I Tried Using VR to Cure My Crippling Fear of Spiders
"A tank appeared on the table with a spider inside. It was black with a red stripe down its back. Pieter assured me it wasn't dangerous, but I felt very, very uncomfortable."
A Day Inside Australia's Booming Cosplay Scene
Cosplay came to Australia around 15 years ago as a niche hobby. Now we're giving Japan a run for its money.
After Living Here for Decades, Tibetan Refugees Still Believe They'll Return Home
China's grip on Tibet has only tightened, while international concern has waned. But for refugees in India, going home is only a matter of time.
Even Those Trying to Save the Ganges From Sewage Insist on Bathing in it
India's Ganges River is one of the most heavily polluted bodies of water on the planet. Yet a myth endures that bathing in it, or drinking it, is completely safe.
Locked out of Sydney
If You Thought NSW Had Enough Shitty Police Laws, Here’s Four New Ones
Each will affect civil freedoms in several ways, and only serve the relentless quest to turn NSW into a soulless hellhole.
Legal Weed in Australia
Everyone at Sydney's First Hemp Expo Loved Weed, Just Don’t Mention Getting Stoned
The inaugural Hemp Expo held at Sydney's Rosehill racecourse embraced medicinal marijuana, while revealing how far we from legalising recreational weed.
Did Patriotism in Australia Always Look Like This?
Let's talk about why pride and celebration so often dissolves into flag capes, Southern Cross tattoos, and racism.
Will This Week's UN General Assembly Accept the War on Drugs Has Failed?
On Tuesday 193 member states of the UN will convene in New York to discuss drugs. Sadly, their draft document indicates they're still hung up on backwards policies.
Three NSW Police Officers Have Been Caught Trolling an Anti-Sniffer Dog Facebook Page
Sniff Off allows users to post alerts when they see police dog operations around Sydney. The page's administrators contacted us when officers were caught denying their whereabouts.
A NSW Court Has Provided a New Defence for Drug Driving
Joseph Carrall was booked for driving nine days after he'd smoked a joint. A Lismore magistrate then found him not guilty, saying he'd made an "honest and reasonable mistake of fact."
Australia Is Making Progress but Trans People Are Still Being Attacked
According to members of the trans community, as well as the police, cultural acceptance hasn't translated into less violence.
Why Does Australia Still Have Only One Supervised Injecting Room?
The one in Kings Cross has ended overdoses and curbed crime, but there's resistance to open any more, anywhere