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“Okay. Let’s make some music”

January 22, 2018 - 15:17 -- Admin

I’m sitting in the basement of a building at the sleazy end of Melbourne’s King Street, feeling a bit nervous. I’m about to take part in a group music session, but I don’t play an instrument and the closest I usually come to singing in public is burying my voice in group renditions of “Happy Birthday.” Yet compared to the rest of the people in the room I don’t have a care in the world.

Labor’s turn?

January 19, 2018 - 12:09 -- Admin

If you squint hard enough, you can see the next change of federal government on the horizon — later this year or early next. In these post-GFC times, and remembering the fates of recent state and territory administrations, two terms isn’t a bad run for this government. A Labor government got six years in 2007, the Coalition got five or six in 2013, now it’s Labor’s turn again.

Mixed expectations

January 19, 2018 - 11:14 -- Admin

It’s rare these days that an Australian feature film is both gripping and tells us complex truths. The truths in Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country are confronting for us all. This Australian “western” shows us how the pastoral industry, for which our forebears took the land, was built on slavery, and that the rape of Aboriginal women, whose offspring were then used as cheap station labour, played a part.

Confounded expectations

January 19, 2018 - 11:14 -- Admin

It’s rare these days that an Australian feature film is both gripping and tells us complex truths. The truths in Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country are confronting for us all. This Australian “western” shows us how the pastoral industry, for which our forebears took the land, was built on slavery, and that the rape of Aboriginal women, whose offspring were then used as cheap station labour, played a part.

Tactics undermining strategy in Indigenous housing

January 18, 2018 - 13:46 -- Admin

In an eleventh-hour pre-Christmas flurry, officials from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet contacted their counterparts in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland to initiate negotiations for the renewal of Commonwealth funding for remote housing services, which expires in June. Perhaps it was a mischievous negotiating tactic, but the officials appear to have told the states that only the Northern Territory would continue to receive funding.

In the belly of the beast

January 16, 2018 - 17:36 -- Admin

On the day in late 2016 that I’d arranged to visit Uber’s Australian headquarters in Brisbane, I ordered an Uber car to take me there from my hotel a few kilometres away. The driver offered me the usual things — water, gum, lollies — and we chatted about why I was visiting. The only problem was the fact that Uber has a number of offices in Brisbane, and the driver took me to the wrong one.

He eventually figured it out and got me to where I was meant to be, but I couldn’t resist.

Duchesses and overlords

January 16, 2018 - 10:38 -- Admin

Australia’s international development minister, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, found herself in a fix last week after she claimed that China’s aid in the Pacific produced “useless buildings” and “roads to nowhere” while “duchessing” politicians.

Getting along

January 16, 2018 - 10:04 -- Admin

Multiculturalism can be hard work for ordinary citizens. Members of Melbourne’s Sudanese community have had to resort to social media to show that they are hardworking, family-oriented Australians and not potential criminals. Muslim organisations are expected to take special responsibility for keeping Australia safe from terrorism.

Getting somewhere or going nowhere? Either prospect is inviting

January 15, 2018 - 18:20 -- Admin

“The soul travels at the speed of a camel,” according to a traditional Arab saying. So it’s appropriate that SBS’s first experiment in “slow TV” is a seventeen-hour documentary following the journey of The Ghan, the Great Southern Rail train drawn from Adelaide to Darwin by a glossy red engine carriage bearing the image of a camel.

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