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Colony 47 survey lays bare reality of youth homelessness in Tasmania | The Advocate

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Teenagers falling behind at school, couch surfing while just out of high school and worsening mental health resulting in self-harm are just some of the stories told in a new survey highlighting the impact of youth homelessness in Tasmania. Colony 47 released an online survey to participants in its Transition to Work program and on its Facebook page, receiving 66 responses in two weeks from Tasmanians aged 15 to 24 from…



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Playwright Angus Cerini on how theatre saved him, and examining Australian masculinity in Wonnangatta, The Bleeding Tree

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The year 1996 was one of those ‘best of times, worst of times’ for Angus Cerini. In perhaps its defining moment, he was beaten up on a train by a group of young men after intervening when they harassed a couple of older women.

A first-year creative arts student at Melbourne University, he’d stopped smoking weed in order to get his head together to play a war criminal in a Student Union production of Daniel Keene’s Because You Are Mine, about the civil war and ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia — ongoing at the time.

“I thought ‘I’m going to get off the bongs and really do this play well’. And it was when I got off the bongs that I think everything I’d been blocking out came in,” he says.

A confluence of the physical trauma of being…



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Letters to the editor | October 25, 2020 | The Examiner

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WE knew this was coming. We are seeing the demise of another private family business – Caltex Charles Street – that’s given exemplary service to our community, business and private for a longtime. Multi-nationals devouring everything in their path, it’s very sad to see a great local business close. The city will be poorer for its loss. Best wishes going forward to the staff and thanks for the memories I am so sick of the…



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Fears for future of Launceston Centrelink jobs, as changes loom | The Examiner

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An announcement of impending changes at the Launceston Centrelink has left labour hire staff feeling uncertain about their future employment. It’s understood Services Australia intends to close the Launceston service centre’s compliance risk branch, which has handled so-called robodebt matters. There are 17 labour hire staff working in compliance at the Boland Street address, while six permanent Australian Public Service…



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