August 2019 after an urgent court injunction blocked their deportation to Sri Lanka.

SBS News
04/16/2021
Australian professor denies links to Easter Sunday terror attacks and threatens to sue Sri Lankan...

An Australian professor who was detained and allegedly tortured in Qatar has separately been named by a Sri Lankan government probe into the deadly Easter Sunday terror bombings. Australian citizens Lukman Thalib, 58, and his son Ismail Talib, 24, were arrested at their home in Qatar on 27 July and imprisoned for almost six months without charge before being released without warning in January this year.

SBS News
03/17/2021
'It's about time': Government introduces bill to increase privacy safeguards for disability royal...

The government has unveiled its much-anticipated reforms to strengthen privacy safeguards for witnesses at the disability royal commission, almost 18 months after the inquiry commenced. Advocates have been calling for the changes to the Royal Commission Act for more than a year, warning that a loophole that allows the identity of witnesses to be released after the conclusion of the commission will stop potential whistleblowers from coming forward.

SBS News
03/14/2021
'They wronged an innocent person': Wife of Australian Osama Al-Hasani says he's been handed to...

The wife of Australian citizen Osama Al-Hasani says she's disappointed by the Australian government after her husband was handed to Saudi Arabian authorities in Morocco ahead of his expected extradition. The businessman and former Melbourne imam was arrested at his wife's home in Tangier, Morocco, on 8 February, hours after arriving from his home in the United Kingdom to visit his four-month-old baby.

SBS News
03/04/2021
'I'm in despair': Wife of Australian facing extradition to Saudi Arabia sends desperate plea to...

The wife of an Australian citizen detained in Morocco and facing extradition to Saudi Arabia has issued a desperate plea for help to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Dual Australian-Saudi citizen Osama Al-Hasani, 42, was taken into custody on 8 February, hours after arriving in Tangier, Morocco, from his home in the United Kingdom to visit his wife and four-month-old child.

SBS News
10/30/2020
'Back to square one': Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert moved to Tehran's Evin prison

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is believed to have been moved back to Tehran's Evin prison, days after she was moved from another Iranian jail to an unknown location. The University of Melbourne lecturer was imprisoned at the notorious Qarchak Prison up until last week when a group of supporters lobbying for her release said she had been removed.

SBS News
09/22/2020
Refugees among immigration detainees transferred to recently reopened Christmas Island

At least two refugees are among about one hundred immigration detainees who have been transferred to Christmas Island, despite authorities previously stating no refugees would be moved to the recently reopened facility. The controversial North-West Point detention centre on the remote Australian territory was reopened in August to relieve pressure in onshore immigration detention, resulting from coronavirus travel bans halting deportations and the introduction of social distancing requirements.

SBS News
04/27/2020
Exclusive: Visa rule changes open door to temporary visa applicants with a disability or health...

Restrictions on temporary visa applicants with a disability or health condition hoping to travel to Australia have been quietly eased by the government. International students, temporary workers and tourists are subject to the government's immigration health requirement, which dictates that visa applicants be free from disabilities or illnesses which "would be likely to require health care or community services" and result in more than $49,000 in costs for the duration of their stay.

SBS News
09/14/2020
What it was like to be an interpreter at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

For Ludmila Stern, it was a media conference she didn't have to translate that has endured as one of the most memorable moments of the Russian interpreter's time at the Sydney Olympics. Superstar wrestler Aleksandr Karelin - known as the Siberian Bear - had been undefeated for 13 years, but at the 2000 Games he lost his chance to win a fourth gold medal to the United States.

SBS News
08/28/2020
Why Voldemort is becoming a symbol of anti-monarchy protests in Thailand

Less than a year after violent pro-democracy protests brought Hong Kong to a standstill, another wave of youth-led political resistance is sweeping through Thailand. But in a country where criticising the ruling royal family could see you thrown in prison for 15 years, the mostly student protesters have been forced to get creative.

SBS News
07/21/2020
The rush on face masks in Melbourne is keeping migrant and refugee women in work

A rush to purchase masks before they become mandatory in Melbourne has left not-for-profits struggling to keep up with demand as they pivot their operations into producing reusable, fabric face coverings. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday that residents in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, the areas currently under Stage 3 Stay at Home orders, would be required to wear a mask in public from midnight on Wednesday.

