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Devendra Banhart review – a generous set delivered with sensual charm

The last time I saw Devendra Banhart play in Australia was at the 2010 Big Day Out. Performing on a side stage at the graceless, grimy rock fest, he mostly looked pissed … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Zoe Coombs Marr – Dave review: a black mirror on the Australian male psyche

Zoe Coombs Marr pulls off something quite remarkable in her Melbourne comedy festival show Dave. As a woman playing the part of a sexist, puerile, obnoxious but affable bloke, she … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Action against homophobia in sport is long overdue

The country’s major sporting codes have made a long overdue leap forward this week by signing a framework that will hopefully end homophobia in Australian sport. The move has been welcomed … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Perfect Tripod – Comic celebration that plays too safe

I approached Australian Songs with an element of trepidation – would it be possible to sustain an entire 90-minute show just on Australiana performed a capella? I was pretty certain that if … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The fracking industry’s PR blitz

On a sweltering day in coastal Western Australia last month, year 10 students at Broome Senior High School had an unexpected interruption. Buru Energy’s chief scientist, Dr Damian Ogburn, was … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jessica Mauboy to sing at Eurovision: not her Waterloo but still a high note

Our oft-neglected antipodean cultural outpost is finally to grace that most prestigious of world stages. Eurovision. After 30 years of watching the event from lounge rooms in Darlinghurst and backyard … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s still not easy being Green for Senator Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam was leaving nothing out. In his strangely measured voice, he worked through a checklist of what he deemed to be the Abbott government’s failings: on drought, housing, climate … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Community gardens in Melbourne: five of the best

As space in the city becomes more commercialised, gardeners all over Melbourne are claiming urban spaces to grow food and flowers. Here are some of the most inspiring plots… Melbourne … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why is non-monogamy such a dangerous idea?

Over the weekend at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, US sex columnist Dan Savage caused more than a ripple to the Australian conservative status quo by daring to suggest that non-monogamy … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia’s house prices are running out of control

If we’re not careful, Melbourne and Sydney will become like London and Paris – places where the international super-rich grow their money while ordinary residents are priced out. My friend … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

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