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Peter Tullin mixes art and tech to cast Melbourne as a post-Silicon Valley metropolis

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The Victorian State Government’s Creative Summit 28-29 June is distinctive in as much as government, that slow beast, makes clear its intention to recognise the artist’s role as an essential, mainstream and productive member of society and the economy and not just an outlier. Big stuff does get done in summits. Summits are short, sharp and seek solutions. There’s

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An atheist at Greek Easter

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The paradox. I do not believe in god, yet I can never escape him on Πάσχα, Pascha, Pesach or Easter. The bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt last week on Palm Sunday is one more sectarian atrocity in the Middle East. However, the considered silence from much of the Left as Christians burn in

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Black Santa, White Santa? No, he was a tough, thin Greek. So check your cultural appropriation outrage

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Last week a Black Santa appeared at the ‘Santa Experience’ in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. In the post-coital glow of the Trump-elect phase for white racists, there as an uproar on social media over the decision to give African-American and former army veteran Larry “Santa Larry” Jefferson the job. The outrage was over what

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How low can it go? The dog whistle becomes a clarion call as Dutton legitimises racism

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Last week the Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton blamed the former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser for the 22 cases of alleged terrorist activity by Muslim Lebanese Australians. How were these activities Fraser’s fault? Dutton said that Fraser was responsible for allowing the entry of Lebanese Muslims as refugees from the Lebanese Civil War 1979-90.

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