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An early election? Be alert, but don’t hold your breath Malcolm Farnsworth
Wednesday, 27th May 2015
Even before Tony Abbott’s government took office in 2013, speculation was rife about the possibility of a double-dissolution election in its first year....
 
 
Be good because you’re ruining the silence An interview with Bill Callahan Ben Marshall
Wednesday, 27th May 2015
In advance of his shows at the Sydney Opera House, Texan singer-songwriter Bill Callahan spoke to Vivid LIVE curator Ben Marshall about silence, the purpose...
 
 
A bathetic display Sufjan Stevens at Vivid Live, Opera House Concert Hall, Friday 22 May 2015 Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 26th May 2015
I leant forward in my seat when, two-thirds of the way through his lengthy set at the Sydney Opera House, Sufjan Stevens played ‘Casimir Pulaski Day’, his...
 
 
Welcome to the masculinity-industrial complex Online anti-feminists are rebelling against a mirror image of reality Christian McCrea
Monday, 25th May 2015
Why does it seem so funny to so many that a small group have decided to boycott Mad Max: Fury Road in fear of its “feminist agenda”? Why does...
 
 
Super stumble Tony Abbott’s refusal to fix super rorts for the rich is sheer folly Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 25th May 2015
So Tony Abbott has embarked on another unworkable pledge: there will be no changes to superannuation. Not now, not during the next election, presumably not...
 
 
Quite contrary Why would the Coalition give Bjorn Lomborg four million dollars? It can already ignore his advice for free Richard Cooke
Friday, 22nd May 2015
The Danish economist Bjorn Lomborg has been described as many things these past weeks: a minimiser, a denier, a neo-Galileo whose pearls of insight have been...
 
 
Opposition dreams Is Bill Shorten Australian Labor’s Ed Miliband? Malcolm Farnsworth
Wednesday, 20th May 2015
“You actually watched the budget?” a friend asked me on the weekend, his incredulity all the more startling given he’s known me for decades. I had to...
 
 
Labor’s British blues It is not alarmist to think that Australian Labor is sleepwalking to electoral disaster Nick Dyrenfurth
Tuesday, 19th May 2015
On 7 May, the British people delivered a devastating verdict on Ed Miliband’s Labour Party: simply unelectable. Needless to say, Australians should be wary...
 
 
The message Tech giants’ utopian branding drifts ever further from their amoral reality Elmo Keep
Tuesday, 19th May 2015
The image of the new tech corporations such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon is as precisely calibrated as any other brand’s. ‘Branding’ has been a key...
 
 
Vision or mirage? Bill Shorten’s budget reply is pie in the sky Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 18th May 2015
Last week’s budget was a policy hole in the air. There was neither economic coherence nor vision – nothing more than a big-taxing, big-spending extravaganza...
 
 

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