Christmas Down Under

After careful deliberation, it has become apparent to some observant Australians that we have been celebrating Christmas during the wrong season.

30 July 2017
Governing Melbourne’s Soundtrack

On Melbourne’s Bourke Street, an elderly Japanese man in a two-piece tuxedo drips with sweat as he reaches the virtuosic crescendo of his violin concerto.

18 July 2017
Fleshing It Out

Sex robots? In your vagina? It’s more likely than you think.

18 July 2017
Loose: A Nelly Fertarticle

No one else made a fuss about Nelly Furtado’s latest album when it was released three months ago, but I felt I owed it to her.

18 July 2017
Steal Now, Pay Later

Australians love to shoplift. Don’t believe me? It is now estimated that we’re losing 2.2 per cent of annual retail turnover, or $4.5 billion, to sticky fingers.

18 July 2017
The Torch

Barkindji artist Kent Morris is the founder and CEO of The Torch, an innovative program that works with Indigenous men and women that are either currently incarcerated or have recently been released from prison.

5 July 2017
Shari’a and Me

When Senator Jacqui Lambie said on Q&A, “Anyone that supports Shari’a Law should be deported,” there were cheers from her Australian audience. But how many people understand how Muslims see Shari’a and how they practice it? As a non-Muslim majoring in Islamic Studies, I have seen through the lives of my practicing friends and through […]

11 May 2017
When Nixon Went To China

An unpopular president, struggling with corruption allegations and a foreign policy agenda based around the appearance of unpredictability. No, it’s not 2017. It’s 1972. Richard Nixon is President of the United States. He and his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, are about to undertake an initiative that will change the balance of the Cold War. […]

11 May 2017
Soldiers in Petticoats

‘From Kensington to Billingsgate  One hears the restless cries! From ev’ry corner of the land: “Womankind, arise!” Political equality and equal rights with men! Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!’ ‘Sister Suffragette’, from Mary Poppins When I watched Mary Poppins as a child, these lyrics went completely over my head. […]

11 May 2017
The Maycomb Era

My sister has never really liked to read. Being dyslexic probably doesn’t help the matter, but it often led to her questioning my love of it. “Why are you so obsessed with looking at black things on a page?” she would often ask me. I would casually shrug and nestle my mind further into that […]

11 May 2017
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