SBS News
05/20/2020
Parents living in different states to their children grapple with restrictions amid push to...

Parents split across state lines are struggling to maintain contact with their children as some premiers warn coronavirus border closures could remain in place for months. All states and territories other than New South Wales and Victoria have restricted interstate travel in a bid to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19, but as Australia enters the recovery phase of the pandemic, state leaders are facing pressure to reopen their borders for tourism.

SBS News
07/08/2020
Melbourne tower lockdowns expose what it's like to live inside high-density public housing

At 3pm on Saturday, Ikram* was sitting in her flat on the ninth floor of the North Melbourne public tower scrolling through social media when she saw the news. For the next five days, at least, the 18-year-old and the nine relatives she lives with would be confined to their three-bedroom unit, not even permitted to leave for exercise or to purchase essential supplies.

SBS News
Calls for Australia's disability carers to get the same coronavirus protections as aged care workers

As more than three billion people across the world isolate themselves against coronavirus, George Taleporos is forced to invite two or three people into his home every day. The disability advocate from Melbourne, who lives with a severe physical disability and uses a wheelchair, relies on carers to complete the daily tasks he needs to live, including eating, showering and getting in and out of bed.

SBS News
10/23/2020
Disability royal commission expert witness left woman lying on the ground for 30 hours before...

The vetting process for expert witnesses appearing at the disability royal commission has come into question after it was revealed a previous witness had overseen the mistreatment of a woman with disability under his care. Western Australian Senator Jordon Steele-John grilled Royal Commission representatives in Senate Estimates late on Thursday night regarding the death of 59-year-old Lena Divola in 2007.

SBS News
10/17/2020
After one year of hearings, privacy concerns still plague witnesses at disability royal commission

Privacy concerns are stopping witnesses giving evidence during a royal commission into the abuse of people with a disability, advocates say. The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability - established in April 2019 - held its seventh public hearing this week, looking at the experiences of people with disability in educational settings.

SBS News
04/06/2020
Greg Mortimer: 81 people test positive for COVID-19 on Australian cruise ship off Uruguay

Eighty-one people on the Greg Mortimer cruise ship, which has been stranded off the coast of Uruguay for almost two weeks and has over 90 Australians on board, have tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement on Monday the cruise ship owners, Australian company Aurora Expeditions, said two crew members and one passenger had been taken off the ship which had been on an Antarctic expedition.

SBS News
04/03/2020
Peak body says Australia's international education system must be a 'two-way street'

Australia's reliance on international students needs to be a "two-way street", the chair of a government taskforce aimed at strengthening the country's educational reputation said, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison told temporary visa holders to return home if they can't support themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

SBS News
06/18/2020
Court orders re-think on decision to deport man who thought he was Australian citizen

A father-of-seven who held an Australian passport and believed he was a citizen until the moment he was threatened with deportation will have his bid to remain in the country reassessed. On Thursday, the Federal Court ordered acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge to reconsider Edward McHugh's application for his visa, which was cancelled on character grounds, to be reinstated on the basis he believed he was an Australian citizen.

SBS News
05/10/2020
Migrants in Australia face months of separation from family after being denied exemptions to...

As she blew out the candles in Sydney's Neutral Bay, her children's father, Christopher Bilsborrow, was staying with friends on the other side of the world. The family-of-four from Oregon in the United States recently decided to pack up, sell their house and move to Australia after Ms Emous, 41, landed her "dream job" in Sydney and was eligible for a temporary skills shortage visa.

SBS News
05/08/2020
Scott Morrison outlines three-stage plan to reopen Australia by July after coronavirus crisis

The federal government has outlined a three-stage plan to allow businesses to reopen, large gatherings and interstate travel by the end of July with Prime Minister Scott Morrison declaring it's time to "get out from under the doona". Under the first stage, restaurants, cafes, shops, libraries, community centres, playgrounds, and boot camps reopened and gatherings of 10 people in public places allowed.

SBS News
03/22/2020
Australians stranded in Peru asked to pay $10,000 for delayed emergency flight home

Australian travellers stuck in Peru have been asked to pay more than $10,000 for a business class seat on an emergency flight home after the South American country locked down its borders last week. As part of the strict measures introduced to control the coronavirus pandemic, Peru banned all commercial flights out of the country leaving hundreds of Australians stranded throughout the country.

