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The bling and kerching at Sydney Contemporary this weekend

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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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Julian Burnside on Tampa, Turnbull and the ‘unthinkably awful’ Peter Dutton

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News & Commentary |

Fotis Kapetopoulos speaks to Julian Burnside QC who will be delivering the annual Walter Lipmann Oration on Thursday, September 13 at the Melbourne Town Hall presented by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. It is a cold, wet and dark afternoon at the lawyers’ end of Melbourne’s CBD. The office of human rights advocate and barrister Julian

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Scott Morrison: Let Us Pray

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News & Commentary |

Life is truly strange. One can be blissfully walking the dog when, out of the light blue of morning, a question flashes before you like a comet piercing the sky. It is this: how to decide between a lump of coal and six days. Granted it is not a comparison of like with like. One

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Film inspirations, revivals and new works in Melbourne 2019 theatre seasons

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Melbourne’s two major subsidised theatre companies – Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse – revealed their 2019 seasons this week and if they have two things in common, it’s that theatre inspired by and/or made popular by screen versions shows no sign of waning in popularity and neither company features a big name movie star on its brochure cover. FILMIC INSPIRATIONS MALTHOUSE, which

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What the Left just doesn’t get

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News & Commentary |

If I were your Queen, I would perform a coup upon myself. I would unseat not only My Majesty but any instrument suited to the purpose of mass control. Before I invite former subjects to loot the palace, burn my effigy and sit down to an Afternoon Tea of the Oppressed, I will make my

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Belvoir announces its 2019 season focussing on the ‘now’

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News & Commentary |

Sydney’s Belvoir Belvoir St Theatre announced its 2019 season tonight. It begins with the world premiere of COUNTING & CRACKING, created in conjunction with CuriousWorks. Presented at Sydney’s Town Hall and co-commission by CIAF, Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival, this “epic production” will comprise theatre, music, dancing and food, “on a scale not seen before”.

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Peter Dutton’s au pair imperative

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News & Commentary |

There’s a shortage of rain. There’s a shortage of public housing. There’s a shortage of hospital beds. But now, perhaps indicating the frightfully dire state of this nation, we are learning there is a shortage of au pairs. How else to explain the surfacing of the compassionate actions of the Home Affairs Minister, and onetime

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