The politics of marriage equality in Australia have been nothing less than confusing.
It was hard enough to keep up when things were only happening every week or so, but the last few days alone have been a whirlwind of political activity that still (somehow) seems to be going nowhere.
At the moment it’s likely that postal plebiscite will go ahead (in which case, ensure you are enrolled so that you can vote: click here for more info) but if the last few days have been any indication, anything could still happen.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and a little lost, don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s been going on happened, and where we’re headed from here.
Students gathered all over the country today to protest the changes to education funding announced in this year’s budget.
The government cut 2.8 billion from universities and dropped the income threshold for HECS-help loan repayments from $55,000 to $42,000, and will phase in tuition rises of 7.5 percent over the next four years.
Adelaide’s student rally, which began in front of parliament house, featured student activists and Greens MP Tammy Franks as key speakers, but fizzled out in Rundle Mall after police intervened in an altercation between a student protester and a Trump supporter counter-protesting at the event.
Budget time is a bit of a media frenzy, and it can often be hard to sift through everything to find out what you really need to know. Between media outlets publishing a thousand different versions of why the budget is horribly awful or the best thing ever and pollies taking shots at each other left and right, the whole thing gets a bit confusing.
But not to worry, since I had to watch the budget speech for my job, I decided I would do all the hard yards for you. I know that even though the budget info is available online, it’s a lot to read, and you have better things to do. So here are the 5 biggest changes that will affect young people, and what exactly those changes are.