SBS News
03/19/2020
Children of new migrants could face learning challenges if schools forced to close

Children from first-generation migrant and refugee families could face significant challenges if Australian schools are forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. While many parents are preparing to teach their children at home when educational resources are moved online, multicultural groups are concerned about what this will mean for families that have recently arrived in Australia and speak languages other than English at home.

SBS News
03/18/2020
Calls for caution on predictions Australia is on track for Italy's COVID-19 'worst-case scenario'

Disease experts have warned against sharing worst-case scenario modelling that shows Australia could be on track to experience a coronavirus crisis similar to that in Italy. As the government ramps up its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, graphs showing the predicted trajectory of the virus in Australia, based on the number of confirmed cases and data from other countries, have been shared widely on social media.

SBS News
04/02/2020
Concerns for employees with a disability after confirmed coronavirus case in supported working...

Disability advocates are calling for all supported working facilities to be shut down for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic after an employee at a Western Australian facility tested positive for COVID-19. The man, who has an intellectual disability, was a supported employee at an Activ Foundation workshop in Bentley, Perth, which employs more than 450 people with a disability.

SBS News
09/08/2019
Exclusive: Melbourne man posing as Australian MP cons displaced Syrians in visa scam

Forced to leave her homeland in Syria due to war, Nour Al Abssi believed she and her family had nothing to lose when she saw a Facebook group offering help obtaining Australian humanitarian visas in May 2018. The group was administered by a man who claimed to be a member of the Australian parliament, the 27-year-old told SBS.

SBS News
08/24/2019
Australia can learn from NZ on Indigenous recognition, says Maori development minister

Australia has an opportunity to learn from New Zealand's Indigenous recognition efforts, the country's first female minister for Māori development has urged during a visit to Canberra. Speaking to SBS News, Nanaia Mahuta said there were a lot of similarities between Australia's current efforts towards greater Indigenous education outcomes and what New Zealand has experienced.

SBS News
06/19/2019
A refugee camp was built in the middle of a capital city - and it's working

A 10-minute drive from the tourist-packed areas of Monastiraki and Plaka, at the base of the Acropolis in Athens, is a non-descript gateway nestled between rows of industrial properties. Behind the metal fence, amongst the surrounding concrete and trucks, sounds of laughter and chatter can be heard as groups of young children ride roller skates and bikes around brightly painted shipping containers.

SBS News
09/19/2019
The Australians walking out of work over climate change inaction

On any other Friday, Simon Sheikh and his staff would be busy at work in Sydney's CBD. But this week, on 20 September, the superannuation company's office will be empty. Mr Sheikh, chief executive of sustainable company Future Super, is part of a growing group of business leaders who are shutting their doors and encouraging staff to join the School Strike for Climate.

SBS News
09/14/2019
'Infanticide on demand': Tony Abbott slams NSW abortion bill at Sydney rally

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told an anti-abortion rally that a proposed bill seeking to decriminalise abortion in NSW enables "infanticide on demand", while Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce labelled it "animalistic", days before the proposed legislation returns to the state's parliament.

SBS News
08/13/2019
Immigration minister to focus on regional migration, international students

Immigration Minister David Coleman will maintain a sharp focus on international students, skilled migrants and increasing migration to regional Australia under the Morrison government. Speaking at the Sydney Institute for the first time on Tuesday evening, Mr Coleman said immigration had been "absolutely fundamental" to Australia's success as a nation but it needed to be approached with "clear eyes".

SBS News
08/03/2019
Five years on from 'the black day', Australia's Yazidi refugees reflect on IS terror

Yazidi refugee Nihad Barakat says her new life in the sunny Queensland town of Toowoomba is "beautiful", but there is an important thing missing. "We don't know anything about [what happened to them]," she told SBS News, speaking about her brothers and cousins who were taken by IS during the attack on the Yazidi community of Sinjar in north-western Iraq.

