Features

Labor’s boost to the arts is welcome but our political climate does not take culture seriously

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 Jo Caust is Associate Professor and Principal Fellow (Hon), University of Melbourne Labor launched its arts policy in Melbourne on Saturday. The new policy document is called “Renewing Creative Australia”, paying homage to Labor’s two previous cultural policy documents; “Creative Nation” in 1994 and “Creative Australia” in 2013. The policy includes a commitment to restore funding

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WATCH: God made the earth in seven days and he can destroy it any time frame he wishes

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In this remarkably honest interview, recorded just days before the Federal Election, The Chosen Minister returns to the Office of Empathy to talk about the Earth, student climate strikes and deference to the Ultimate Leader. This is the last in a series of videos in the lead-up to Saturday’s Federal Election 2019 conducted by the Minister for Empathy*,

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Election 2019: Could cultural change be only days away?

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How do the major political parties understand Australia’s culture and what vision do they offer for our future asks Esther Anatolitis, the executive director of the National Association for the Visual Arts. We’ve got Labor who’ve launched a comprehensive policy after extensive consultation; the Greens, who’ve released a considered policy without a launch nor consultation;

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Reviews

American Psycho theatre review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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What a vile piece of art is Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. What a toxically sexist, nefariously homophobic, grossly classist, shameless celebration of undue privilege and abject narcissism. So why is this musical treatment of his novel, making its Australian debut at the Hayes Theatre, so much fun? Oh, it’s transgressive, we’re told, a satire

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Cloudstreet review (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne)

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For an unadaptable novel, Tim Winton’s cherished Cloudstreet sure has been adapted a lot. Just a couple of years ago there was the admirable opera version (State Opera of South Australia). The inevitable prestige television mini-series (Foxtel) landed in 2010. There was even a radio play (ABC Radio National) back in the ‘90s. The most

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