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Five of the best Melbourne independent designers

’Tis the season for mass mindless consumption – or is it? If you’re on the lookout for truly original and independent fashion ideas, bypass the traditional Boxing Day sales and … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Future Fund betting on the nuclear arms race

On August 9, 2013, Future Fund CEO Mark Burgess encountered some unexpected visitors at his Melbourne office. A group of about 20 protesters gathered outside his office doors, some dressed … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The unusual suspects of the protest movement

As the 30,000-strong crowd at the Melbourne chapter of the global People’s Climate March gradually spilled into Treasury Gardens last weekend, a small group of vegan activists attempted to blockade … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Art vs Porn

Can art succeed where porn fails: to actually turn us on? This is the question greeting visitors as they enter the erotic art show, Feck:Art, which sprawls across the pop-up gallery … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Australia bucks the trend of global renewable advancement

Global shift away from fossil fuels China will reach ‘peak coal’ for its electricity as soon as 2015 as it shifts toward more affordable and less carbon intensive energy options, … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where are all the fresh, new voices of Australian queer theatre?

In 1979, Martin Sherman’s story of the persecution of homosexuals at the hands of the Nazis, set in World War II Germany, first hit the stage in London’s West End. … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Melbourne and Sydney lead the way with strategic plans at ground zero

Despite ongoing uncertainty around Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) it seems that both the Melbourne and Sydney City Councils are remaining steadfast in their resolve to radically reduce the cities … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Speaking the language of tea

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” – Catherine Douzel The verdant, cloud-shadowed tea plantations at the foothills of the Himalayas are a long way from Melbourne’s emerging tea … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Expats find more reasons to like Australia

Australian cities will become increasingly appealing to international workers looking for an ideal work base, with the latest Mercer cost of living survey showing they have become more affordable living destinations for … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Transcending Cynicism: On Bob Brown

Bob Brown defies most stereotypes we hold about politicians, and transcends much of the cynicism. Whenever I speak with him these days, he asks how my boyfriend Tanel Jan is … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

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