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Calls to abolish international students’ 20-hour work restrictions

AUSTRALIA’S fast food and retail workers union UNITE says 20-hour work restrictions are forcing students into low-paid sectors where they are vulnerable to exploitation.


International students cheated of $90K in wages

THE former operators of two 7-Eleven stores in Victoria have been fined a total of $150,000 and ordered to backpay $90,000 in wages after deliberately exploiting six international students.


Job-hunting: Advice I wish someone had told me

JUST graduated and looking for a job? Stephanie Chng reflects on life after university and shares the lessons she wished she had learnt earlier.

Cultural performances like this African drum and dance number kept the audience entertained throughout the day.

Victoria’s International Student Information Day 2011

INTERNATIONAL students, new and old, gathered at Victoria University Convention Centre on Sunday April 17 for important information on housing, career, safety, student services, cultures, and permanent residency.

Singapore General Election 2011

Weekly news round-up: the Singapore General Election, the Villawood Detention Centre riot, and the origins of Easter

IN OUR news wrap this week, we take a look at how Singapore’s opposition parties are preparing to put up a tough fight against a government that has been in power since Singapore became a self-governing state in 1959; the protests that turned violent at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney; and the origins of Easter.

Legal Beagles vs. Bosses. The second in a series of ISLAC's fun and interactive legal education sessions. Photo: Aun Ngo

Legal beagles vs. bosses

WHO said legal education sessions had to be boring? The International Student Legal Advice Clinic has come up with a creative and engaging way to touch on heavy topics like workplace bullying and abuse, safety breaches and unreasonable working hours. Connie Foong reports.

The iconic bathing boxes at Brighton Beach. Photo: Kyeong Woo Kim

Easter holiday ideas: Exploring Melbourne and its surrounds

TIME’S too precious to waste by spending all your time at home this Easter holiday. There’s so much to see and do around Melbourne. Meld Magazine reporter Amanda Yap scouts out some of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations and offers you some holiday ideas.


Art competition spreads the fair trade message

ANYONE who has a knack for art, be it photography, painting, digital media, drawing, collages, textiles making, or the likes, is invited to take part in an an art competition organised by Moral Fairground to spread the word about fair trade.

One to watch. Combining electrifying progressive and alternative rock with more acoustic-driven rootsy elements, Engine Three Seven fits perfectly into Australia’s compellingly vibrant alternative-rock scene.

Rock out for charity at the 2011 Christchurch Quake Relief Concert

OUR Kiwi neighbours need all the help they can get to rebuild their homes, schools and lives. So get your friends together and grab tickets to see a fantastic line-up of Aussie and NZ artists jamming together in support of the 2011 Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake Appeal this Easter Sunday April 24.

Less is more. Top tips for shopping on a shoe-string budget.

Shabby chic: Top tips for buying recycled and vintage clothing

YOU don’t have to wait for a clothing sale to save money on shopping. Find out how less is sometimes more as we take a trip to the recycled clothing superstore Savers.

Actress Juhi Chawla plays the role of a Kashmiri Pandit in I Am Megha.

Social media funds movie I Am

SOCIAL media sites have given filmmakers more freedom to tackle sensitive issues. Funded through Facebook by more than 400 people around the world, I Am is a thought-provoking film touching on thorny issues facing modern day India, including homosexuality, prostitution and child abuse. Joyce Ho reports.


Your rights – tips on using a registered migration agent

IT IS illegal for anyone to give professional immigration assistance without being registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority in Australia. If you’re intending to use a migration agent for help with your visa applications, make sure he/she is a registered migration agent.


Meld Magazine was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit media outlet in September 2008 to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain real work experience.

Many international students live in or around the city because of the proximity to their colleges and universities, and that was where we decided to focus our efforts first. Many of us live, work and study locally too. Our editorial team is made of both local and international students, and it has worked to our advantage in providing local content in every sense of the word.

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