“Shame on you, Duncan!”: Students and staff rally against casualisation at Melbourne University

University of Melbourne staff and students rallied outside Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell’s Parkville mansion yesterday in opposition to the University’s growing casualisation of teaching staff.

Students and staff say no to the Robert Menzies Institute

Students gathered on South Lawn yesterday to protest the opening gala of the Liberal-backed think-tank Robert Menzies Institute (RMI).

An open letter to all student politicians

As sleek Facebook frames are slowly being removed from the profile pictures of university students in their early twenties, and social media feeds are returning to normal from constant ‘vote for me’ c

"Please don’t ask if we’ve tried yoga”: Students fighting for disability support

Despite the University’s push to make learning accessible, through programs such as SEDS and Access Melbourne, there have yet to be endorsements from students that these programs are appropriate. Inst

Cinemas Buckle Under the Weight of the Netflix Empire

Will Hollywood blockbuster-type films continue to use Netflix as their outlet, or will they return to their rightful spot on the big screen?



Tabula Rasa

content warning: violence, war

Though you’ve watched the earth bleached more
Into a ghost town with each machine round
You won’t yet forget, no vacant palette
Wall-fly, eckleburg’s eye
Ally and alumni
You remember what they repress
Not tabula rasa, they won’t make you acquiesce
To their parrot press,
Not another blank mind
To be stamped carbon blind

Not tabula rasa, you witness
New age conquistadors and their clandestine armada
As the colonial ink, that lemon juice trick appears
Through claw marks on Kashmir,
Many swim through channels
Of gaping goldfish panels,
Clamped onto the fishing hook schtick
Of red faced politrix

Not tabula rasa, you’re the dragon of Gaza
When towers collapse, when rockets reign
Showering down shadows, terror as their terrain
You rise in dust clouds, rinsing dull air dry
As a thousand throats burst forth a blistering cry
You’re the breath within them, setting the sky ablaze
Evaporating the murky media haze
Never the coward’s punch, you’re the pacifist’s roar
Never tabula rasa,
You’re the closed fist that lifts
Against war.

Farrago's magazine cover - Edition Three 2021


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