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Julian Burnside Oration: Fear is the great threat to multiculturalism in Australia

News & Commentary |

Last night, the human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC gave the annual Walter Lipmann Oration at the Melbourne Town Hall presented by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. His speech is reproduced in its entirety below. In it, Burnside charts Australia’s inconsistent, if not volatile, approach to multiculturalism and how the John Howard Tampa affair has shaped

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The bling and kerching at Sydney Contemporary this weekend

Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The fourth, and now annual, Sydney Contemporary 2018 officially opened last night and seems to have firmly cemented itself as Australia’s pre-eminent art fair following the scale down of Melbourne’s Art Fair which has been running since the late 1980s. The giant art sale at Sydney’s Carriageworks in Redfern which runs until Sunday actually kicked

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Ladies in Black film review

Film, Reviews, Screen |

Bruce Beresford has a repertoire of films that stretch from broad and iconic comedies (The Adventures of Barry McKenzie) to brilliant and nuanced relationship studies (Tender Mercies and the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy among them). Despite his extraordinary track-record, it has taken him 25 years to pull together the financing to adapt Australian writer-expat, Madeleine

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Spartacus dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |

It’s unusual to spend an evening at the ballet and think of Trump, Kim Jong-un, the #metoo movement, modern slavery, and…the rippling torso of actor Chris Hemsworth.  But The Australian Ballet’s shiny new Spartacus, choreographed by Lucas Jervies, and set to a dramatic score by Aram Khachaturian, draws on the well-told story of the heroic

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