Every action is born of experience. The QUO curate stories that will help broaden our understanding of what is happening around us, and inspire action. Based on the lived experiences of our contributors, the stories here cover issues that are at the heart of our development as a community.
"Hear our voices save us from these troubles." Ravi is a survivor of Australia's No Advantage Asylum Policy. He was detained in Nauru and Victoria for over 3 years. Upon his release in 2016, Ravi launched his poetry anthology 'From Hell to Hell' and continues to speak out on behalf of those who remain incarcerated in Australia's onshore and offshore mandatory detention centres.
"Although no group of people is ever homogenous, someone who has experienced homelessness, for example, has a better idea of how to engage and talk about the issues of homelessness than someone who hasn’t." Morgan explains why we need to stop othering those with lived experience, and let them lead the way in advocacy.
"Changing demographics is all about racial replacement, this is genocide." Nick Folkes, the leader of Party for Freedom, has extremely strong views when it comes multiculturalism. Keegan investigates the threat of white nationalism in Sydney's far west.
"Why shouldn't Aboriginal people be offered the same opportunities as other people?" Muru Mittigar aims to improve the economic and social capacity of all First Nations peoples and empower their meaningful participation as traditional custodians of Country.
We all know that STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields remain dominated by men, particularly in the higher levels of academia. Marielle Ong, a Masters of Philosophy student at University of Queensland, talks all things pure mathematics in plain English.
"I think one of the biggest struggles we face as Indigenous artists is that we consistently have to break down stereotypes." Chenoa Deemal performs in a contemporary revamp of The Seven Stages of Grieving across the country.
Penrith is the second highest in NSW for reported domestic violence and child sexual abuse. Hear from tour de force Michelle Ellery on her work with Penrith-based charity The Queen of Hearts Foundation.