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Skiing in Australia on the cheap: how to save money on the slopes

When I was a child of maybe 10 years old I vividly remember having a calamitous stack while skiing at an Australian ski resort and losing my left ski down … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’m gay but haven’t always supported gay marriage. The Irish vote changed all that

As an Australian gay man, I must confess I was ambivalent for a long time on the issue of gay marriage. That ambivalence came from a concern that gays fighting … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Do round-the-world airfares still add up?

It was October 2008 and, without a permanent job to tie me down, I purchased a round-the-world airline ticket through Asia, Europe and the United States. After trekking across Thailand … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Threat to far north Queensland cassowaries a case for worry

Things began going wrong for the cassowaries of Far North Queensland as far back as the 1980s. Long-time Mission Beach local Liz Gallie says the problem was obvious: large numbers … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Retirement homes for the LGBT community go from dream to reality

Peter Dickson’s dream of establishing Australia’s first LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) residential village in country Victoria came from a deeply personal motivation. “At a dinner party 28 years ago we talked … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brave David Pocock should be lauded for propagating cultural change

David Pocock is a courageous man. Twice during the final minutes of the Waratahs’ match against the Brumbies in Sydney on Sunday the flanker complained that the Waratahs forward Jacques … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The top five queer-friendly holiday destinations in Australia

Sydney The New South Wales capital has long been recognised as one of the top destinations in the world for LGBTQI travellers, and around Mardi Gras time, you’ll feel like the whole … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

White Night Melbourne: down Alice’s rabbit hole and into the Yarra light

Has Melbourne ever shone brighter? In one of the warmest nights of the year some half a million people made their way into the much expanded wonderland of Melbourne’s third incarnation of … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why Australia’s American food fetish is selling us short

Any Australian who has travelled around the US would know that one thing you look forward to in returning home is the food. There is a lot to love about … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why I’d rather take a free couchsurfer than make money from Airbnb

I realised recently that travellers to Melbourne have two options if they want to stay with me. They can find my Airbnb profile and pay $80 a night for the … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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