SBS News
08/01/2019
The Australian women fighting to change a 119-year-old law that makes abortion illegal in NSW

Sarah* is incredibly proud to be a women's support worker in Western Sydney - but she doesn't want her real name, or the organisation she is part of, included in this article. The reason is two-fold: one, she worries anti-abortion advocates will single out the location for picketing, and two: the organisation is already struggling to handle the number of women accessing their abortion support services.

SBS News
07/25/2019
Two-year-old in immigration detention forced to have rotting teeth surgically removed

A two-year-old girl held in a Melbourne immigration detention centre had four teeth surgically removed and another four treated on Thursday after they began to rot during her time in detention. In May, a photo of Tharunicaa's black and decaying teeth was circulated as her mother claimed she was unable to eat solid food due to the pain.

SBS News
05/31/2019
'It's party night': Emotional reunion as Australian jailed in UAE for spying returns home

It's been more than a year and a half since Australian man Naim Aziz Abbas has seen his brother after the former Sydney train driver was imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates, accused of passing secrets to Qatar. But at the arrival gate of Sydney Airport on Friday night, the pair laughed and shared tearful hugs, as if no time had passed.

SBS News
09/06/2019
'Go forth and multiply': Abbott calls for more babies, less migration at Hungarian summit

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pushed for greater birth rates in the West and fewer migrants during a Hungarian demographic summit aimed at promoting the "traditional family model". During his speech, Mr Abbott praised Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and warned Europe against the "military-age male" migrants "swarming" their shores.

SBS News
05/07/2019
What is negative gearing and if it's scrapped will you pay more rent?

Australia's 2019 federal election campaign has so far been all about one thing: tax. And on Monday night, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was once again forced to repeatedly defend Labor's plans to curb negative gearing and limit franking credits, as he appeared on the ABC's Q&A program.

SBS News
05/11/2019
'Our community is safer now': Rape survivor targeted by former Liberal candidate responds

The subject of controversial rape comments made by Liberal candidate Gurpal Singh told SBS News the community is "safer now" following his resignation on Thursday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the resignation of Mr Singh, who was the Liberal candidate in the Melbourne seat of Scullion, after a social media post stating he had "no sympathy" for a woman who said she was raped by her husband was revealed by SBS News.

SBS News
03/14/2019
Yazidi victims of Australian IS fighter Khaled Sharrouf seek compensation

A team of international lawyers will this week launch a landmark bid in an NSW tribunal, seeking compensation for human rights violations suffered by Yazidi women at the hands of Australian IS fighter Khaled Sharrouf. The case, set to begin with a directions hearing at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday, is reportedly the first of its kind internationally.

SBS News
03/07/2019
Turnbull claims he was ousted because his colleagues didn't want him to win the election

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he was ousted by the Liberal Party because his colleagues were worried he would win the next federal election. "You could argue that their concern was not that I would lose the election, but rather that I would win it," he told the BBC's Politics Live host Andrew Neil, claiming the Liberal Party's chances of winning were "less favourable" now.

SBS News
03/08/2019
Villawood refugee faced court hours before suicide

An Iraqi refugee who died by suicide inside Sydney's Villawood Immigration Detention Centre on Monday had appeared in court earlier that day. Milad Aljabiri, 24, had appeared in Burwood Local Court in the morning on two charges, common assault and affray. He had pleaded not guilty to both offences.

SBS News
03/04/2019
Manus Island asylum seekers score fresh chance for freedom

In 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers on the island was unconstitutional. Now, a group of lawyers acting on behalf of the men are claiming they are still being detained unlawfully.

SBS News
02/25/2019
Australian Kim Jong-un impersonator kicked out of Vietnam ahead of summit

Howard X may not be a household name, but his alter ego is well-recognised on the streets of Hanoi. So much so, that he has been kicked out of the country. The Australian Kim Jong-un impersonator, speaking from Singapore moments after arriving from the Vietnamese capital on Monday, said that he's a big fan of The Chasers.

SBS News
02/13/2019
Australia's bushfire survivors demand government action on climate change

On August 15, 2018, Janet Reynolds was preparing to water her vegetable garden when massive winds suddenly sent a bushfire straight towards her Numbugga, NSW, home without warning. Grabbing whatever she could and jumping in her car to flee, the 73-year-old retired school teacher found her driveway blocked by a wall of flames and a fallen tree.

