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A 9-Year-Old Australian Girl Is Being Attacked by Politicians for Refusing to Sing the National Anthem

TIL the Australian National Anthem is pretty freaking racist.

The attacks on people peacefully protesting the national anthem aren't limited to NFL players, or even to the United States. A nine-year-old Australian girl named Harper Nielsen has become a target of hate after she refused to stand and sing the country's anthem at school. The reason for her protest is that she says the song is disrespectful to indigenous Australians. And after looking at the lyrics, which I had never read before, it's hard to disagree.

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“There’s No Point Pretending That This Isn’t Deeply Personal”: Lawmaker Proposes During Same-Sex Marriage Debate

" If I could go back and tell that scared 18-year-old kid he'd be speaking here—surrounded by Trevor Evans and Trent Zimmerman, and also representing the party of his values with his partner, Ryan, in the gallery—on this bill he wouldn't have believed me," says MP Tim Wilson.

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61.6% of Australians Support Same-Sex Marriage, So Now It’s Parliament’s Turn

The results of the non-binding Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey are in, and 61.6% of respondents voted for same-sex marriage. Parliament has accordingly introduced a newly-worded Marriage Act bill.

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This Absurdly Cute Commercial for Heinz Australian Beans Will Warm Your Heart (and Toast)

An adorable and endearing family story is not the first thing that come to mind when I think about Heinz baked beans, but this animated commercial pulls it off perfectly in what could've been a Pixar short that aired before Up. 

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Ben & Jerry’s Is Putting Unfair Restrictions on Ice Cream to Fight Unfair Restrictions on Same-Sex Marriage

"We are banning two scoops of the same flavor and encouraging our fans to contact their MPs to tell them that the time has come – make marriage equality legal! Love comes in all flavours!"

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Feminism Around the World: Saudi Arabian Song “Hwages” Warns the U.S. About What a Trump Presidency Means For Women

It's awesome when men get on the feminism train and realize that gender equality benefits everyone. Saudi Arabian artist-director-editor Majed el-Asa has scandalized his home country by creating a video in which women *gasp* go skateboarding, play basketball, and have fun at an amusement park. The video is called "Hwages," and it's obviously about more than just getting to drive bumper cars.

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Feminism Around the World: Half-Indian Contestant Wins This Year’s Miss World Japan Pageant, Causing Controversy

The Miss World Japan pageant was held on Monday, and the crown was awarded to 22-year-old Priyanka Yoshikawa, an elephant trainer and amateur kickboxer from Tokyo. There was a mixed response to her coronation, however, because Yoshikawa is mixed-race. Her mother is Japanese, and her father is Indian, making her "haafu," the Japanese word used in some parts of the country to refer to those with one non-Japanese parent.

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Watch This Teen Navigate Through a Wes Anderson-Like Adolescence in Girl Asleep Trailer


Australian adolescence is put on full display in a new trailer from indie filmmakers, Oscilloscope Laboratories.

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Australian Man Faces Up to 3 Years in Jail For Facebook Harassment

"This case will be the first of its kind and will represent a landmark victory for opponents of online harassment."

Last October, an Australian man got taken to court for a series of harassing Facebook comments; the posts concerned a woman that he did not know, and were written in mockery of a screenshot of her Tinder dating profile. Today, he pled guilty to having sent the threats, and now he faces up to three years of jail time.

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Men Throw Tantrum, Send Threats Over Feminist Bake Sale

And they say women are dramatic.

As part of Feminism Week at University of Queensland, student Madeline Price came up with a delicious idea for demonstrating the the gender wage gap.

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Monday Cute: Baby Koala Mistakes Cameraman for a Tree

Life can be really confusing for a widdle babby koala. Like, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between a tree and a human. They're both so tall!

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Australian High School Students Successfully Campaign for Gender-Inclusive Dress Code

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, a school in Sydney, Australia, has just amended its dress code allowing students to wear the uniform of their choice, regardless of gender. Many are calling for other schools to do the same.

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Robert Downey Jr. Makes “Iron Boy” an Honorary Avenger After Daring Sydney Rescue

Nine-year-old Domenic Pace loves Iron Man. No, he really loves Iron Man. Like, there was a point during which his mother claims that he would only answer to the name "Tony." Domenic also has cystic fibrosis, and so his family approached the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Australia with his wish to be Iron Man for a day. They granted it, and with his 12-year-old brother, Joseph by his side as War Machine, Domenic suited up, becoming Iron Boy.

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Australian Men Plead Guilty to Gang-Rape, Get to Go Home After Paying Victim €20,000

If anyone ever challenges you on the idea that Rape Culture is actually a thing in this world, go ahead and send them this story.

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Female MPs Thrown Out of New Zealand Parliament for Speaking Up About Their Sexual Assaults

Some of New Zealand's female MPs were ordered to leave parliament yesterday for revealing themselves as survivors of sexual assault.

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Australian Man Faces Court This Thursday For Allegedly Sending Rape Threats via Facebook

This past August, Olivia Melville faced an onslaught of harassment when another Facebook user shared a screen-capture of her Tinder profile, mocking Melville's inclusion of a quote from Drake's verse in the Nicki Minaj song "Only." What began as one person's cruel mockery spun outward into a viral harassment campaign, with threats of violence and rape sent to Melville's account.

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Teen Girl’s “Sexy Gandalf” Costume Explodes the Internet…But Should It?

I am having some serious mixed feelings regarding a teenage girl's decision to dress up as "Sexy Gandalf." Maybe you can help me out.

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Australia May Deny Chris Brown a Travel Visa — yet White Abusers Get a Free Pass?

What is missing from this narrative are the ways in which we vilify and hold accountable Black male abusers and don’t do the same for white men with equally terrible track records.

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Hugh Jackman Channels Some Wolverine Feelings for Make-A-Wish Surprise

The Kyle and Jackie O Show, an Australian radio show, brought on Domenic, a child with Cystic Fibrosis. According to BuzzFeed, was there through the Make-A-Wish foundation, and was told that he'd be on the show to perhaps just have a chat about how rad Hugh Jackman and Wolverine are.

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Documentary in the Works Featuring Mad Max Director George Miller’s Canceled Justice League Film

Just the excuse I needed to make Mad Max: Fury Road's Wives into comic book superheroes!

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