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The infestation of self-serving political language

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News & Commentary |

To infest: (of insects or animals) be present (in a place or site) in large numbers, typically so as to cause damage or disease. “The house is infested with cockroaches.” Late Middle English (in the sense ‘torment, harass’): from French infester or Latin infestare ‘assail’, from infestus ‘hostile’ – Oxford Dictionary People of good heart don’t

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Today is World Refugee Day: you can help

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Today is World Refugee Day, and apparently a ‘record’ that has been broken. A new United Nations report overnight calculates that, in 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes around the globe came in at a record rate of 44,400 per day. There are no World Cups or gold medals in this

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Julian Assange is a journalist, not Putin’s bitch

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News & Commentary |

“Journalism is not a crime”. Really? I’d say this slogan is hardly unassailable. I’d say this slogan, which began to appear in hashtag and t-shirt form when the Australian journalist Peter Greste was detained for his journalism practice, needs a second, a third, a seventeenth unflinching look. Surely, Sarah Ferguson’s fantasy Putin trilogy, which concluded

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Reviews

Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas review (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

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This captivating song cycle, from Adelaide based theatre company Slingsby, begins with a children’s book given to a boy by his grandmother. It is called An Island in Time and it is the factual story of geological land formation from volcanic upheaval through, by natural selection, to the establishment of flora and fauna, habitat and ecological

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Patti Lupone review (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

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One of the many things to like about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is that, not only is its program filled with new and intriguing performers, it is also a showcase for capital ‘‘S” Stars. There have been many over its 17 year history, including such Broadway luminaries as Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Mandy Patinkin, Stephen

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Nanette review: Hannah Gadsby’s brilliant Netflix special is going to set fire to the internet

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Reviews, Screen, TV |

To say that Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix comedy special Nanette leaves a last impression is to put it very, very lightly. I’ve watched this extraordinary show twice, on both occasions fighting back tears in its final minutes, struck by a range of emotions: shame, shock, consternation, compassion, something resembling hope for a brighter future. Taking the

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The Hypochondriac (Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney)

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The hangover from seeing a really great piece of theatre, a work of the moment that speaks to the moment, can be particularly cruel. Saint Joan, at the Sydney Theatre Company, captured so powerfully the isolation and subjection of women. The Hypochondriac, which opened at the Darlinghurst Theatre on Wednesday, is a portrait of an

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