SBS News
02/06/2019
These Saudi women activists are still being 'tortured' months after driving ban ended

Loujain al-Hathloul's Twitter has been inactive since 12 March 2018. The Saudi women's rights activist was once a prolific tweeter with 307,000 followers and is reportedly a friend of the Duchess of Sussex. Her feed is a record of causes she was passionate about, most notably, her efforts to abolish the kingdom's ban on women driving.

SBS News
02/20/2019
'Flying blind': Researchers call for national database of Indigenous sites

Researchers have called for the development of a national database of historical and culturally significant Indigenous sites after findings that the lack of an up-to-date, national record has led to issues with the management of sites, including an inability to engage with threats such as climate change.

SBS News
01/31/2019
'They laugh at you': A quarter of Australia's multicultural youth report discrimination

New research looking at multicultural youth in Australia has found that a quarter of survey respondents had suffered racial discrimination, but they still believe they belong in Australia. The first ever Multicultural Youth Australia Census Status Report, released on Thursday by the University of Melbourne's Youth Research Centre, found that racial discrimination, particularly at school, was still a reality for many young Australians.

SBS News
01/31/2019
'They laugh at you': A quarter of Australia's multicultural youth report discrimination

New research looking at multicultural youth in Australia has found that a quarter of survey respondents had suffered racial discrimination, but they still believe they belong in Australia. The first ever Multicultural Youth Australia Census Status Report, released on Thursday by the University of Melbourne's Youth Research Centre, found that racial discrimination, particularly at school, was still a reality for many young Australians.

SBS News
01/29/2019
My Health Record could be a 'lifesaver' for migrant communities in Australia

My Health Record will mean better medical care and fewer hospital admissions for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD), according to the national group representing Australia's ethnic communities. Mohammad Al-Khafaji, acting chief executive officer of the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) said the record can bolster communication between medical professionals and people with low levels of English proficiency, leading to better...

SBS News
01/30/2019
The gap between wealthy and disadvantaged schools is widening, research shows

The gap between high and low socioeconomic high schools is widening as struggling schools are left to support the most disadvantaged students, a new report has found. Research from the Centre for Policy and Development, released on Wednesday, reveals that high achievers are increasingly populating the most advantaged schools while achievement levels for students in low SES schools are declining.

SBS News
01/17/2019
Aiia Maasarwe was on the phone to her sister when she was attacked: police

Victoria's homicide squad has confirmed international student Aiia Maasarwe was on the phone to her sister when she was attacked in Melbourne shortly after midnight on Wednesday. "We're pretty certain she was involved in a conversation with her sister who was overseas at the time of the attack," Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said.

SBS News
01/10/2019
Music festival overdoses spark calls for pill testing. But how does it work?

The pill testing debate was reignited following a spate of drug overdoses at Australian music festivals in 2018. A recent study found public opinion is in favour of pill testing, festival promoters have championed it and even Australia's peak representative body for doctors is on board.

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald
03/31/2018
'It's a horror story': Carers, family speak out on NDIS regional care

Natalie Vernon was trying to enjoy a holiday in Tasmania last October when she received a call from her distressed daughter, informing her Mrs Vernon's son was threatening to kill himself. Liam*, aged 28, has autism, developmental delay, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, and lives full-time in disability-supported group accommodation.

The Sydney Morning Herald
04/19/2018
Whistleblower sued by NDIS provider LiveBetter after allegations aired

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider that was the subject of complaints from parents, staff and former staff in a Fairfax Media investigation has launched legal action against a former employee who allegedly blew the whistle on company practices, seeking unspecified damages.

The Sydney Morning Herald
12/08/2018
'Absolute godsend': Parents turn to Facebook in search of breast milk

But when it came to her third child, Mrs Rayment didn't want her excess milk to go to waste. So she turned to the internet. What she found was twoglobal communities with a single goal in mind: connecting mothers with an oversupply of breast milk with parents who don't have enough.

The Sydney Morning Herald
09/16/2018
Australian men twice as likely to get cancer as rest of the world

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Half of Australian men will suffer from cancer at some stage during their lifetimes, according to new data from the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

The Sydney Morning Herald
10/04/2018
'Everyone was screaming': hospital locked down after police shoot man

The man underwent life-saving surgery at the same hospital where he remains in a stable condition. It is understood there were no other injuries. "A gentleman has been shot by police. The reason is unclear, but he is in the operating theatre being operated upon," NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Thursday afternoon.

