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By Chenchen Xie, Kai Wang, Xixi Chen and Ziyao Huang

On March 25, 2012, weekly and monthly metcard tickets is no longer for sale. Instead, myki card will become the major tool for public transport.

However, there is a lot of complaint about the continous problem of myki. People has to take action against it before it gets worse.

Therefore, a protest against Myki and public transport was held last Friday in the center of Melbourne city. Many people came to support it despite the bad weather.

This protest is organized by a group called FIGHT BACK which raises campaign about issues caused by living pressure.

The theme of the protest is getting rid of Myki and make public transport free.

During the protest, several people come up to give their opinion about problems with myki and public tranport, including one of the FIGHT BACK coordinator – Mev Gregson.

According to her, the major of public transport is that it cost way too much money and yet fails to produce a funcional transport system.

It is said that the extreme estimates of running a free transport system is around 500 million which is around one third of what the government pay to companies to build it. It has wasted way too much of money of taxpayers but still cost them more and more on public tranport.

She then advises that all the costs associated with myki ticketing system can be used to improve the system or even make it free.

This kind of opinion is confirmed with another supporter, Tran Nguyen, an international student who currently studies at RMIT university. He says that myki is not working properly, even though met card is working perfectly.

He also gives suggsetion of making public transport free which can be considered as environmently friendly.

By Chenchen Xie, Kai Wang, Xixi Chen and Ziyao Huang

Australia is a popular destination that attracts students from all over the world who aim at high-quality education. In 2010, 469,619 international students were studying in Australia on a student visa.

But with more and more international students come to Australia, they may face with problems both socially and academically.

For instance, there are some Asian students in Deakin University who are facing pressure with cultural conflict and academic differences.

Yoma, an international student from Indonesia, says he has pressure with a lot of assignments to do in the first semster. It is hard for him to adapt himself in the local life and study in a short term.

However, Deakin University has an organization called drop-in centre to help students dealing with their pressure.

Isabelle Droulers, an international student advisor, says the purpose of drop-in centre is to help students with any inquiry they have in their life.

Advisors at drop-in centre will help students to engage themelves in programmes and activities  to get rid of their pressure.

by Chenchen Xie, Xixi Chen, Ziyao Huang and Kai Wang

It is graduation season at Deakin University again. According to Phil from graduation office, the number of students who graduate in this graduation season is 3,500. There is apparently an increase of the number compared with last year.

In the graduation ceremony that occurred last week, the lecturer points out that the success of graduates is due to the dedication and effort of students as well as the support and assistance of their family. He also expresses his opinion about the future of graduates as bright and glorious.

In terms of international students themselves, they believe that they can either devote themsleves to the development of their own country with the knowledge learnt at Deakin Univeristy or continue to further study  to improve themselves.