The Sydney Morning Herald
05/06/2018
'It's magic': Families, advocates celebrate lifesaving drug announcement

It's not a cure, but for Bethan McElwee the drug Spinraza is the difference between her daughter Aviana, who is turning two in July, not surviving past her first birthday and "thriving". "By the time Aviana started on the drug, she couldn't hold up her head and was only able to move her fingers and her eyes," said Mrs McElwee.

The Sydney Morning Herald
10/25/2017
Sydney Uni bans 65 students for fake medical certificates

The University of Sydney has suspended or expelled 65 students in three years for forging or illegally purchasing doctor's certificates to support special consideration applications. The data, obtained under the Government Information (Public Access) Act, showed that "falsified documents" were the most common reason for suspension or expulsion.

The Sydney Morning Herald
02/07/2018
How do you grieve for someone you don't like?

This past New Year's Eve, my ex-boyfriend died suddenly. He was 25 years old. We hadn't been together for three years. We hadn't spoken for a year and a half. Years ago, however, I had lived with him in his mother's home and considered myself part of his family.

The Sydney Morning Herald
05/01/2017
Uni fee hike yet another financial burden for young Australians

Monday morning we learnt university students will again be targeted by federal government budget cuts. In next week's budget, the Turnbull government plans to slash funding to unis while also raising student fees and requiring graduates to begin loan repayments sooner. Facing yet another proposed hike in student fees, it's hard not to feel we're being duped.

The Sydney Morning Herald
11/13/2017
'It's official': Ferry McFerryface added to Sydney's new fleet

Over a year after the Name Your Ferry competition was launched, Transport NSW has announced the name of the final ferry in its new fleet: Ferry McFerryface. Sydneysiders were encouraged to vote on names for the new ferries through the Name Your Ferry website and using the #yourferry hashtag.

The Sydney Morning Herald
11/01/2017
Four men in Halloween masks break in to Belmore home, hold family at gunpoint

Four masked men dressed in Halloween costumes broke into a home in Sydney's south-west overnight, holding the family inside the house at gun point. The incident took place on Oxford Street, Belmore, just after 10pm on Tuesday. One of the intruders was armed with a metal pole and another with what appeared to be a firearm.

The Sydney Morning Herald
11/08/2017
Mother-of-four charged over Greenacre school crash deaths 'deeply sorry': lawyer

The driver of a car that crashed into a classroom at Greenacre in western Sydney, killing two eight-year-old boys, is "deeply sorry", her lawyer, Nick Hanna, has said. Maha Al-Shennag, 52, was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving after her Toyota Kluger crashed into a classroom at Banksia Road Public School where 24 students were starting their morning class on Tuesday.

Honi Soit

Honi Soit
11/29/2017
'Holding a mirror up': Broderick review into University of Sydney college culture released

Elizabeth Broderick's review into college culture at the University of Sydney has been released today, detailing a number of issues within residential colleges and outlining recommendations to be implemented by the colleges within the next two years. At a media launch in Sydney this morning, former Sex Discrimination Officer Elizabeth Broderick said, "This is the...

Honi Soit
11/30/2017
Broderick review: How do the different colleges stack up?

The Broderick review into college culture, titled Cultural Renewal at the University of Sydney Residential Colleges, investigated practices at five of the University of Sydney's six residential colleges: Women's College, Sancta Sophia College, St Andrew's College, St John's College and Wesley College. Alongside the overarching report, each college received, and made public, a college-specific report detailing the...

Honi Soit
10/17/2017
What's money got to do with it: the great education divide

A ceiling fan circles above our heads, clicking each time it completes a rotation. Flies zip in and out of vision. A puddle of sweat pools at the point where my school skirt ends and skin connects with the scratchy plastic of a stackable school chair.

Honi Soit
10/26/2017
University bans Waterstreet jobs from CareerHub amid protests

The University of Sydney has removed a job advertisement and put a ban on further advertising from Rake Chambers in the University's CareerHub following allegations that Charles Waterstreet sexually harassed a USyd student while she worked for him. "The personal safety of our students is of primary concern," a University spokesperson said.

Honi Soit
11/19/2017
'Nazi youth organising on your campus': Neo-Nazi recruitment posters found at USyd

Content warning: racism, antisemitism, homophobia Posters bearing the imagery and name of the Antipodean Resistance, a neo-Nazi youth group, have been found glued to the walls of the Brennan MacCallum Learning Hub. "No drugs, no degeneracy, no tolerance," the poster reads before linking to the group's online info page.

Honi Soit
08/10/2017
Perrottet found not guilty of three counts of sexual assault

Content warning: sexual assault Following a week-long trial, Jean Claude Perrottet, the brother of NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet, has been found not guilty of three counts of sexual assault that were alleged to have taken place following a St John's College formal in 2015. The jury delivered their not guilty verdict before the NSW...

Honi Soit
08/03/2017
'It was just second base': Perrottet gives evidence in sexual assault trial

Content warning: sexual assault Jean Claude Perrottet, the brother of NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Dominic Perrottet, spoke softly as he delivered his version of what happened on the night of October 17, 2015 to the court. "I put up my hand to help her to her knees ...

Honi Soit
07/31/2017
'Kept in the dark': students not privy to AHRC results despite unis' one week head start | Honi Soit

University student representatives say they feel left in the dark in the lead up to the release of results from the Australian Human Rights Commission's (AHRC) national survey into sexual assault and harassment in universities. Student representatives, including Wom*n's Officers, have been barred from viewing the substantive results of the AHRC survey prior to the official...

Honi Soit
03/03/2017
The economy of dying | Honi Soit

"How about we launch with John 14:1-3?" says the man across the table. His fingers skim the wafer thin pages of the leather bound book in his hands. He pauses, and begins the recital in a booming voice. The same one he would use three days later, as he officiated the funeral.

Honi Soit
11/18/2017
How easy is it to get expelled from university?

Across years of campus sexual assault campaigning, one call has often been repeated: that perpetrators of sexual assault or harassment should be expelled from campus. In the past, this hasn't happened; we've even seen cases where victims have been expected to attend lessons alongside the perpetrator.

Honi Soit
06/28/2017
'Ethics, what even are they?': Academics respond to 'unethical' University of Sydney research...

University of Sydney Associate Professors Ben Goldsmith and Megan Mackenzie have come under fire for using deceptive methods to gain subjects for a research project. The study, titled 'An Open Door? Experimental Measurement of Potential Bias in Informal Pathways to Academia', aims to gauge the impact of perceived ethnicity in informal pathways to academic careers....

Honi Soit
11/24/2017
Dr Donald Markwell appointed new head of St Paul's College

St Paul's College has appointed a new Head of College following the resignation of the previous Warden, Reverend Dr Ivan Head, earlier this year. Dr Donald Markwell, who has previously worked in colleges in Oxford and Australia, will commence the role in February 2018. Since 2013, Dr Markwell has served as a senior advisor on...

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10/12/2017
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Registrar) Tyrone Carlin resigns

Vice Chancellor Michael Spence has announced the resignation of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Registrar) Tyrone Carlin from his current role. In an email sent to University of Sydney staff, Spence disclosed Tyrone's decision to return to a teaching role within the Business School. "While it is sad to see him leave his current role, I am...

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05/11/2017
Protesters clash, one arrested, outside The Red Pill screening | Honi Soit

Police have arrested one person at a protest outside an on-campus screening of The Red Pill, a documentary about the Men's Rights Activist (MRA) movement which has been banned in various cinemas around the world. Protest against The Red Pill screening at USyd, scuffle breaks out between protesters #USyd @honi_soit pic.twitter.com/7WAo3bYXX7 - maani (@maanitruu) May...

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06/15/2017
Staff propose censure after University plans to cull hundreds of law books

As the holidays roll around, the University of Sydney Library is once again planning to dispose of hundreds of books in favour of digital editions. The target this round is the Law Library, with 671 Cambridge University Press books to be sent to landfill. The Library has purchased unlimited online access for the items in...

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08/22/2017
Grassroots appeal reveals obfuscatory application process

Grassroots has launched an appeal process against the Electoral Officer's (EO) decision to deem 17 Grassroots Student Representative Council and three delegate to the National Union of Students tickets ineligible to run in the upcoming election, arguing that the ruling "misinterpreted the regulations". The appeal, lodged by Grassroots campaign manager Daniel Ergas, represents 79 University...

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08/09/2017
AHRC Sexual Assault and Harassment Survey results analysis

Drastic levels of underreporting Reporting One of the most significant findings of the AHRC report was the extent to which sexual harassment and assault were underreported to universities. According to the report, the levels of underreporting suggest that "universities may not have a clear pathways and policies for reporting ...

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03/14/2017
Students launch network for sexual assault survivors | Honi Soit

The University of Sydney Survivors' Network will host its first meeting this Wednesday, providing a peer-run, safe space for survivors of sexual assault to receive support. The network's creation was spearheaded by Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) Women's officer Mariam Mohammed. The group will be run with the assistance of 2016 and 2017 Students' Representative...

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09/10/2017
Why we should abolish Honi Soit elections

We've said it once but we will say it again: It's that dreaded time of year once more. And while I'm sure you're sick of people who once accosted you on Eastern Avenue calling foul on the whole shamozzle, I'm going to do it anyway. Because what better time is there to call for the...

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01/18/2017
University library shreds thousands of books | Honi Soit

Director of Library Site Services Coral Black told Honi the process only applies to duplicate copies of material and in particular 'low use' assets. "The work we are doing is something called collection maintenance, and it is something all academic and public libraries do," she said.

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03/26/2017
The case for a low SES officer | Honi Soit

The Students' Representative Council (SRC) exists - at least according to its website - "to defend and advance the interests of USyd students". In this vein, they offer a number of services, from the very important (free legal service, caseworkers, second-hand textbooks) to the less so (publishing your favourite weekly student newspaper) all under the...

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05/04/2016
The breast milk black market | Honi Soit

Hi. I have approx. 900 ml of breast milk in freezer expressed in March. Pick up from Sydney. Non smoker, non drinker. Not on medication or drugs. Bub is currently 6 months. For most of us, this isn't a typical post we'd see scrolling through our Facebook feeds, but for users of the NSW page of Human Milk for Human Babies (HM4HB), it's nothing out of the ordinary.

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05/29/2017
Hermes and Verge Awards combined in collaboration | Honi Soit

A number of previously independent University of Sydney Union (USU) programs, including the Verge Awards, Hermes Literary Journal, Band Competition and DJ Competition, will this year be combined into a new USU Creative Awards. Hermes, which has been published since 1886 and is Australia's oldest literary Journal, will now function as the printed catalogue for...

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03/28/2017
Academic Board votes down 12 week semesters | Honi Soit

The University of Sydney's Academic Board has today voted down a proposal that would see semesters shortened from 13 weeks to 12 from 2019 onwards. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Registrar) Tyrone Carlin, who spearheaded the proposal along with Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) Pip Pattinson, confirmed to Honi that the changes would not go ahead at this time.

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01/06/2017
Campus security removes anti-sexual assault posters during Info Day | Honi Soit

CW: Sexual assault A verbal altercation broke out between co-Wom*n's Officer Katie Thorburn and a plain-clothed campus security officer after the guard attempted to pull down new posters calling on the University to take greater action against sexual assault on campus, during yesterday's annual Information Day.

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12/12/2016
WTF is #NUSNatCon | Honi Soit

Confused about all this talk of a National Conference of students? Wondering why anyone would eat a piece of paper? Questioning who the hell pays these people? In preparation for our ongoing NUS National Conference coverage, here are the basics... Each year the National Union of Students (NUS) puts on three major national conferences: Presidents'...

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03/02/2016
Why your arts degree matters | Honi Soit

The humble Arts degree has been a punching bag for a while now. Frequently described as a 'waste of time', it's easy to become blind to the fact that it represents a massive proportion of students in higher education, along with being the gateway to many necessary occupations.

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04/11/2017
University of Sydney Union board candidates announced | Honi Soit

Disclaimer: Honi Editor Michael Sun is not involved in any decisions or contributions to USU Board Election coverage. Ten students will be vying for six board director positions in this year's University of Sydney Union (USU) elections. The USU is responsible for the majority of University life outside of the classroom, taking care of everything...